Home News Normalcy Returns To Rumuolumeni Axis Of Port Harcourt Following The Release Of 5 Community Leaders Arrested By NNS Pathfinder As Protest By The Youth Disrupted Economic Activities

Normalcy Returns To Rumuolumeni Axis Of Port Harcourt Following The Release Of 5 Community Leaders Arrested By NNS Pathfinder As Protest By The Youth Disrupted Economic Activities

by Anita Ogona

Normalcy has returned to the Rumuolumeni  Axis of Obio/Akpor, In Rivers state following the intervention of Rivers state government including officials of NNS pathfinder Who met with the leadership of the community to prevail on the youths to clear the blockade mounted at the entrance and exist points of the area.

Earlier in the day residents had woken up to the surprised protest by the youths of the area, leading to the Blockade of all The internal and link roads in Rumuolumeni community over allegation that the Nigeria Navy NNS pathfinder has been arresting community leaders for demanding adequate compensation from oil Related activities from multinationals operating in the area.

Protesters bearing placards with the inscriptions: “NNS Pathfinder stop intimidating us”, “we are peace-loving Community”, “Marine Solutions pls employ our youths”, block parts of Rumuolumeni Iwofe road.

Road users plying through that road  faced difficulties following the blockage of the road at St. Johns junction and Aker junction of Rumuolumeni road, Port Harcourt.

Commuters carrying petroleum products all parked on the road following the blockage of the road by the protesters. School activities was stalled as Members of the Public were advised to avoid the Rumuolumeni/Iwofe road axis as the area was on lockdown

A joint Military task force comprising of the Nigerian Army, Police and the Nigeria Navy deployed to the area to ensure there is no security breach, but were resisted by the rowdy session at the palace of the paramount ruler of Rumuolumeni shortly after the officials of Rivers State government arrived for peaceful negotiation with the community but the daring youths during the  meeting demanded that the roads blockade would be opened if the five leaders arrested by NNS Pathfinder on allegation of kidnapping some company workers operating clandestinely in the yard of NNS pathfinder in the area were released and secured

Economic activities started picking up in the Evening with the opening of the road as the protest  lingered till the evening time caused untold hardship to commuters, Resident of the area who could not access the area until later in the day when the roads were opened for residents and the business people to access following the intervention of the delegation from the state government, officials of Nigeria Police, NNS pathfinder and the representatives of the community leaders who secured the release of the five community leaders arrested by NNS pathfinder over allegations of kidnapping workers of Ocean Marine Solution which has been accused of operating clandestinely in the yard of Navy.
The community Leaders arrested include the CDC chairman of Rumuolumeni Ikechi Williams including four other stakeholders of the community were released by Police.

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