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APC dismisses Ogoni compensation as bribe

07 March 2016, 12:30Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected plans by the Rivers State Government to compensate families in Ogoni following the recent crisis in the region.

Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ikanya, said the offer was in “bad faith.”

“We are convinced that the government simply wants to bribe and induce the people to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming rerun elections under the guise of providing compensation to affected families,” Ikanya said.

He queried why other victims of violence had not been compensated.

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“The APC is tempted to ask (Governor) Nyesom Wike why he has not promised or provided compensation to the victims of killings in ONELGA, Ahoada East and other areas where violence has taken place recently. Are those other areas not part of Rivers State?

Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area (ONELGA) has suffered recurrent violence with the APC reporting its supporters were targeted.

Ikanya was reacting to the announcement by Kenneth Kobani, Secretary to the Rivers State Government on compensation of Ogoni families.

The area has suffered tragic violence as the army pounced on areas believed to be dens for criminals. 

- CAJ News


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