Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
Traditional leaders of the Ogoni communities in Rivers State have appealed to the federal government to ensure a mop-up of arms and arms-bearing criminals from the area, ahead of the government’s planned implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme ( UNEP) 2011 report on environmental clean-up.
The royal fathers also urged the government to increase military presence in Ogoni land, but charged the security operatives on maximum caution and professionalism.
The President, Supreme Council of Ogoni traditional rulers, and the traditional ruler of Tai kingdom, Gbene Mene of Tai, HRM. Godwin Giniwa, made this appeal at the weekend , while receiving the Minister of Environment, Ms. Amina Muhammed and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jubril in his palace.
Giniwa, who spoke on behalf of other Ogoni traditional rulers and chiefs present at the palace, noted that the security situation in the area had degenerated to a dangerous situation.
He added that governments genuine intention to protect Ogoni people from arms bearing criminals in the resent military operation in the area was politicised.
According to him, Ogoni is found in a dangerous situation where arms and arms bearing criminals are present in every community.
The traditional leaders hereby pledged their support to the deployment of military operatives into Ogoni land until all arms in the communities are mopped-up.