*State Government to meet with leaders tomorrow in Asaba
“No light for kokodiagbene community, no crude oil for Chevron”
The people of Kokodiagbene community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State has raised the alarm over alleged plan by American oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to clamp down on leaders of the community over their recent demand for electricity supply from the company and implored the State Government to call the company to order.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Government has invited five leaders of the Kokodiagbene community to a meeting tomorrow, Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 2 pm in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) over the matter.
Hundreds of indigenes of Kokodiagbene in Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West local Government area of Delta State had on February 1, 2017 stormed the Otunana flow station operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) protesting against the company’s refusal to supply electricity to the oil rich community and threatened to shut down operations of the Company at the expiration of a 14-day -ultimatum
But with the expiration of the ultimatum, the community on Sunday, February 19, 2017 alleged that the company was planning to set up leaders of the community against security agents, especially the Joint Military Task Force (JTF).
Chairman of Kokodiagbene community, Comrade Sheriff Mulade alleged in a press release on Sunday said that, Chevron Nigeria Limited is planning to set up leaders of kokodiagbene community against security agents especially JTF.
The statement said: “We want to categorically state that no amount of connivance, intimidation, oppression and threats of arrest will allow us to succumb, give us our light, then you can operate peacefully. No light for kokodiagbene Community, no crude oil for Chevron.
“It is unfortunate that Government and security agents whose primary responsibilities are to provide social amenities and adequate security for her citizens have become tools in the hands of multi national oil companies in Nigeria for reasons best known to them. It is a pity.
“We want to appeal strongly to the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to call the management of Chevron to order because instigating Nigeria security agents against us is not a solution, but connecting us to electricity is the solution”, the Community leader said in the press release.
“Chevron and Government at all levels may succeed in intimidating and arresting us with security agents today but you will not succeed in closing the matter” Mulade warned.
Comrade Mulade disclosed that five members of the community have been invited by the Delta State Government for a meeting, tomorrow Monday, February 20,2017 at 2 pm in the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), saying they were ready to honour the invitation and present their case against Chevron Nigeria.