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Itsekiri group raises alarm over whereabouts of retired Chevron staff

By Aniema Umoh

WARRI—Itsekiri Grassroots Movement, IGM, has raised alarm over the whereabouts of a 48-year-old retired Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, employee, Churchill Agbelogode, arrested alongside five others, on January 7, 2017, by men of the Nigerian Navy, NNS Delta, along Enerhen Road, near Warri has thrown family members, friends and associates into confusion.

In a statement, IGM explained that since the arrest of Agbelogode alongside a member of Delta Waterways Security Committee, Bounanawei Smith and four others, three of them were released, on January 12, while Agbelogode, who voluntarily retired from Chevron in May, 2016 as a result of health issues, Smith and another of their associates, had been in detention in an unknown destination for reasons unknown to family members and people of the Niger Delta.

The statement by Awala Emiko and Blessing Yonwuren, President and Publicity Secretary of IGM, respectively, claimeded that apart from denying access to family members and attorney of Agbelogode, security officials were yet to establish contact between the detainee and members of his family, as well as press charges against Agbelogode.

According to the group, the six children of Agbelogode, including an undergraduate and four secondary school students, had not been able to return to school due to cash crunch and emotional trauma, while his wife and other family members had continued to suffer in agony, fearing that Agbelogode’s health situation may have deteriorated.



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