Ogonis ask Shell/NPDC to quit

Thousands of Ogoni people yesterday staged a peaceful protest against alleged resumption of oil exploration by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in their area and asked them to quit.

The protest came a few days to the seven day ultimatum MOSOP gave the two companies to stop further engagements on their planned resumption of oil extraction in the land till further notice.

MOSOP had also insisted that broad-based discussion with all stakeholders and not the adoption of divide-and-rule tactics by Shell, should be among the issues to considered be anything would be done on their land.

The protesters who gathered at the Kpobie Junction in Gokana Local Government Area with placards, marched to the location where staffof the companies were presumed to be working.

MOSOP President, Legborsi Pyagbara who addressed the protesters charged Ogoni people never to surrender to the oppressors, saying they would sustain the non-violent struggle for their land.

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