…Give NNS Delta 5-day ultimatum to release arrested ex-militant leader
By Emma Amaize, Perez Brisibe
OGULAGHA—THERE was tension, weekend, at Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, as youths threatened to shut down oil operations at Forcados Export Terminal, Forcados North and South Bank Flow Stations, Yokri, over the arrest of an ex-militant leader, “Gen” Bonny Gawei, by the Nigerian Navy Service, NNS Delta.
The youths, who held a crucial meeting, yesterday at Obotobo 1 community, also issued the NNS Delta a five-day ultimatum to release the ex-militant leader, who they said, was invited to a security meeting at the Navy Base, Warri, last Thursday, only to be arrested.
Ogulagha youth leader and chairman, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, in Ogulagha Kingdom, Doubra Okotete, in a statement, said: “We have resolved to shut down all oil operations in our kingdom, which also include the Forcados North and South Bank Flow Stations, Yokiri, and the Forcados Terminal Operations, Offshore drilling activities and a host of others.
“A five –day ultimatum is given to the Nigerian Navy to release our son unconditionally. The youths hereby call on the Nigerian Navy to unconditionally release Gen. Gawei so as to avert a breakdown of law and order as we shall stand by our ultimatum as shut down operations of oil companies within our domain if our ultimatum is taking for granted.”
“It came as shocking news, last Thursday, as the Nigerian Navy under NNS Delta, invited the ex-militant general Gen. Bonny Gawei for a security meeting at the Navy Base in Warri. On getting there, the ex-agitator was arrested and till this minute, the exact location of Gen. Bonny Gawei is yet to be ascertained by his kinsmen.
“The ex-militant leader Gen. Bonny Gawei accepted the Presidential Amnesty initiated by Late President Yaradua and ever since, has been working tirelessly with his kinsmen and security agencies to ensure that the oil -rich Ogulagha Kingdom located in Burutu council of Delta State, which serve as host to multinational oil companies such as SPDC, Chevron, Agip, Forcados Export Terminal, North and South Bank Flow Stations and others are safe to operate within his domain and this has accelerated the oil production rate, which in turn, has boosted the Nigerian economy.
“Gen. Bonny Gawei is one very key reason why oil multinationals are operating peacefully in our kingdom. No kidnapping of oil workers, neither is there harassment of oil workers as we are peaceful and see our visitors as part of us.
“Nobody comes to work in our kingdom and complain of insecurity, we have being contributing majorly to the Nigerian economy for over 50 years of oil exploration and exploitation without our kingdom being developed. Hence, our people cannot be intimidated, as the arrest of Gen. Bonny Gawei is nothing but a plot to embarrass a man, who has sacrificed so much for peace to reign in our region.”