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Rivers threatens to acquire disputed Ogoni land

By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

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

Governor Nyesom Wike gave the warning on Wednesday during the commissioning of the reconstruction of Government Secondary School, Kpor in Gokana Local Government Area.

He noted after the crisis that culminated in the killing of prominent Ogoni leaders in 1990s, Ogoni should have considered fatricode an unpardonable taboo.

He said: “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?”

Wike described the communal crisis between the two communities as saddening and regrettable.

“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,” he said.

Wike commended Ogoni for supporting his aspiration to govern the state in 2014.

He said the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School, Kpor was in fulfillment of some of the promises he made to the people of Ogoni during his campaign.

Wike insisted only the best quality job would be accepted from the contractor and directed that every fund required for the project to be released to the firm.

The Governor also said that a police station will be built near the school as part of policy to beef up security around learning institutions where boarding facilities were provided for students.

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