The lawmaker representing Khana Constituency II, in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Friday Nke-ee, said the killing incidents in Ogoniland are most pathetic. He told BLESSING IBUNGE that the activities of cult groups in his community have brought suffering, fear and insecurity in the area.
March 1, 2017 will remain a memorable day for Okwale community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, following attacks by suspected cult group that claimed lives and razed buildings.
Khana is one of the LGAs in Ogoniland which is housing the ancient Bori community and it is known for its rich natural resources. The people of the area are also known for peace loving even as their means of livelihood includes farming, fishing and trading.
Activities in recent times had disturbed the peaceful community as an avoidable chaotic situation has resulted in incessant attacks from cult groups battling for supremacy area.
The once quite community has turned into war zone as indigenes no longer feel free to move around or do their business for fear of being attacked by suspected hudlums.
The AUTHORITY investigation revealed that the series of cult attacks which started as far back as 2013, had diminished the lives condition in the community as security agencies have not been able to trap or arrest any group as being responsible for the killings and destruction of properties in the area.
Pained by the killings which has started affecting other areas of the Ogoniland, a Lawmaker in the Rivers State House of House Assembly, representing Khana Constituency II, Hon Friday Nke-ee, who is also a victim of the attack, lamented the killings and destruction of properties and called on the faceless group to cease fire for the wellbeing and development of Ogoniland.
Narrating his ordeal, Hon Nke-ee disclosed that his family house was destroyed by the faceless armed groups, saying that the attack in his Okwale community was cult related, but wonders why the government and security authorities have not done anything to save them of further attack.
Nke-ee said: “Few weeks ago, precisely on March 1, my country home, my traditional home, my family house was dynamite and it collapsed right to foundation. So to say, am homeless now because that is the home that all of my family members are staying. A building with eighteen rooms set ablaze and the surprising thing is that we are not at war with any group of people. Is not an inter-tribal war, so is worrisome?
“So, because we are not at war with any group of persons, we are yet to discover the reason for this insecurity. The thing has graduated to the extent that they move from one community to the other.
“It is not just destruction of houses and properties but human lives have also gone down. Youths that would be useful to society and themselves tomorrow have been killed in their numbers. And one wonders if there will still be a future if they continue with the killings.
“This manifestation is cult related activities based on the information available to me. You know, cultism has become a faction among younger people now. Is either you belong or they intimidate you.
“We have made complains and written officially to the police authorities. Each time we make complain to them they will come, suppressed it but no arrest has been made criminals diversify their attack from one community to the other. And most time you call on the police they complain of logistics and manpower.”
Speaking further on the incident, the lawmaker disclosed that since the incident started in his community they have lost over 30 lives.
He said: “Khana constituency II, where I represent we do not have a war but rather what we are having is like a gorilla war within the place. Because you are not at war with any stranger or neighbouring communities, it is difficult to ascertain the cause of the war.
“In my own Okwale community in Khana LGA, over 30 lives have been lost since the problem started from 2013. It is very unfortunate and sadden and barbaric for man to be so inhuman to his own nature. Criminality is not a culture in Ogoni land, is an imported culture. Violence that has come into Ogoni and because is a strange culture, it has eaten so deep.”
Nkee-ee further advised youths of the area to shun violence and embrace peace, saying that “Under our watch, if I want to predict, I say the future is in danger because the youths today are leaders for tomorrow and no one can lead well by error. If those who are supposed to be leaders tomorrow have become a danger species, I doubt if there will still be future for us.”
However, the lawmaker has called on the Federal government, state government and other stakeholders to come to the aid of Khana people, saying that they cannot be sent packing through violence.