By Emma Arubi
WARRI â€” THE elders and entire members of Ekorogbene Community, Burutu local government area of Delta State, have called on the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to call his Special Assistant on Oil and Gas, Mr. David Ekereokosu, to order.
They said Ekereokosuâ€™s action on the Grangbene Deep Oil Bloc due for exploration by Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, was premeditated and targeted against them.
In a petition addressed to the governor and signed by Mr. Ben Mene-Ejegi, counsel to the Ekorogbene Community, the community said when NAOC, in the course of its business, acquired an operational area in Burutu local government area, a lot of agitation from other neighbouring and interested communities reached Ekereokosuâ€™s office.
It said the special adviserÂ to the governor, after so many agitations from various communities, decided to invite all the communities involved for a meeting slated for 7 December, adding that to the surprise of Ekorogbene community, its representatives were walked out of the venue of the meeting on the grounds that the meeting was no longer their business.
â€œAs your Excellency fully knows, this is a clear case of prejudice which is capable of igniting another feud between the contending Ijaw communities, as our clients strongly feel that the action(s) of the S.A. was premeditated and targeted at them.
â€œTo avoid any possible showdown with NAOC by our clients, which will certainly attract the reaction of the other two communities, our clients would appreciate your quick intervention into this matter so as to remedy the perceived wrong,â€ it further stated.
Speaking exclusively to Vanguard on the issue, Mr. Ekereokosu said the issues being canvassed by the Ekorogbene community were legal matters that were not within his powers to determine and advised them to take their case to the appropriate quarters for adjudication.