WARRI— THE Olare-Aja (eldest man) of Kpokpo community, Prince George Kolo Fregene, has described as a “deliberate and inciting misrepresentation of facts,” the naming of Kpokpo as a Gbaramatu community over the recent oil spill, which ravaged communities in Warri South-West council area of Delta State.
In a statement in Warri, the community leader said: “We are not against the collective agitation to seek redress against the polluter over the August 17 NNPC/PPMC Warri Escravos Trunkline spill, which has ravaged communities in the area.
“It is, however, inciting and most unacceptable that some fronts purportedly fighting for the interest of affected communities have been identifying Kpokpo, our community, as a Gbaramatu Ijaw community among other communities equally affected.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Kpokpo was founded and still exists as an autonomous Itsekiri community ably led by me currently. All companies operating in Kpoko land, including NNPC/PPMC, which are responsible for the current damaging spill must, therefore, take note and relate with the true indigenes of the community.”