Landlords to the Nigeria
Agip Oil Company
(NAOC) have protested
alleged neglect and
marginalisation by the oil firm.
The protesters on the platform
of Concerned Landlords of Land
and Swamp Areas in collaboration with the Ijaw Youths Council Worldwide, who stormed the
Head Office of Agip in Port
Harcourt, alleged that they were
The protesters had placards
with various inscriptions such
as: "NAOC has Overstepped its
Bounds; "NAOC Must Have
a GMoU with Direct Owners of
Oil Wells and Facilities in Land
Area and Swamp; "We Have
the Right of First Refusal;
"NAOC Give us our Rights or
you leave our land.
The director-general of the
Concerned Landlords of Swamp
and Land Areas, Onisoya James
Odu, threatened that the body
would shut Agip's operations in
the area if their demands were
Odu maintained that they
would exhaust all peaceful means
to ensure justice for the people,
adding that if Agip failed to adhere that the body would confront the firm.
He said, "We have come here
to let the world know what we
are going through. We have
tried all we can as peaceful landlords of Agip to resolve all issues. The message we sent
across they treated it with levity.
"We have told them in our earlier briefing that we will exhaust
the three Cs, Consolidation,
Consultation before Confrontation. If all our demands are not
met, we will have no other option than to confront them and
shut all their operations on our
land, he said.