Clean-Up: Activist Alleges Threat To Life


A youth leader and environmental rights activist in Ogoni, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana, has alleged threat to his life by the President of KAGOTE, Dr Peter Medee for refusing to withdraw a civil case filed against the Hydrocarbon Pollution, Remediation Project, (HYPREP) at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.
In a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, and made available to The Tide, Yamaabana, who is the president of the Ogoni Youth Federation, an apex youth based organisation in Ogoni, said he now lives in fears following the threats to his life.
“On the 17th of December, 2018 at about 12:25pm, , the president of Kagote, a socio-cultural group in Ogoni, Dr Peter Medee sent death threat to me on a what sapp group “young pathfinders of Ogoni” and accused me of being a murderer, kidnapper and member of a secret cult group”, he said.
Yamaabana further stated that the Kagote president made bold his threats, that he would “use the police to exterminate him, “if I do not withdraw the case I filed at the Federal High Court against (HYPREP) and the Federal Ministry of Environment over the non-implementation of the United Nations, Environment Project, UNEP, report in Ogoni”.
The youth leader who described the allegations as malicious called on the police to investigate the matter by inviting the Kagote president for interrogation.
He said the Ogoni Youth Federation was concerned about the environmental terrorism committed in Ogoni and would always galvanise support to draw local and international attention to the plight of the people.
He added that the Ogonis had suffered decades of environmental degradation and its attendant consequences of untold poverty and death, and any attempt to further slight the people by any double standards will be vehemently resisted.
He called on the federal government to ensure that the Ogoni clean up is followed according to the recommendations of UNEP.
Efforts to reach out to the Kagote president for comment was not fruitful as several calls made to him could not go through.

Taneh Beemene