By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—A community leader in Ogba Ndoni Egbema Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Chikeobi Alali, has been arrested for allegedly disrupting production at an oilfield operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC.
The community leader’s wife, Mrs Ngozi Alali, told newsmen, yesterday, that her husband was arrested by the Joint Task Force, JTF, code named Operation Delta Safe, OPDS, on Saturday.
She said: “My husband was arrested by soldiers and taken away. When we traced them to the headquarters in Yenagoa (Bayelsa), the soldiers feigned ignorance of his arrest, but we kept insisting until they admitted that he was in their custody but they denied me access to him.
“Efforts by his family and lawyer to secure his bail have been fruitless. We were told on Monday to write a letter to the Commander of JTF to allow us to see him but after writing the letter, we were told that the commander was not around.
“My husband is the Chairman of the Local Government Oil and Gas Landlords Association. He was arrested with the secretary and one other person, the two others arrested along with him have since been released.”
She explained that the problem they have with the oil company borders on failure to review an expired agreement, saying that the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, review has dragged for long.
According to her, “At the last meeting they held last year, they gave a deadline of November 2016 and all the parties agreed that if after November 2016, the agreement was not reviewed, the community would shut down the oil wells. That was why they arrested him.”