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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Kokori Women Protest Nude Over Kidnap Suspect Kelvin Oniarah's Arrest

Women of Kokori, the country home of Delta
suspected kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Oniarah, who
was arrested September 25, by a combined
team of Department of State Service, DSS, and
the army, while staying in a hotel in Port-
Harcourt, Rivers State have called for his
release.

Despite the expressed wrath of Governor
Emmanuel Uduaghan over the alleged support
they gave their suspected kidnapper- son,Kelvin, the women maintained that the
community was being marginalized as stated by the alleged kidnap kingpin and asked the
governor to develop Kokori.

The protest, which went wild, last weekend,
started penultimate Saturday when the women
returned from the market angry that soldiers
allegedly came to upturn their wares, asking
why they should sell food items to Kelvin boys,
who were fighting government.

They went round the community half naked
raining curses on the soldiers that night. The
next day, Sunday, the women were joined by
members of Liberation Movement of Urhobo
People, formed by the alleged kingpin, last
month, and they really went fanatical.

The spokesperson of the protesters, Madam
Irerevwo Oyokoko, called for the release of
Kelvin and the arrested chief priest, Michael
Omonigho, insisting that government should
attend to his (Kelvin) demand, instead of
arresting him and terrorizing the entire community with soldiers.

Noting that indigenes of other communities in
the Niger Delta that carried arms against
government were granted amnesty, Oyokoko
asked why Kelvin’s case was different.

Led by the oldest Kokori woman, they trooped
to Isiokolo, drumming, dancing and raining
curses on their monarch who they accused of
conspiracy.

According to them, since 1961 when oil
production started in Kokori, the community
has practically nothing to show for it.

Meanwhile, Kokori people in Ghana, last
Sunday, decried the invasion of the community
by the military under the guise of searching for
gang members of Kelvin, calling for withdrawal
of the troops.

Leader of the Kokori community in Ghana and
public relations officer of Urhobo Progress
Union, UPU/ South-South community, Ghana,
Mr. David Ukueku, said the entire Kokori
people in Ghana were incensed by the invasion.

   Source: orjioreporter

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