Ogoni youths picket NNPC over planned resumption of oil exploration

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Hundreds of Ogoni people in Rivers State, yesterday, staged a peaceful demonstration that paralysed business activities at the offices of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in Port Harcourt, over its plans for fresh oil search in the community, The Sun reports.

The protesters, who included members of Ken Saro-Wiwa Associates (KSA) and other residents of Ogoni, blocked the entrance to the premises of NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), demanding that the planned resumption of oil exploration in Ogoniland should be stopped.

Speaking, while handing over a copy of the petition mean’t for the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Dr. Maitanti Baru, leader of the protesters and Coordinator of KSA, Chief. Gani Topba, condemned the alleged issuance of a licence to operate OML 11 to one Robo Michael Limited to resume exploration in Ogoniland.