A Niger Delta environmental rights activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has condemned in strong terms the recent attacks on Conoil facility in Koluama, Bayelsa state, describing the attack as negative and senseless approach to express displeasure with an appeal to the Nigerian army to go after the perpetrators and save Koluama community from the fear of further invasion.
It was reported that a militant group, Koluama Seven Brothers, on Sunday, January 6, 2019 carried out an attack on oil facility owned by Conoil energy company, in Bayelsa state.
Reacting, the activist sympathised with management of Conoil energy over the economic constraints that will be occasioned by the interruption of operations as a result of unprovoked attacks on their facility.
Comrade Mulade, who frowned at the attack, noted that attacks on oil facilities often create unnecessary tension, military action, economic disaster and environmental degradation which could jeopardize the relative peace in the Niger Delta communities and also undermine national security.
His word: “It is condemnable for anybody or group of persons to put on a charade of fighting for a community and memorandum of understanding.
“I urge Koluama community to dissociate themselves and condemn the dastard act, the issues 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 elections 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”