….condemn kidnap and murder of traditional ruler


The Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) has blamed the Rivers State Government and government of Khana Local Government Area for the rising insecurity in Ogoni Kingdom, especially in Khana LGA.

President of the umbrella body of Ogoni youths, Engr LEGBORSI YAMAABANA said the argument and opinion of some Ogoni people that the Rivers State Government and Khana LGA are not doing enough to secure the lives of the people of Khana appears to be true.

In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of OYF, LENE KINGSLEY LEKUE and made available to Brave Views, YAMAABANA also said that the inability of the two levels of government in the state to discharge their fundamental duty of securing the lives and property of the people of Khana in particular from the existing threat facing them in the hands of trigger happy cultists and other gunmen is a source of concern.

Engr YAMAABANA stressed that cultism and all kinds of atrocious crimes have blossomed in Ogoniland because the government has been trivialising the killings and pampering criminal elements, thereby enthroning the culture of impunity to reign in the area.

The President of Ogoni Youths Federation, LEGBORSI YAMAABANA advised the government and security agencies to liaise and adopt intelligent gathering, as a measure to identify sponsors of the criminal elements, weed out internal collaborators; cut off their source of funding and supplies and then fatally punish those found guilty.

The Ogoni Youth leader said these while reacting to the kidnap and murder of the former paramount ruler of Luuwa community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chief ROBERT NAMENE LOOLO by some hoodlums.

The paramount ruler was abducted from his community, taking to a forest and killed after collecting ransom money from his family members and relatives.

Recall that on Monday October 25th 2021, the DPO of Bori Division of the Nigerian Police Force, ASP ANGBASHIM BAKO led a team of Police men to a creek where they found and exhumed the decomposed body of Chief LOOLO, who was buried in a shallow grave by his abductors.

Engr LEGBORSI YAMAABANA described the development as a sad reality, alleging that the act was committed by some rogue elements among them.

He further described the act as barbaric, mundane, primitive and a crime of the utmost savagery in the history of Khana.

He lamented the level of killings and wanton destruction of lives and property, arguing that, if not nipped in the bud, “there will be no Khana in the nearest future”.

Parts of the statement reads: “He further said the insecurity in the area in recent times mock and render nugatory the sacrifice of our forebears.

“He however charged all peace-loving and right- thinking Ogoni youths to expose and expel within their ranks those bent on causing unrest and instability in Khana.

“YAMAABANA commiserated with the family of the deceased and Luuwa community and urged them to take solace in the fact that Late Chief ROBERT LOOLO strived for growth, development and well-being of his people”.

Finally, he assured that OYF will not rest on its oars to ensure justice is served.

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