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 Ogoni People

The Ogoni Kingdom (also known as the Ogonis) are one of the many indigenous peoples in the region of southeast Nigeria. They share common oil-related environmental problems with the Ijaw people of Niger Delta, but Ogonis are not listed in the list of people historically belonging to Niger Delta. They number about 1 million people and live in a 404-square-mile (1,050 km2) homeland which they also refer to as Ogoni, or Ogoniland.


The Ogoni rose to international attention after a massive public protest campaign against Shell Oil, led by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) wishes to acknowledge the profound threats to the peace of Ogoniland occasioned by the activities of Belema Oil Producing Limited and Robo Micheal Limited. Consequently, MOSOP is considering blacklisting Belema Oil and Robo Micheal as ...
The Norwegian Envoy, Ambassador Kjemprud said the world was interested in the ongoing clean up of Ogoni, adding that Norway, as one of the biggest donors of the United Nations, was also committed to the safety of Ogoni people. "From what I have observed, Ogonis have been really patient to see this ...

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) on Wednesday said it has uncovered a plot by key oil industry operators in Nigeria to kill its President, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara. It said the plot was being hatched through the sponsorship of local Actors who have been contracted to engage in a ...
More discomforting is the crisis of confidence between the Federal government and the Ogonis who have repeatedly doubted the government's sincerity in the orchestrated clean-up issue. This crisis, needless to say, has taken its toll on the overall environment of Ogoniland and the psyche of Ogonis as ...
The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has disclosed that will focus on three key issues - Ogoni cleanup, desertification and erosions control - this ... "We need to clean Ogoni land of oil pollution so that if and when we are diversifying they can also do their farming and fishing activities.
"We want to alert the world of the activities of two oil companies, which have engaged local Actors, sponsoring groups and individuals solely to cause crises in Ogoni to justify a crackdown on activists and treat the current leadership of MOSOP in the same way it dealt with a generation of Ogoni leaders in ...

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike says the Federal government has not done enough to implement the Ogoni environment clean-up programme. ... Wike averred that, "I'am not against oil prospecting in Ogoniland at least that will improve our revenue, but there are fundamental issues.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has shocked Rivers people and Nigerians when he revealed that Songhai farm and the multi-million Naira banana farm both in Tai local government area in Ogoniland established during the administration of Chibuike Amaechi were secretly owned by private ...
For example, on 19 March 1993 Shell sent a letter to the governor of Rivers State, where Ogoniland is located, requesting his "intervention to enable us carry out our operations given the strategic nature of our business to the economy of the nation." After General Sani Abacha seized power in November ...
In what resembles actions taken during the brutal reign of the infamous Abacha regime, the Nigerian government apparently decided to reinvest into the exploitation of Ogoniland, perpetrating gross human rights violations along the way. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP), ...
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) urges the Nigerian government to put a stop to the constant human rights violations by Shell, *********** Limited and other oil prospecting firms who now use Nigerian soldiers against local resistance to force the resumption of oil production in ...
Ogonis are kicking against resumption of oil activities in the their land especially the exploration of OML Eleven. A Frontline environmental activist, Celestine Akpobari in an interview with our correspondent said the plan to begin oil exploration when impacted sites are yet to be cleaned is insensitive.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) urges the Nigerian government to put a stop to the constant human rights violations by Shell, RoboMichael Limited and other oil prospecting firms who now use Nigerian soldiers against local resistance to force the resumption of oil production in ...
P/Harcourt - The cloud is thickening, and the blanket of fear has continued to envelope all. This portrays the current situation in Ogoniland suggestive of a possible outbreak of another major oil war between two oil companies, a development, which is tearing apart the indigenous people of Ogoni ethnic ...
An ecologist, Mr Dennis Ugwuja, has appealed to the Federal government to fast-track the clean-up of oil spill in Ogoni land, Rivers. Ugwuja, also the Executive Director of climate change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI), an NGO, made the appeal on Wednesday in an interview with the News ...
MOSOP has said that the attempt by RoboMichael Nigerian Limited to resume oil exploration in Ogoniland, Rivers State, was a threat to the peace and security of the people of the area. Meantime, COTRAL has demanded an apology from MOSOP for accusing the traditional rulers of Ogoni of invasion.
An ecologist, Mr Dennis Ugwuja has appealed to the Federal government to fast-track the clean-up of oil spill in Ogoni land, Rivers. Ugwuja, also the Executive Director of climate change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI), an NGO, made the appeal on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen ...

The entrance to the corporate headquarters of the Nigerian national petroleum corporation (NNPC) in Abuja was on Thursday barricaded, as persons said to be representing the Ogoni people of Rivers State staged what they called a non-violent protest against shell and NNPC. They accused both shell and ...
"OCDN therefore condemns this impunity, rejects the re-Constitution and expansion of a people-based committee to include Senator Abe's cronies. "We are very concerned about developments in Nigeria's Ogoniland and reject this action as it is not only illegitimate to alter a people-based decision by the ...
A picture taken on June 13, 2017 shows fishing boats tied down on the riverbanks of the Bodo River devastated by oil spills in Bodo, in the Gokana district of Ogoniland, southeast Nigeria. One year after the much-heralded launch of a clean-up programme, the oil slicks that have blackened the waters, killed ...
Dating back to 4 January 1993, Ogoni Day is celebrated to remember the Ogonis' peaceful struggle against discrimination, suppression and the destruction of their environment and livelihoods by international oil companies and the Nigerian government for now more than six decades. The Unrepresented ...
"I want to congratulate the Ogoni people for their steadfastness, resilience, courage and commitment in the struggle for a fair and just country where all citizens can live meaningful lives. "I congratulate President Buhari for the commitment that led to the cleanup of Ogoniland and the progress made so far.
Pyagbara, who thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for addressing the environmental problems in the area, expressed displeasure with the delay in the provision of the emergency measures included in the report on Ogoniland by the United Nations. He said: "The efforts are indeed too slow and are ...
Meanwhile, His Royal Highness, Mene Daniel Wida, Mene Bua-Bain, stated that the body was borne out of the desire of the oil producing communities of Ogoni to front the agitations for the liberation from marginalization and development. Wida said: "These communities feel the impact of oil exploration ...
The senator said that the committee, made up of Ogoni representatives on the Board and Governing Council of Hydrocarbon pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, was mandated to meet with the Minister of Environment and to update the people on the financial releases and progress on the Ogoni ...
Ibrahim disclosed this at Bori, in Khana Local government Area of Rivers State, at the weekend, during a consultation meeting with the Conference of Ogoni Traditional rulers, women and youths.She said the firm was granted licence by the Federal Government last month to operate the OML 11, and to also ...
But speaking, Chairman of Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, Mene Bua-Bagha, HRH, King Suanu Baridam, who was among the decision makers that brought Robo Michael to Ogoni, said: "We the chiefs, elders and youths of Ogoni invited Robo Michael Nigeria Limited for a meeting. Based on the ...
Ibrahim, who was represented at the meeting by the Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of Environment, Ishiyaku Mohammed, said the government would leave no stone unturned in the bid to clean Ogoni land and appealed for patience from stakeholders in the region. "This is to assure the entire ...
"There is genocide in Ogoni, because our waters have been destroyed. The UNEP report has been abandoned. The highest event we have today is burial. We are demanding that every Ogoni son in the Governing Council has Board of Trustee of the Hydrocarbon pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, ...
The body also demanded unreserved apology from Shell petroleum Development Company, SPDC, for allegedly destroying Ogoniland and exposing the people of the area to suffering, hardship and pollution. National Coordinator of KSA, Chief Gani Topba, made the plea yesterday, at the Ogoni General ...
The President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP), Chief Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, has stated that Ogoni people appreciate the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to address the environmental nightmare in Ogoniland. He also admonished Ogoni ...
The Minister said the slow pace of the clean up is not deliberate but an opportunity to set up institutional structures that will stand the test of time, adding that the Ogoni clean up is a pilot project that is meant to set precedents for other impacted sites in the Niger Delta. The Minister called for support and ...
Barely 18 months after the clean up programme of the Ogoniland was flagged up, President Muhammadu Buhari, has given an insight into why the project is yet to kick off. The project, which was launched in June, 2016, in Rivers State, has attracted a lots of criticisms with the Governor, Nyesom Wike, ...
The president of Ogoni ethnic nationality bloc comprising of four Ogoni local government areas of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme (KAGOTE), Dr Peter Mede, said, "The bureaucratic process is delaying the implementation of UNEP. We need a waiver that will stop the money for the cleanup being tied down ...
The euphoria that greeted the launch of the Ogoni clean-up project has not only faded since nothing has been done almost two years after, the report, the other day, of the budget of a paltry N20 million for the exercise in the 2018 spending plan has advertised a certain unseriousness on the part of ...
He said: "I feel disappointed that Governor Wike would even bring up the issue of the UNEP exercise in Ogoniland, not to talk of criticising the APC government over the process. He had the opportunity of making it happen when he was a Minister under President Jonathan, but he didn't move a limb.
A picture taken on June 13, 2017 shows fishing boats tied down on the riverbanks of the Bodo River devastated by oil spills in Bodo, in the Gokana district of Ogoniland, southeast Nigeria. One year after the much-heralded launch of a clean-up programme, the oil slicks that have blackened the waters, killed ...
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has allayed fears that the Ogoni clean-up project has been abandoned adding that it would soon commence. He gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja at a National Summit on the Niger Delta Cleanup themed: "Management of Contaminated Environments in Nigeria for ...
She gave the assurance in Bera-Ogoni, Gokana Local government Area of Rivers State, when Senator Magnus Abe (Rivers Southeast) hosted ...
Leyii Kwanee has accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of attempting to politicise the ongoing UNEP cleanup of Ogoniland.
Kwanee, who represented Khana Constituency 11, said the Federal government had shown enough commitment to salvage the plight of Ogoni ...
The trainees, drawn from the four local government areas of Ogoni, Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme, were trained on skills to detect the state of ...
Shell encouraged a crackdown, which led to killings and the burning of villages in the oil-producing Ogoniland region, the rights group added.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has accused the Federal government of being unserious with the clean-up of Ogoniland. The Governor ...
While receiving members of the Senate Committee on Environment , Wike had noted that the "Ogoni clean up programme remains a project ...
The Environmental rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria has trained over 50 youths of Ogoni land in the skill to monitor the clean up of ...
The Hydrocarbon pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), has rallied people of oil impacted communities in Ogoniland, Kpean and Buan ...
He said that the Ogoni clean-up required extensive planning, scientific analysis, community involvement, and genuine partnership to achieve ...
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP) has condemned the "killing of 3 youths" of Luebe community in Ogoniland on ...
-Ogoni people cry out over government's failure to implement the clean up of Ogoni land. -They opined the situation is negatively affecting the ...


 

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