House Committee Cautions Ogoni Unity Against Crisis, Killings


Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The House of Representatives Committee on the Army investigating the February 22 and 23 military invasion of Ogoni communities of Rivers State has called on politicians in the area to he united against crises and killings in the area.

 Chairman of the committee, Shawulu Kwewum, spoke on Tuesday in Port Harcourt after a fact-finding visit to Ogoniland over alleged killings of people of the area by operatives of the army.
He also said the committee would summon the military hierarchy over the killings and destruction of properties in the area during the invasion.

He said the committee would hear the military side of the story before coming to conclusion on the matter and submitting its report to the house.

    He said the House is in a hurry to ensure that the people of Ogoni return to their normal life without fear of molestation or intimidation by the military.

He called on Ogoni politicians to come together regardless of their political affiliations and find a lasting solution to the crisis and insecurity situation in Ogoniland.

The House of Representatives Committee on Army rounded off its fact finding visit to Rivers State with a visit to Yeghe, Zaakpon, Sime and Bori communities affected by the February 22 and 23 military invasion.
Members of the committee inspected the level of destruction of the house of ex-militant leader Solomon Ndigbara when they visited Yeghe community.

Other places visited by the federal lawmakers include Taabaa junction in Bori where over five people were killed including two Igbo brothers who operate a fast food in the area and a Berber.
The committee upon making a brief stop at Taaba junction at the Caravans where two Igbo brothers Kelechi and Linus Nwafor were shot dead allegedly by the Army, discovered litters of live bullets around the shops.

Members of the committee also met with family members of those killed and injured in Yeghe, Zaakpon and Bori communities as well as inspected the level of damage done to the senatorial office building of Senator Magnus Abe before rounding off their visit.