Politicans Not Behind Ogoni Killings -Mpigi

The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Barry Mpigi has debunked insinuations that the killings and gang war in Ogoni land are sponsored by politicians.

Mpigi stated this during a condolence visit to the family of a deceased member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Austin Nwakoh. The federal lawmaker noted that such allegations that politicians are the ones sponsoring violence in the area is wrong, even as he blamed the crisis on cultists who are fighting for supremacy.

“What is actually going on in Ogoni is criminality, desperation and hoodlums trying to hijack the leadership of the area. Sometimes people talk about politicians as those sponsoring what is happening in the area,” he stated.

Senator Mpigi explained that before joining the PDP, he was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), noting that no politician has bought any weapon for hoodlums to carry out their heinous crime.

He further said that it is unfortunate that those he describe as ‘bad boys’ have chosen to constitute a menace to the society; but said that such wicked activities would not be for long.

“I can tell you wholeheartedly that there is no politician involved. I was in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and I moved to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). Right in the PDP one pin (probably referring to guns) was not purchased and given to any person.

“What is happening in Ogoni is a matter of these boys misbehaving among themselves,” the Rivers South East Senator stated.

Mpigi assured the people of Ogoni that with the new security architecture code named ‘Operation Sting’ put in place by Governor Nyesom Wike in Rivers State, the security agencies will ensure that those responsible for the crisis are arrested and prosecuted.

“It is just a matter of the security agencies and we mapping out the strategy necessary to make sure all these things (crime) are over. It will be a thing of the past soon.

“I can assure you that from the first community of Akpajo (Eleme Local Government Area) down to the last community of Ikuru town (Andoni LGA) both in the Rivers South East Senatorial district, all these boys perpetrating these wicked activities and the killing of innocent people, we will trace them and stop all these rubbish that is happening in the area,” Senator Mpigi said emphatically.

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