Residents of Ojobo community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Wednesday, shutdown Beneside Flow station operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as a way of protest.
The protesters, some of whom were half-clad women in their hundreds stormed the facility in speed boats and wooden canoes in the early hours of yesterday and stationed themselves on available spaces on the twin houseboats meant for staff of the flow station.
This act followed expiration of a 48hours ultimatum given to SPDC to address issues contained in a pre-existing General Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) the company entered with the community.
Addressing newsmen at the scene of the protest, spokesperson for the protesters, Prince Doubra Baro, demanded an immediate take-off of a Community Interdependency Electrification Project (CIEP – Gas Turbine), which, according to him the community and SPDC mutually agreed upon and signed under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2001.
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“We are demanding for the immediate release of the GMoU fund which is being withheld by a popular bank in connivance with SPDC. We also demand that SPDC should revisit and implement its abandoned legacy projects as well as the immediate employment opportunities for Ojobo indigenes into SPDC at all levels which has been denied since 1971, and that EMVAL and /or any other subsidiary company currently operating or working at Benisede Flow Station should stop forthwith and there should be no further award of contracts to non-indigenous contractors at Benisede”, he added.
The community demanded an explanation as to when, how and where the purported June 2005 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Final Report of Benisede Catchment Area Field Development Plan (FDP) Phase II was carried out, a demand that due royalties are paid to Ojobo community for the illegal Horizontal Drilling at Osuopele Oil Field (OML 46) since its discovery in 1977.
Further demand by the community, “Educationally, we ask that specific scholarship quota be given to Ojobo Community indigenes that are in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, that the Tenancy Agreement between Ojobo Community and SPDC in 1971 be renegotiated for fairness, equity and justice, and that indigenous company owners be allowed to register with SPDC.”
Efforts to speak with the Community Relations Officer in charge of the flow station, proved abortive.
Three Boys Gang-rape SS 1 Student In Ondo School
Three secondary school students have been arrested by the police for gang-raping a 14-year-old SSS 1 girl in Ondo State.
The suspects identified as Idris Matthew,17, Olawale Tobi, 18 and Ajayi Micheal, 17, carried out the crime in Akure High School in the Akure South Local Government Area of the state.
The victim was said to have gone to the bush close to the school to defecate when she was accosted by the trio.
A source within the school claimed that the boys forcefully had carnal knowledge of the victim during the school break.
One of the sources added that the girl entered the classroom with a bloodstain on her uniform.
It was gathered that the suspects had been monitoring and disturbing the girl for a while before hatching their plan.
Confirming the incident, the police spokesperson in the state, Funmilayo Odunlami said that the suspects “lured a 14 years old student into the bush at the back of the school gate and gang-raped her.”
The three suspects, she said, “are in custody.”
ASUU Protests In UI, UNILORIN Over Alleged ‘Victimization’ Of Members [Photo/Video]
Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU staged a protest in the University of Ibadan, UI against alleged victimization of their members by the Federal Government following the 8 months strike recently called off by union body.
Members of the Ibadan zone of the ASUU, in their numbers, protested at a rally held inside the university campus on Monday.
Similarly, members of the ASUU of the University of Ilorin chapter on Monday also protested against what they described as the casualization of intellectual workers in the country.
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Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Ibadan zone stages a peaceful protest against victimization of their members by the Federal..
The university Dons, who went around the major areas of the university community were seen carrying various placards to make their grievances known.
[JUST IN] Adeleke: Panic In Osogbo As NURTW’s Gunshots Rain
Residents of Gbongan Road, Osogbo, Osun State capital, were thrown into panic, Monday morning, as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, exchanged gunshots in the area.
Workers who rushed out to resume in their respective offices, students, pupils who were moving out to their respective schools in the area had to scamper for safety due to the gunshots.
The gunshots and its consequent panic were experienced from the popular Olaiya Junction to Ogoluwa area, all on Gbongan Road, Osogbo.
Info Daily reports that Gbongan Road housed several motor parks viz: Ore Park; Ibadan Park; Lagos Park; Gbongan Park; Ile-Ife Park, among others.
Info Daily gathered that the incident was as a result of the new government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, sworn in yesterday, hence the impetus for NURTW members who are of the PDP chasing out those in leadership of the Union who, Info Daily learned, are of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
A resident of the area who spoke to Info Daily at Oduwoye Petrol State, adjacent Zenith Bank, Gbongan Road, but does not want his name mentioned, said NURTW members who belong to PDP want to assume office in different parks in the area hence the force and gunshots.
The resident who spoke in Yoruba said: “They are shooting gun because new government wants to take over at the parks. Yesterday, a new government was sworn in, so those in NURTW too want to change government. Before now, because APC was in power, all the people in leadership positions at the parks are APC members, but now that Adeleke, a PDP member has been sworn in, those who are of the PDP in the parks want to take over too. They are shooting gun to chase away APC members, they want to take it by force.
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“I was told it happens anytime there is a change of government. When a new government with a new party comes in, the people in leadership positions would be chased away because they all belong to the old government. So, it seems to be usual something. It will be put under control, that is what some people told me.
Another NURTW member who also spoke in Yoruba said: “They are fighting because they said they swear in Adeleke, that is the reason for the gunshots.”
When asked if Adeleke was not duly elected by Osun people but he forced himself in like the NURTW members were trying to do, he declined comments.
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