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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Obasanjo is irresponsibly dangerous

WARRI— EIGHT persons were feared dead yesterday while about 10 houses were burnt after a military helicopter gunship fired on several barges being used by illegal oil bunkerers at Perezouweikore-gbere, an Ijaw community in the Warri South local government area of Delta State.

Obasanjo's using helicopter gunship to fight illegal bunkering in Warri shows once again the total state of aphasia this administration is in. The lack of idea plagueing the ruling elites. Why use bomb on your own community when you can simply shut down whatever illegal operation was going on peacefully and positively? Is the Nigerian army at war?


“The gunship, on a routine patrol this morning, spotted some barges used by the bunkerers. Accordingly, the barges were destroyed,” said Major Said Hammed, spokesman for the joint military task force based in the Delta.
Hammed said it was not clear whether anyone had been killed in the attack. Around eight barges were destroyed on a river near the scene of the attack.


It spotted the barges and threw bomb on it? These were barges with petrol in them and the possibility of explosion didn't even cautioned these military dimwits, or of human beings getting injured or killed. This is preposterious!!!


Hammed said the task force commander, Brig. Gen Elias Zamani, in turn reported to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia, who ordered the air strike.
Accordingly, he said, the Air Force was ordered to destroy the barges. “The bombardment of the barges caused an explosion, which community leaders now refer to as the bombardment of the entire community.”


When you bombed oil barges within the community vicinity, what do you expect?


“They attacked our people with rocket launchers and so many people are right now missing. Somebody’s hand was cut off by bullet, while several people were inflicted with bullet wounds. We are calling on the Federal Government to come to our rescue. War has been declared on us. Those who were fishing when the attack was launched sustained several injuries and we are looking for over eight persons and we do not know if they are dead now.


So this is how government's operation restore hope is to be carry out then? To annihilate a whole community so that oil business can be secure?


The military operation, which reportedly took place around 1pm yesterday, left the oil city of Warri swarming with victims of the bombardment who claimed the military aircraft took off from Osubi Airstrip, owned by Shell, to rain bombs on their community. The victims most of whom were brought in by speed boats had series of wounds as soldiers guarding the Miller Waterside Jetty prevented newsmen from speaking to them as they were being evacuated.

1 Comments:

Blogger sokari said...

This is nothing new for the Obasanjo regime. e has simply continued the occupation and violence against Niger Deltans that was started by his ruthless predecessors Abacha and Babangida. Obasanjo himself has actually proved worse since his first venture, the attack on Odi Town in November 1999.

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