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Explosions rock Tai community in Ogoni

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By  JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT – THREE explosive devices reportedly went off, yesterday, at a Banana farmland in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State. The multiple explosions, which caused panic in the area did not record any casualty.

A community source, who spoke to Vanguard on the incident, said the explosions occurred at the Ueke-Tai axis of the 2000-hecter banana plantation.

President of Ueke-Tai Community Youths, Nnaa Rekpana, enjoined the state government to increase security patrol around the farm, adding that members of the community were happy with the project.  He said it was very likely some miscreants from another area were behind the multiple explosions.

He said: “We have no reason not to be happy with the project because the state government has sorted out the issue of compensation. The farm is meant to cater for, not just Tai or Ogoni youths, but the whole of Nigeria, so we are happy with the project.

“All we are asking for is for the state government to mount security watch around here to ensure the security of the lives of both the natives and expatriate workers in the farm.”

A security source also confirmed the development. Effort to speak with the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ben Ugwuegbulam, was futile. The Banana farm is a joint venture project between the state government and a Mexican firm.

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