Yenagoa - Hundreds of women in the Agrisaba area of Bayelsa State are likely to stage a nude protest against oil company, Agip, following tensions between the firm and communities in recent weeks.
Some 800 women, including those from Aduama, Apainke, Ogboma and Abokolo-Ama, are expected to protest as the arrest of a local leader, King Walter Agri, heightened the tensions.
Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) arrested him recently for allegedly leading the strike against the oil firm.
“In our considered opinion, a peaceful protest is the best way we can register our grievances and call the attention of government to this brazen violation of the rights of the paramount ruler,” the Agrisaba Women Coalition for Change (AWCC) stated.
The coalition said it had resolved to embark on a peaceful protest to the Port Harcourt Office of Agip to demand for the release of Agri and the implementation of all outstanding agreements the firm had with the community.
“The protest of the 800 strong women may take the form of nudity to convey, with dispassionate intensity, the anger of the Agrisaba women against the violence AGIP has perpetrated against the people,” AWCC stated.
Angry youths and elders of the community recently staged a protest march against the management of Agip over its alleged non-payment of compensation over the oil spill, non-payment of contracts done for remediation of creeks and canals for three years, its refusal to clear pipe line routes and its refusal to award the surveillance contract to indigenes.
Police and government officials have been petitioned ahead of the protest by women.
Dates for the protest had not been revealed.
- CAJ News