Lagos - Ogoni youth groups are demanding the
release of the paramount ruler of the Yeghe community, Barinaadaa Gbaranee, who
was recently arrested by members of the Army.
The National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP) and youth
wing of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) condemned the
action, which they described as an abduction.
“NYCOP demands the immediate and unconditional release of
the paramount ruler,” said Young Nkpah, NYCOP President.
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Nkpah said NYCOP wished to place on record it was
disheartening to note that it was only in Ogoni that “people of high stake” in
the society can be treated as common criminals.
The Army should save us from remembering that we are fifth
We demand the immediate release of Chief Gbaranee and an
apology granted him.”
Soldiers from the 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt,
stationed in Bori, Rivers State, arrested Gbaranee on Tuesday.
Members of the Army have maintained a presence in the
region, in search of an ex-militant, Solomon Ndigbara.
- CAJ News