Akpabio Scuttles Proposed Talks Between ExxonMobil And Militants, Threatens Protestors With Retaliation

Governor Godswill Akpabio and ExxonMobil's Mark Ward
By SaharaReporters, New York

 Akwa Ibom state governor Chief Godwill Akpabio, at a meeting of handpicked youths, called off a scheduled meeting on April 25 between ex militants and officials of ExxonMobil and threatened retaliation against those taking action against the oil giant.

Akpabio warned: ''Never again should the youths block the gate of ExxonMobil. I will not tolerate any violence on the part of the youths. The meeting between you and ExxonMobil scheduled for April 25 is cancelled.

Organisers of the April 2 protests however dismissed the governor’s remarks as an empty threat saying they would be compelled to seek self help since the governor has chosen to take sides with ExxonMobil against the aspirations of the people.

 “We shall take the next step in our strategic plan and the coming days shall be though as the struggle will enter the next level, we shall not be intimidated, we know what to do,” a member of the group told Sahara Reporters by phone on Saturday evening.

Observers recall that the governor on other occasions had sided with ExxonMobil to crush the agitation of youths and ex militants who were protesting the deplorable state of oil producing communities.

After the February 2008 oil spill that polluted the Atlantic shoreline and sparked off a protest, Akpabio visited the community in the company of ExxonMobil officials and promised to compel the oil firm to compensate the oil spill victims but nothing has been heard of the compensation till date.

 Akpabio further warned the selected group: “Don't allow people to push you in the wrong direction. Don't test the resolve of government because government is poised to protect life and property. Avoid indulging in violence, kidnapping, robbery and drug addiction''.
 

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this is not news

this is not news saharareporters. That a govenor intervened to avert crisis does not make him a bad leader. Akwa Ibom youth like free lunch and its quite unfornate

saharareporters

D oil coys has 2 clean up d oil spill in d 9ja Delta and prevent fuda oil spillage.D govt,coy,community should work 2geda 2 develop d society.I presume sabotage would reduce wen d host community (as stakeholders) protect d facilities.D coy must do CSR regulary.I c Gov Akpabio as a good person dat would not work against d interest of d masses.

I doubt the honesty of these

Recently I am beginning to doubt the agitations of these militants and protesters in the delta and creek areas of the Niger Delta.

These agitations having been ongoing before Akpabio and other Niger Delta governors came to power under PDP. So how come same youths and agitators voted them back into power in those areas.  As much as I know, the strenght of any party been able to win an  election through rigging is largely based on the number/volume of thugs and backing of militants available for use. If PDP governors continue to control the Niger Delta states, then it is a pointer to the support they get from the same militants or agitators.

Anyway, 2015 is round the corner, let us see if same agitators and militants won't rally round and campaign for the same party governors they are complaining about today.  Afterall 'WE VOTED FOR JONATHAN NOT PDP' they said!!!

This needs diplomacy and action

Oil producing communities deserve attention and development, not neglect. Government needs to address their problems to avoid the matter degenerating into violence.

Meanwhile, do not spend a day without visiting www.nigerianpro.com/news for frequently updated news that affect your daily business and work activities.

This needs diplomacy and action

Oil producing communities deserve attention and development, not neglect. Government needs to address their problems to avoid the matter degenerating into violence.

Meanwhile, do not spend a day without visiting www.nigerianpro.com/news for frequently updated news that affect your daily business and work activities.

This is a Shame

Akwa Ibom youth use your head.

Other state groans under bad leaders but you are privileged. Liaise with your governor to get employment and stop seeking some free money to drink Sapele water just for a day.

Value what you have now else, someday your eyes will clear.

MAY GOD PUNISH AKPABIO

Thief Akpabio and his generation will never know peace. He thinks he will be governor forever? Let him borrow a leaf of Advice from Alams and Ibori. All the people's destiny he has trampled upon, all the kidnappings, killings and intimidation for his 2011 ambition, all the poverty he has caused civil servants and the middle-class citizens of AKS will be answered one day; not in heaven but here on earth 1st. I put my faith in what a protester said during occupy nigeria: 1 DAY THE POOR WILL HAVE NOTHING TO EAT BUT THE RICH!!! Let them keep looting and ignoring the masses...REVOLUTION is boiling under the surface; I'm patiently waiting. Even Gadafi thought he was invincible with his mighty army; WHO THE HELL IS AKPABIO OR PDP TO IMPOVERISH MORE THAN 100,000,000 PEOPLE???

This man is about to allow

This man is about to allow militants and bombing in akwa ibom state,i wonder why why he likes voilence till date he his yet to explain the hundreds of kidnappings nd assasinations said to have been done by his boys, now he is going into the riverine area to indulge what he knows nothing about,no wonder abuja call him busybody ,spenthrift.justice is always slow

@Anonymous — April 23, 2012 - 00:02

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Big lies my people
The governor never said so, he is a peace loving person and doing all his best to develop Akwa ibom people. Those that call you, don't have the picture".
U seem to kno so much, and was probably at the meeting too, so y don't u tell us what exactly d governor said. Enough of just denying issues without addressing them.

Akpabio is a moron and ifot

Akpabio adia ifot. Akpabio will face hellfire on earth when he leaves office

GOD Helps us in naija

He was electeed by the same ppl now he has turned to god .. Ur time is almost up ask Gbenga Daniels, Ibori n Co

www.gamugaza.blogspot.co.uk

Big lies my people

The governor never said so, he is a peace loving person and doing all his best to develop Akwa ibom people. Those that call you, don't have the picture.

akpabio de mugu!

it all happens again when an impersonator like akpabio seeks further correspondence to his already diluted name, though tried his best to empower the oppressed commoners of Akwa-Ibonm supposed electorates. but akpabio is a vampire if he can't seek relevance in goodness as we can see, because after a storm there has to be a calm.

Re: Akpabio Scuttles Proposed Talks Between ExxonMobil And Milit

That virulent Akwa Ibom state governor Chief Godwill Akpabio,demonstrates his deliberate treachery and the worst aspects of his human nature such as immorality, selfishness, and greed from his stament above.He is so illitrate or ignorant to know that like, most indigenous peoples according to Mr ledum Mittee "the peoples of the region have traditions and customs deeply rooted in nature which have helped them to protect and preserve the environment for generations. The rivers which surround them are viewed by them not just as natural resources for exploitation but with deep spiritual significance....."

I advise the giddy Governor to visit Ecuador to learn how Government officials jealously protect indigenous oil producing communities.

Re: Akpabio Scuttles Proposed Talks Between ExxonMobil And Milit

That virulent Akwa Ibom state governor Chief Godwill Akpabio,demonstrates his deliberate treachery and the worst aspects of his human nature such as immorality, selfishness, and greed from his stament above.He is so illitrate or ignorant to know that like, most indigenous peoples according to Mr ledum Mittee "the peoples of the region have traditions and customs deeply rooted in nature which have helped them to protect and preserve the environment for generations. The rivers which surround them are viewed by them not just as natural resources for exploitation but with deep spiritual significance....."

I advise the giddy Governor to visit Ecuador, one of the smallest oil producing countries in South American to learn how Government officials jealously protect indigenous oil producing communities.

Thief is bragging

This, thiefing,chief Godwill Akpabio governor's loot of 1.5 million naira was stolen in lagos.That's the people's money the "nyoshi" was carrying about.Why is that we don't have shame in this country? if it's a white man,he will resign.A former illinois governor is in jail for bribery scandal.All Nigerian govenors cannot pass the test corruption in white man land.

A CASE OF A FATHER AGAINST HIS SON

I dnt know y he is d governor!may b d
Governor is to serve d interest of mobil n
Not his people.such is the stupidity of
Charlantans chosen by PDP to come n rule
Over us.

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Akpabio

Akpabio posterity will judge yu,u better allow mobil to pay compensation and change they living standard of they people dere. Imagine FCC constructing they road that leads to mobil and NDDC project hmm God will reward u

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