Kalabari stage bigger protest in P’ Harcourt


From CHRIS ANUCHA, Port Harcourt

President Goodluck Jonathan has been accused of being the brain behind the boundary adjustment, which ceded some communities in Rivers State to his state, Bayelsa. The president, through his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Rueben Abati, had denied any involvement in the controversial boundary adjustment.

Speaking during a press conference in Port Harcourt yesterday, after a protest march, which terminated at the Rivers State Government House, Mr. Ibim Dokubo said the fundamental shift of the boundary between the two sister states was masterminded by the president when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State.

According to him, deputy governors handled boundary issues, adding that, “the problem of boundary adjustment started when the president was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State; doubled when he became the governor, tripled when he was vice president and quadrupled, when he became the president,” he said. He wondered why a boundary between two sister states could be adjusted without impute from one of them.

Earlier, Kalabari chiefs, sons and daughters, had marched to the Rivers State Government House, where they presented document containing their grievances to Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, through his Deputy, Mr. Tele Ikuru. Before presenting the documents to the deputy governor, the leader of the protesters, His Royal Highness, Disrael Bobanuel, Amayanabo of Abonnema, said the boundary between Rivers and Bayelsa had been in existence for over hundred years.

“Suddenly, we realized that a fictitious map was published between 2000 and 2002. In that map, the boundary was moved from Santa Babara River to St Bartholomew,” the royal father said. He explained that when they wanted to agitate, they were told to exercise restraint, as Supreme Court had assured that the mistake made in the 11th edition of the map would be rectified in the 12th edition.

According to him, as they were still waiting, they woke up one day only to discover that over 90 per cent of Kalabari land and resources had been ceded to Nembe, Bayelsa State. He said: “Kalabari has a well-defined chieftaincy tradition, dating back to 14th century. We are not ready to be under Nembe traditional council. We are not ready to have our brothers, being under Bayelsa, while they are being fed from Rivers State.

There is no reason for the movement of the boundary, and it is done illegally. If this is allowed to continue, nobody knows what will happen next. “We have been pleading with our people; they are becoming restive and restless.” Responding, the deputy governor commended them for their peaceful disposition. He said the case of Soku had been giving the state government concern. According to him, Soku had been part of Rivers State until the boundary was adjusted.

Ikuru disclosed how N17 billion, accruing to Rivers State, was paid to Bayelsa State last month. He also alleged how their complaints were not given attention by the necessary Federal Government agencies. “We went and they blocked us, eventually, we went to the court, even at the court, things are tight. “As a matter of fact, we are at crossroads, the point we are now is to appeal to the National Assembly to see that Justice is done.

We call on the National Assembly to step into the matter.’’ In his address, the Amayanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, Prof. T. J. T. Princewill, described as injurious, malicious and surreptitious plans to excise 80 per cent of the oil and gas bearing communities and settlements in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, and making them part of old Brass Division.

“We make bold that our President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is very well acquainted with the facts of this explosive matter, but has allowed it to fester. Maybe, because his native state is the beneficiary of this arrogance and outright wickedness, against a people, who solidly stood by him, more than any other group in the federation, when he passionately sought help to ascend to the high office of president of our dear county,” he said.

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  2. This matter should be resolved without delay to avoid community clash or something worse than that. Nigeria should pls do something before something do some people. I beg u. We are tired of bloodshed-news in this blessed Nation.

    • Lora Scandinevia on

      Who cares about communual clashes? the blood of the Igbos the betrayed to death during the war is now in operaton! the buildings that bolongs to the Igbos they declared abandoned property and bought them with one one pounds has rise up against them. Kalabari and Nembe, rise up fight for the owner of Soku land, kill yourselves. We are ready to send you relief materials as soon as the disaster befall you enemies of the Igbo race.

      • @Lora your right, The are Very Wicked People just Like there Aluu Brothers. Ikwere people Killed Igbos more than the Housa People did and Took over our Belongings and called them Abandoned. God will surely Punish them one by one. Let them Fight please: I hate them so much, NDI SABO

  3. Anthony Iloegbunam on

    Cutting the fingers that fed u and moving that ladder u climbed to the exalted position u are today, the after effect will smell disaster for u tomorrow as all will not be well with u and them.

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  5. That up there is quite a mind bugging report. One democratic factor that exists for the progress of peace is dialogue which i am very much aware is the ‘seating-point’ of every one of the great democracies we see around the world. Both states must as a matter of urgency find a level ground to invoke this into real practise in this crisis if what they truely envisage is peace and not war. P’Harcourt and Bayelsa state has a lot in common and i really do not think this is the best time in history to have that unique commonality unbalanced. The presidency is in the best position to end this war before it evolves into some bloody horrific pictures. This nation has seen less of the substance of peace and just too much war in recent times. This shouldn’t go on forever. We must give peace a chance and learn to co-exist as brothers and sisters. we must reach over the boundaries of tribalism, unite our arms under one umbrella as nigerians…as Africans. Trust me, there is strenght in a united number!

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  6. Nigeria need to give room to national boundary commission to quickly carried out survey of these areas, and my: problems on this matter as a Surveyor is historical background and features ,like;stream,river,trees,and stones or rock that we served as a base of of traverse. also the two community leaders are urge to embrace peace. the national assembly should give ultimatum power to boundary commission and historian to solidly work. mr president may known nothing about it bcs he is acting base on complain of people,. kalabari people should embrace Goodluck jonathan and avoid enemies among sisters communities.

  7. One bad turn deserves another. Akwa Ibom State recently lost its oil wells to Rivers State when a Chief Justice of the Federation and his supreme court ruled that an agreement between two governors was superior to the constitution of the federation.

  8. In history violence has never solved anything problems rather it makes them to be compounded,my people lets their be dialogue so that peace shall reign among these two communities for the interest of generation not yet born.This land has been there centuries back before we were born,and all of us will pass on and the said land shall remain..forever,dialogue is the solution…may God help us all……..we are one people

  9. They allowed Cameroun take Bakkassi,while dey were playing footsie & drinkin tea @ Aso Rock; now dey are toyin wt oil rich Soku comunity,dey want to cede it to Bayelsa,..hmmmmmmm whoever is behind dis mischief shld remov d hand of d monkey frm d soup pot oooo b4 it bcoms human hand….heeeeeeeeee!!!!

  10. A closer look at those protesters showed that they are not just humans but evil minded. If we have such evil men like this all over Nigeria, then tell me if God has not abandoned this country?

  11. It is unfortunate that things are like this in Nigeria to a point that we can’t consider the after effect of unnecessary decision taken by our so called Leaders. For goodness sake, I’m not from Rivers State, but i stayed and worked at Soku known to be owned by Rivers State. why now the so called Government of the Federal Republic of Nonsense under the leadership of Jona want his people to embark on endless war with his Rivers people. Please lets solve it now or else the oil wells He and the Northerners are looting shall not flow as expected, knowing fully well that our Revenues is derived from oils. Thank God you are preparing for 2015. Edwin Clark where are you. Call your boy Jona to order. a word is enough for the wise

  12. I see the annexing of Soku Community as a joke. If this issue isn’t quickly and decisevely addressed, i fear that we may have an inter-tribal war on our hands. Kalabari people are no cowards. There is an extent to which they can sit back and watch this travesty without resorting to taking up arms. The government should look into this matter and treat it with dispatch. It is a keg of gunpowder if i may say.

  13. I put this message to our Dear President (Dr.) Goodluck Jonathan never forget that “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious

    There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

    We begin to die the day we remain silent to the issues that matters most.

    There is a limit to human endurance. Therefore, there is an extent to which the affected community could sit back and watch.
    Mr. President, please do something before these matter gets out of hand.

  14. Kaycee Oji Abam on

    It is sad omen that a husband and wife eating in one bowl for one to say bring the light. Let
    Gov. Dickson and Amechi not let this happen. It will be too shameful.

  15. I think the president should be reminded that his stay in power is temporary. If he fails to heed these demand and make adjustment where necessary,he won’t rest in peace after his tenor. Abuja residence is just for a while he should not be too naive to forget his root.If this is the type of his good-luck (causing confusion on land) Nigerians are tired of his good-luck.

  16. Let the truth be told, this issue of Nembe and

    Kalabari Communual dispute and in-fighting dates

    back to pre creation of Rivers State in 1967, when the

    present day Rivers and Bayelsa States where

    created before their split into two in 1996.

    It will be a great injustice and gross disservice to rope

    President Jonathern into this imbroglio simply

    because he is from Bayelsa.

    My suggestion is that the the two Kingdoms of

    Nembe and Kalabari should amicable resolve this

    issue like brothers, rather than a faction trying to

    score cheap and devilish political points that will take

    us no where and do us no good.

  17. GEJ don suffer,any man that quarrel with his wife now looks for a way to link GEJ. Kalabari people should not accuse the president wrongly because when he was the deputy and governor respectively River state equally had theirs,however,the court(supreme court) has the final say if they are not satisfied.

  18. Welcome to the world of South-South Republic. Dog chop Dog. Last it was Akwa Ibom verses Cross River and now this. Time for the militants to face each other based on state then LGC followed by Districts then villages, then families finally brothers against brothers. That is the evil that comes with oil. Wake up guys.


    It is obvious that those who make the judgement “ceding the Kalabari five (OIL and GAS GIANT) communities, Idama, Kula, Soku, Abisse and Sangama” to Bayelsa state were bias. But to our own part, let’s see how and what the so called Leadership of the LGA headquarters and the Rivers State GOVERNMENT has imparted in the lives of the inhabitants of these communities humanly and otherwise since the creation of the LGA.

    The oil rich communities suffers moor set backs in terms of economic and developmental sufferings humanly and otherwise, while they uses the proceeds from our resources to enrich and beautify their community (Abonnema) in human and capital developmental aspects. No singular appointments or nominations for Commissioner, Minister, Perm. Sec; etc. what will a seasonal Councilor do for his community in this kind of oppression? The communities have nothing significant to show for being in the LGA, but only survive at the mercies of the multi-nationals operating in the Area. Idama as a test Case as it is the closest to the LGA Headquater.

    I stand to argue the fact that, we from the region (Communities) were never satisfied with the way we have been treated being in the LGA, these in some time led to the inauguration of the defunct OCEANIA by Alabo Charles Dokubo.

    we produces the milk and honey in the LGA but eats the crumbs thereof. while we talk about human suffering there is also developmental deprivations. imagine Four of the affected OIL rich communities are merged to form ONE WARD (ward 17) in the LGA out of the SEVENTEEN wards that constitute the LGA while we have less than NINE communities that made up the LGA.

    I have lots to say if given the opportunity to speak in this issue but i think whether good or bad this will send a message of awareness to harmonize oppressive issues in the LGA when issues normalizes.

    I therefore urge Mr. President and the various authorities involved to adequately respond in the issue to ascertain prudence justice and equity ‘cos we can not creep as children at our ages.

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  20. Who are the New Calabarians? When did the Kalabaris migrated to their present place they claim as theirs? Why did the Nembes, Okrikas, Bonnys and Billes fought wars with the Kalabaris,was it not because they are strangers and intruders in the territory they find themselves and wanted land that they don’t have? The Kalabaris should not drag the good name of Mr President into this matter because this hunger for territory by the Kalabaris has caused the Kalabaris several lives in the pre and colonial era as the Nembe people always defeat them in the wars but the Kalabaris always sue for peace, it is on record and the people of Okrika, Bille and Bonny can attest to this fact. So the government of Rivers State should not over react to this issue but employ wisdom in handling it.

  21. The Kalabaris are very naive, if not, they should have known that it is possible to have Kalabari in Rivers and Bayelsia, just as you have Egbema in Imo and Rivers the same with Asa/Ndoki in Abia and Rivers state and Opobo plus East/Western Obollo. Rivers state is the biggest beneficiary of these injustices that started after the civil war. Presido please dont ever reverse it, leave it as it, the protesting thieves/chiefs are not even after the interest of the oil bearing communities but their own already fat pockets.

  22. Micky and Lora go hang yourselves ingrats. You get a good name from an ibo man when he cheats you without you complaining. CHEATS. You think u can use what is collectively owned to better your own interest only. Have you people sat down to ask why federal govt. came up with abandoned property. Some idiots wake up and write because there is free access to the internet. Pls go find out about Fed. govt. decision on abandoned property. Secondly, wait for the outcome of investigation into Aluu killing and know those who are involved before bofoons like you start knowing who to hate and love. Hope that an iboman would not be a member of the investigation panel. Your main objective of the Biafra war was to evacuate Ikwerre people to your dryland Abia\Imo if you had won the war but God is not asleep. Keep dreaming. We hate you too.

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