A Civil Right Lawyer, Barrister Festus Keyamo has petitioned the minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh to look into illegal occupation of a federal government facility in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri.
The petition was written on behalf of Blacksprings Nigeria Limited and signed by Omonade Matthew, dated December 12 and addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. It alleged that Lokpobiri had forcefully taken over the Borokiri Coastal Fishery Terminal after it has being officially leased to Blacksprings for two years by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
According to the petition, Blacksprings Nigeria Limited following an agreement with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture was assigned military officers that were posted to the terminal and have been able to curb all illegal bunkering activities going on in the area.
The petition which noted that the facility has been under siege of armed soldiers described Lokpobiri’s action as “absolutely illegal, unlawful, uncouth, uncivilised, unconstitutional, incomprehensible and untenable in a sane and civilised society.”
t therefore asked Ogbeh to call Lokpobiri to order and also direct the General Officer Commanding ( GOC) of 6th Division, Nigeria Army Bori Camp to order his men to leave the premises.
The petition read in part “sir, ordinarily our client would have proceeded to court to institute action for trespass but considers it necessary to draw your attention to the actions of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture which our clients believes you are totally oblivious of. In the light of the above, we call on you to use your good office to call Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Agriculture and his boy, Ayakpo Wilson Dauyegha to order as their action which was allegedly taken on behalf of your Ministry constitutes trespass.
“ Sir we demand that you direct the General Officer Commanding ( GOC) of 6th Division, Nigeria Army Bori Camp, Port Harcourt to hand over possession of Borokiri Coastal Fishery Terminal, Port Harcourt, Rivers state which has been under siege of Military officers from 6th Division, Nigerian Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt since 5th day of December 2016 back to our client”