‘Stop Militants Threatening Utorogu Gas Plant’

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The Environmental Health and Communications Initiative (EHCI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has urged the Federal Government to stop militants terrorising a section of Delta State.

The NGO, with a mandate to monitor the communities hosting the multi-billionaire Utorogu Gas Plant in Ughelli South council of Delta State, said the activities of militants endanger the livelihood of residents.

A report by EHCI after a study of how agitation by the Niger Delta Peace Coalition (NPDC) against companies in Iwrekan, Otor-Udu and Otu-Jeremi communities, which host the Utorogu Gas plant Phase 2, showed that militancy endangers their economic lives and constitute grave security challenges in the Niger Delta.

It called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the group ‘’because any attempt to jeopardise operations of the existing companies in the area, would further worsen the economic hardship of the people as these companies, such as Lee Engineering, are the ones building and maintaining the stability and economic wellbeing of the communities.”

The stakeholders, who spoke in the report include: Matthew Ediri Egbi, Okaboro of Ughievhen Kingdom, some of his palace chiefs,  and the past Chairman of the Iwrekan Community Development Committee (CDC), Chief George Djukpan.

A statement by Comrade Ogheneovo Otobrise and Egbanki Onovughe, said any attempt to breach the peace and security of the area through fraudulent propaganda would not be tolerated.

It urged security agencies to stop the militants, adding: “The organisation has lost touch with reality and is only trying to blackmail the locals and shut down the economic livewire of the people through reckless blackmail and baseless, untruthful and fake petitions aimed at cheap propaganda.”

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