…calls for collaboration between government and security agencies in curbing insecurity.
Umbrella body of Ogoni youths, the Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) has condemned in the strongest terms the murder of Chief Robert Namene Loolo, the former paramount ruler of Luuwa community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers state.
On Monday 25th October, 2021, the gallant DPO of Bori Division of the Nigerian Police Force, ASP Angbashim Bako, led his men to a creek where they found and exhumed the carcasses of Chief Loolo, who was buried in a shallow grave.
Reacting to this ugly incident in Bori, the Traditional Headquarters of Ogoni People, the President-General of OYF, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana said it’s a sad reality that such act was committed by some rogue elements among us. The youth leader described the act as barbaric, mundane, primitive and a crime of the utmost savagery in the history of Khana.
He lamented the orgy of killings and wanton destruction of lives and property and stated that if not nipped in the bud, there will be no Khana in the nearest future. He further said the insecurity in the area in recent times mock and render nugatory the sacrifice of our forebears.
The youth boss posited that he finds merit in the argument of some Ogonis that hold the opinion that Khana and Rivers State Government are not doing enough to secure the lives of Khana people, and that the inability to discharge that fundamental duty of every government portrays existential threat the people faced in the hands of cultists, trigger happy and men of the underworld. He maintained that cultism and all kinds of atrocious crimes have blossomed because the government has been trivialising the killings, pampering criminal elements, thereby allowing the culture of impunity to reign.
In the same vein, the President-General demanded that the government and security agencies get serious with intelligent gathering to weed out internal collaborators, identify sponsors of these criminals, cut off their source of funding, supplies and punish fatally those found guilty.
He however charged all peace-loving and right- thinking Ogoni youths to expose and expel within their ranks those bent on causing unrest and instability in Khana. Yamaabana commiserated with the family of the deceased and Luuwa community and urged them to take solace in the fact that Late Chief Robert Loolo strive for growth, development and well-being of his people. He assured that OYF will not rest on its oars to ensure justice is served.
Lene Kingsley Lekue, Esq,
Publicity Secretary, OYF