Police Brutalize Youth Protesters in Akwa Ibom, 10 Arrested, Reporter Assaulted

By SaharaReporters, New York

A reporter with a local tabloid in Akwa Ibom today got a taste of police brutality as he was assaulted and molested by policemen deployed by Universal Energy Resources to brutalize members of its host community in Mbo council area.

A team of policemen from Mbo Division clashed with protesting youths at the Stubb Creek Marginal Oil operated by Universal Energy Resources Ltd in Akwa Ibom.

In their hundreds, the youths blocked the access road to the oil field in Mbo local government of Akwa Ibom.  They were dispersed by police who shot sporadically into the air, sending the protesters scampering for safety.  Five youth leaders were arrested and taken to the Mbo Divisional Police Headquarters in Enwang.  One person received gunshot injuries and is reported to be receiving treatment at a private clinic in Oron.

The Divisional Police Officer, Superintendent of Police Anietie Eyo who led the operation confirmed the arrest of ten youths and said that they have been transferred to the Area Command Headquarters in Oron.

“We arrested five youths and have transferred them to the Area Command in Oron where they are currently being detained,” he told SaharaReporters.  “We are expecting reinforcement to fortify the manpower that we have to forestall further escalation of the situation here.

Mr Eteka Etim, Youth President of Mbo Youths Development Association, said that police brutalization of youths is unacceptable and would be resisted.

‘We were conducting a very peaceful demonstration without using any arms nor ammunition but to our greatest surprise the DPO opened fire on us and shot one person,” he said, stressing that the battle line had been drawn.  “We shall fight this battle till the very end.”

SaharaReporters learnt that officials of Universal Energy had hatched and perfected the plans within the one week that the youths suspended the strike action.

Universal Energy Resources is owned by the Akwa Ibom government< with Chinese Oil firm SINOPEC as technical partners.

The youths disrupted operations at the oil field last month when they sacked oil workers from the field over the refusal of the oil firm to sign an MOU with them.

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Our Youth Can Change

My people of Akwa Abasi Ibom State, under the leadership mandate of his Excellency, the Executive/Digital Governor,Obong Godswill Obot Akpabio. I want to humbly use this medium to appeal for our violence youth at the police custody. It would be pertinent not to dehumanize them because of their misconduct performance in our community. Let's look into it reparatively and destructively. I am in United Kingdom as of now studying Reconciliation and Justice. I think this program will help me work together with our youth from various communities to let them know the effect of conflict resolution or violence. It will be a time to let discover who they are and make the most of their lives. So I will only be very happy and oblige to use my God's given knowledge and wisdom to serve my State. once again, for the victim youth at detention,please just follow the principle of restorative or reparative justice. Thank you.

Another JUDAS

Protesters in Akwa Ibom where are they during the days of Militant. Another JUDAS

Niger Delta Issue

Niger Delta is yet to know that they lose in Nigerian civil war. when they are given GUN by Northerners to kill there fellow eastern BROTHERS.
At the end of the day eastern Nigeria lose the war. And you have to pay the price of a loser. Why are you complaining.
After the war the entire land in niger delta was divided by the northerners in the name of oil allocation and some part given to Cameron (bakasi).
You will never understand this until oil is discovered in you room and caterpillar demolish it within 24hours without compensation.
Be aware that northerners consider you as the most dangerous Nigerian who can sell his brother.

Niger Delta never Understand

Niger Delta is yet to know that they lose in Nigerian civil war. when they are given GUN by Northerners to kill there fellow eastern BROTHERS.
At the end of the day eastern Nigeria lose the war. And you have to pay the price of a loser. Why are you complaining.
After the war the entire land in niger delta was divided by the northerners in the name of oil allocation and some part given to Cameron (bakasi).
You will never understand this until oil is discovered in you room and caterpillar demolish it within 24hours without compensation.
Be aware that northerners consider you as the most dangerous Nigerian who can sell his brother. It is not easy for a cross river man to convince a northerner the he is not Ibo man or Michael Chinedu from river state to say he is not ibo if you like answer Michael Johnson. You are JUDAS

Re: Police Brutalize Youth Protesters in Akwa Ibom, 10 Arrested

Police brutality is babaric, outdated & undemocratic.

Let d Police fight Boko Haram, Niger Delta militants, Banks robbers and other criminals rather fighting innocent youths seeking employments.

Cowards!

POLICE ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The Nigerian Police Force please stop brutallising the innocent and unarmed citizens for fighting for their rights. You have a lot to do, such as tackling the challenges of the boko haram that gives you sleepless nights.

AKWA IBOM OIL

Abeg Abeg Abeg these youths should be heard. For crying out loud , they carried a peaceful demonstration not a riot. Police ! Police!! Police!!! The Nigerian police needs to go for retraining. They should be able to to distinguish between a riot and a peace demonstration. And also when to shoot at sight and when not to. They were not thieves!!!Besides, who owns the oil? Governor Akpabio ia s good listener. Pls let them chanel their grievances to him if they MOU DOESNT WORK. Afterall, its the govt company.

Frankly

This is where the relevance of MEND comes in. That is why that group must be supported by all right thinking Igbo man. They seem to be the only strength and voice we have as it stands now. Thumb up MEND!

@Police Brutalize Youth Protesters...

Is there no freedom of peaceful protest in Nigeria?
What is government of Akwa Ibom state doing to curb this police brutality? From Aba to Ikot Ekpene to Uyo to Eket and the rest of Akwa Ibom state, it is common to see stern looking Hausa/Fulani policemen always to ready to kill-just for oil wealth. Why can;t they leave us alone and start harnessing the solid mineral deposit in the North to create more wealth in Nigeria and employ jobless youths for goodness sake? What is the meaning of all this nonsense? Must the people of Niger Delta continue to suffer, be killed and rob of their possessions by strangers who even refused to listen to them except to loot and kill? Niger Delta people where are you?????????

too bad

the youths have the right to protest and they should not be brutalised. police, be cautioned.

Until we learn to involve the

Until we learn to involve the oil bearing communities in oil exploration activities, by offering them jobs in that sector the use of the police and army to brutalize them as we saw in Ogoni, Umechem, Odi, Gbaranmatu and recently Ayakoroma, would never work. Why is it only in africa that we see such madness. Alaskans in the USA are enjoying every bit of their oil wealth. There is a very serious indigenization policy going on in the oil producing areas in the middle east. Apart from the indigenes enjoying paid holiday abroad, they also enjoy free education up to univeristy level. I have often wondered why we cannot give to the oil producing communities what we take out of her. Oil and gas is pumped out of the ground, what is sent back is ordinary water. This is why the land use decree must be abrogated to enable the villagers have full control of their oil resources.

Who owns the oil? Of cause

Who owns the oil? Of cause the people that they kill.

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