A U.S based Ogoni group, the Ogoni Community Development Network (OCDN) has threatened to mobilize Ogoni people against Senator Barry Mpigi over reports of violence linked to him. In a press release made available to Ogoninews.com and signed by the organisation's president, Johnson Kuele, the United States based group accused Senator Mpigi of being behind the recent embarrassment, arrest and torture of the President of MOSOP in the hands of Nigerian security forces in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The MOSOP President was on his way to Port Harcourt according to accounts by Sahara Reporters on January 2, just two days to the annual Ogoni day event when he was accosted, roughly handled and whisked away by security men attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Tactical Squad in Port Harcourt. OCDN warned that never again shall Mpigi's be allowed to threaten the peace of Ogoni without an appropriate action to expose him.
The group said Senator Barry Mpigi's sponsorship of divisions in Ogoniland at a time Ogoni was beginning to witness some calm and return to normal community life was very disturbing and should not be tolerated..
The group in the statement further noted that Senator Barry Mpigi's conduct especially as the key mastermind of the detention and torture of the president of MOSOP on January 2 were calculated to cause crises in Ogoni and a public protest against Senator Mpigi at the National Assembly will become necessary to expose the unpleasant activities of the senator in Ogoni.
The group accused the Ogoni-born senator of seeking control of the apex Ogoni group with a view to win their endorsement ahead of the 2023 governorship race and adviced the senator to conduct himself more appropriately or shelve his governorship ambition.
OCDN also urged the Ogoni people to be prepared to take every steps necessary to put senator Mpigi to check including a possible recall and public protests at the National Assembly.