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IG warns youths against shutting down ExxonMobil's production

18 May 2015, 14:18

Eket - The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Aranse, on Sunday warned youths against plans to shut down Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited production in Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT), Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

Arase gave the warning at the Birthday and Thanksgiving Service of Aniekan Akpan, Chairman of Eket Council Area at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Shalom Model Parish in Eket.

He advised the group to desist from their plan, else they would face the wrath of the law.

"I am just receiving a message now that a group under the aegis of Movement of Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in Niger Delta (MOSIENN) has concluded arrangements to storm QIT.

"The group want to storm QIT, Ibeno, tomorrow to block the entire ExxonMobil’s routes and stop production so that Mobil cannot produce because of one reason or the other,’’ he said.

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Arase, who was represented by Mr Gabriel Achong, the Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, appealed to the people of Eket to assist by arresting the situation before it got out of hand.

"I want to plead to my brothers in Eket nation to assist and not to allow the intruders to come in and disturb your place because if this facility were in their own domain, they will not allow you to go there.

"Every time they come here and cause one problem or the other in the name of oil spillage as far back as in 1998; they continue to talk about oil spillage,’’ he said.

"Every time they will come to disrupt business activities in QIT; that is why the community and local government, instead of improving, is depreciating because they are driving away investors from the place.

"They are also driving away all the economic activities of the place because they feel that if this place gets on and improve, their own areas will go down,’’ he said.

"I am happy that I am sending this message in the house of God and God will listen to us all and God will help us not allow them to get into Eket or Ibeno to disrupt the oil giant activities,’’ Arase said.


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