June 21, 2009

Community warns militants to steer clear

By Emma Amaize

WARRI- THE people of Kokodiagbene community in Gbaramatu kingdom of Delta State have warned any person or group of persons who intend to infiltrate into the community to destroy or vandalize pipelines, wellheads and oil installations to desist with immediate effect.

The community in a letter, jointly signed by the chairman and general secretary of its executive council, Keme Ari and Comrade Sheriff Mulade  gave the warning in a press statement at the weekend.

“It is imperative to state categorically that, Kokodiagbene Community will not be reluctant or hesitate to do whatsoever is necessary to constructively engage itself to protected and secure its territory,

“Kokodiagbene which is the mother host community to Jones Creek flow station, the largest oil producing field in West Africa operated by SPDC and Otunana flow station operated by Chevron Texaco will not accommodate any ugly menace in its domain”, they stated.

They also called on the Federal and State Governments to  open the waterways, demilitarize the kingdom and resettle the displaced children, women and the burnt communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom to achieve the desire peace for the sake of our collapsing economy.

According to them, “Kokodiagbene is one of the most peaceful Community in Warri South West Local Government of the State who has won the most prestigious “Community Peaceful Award” from Chevron- Texaco and several recommendation from cooperate bodies organization etc. for adopting a legitimate and legal means in championing its demands and issues peacefully”.

“It is one of the most law abiding community which do not support, harbour, aid and abet any criminal, illegal activities and other vices, we are also one of those communities that is been govern by its own constitution against crime and injustice in the community”, they added.