BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – OGONI have decried what they termed as the rising state of insecurity in Ogoni land. In an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, they called on the President to intervene.
According to the letter, “between November last year and February this year, no fewer than five prominent Ogoni people had been murdered under questionable circumstance.”
Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, USA chapter in a statement by its Chairman, Chief S. Kpea and Secretary, Dumbari Deezua, said “those assassinated included a lecturer of the state University of Science and Technology.”
The statement added, “the lecturer was allegedly kidnapped on November 2, last year and his corpse was later found after few days.”
MOSOP added that the kidnap and killing of the lecturer was after he declared interest to contest the chairmanship election of his Gokana Local Government Area.
Calling on the President to urgently intervene as the Chief Security officer of the country to stem what they viewed as the rising tide of insecurity in the area they said another of their son was brutally murdered in Tai local government area after he indicated interest to run for the House of Assembly seat in the area.
Adding they said another one, a retired Director in the state Ministry of Agriculture was killed on February 1 this year.
The open letter titled: Political Assassinations in Ogoni, Rivers, said there were still threats of political murders in the area .They urged the federal government to step up security in the area.
“The Nigerian democratic process is understandably still evolving. But assassinating political opponents is simply despicable and rubbishes the country’s international reputation. Since the heat of the primary elections and the period between Nov. 2010 and Feb. 2011, five notable Nigerian citizens of Ogoni descent, have been murdered in cold blood. Yet, there are continuing accounts of intimidations and death threats to citizens by anonymous thugs.