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RIVERS GOVT THREATENS TO ACQUIRE DISPUTED OGONI LAND OVER COMMUNAL CRISIS

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The government of Rivers State has threatened to acquire a disputed land between Bomu and Lewe communities in Ogoni if they fail to end their communal war.


Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, who gave the hint said the State government will be compelled to acquire the disputed land if the two Ogoni communities fail to end the protracted conflict that has claimed several lives.


The governor made the assertion during the flag off of the reconstruction of Government Secondary School, Kpor in Gokana Local Government Area of the State on Wednesday.

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He noted that after the crisis that culminated in the killing of prominent Ogoni leaders in 1990s, fratricide should have been considered an unpardonable taboo in Ogoni by now.
“Prominent people in Ogoni have died. The few remaining you want to still kill them. If I were you people, what had happened to Ogoni should have made everybody to be together, to forget about killing one another again. Are you not tired of killing yourselves?”

Gov. Wike and others in Ogoni Land.


Governor Wike, who described the communal crisis between the two communities as saddening and regrettable, warned that after meeting with the two communities and they fail to resolve the dispute, the State government will acquire the land for public use.


“I will meet with the people of Bomu and Lewe. If you don’t agree, I will acquire the land. But I will give you the opportunity first and if you don’t agree, I will come and take the land and build what I want to build.”


Governor Wike commended Ogoni people for being supportive of his aspiration to govern the State since 2014 when he declared his intention. According to him, the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School, Kpor is in fulfilment of some of the promises he made to the people of Ogoni during his campaign.

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