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MOSOP Rails Against Killing Of Ogoni By Shell Protection Soldiers



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The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP has condemned Friday’s shooting and killing in Kegbara Dere community, Gokana LGA in Rivers State.

The group in a statement on Saturday said that it was wrong for soldiers charged with providing security to Shell workers to at the same time plucking down members of their host community.

The shooting which the group claimed was allegedly carried out by soldiers led to the death of a man while another man was reportedly critically wounded.

The group in a statement obtained by also called for deep investigations of the incident as it said that while it was not against soldiers carrying out their work to root out criminality but that it was against indiscriminate use of arms to brutalise innocent persons.

The group in the statement issued by its acting publicity secretary, Sunny Zorvah said:

“MOSOP, yesterday ( Friday, April 19, 2019), received report of military raid in K. Dere Community about noon, which led to the death of a middle aged man, Nen-elkpege Lezor, and one Lenu Kpegezor, who was shot but still in a hopeless condition. The natives stated that men of the Nigerian Army came in company of SPDC pipeline workers and started shooting without any explanation resulting to the sudden death of a young man and other casualties.

One of the victims, Lenu Kpegezor ,critically wounded by the shooting

“Even though the Movement is in support of genuine efforts by legitimate authorities and government to fight criminality in Ogoniland and other parts of the State or country, we do not support and will not tolerate unprovoked military onslaught and reckless killings in any Ogoni community or else where.

“MOSOP urges that security actions should be taken with respect of the rights of innocent citizens and that the military or any arm of the security agencies should act within the ambit of the law, especially, according to the rules of engagements.

“We call on relevant security agencies, particularly the Police to urgently commence investigation into the reported military raid and killing in K. Dere Community and ensure that all those behind such destructive and unwarranted operations are brought to book to avert total break down of law and order in the area.

“Most painful about this incident is the issue of the military men coming to the community, providing security to Shell workers but killing our people. This is unacceptable,” MOSOP President, Legborsi Pyagbara, said.

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