AN Ijaw pressure group, Ijaw People Congress, has refuted claims made by Bilizigha Federated Communities that Agip oil company encroached on their land saying the land belongs to Oyangbene and Labulouseigha communities.
National president of the group, Mr Ekanpou Enewaridideke, in his reaction to the allegation, explained that â€œAgip Oil has settled the two communities and has the legal right to work on the area.
If Bilizigha Federated Communities have genuine claim on the land, they should go to court and stop causing distraction on the pages of newspapers.â€
Challenging the group, he said â€œwhere was Bilizigha community when the land acquisition process was on with Agip? Where was Bilizigha community when seismic operations leading to oil discovery were in progress on the land? Were they asleep?
Let it be corrected that Agip is not causing any trouble in the area because the land has been genuinely acquired. Rather it is Bilizigha community led by some past military officers in the area who have strategised to attack Agip unnecessarily in the area.â€
While calling on relevant security agencies to curb the menace of thugs who have beenÂ recruited to allegedly attack Agip, the Ijaw activist alleged that â€œBilizigha community is trying to take the laws into their hand and this should be stopped.
The right step for Bilizigha community is to go to court. Bilizigha community should not dare the Federal Government because their position is contrary to the Niger Delta struggle.â€