A Niger Delta environmental activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has condemned the recent attacks on Conoil facility in Koluama, Bayelsa State.
It was reported that a militant group, Koluama Seven Brothers, on January 6 2019 carried out an attack on oil facility owned by Conoil in Bayelsa State
He described the attack as a negative and senseless approach to express displeasure.
While appealing to the Nigerian Army to go after the perpetrators and save Koluama community from invasion, he stated, “It is condemnable for anybody or group of persons to put on a charade of fighting for a community and memorandum of understanding.”
The activist sympathised with management of Conoil over the economic constraints that would be occasioned by the interruption of operations as a result of unprovoked attack on their facility.
Mulade, who frowned at the attack, noted that attacks on oil facilities often creates unnecessary tension, military action, economic disaster and environmental degradation, which can jeopardize the relative peace in the Niger Delta communities and also undermine national security.
“I urge Koluama community to disassociate themselves and condemn the dastard act; the issue of who gets what from the company does not justify any form of criminality and group of community youth related recklessness that tends to unleash terror on investors and oil facilities.”
“Such must be rejected. The community should caution anyone who seeks to take laws into their hands by sabotaging the peace, economic and environmental and social wellbeing of the people”, he added.
“In this period of general election which requires a crime-free atmosphere and environmental stability for better exercise, no one should create room for strangers to feel that Niger Delta is not secure for the exercise as such attack is senseless and a crass display of ignorance and selfishness,” Mulade stated.