Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MOSOP Bars Oil Firms From Ogoniland

This Day
20 September 2011

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has vowed to apply what it described as "justifiable stiffer resistance," against attempts by the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or any oil company to resume oil production in Ogoniland.

The group said the resistance package would include the "use of tactics to protect Ogonis, their families and property against physical attack". The tactics, it said were part of the indigenous Ogoni customary and traditional law, designed to prevent desecration of ancestral lands and sacred sites.

The MOSOP General Assembly took the stand yesterday after reviewing the report of a committee it set up on August 18 to review the Federal Government's declaration that oil production on abandoned Shell's 30 oil wells in Ogoniland would commence as planned notwithstanding a damning United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report that indicted Shell Petroleum Develop-ment Company (SPDC) for causing serious environmental contamination and threat to human lives in Ogoniland that would take 30 years to clean up.

The committee, which included representatives of 10 affiliates of MOSOP, in its report submitted to the MOSOP General Assembly meeting on Friday, accused the Federal Government of being responsible for the environmental tragedy in Ogoniland, while Shell was its partner in crime....

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