By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – BONNY Kingdom, Rivers state has declared it would evict their Andoni neighbors from further occupation of Finima Finishing Ports “if the Bonny people continue to experience criminal attacks and provocations from the Andoni occupied spots”
Youth Leader in Bonny Local Government Area, Simeon Wilcox, sounded the threat yesterday in Port Harcourt in response to last week’s conflict which left a disputed numbers of Andonis, including a pregnant woman dead and one indigene of Finima still hospitalized after a brutal attack in the area.
Wilcox said, “Enough is enough. Andonis are not the only tenants the Bonny people in Finima have given spaces in the Ajalimoni, Amariari and Light House Fishing Ports to better their lives. Finima is also host to the Ilajes, even Hausas and other groups in our land.
“It is regrettable that cultism, piracy, and terrorism are beginning to creep into Bonny which has been adjudged as the most peaceful locality in Rivers and it is on record that in all the cases security operatives have apprehended these criminal elements, all were found to be Andonis or those they harbour in our land”
“They say we are the aggressors which they have not proven, but we have proof of our people being killed and regularly attacked in the waterways. If they keep terrorizing us and relevant authorities fails to act, we would have no option than to evict them from our land. If we hated them, we wouldn’t have accommodate them all these years”
The Youth Leader of Bonny, host to the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG, and vast other oil and gas assets in the area, also expressed disappointment at the recurring criminality in the midst of robust presence of security operatives in Bonny.
“We have often said it, that government is only interested in securing oil assets in Bonny and hardly cares about the lives of our people who own the land. We have a large army settlement in Bonny, Navy has a base there, DSS, civil defense corps and other paramilitary agencies are there, yet our people are being killed and robbed everyday”
He called on Governor Nyesom Wike to expedite action on the constitution of the Neighborhood Watch Corps, to police Bonny, hoping that, “It will give us sense of belonging in policing our lives and property as our own people would be involved in the security process”