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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has warned the Ogoni people about the fake report claiming that billions of dollars would soon be paid to the Ogoni people as hydrocarbon pollution compensation in line with UNEP recommendations. As such, Ogonis in their numbers on daily bases congregate at the offices of the National Identity Card Commission along Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway, Port Harcourt for issuance of the card in readiness for the reparation.

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has warned the Ogoni people about the fake report claiming that billions of dollars would soon be paid to the Ogoni people as hydrocarbon pollution compensation in line with UNEP recommendations. As such, Ogonis in their numbers on daily bases congregate at the offices of the National Identity Card Commission along Port Harcourt/Aba Expressway, Port Harcourt for issuance of the card in readiness for the reparation.

MOSOP has also been informed of another gang of fraudsters circulating fake forms in local communities for employment, recruitment into the Nigerian Armed Forces and environmental clean-up contract and collecting the sum of three thousand naira (N3,000) each, in return from unsuspecting citizens.
 
“It is regrettable that in spite of our earlier warnings regarding the spurious report and the activities of the fraudsters, our people have failed to heed the warnings and are now victims of the criminal tendencies of these 419ers. We would say for the umpteenth time that there is no upcoming Ogoni environmental degradation compensation as claimed by the fake report. The UNEP report, we must say, did not recommend financial recompense but restoration of our devastated environment, which would last for about thirty years. That story of reparation is false and should be discountenanced”, MOSOP said today in Port Harcourt.
 
“We would as well advice the people against purchasing the said fake employment, recruitment and contract forms and to report those selling the forms to the police,” it also said.
 
“MOSOP is aware that believers of the falsehood drew inspiration from the compensation recently paid to the people of Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Council. The truth is that the Bodo reparation was paid as the outcome of her suit instituted in London against Shell over the 2008 and 2009 oil spills, which destroyed its environment. Presently, MOSOP is intensifying efforts to ensure that the Federal Government of Nigeria matches its promise of implementing the UNEP report on Ogoniland with action, the Ogoni umbrella body further stated.
 
Whilst MOSOP recognizes the importance of the national identity card, we are opposed to Ogonis visiting the commission to obtain the card as qualification for the spurious, “soon-to-come environmental pollution compensation”. We would therefore passionately urge our people to stop thronging the identity card issuing commission as it would yield no meaningful result but waste of time and other resources as we are afraid, there is no such upcoming compensation; employment or recruitment or remediation contract.
 
To be fore warned is to be fore armed.
 
Signed:
 
Bari-ara Kpalap
Media/Public Affairs Advisor to the MOSOP President
3 July, 2015

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