SSS Cautions Abavo Monarch over Threat to Peace , Security

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State Security Service (SSS), yesterday    threatened   to arrest and detain the     Obi of Abavo  , His Royal Highness, Uche  Erehnuma  11,   if he  continues  to conduct himself in a manner that  was capable of  breaching  the   peace , security  and good orderliness  in the  Delta state .

Director,  SSS, Delta State command, Mrs.  Florence  Ikhanonen ,  it was  gathered    invited the Abavo Monarch  for questioning  following a petition filled by Senator Ifeanyi  Okowa , challenging his alleged involvement and connection  over   the siting  of a flow station by  Pan Occasion oil Nigeria  limited in   Owa- Alidima,  a community in Ika North East Local government area of Delta State.

In attendance at the meeting which held at the SSS  Head Quarters  in Asaba , were:  the Obi of Abavo ,  Uche Erehnuma 11 , representatives  of Pan Occasion Oil Company , led by  Felix Uweh , representative of Senator Ifanyi Okowa , Mr Barrister  Eugene Azuka Uzum and the Obi of Owa Kindom,  His Royal Majesty , Obi Dr. Efeizomor 11 (OON)  as well as the Onishe of Ejeme Aniogor, Chief S.N Etieh  and   village  heads in the locality, among others.   

Ikhanonen  , who chaired the meeting ,   threatened to  arrest  the  Obi of Abavo   if he  continues   to conduct himself in a manner that will result into break dawn of law and order in his community while urging him to   ensure that  peace , unity and good governance   reigns in his domain.

She also  ordered  the Monarch to dismantles  all the  barricade placed   on the road that  blocked  Pan Occasion oil company from entering and  carrying out their legitimate  operations in  Abavo   community pending when both parties finalized their  memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Agency, it was  also learnt,   directed the Monarch to desist from embarking on any protest in and around the state,  as that  was capable of inciting  security   breach and break down of law and order in the state.

She urged the communities to settle their difference amicably rather than recourse to violence which she said  might not be in the interest of peace and good neighborliness   among the people , while urging the Pan Occasion to ensure that  the entitlement due to the communities were  adequately paid .

But, the touch talking Obi Erehnuma , challenged the Agency to  arrest him , saying as long as Pan Occasion Oil Company has  renegaded their agreement of siting the flow station in Abavo,  they will  be no pace as he will not  allowed oil company  to carry out any exploratory activities. The youthful Monarch also threatened to carry out a demonstration march to the National Assembly to register his protest.

At the   meeting  the following altercation ensured ;  Ikhanonen;  “I  will arrest you if you do not conduct yourself very well,  we have several petitions against you , we are SSS , the company can move into  Abavo to carry on with their business , you do not have any right to stop them ,  you have to allow them do their work , the Federal Government investment is  in the project , if you do not allow  them  , I  will arrest you , you are not the first king  I have arrested,  if you   violate  the law , you will be arrested,  you are not above the law.

Abavo Monarch fired back ,  “ I will not  remove the barricades  if the flow station is not  relocated  to Abavo,  if you (SSS) like come and arrest me ,  I am the king of Abavo,  I will carry my protest to the National Assembly and I have instructed my lawyer to go to court to restrain Pan Occasion  from carrying out its activities in Abavo,  we are not asking them not to drill for oil in Abavo, we are asking them to do the right thing , Abavo is the only viable rig for Pan Occasion, we will not  do anything  to jeopardize the interest of the Federal government , it is the MD of Pan Occasion  that can  solve this problem, not his representatives”.

Meanwhile,  Pan Occasion representative  Felix Uweh  explained  that the decision to  sit  the  flow station at Owa –Alidinma, in Ika North East local government area   was informed  by  scientific  research and expert  studies carried out   on the soil  as  the current location   was not done under any economic or political consideration  but purely scientific , adding that geological survey and expert research  investigations  has since showed    that there are large quantity of    oil deposit  in Owa land.

He pointed out that Pan Occasion , as part of its corporate social responsibilities has executed   water projects in both Abavo and Owa  communities and its environs , adding that large sums of money has equally been paid to the people of Abavo  for its explorative activities in the community. He appealed that the blockage be removing to enable it resume work.

In his remarks, His Royal Majesty , Obi Dr. Efeizomor , Obi Of Owa Kindom  sued for peace and understanding among  communities and the oil company ,  adding that the people of Abavo and Owa are   good neighbors   because “ a large  number of  Abavo  indigenes  are doing business on Owa land and it’s my duty and responsibility  to protect and preserve them”, but warned that   “ we stand ready to defend the right and integrity of Owa  land  in the face of any aggression”

It will be recalled that Obi Erehmuna  a fortnight ago stormed Asaba  with placards demanding the relocation of Pan Occasion Oil Company’s flow station to his community , alledging that Senator Ifeanyi Okowa  was the mastermind of the siting of the flow station in Owa Alidima, but Okowa has since denied the allegation.

                                     

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