BY JOE OGBODU, JUST BACK FROM THE NETHERLANDS For 16 years, Sunny Ofehe, a Dutch-Nigerian environmental activist, had lived happily with his family in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The peace in his household was, however, shattered recently when an allegation of conspiracy to blow up oil pipeline belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria was levelled against him. Ofehe told the Nigerian Compass on Saturday that he had never had any problem with the Dutch government’s law enforcement agencies since migrating there 16 years ago. It was there that he met his wife, Dorothy, a Nigerian with whom he has four “great boys.” But Ofehe’s kids were traumatized late last year when they experienced what they had never seen in such a pristine environment: The ransacking of their home by th
The Netherland-based Nigerian environmental activist, Sunny Ofehe, is surely a misunderstood person despite his commitment to the cause of his people. And the Dutch secret service seems to be chasing shadows over the frivolous charges brought against him. For 18 months, he was placed under police investigation and surveillance, during which his telephone conversations were regularly tapped. Over 25 police officers were mobilised for the investigation, resulting in a 7,500-page dossier on him. On several occasions, undercover police officers broke into his car and wired it with listening and tracking device. They placed a vehicle with surveillance camera in front of his office for five weeks. While they built 7, 500 case files on him, the investigative process alone took ...
Comrade Sunny Ofehe has recently entered the public eye in the oil-rich Delta State. Google his name. Go to Twitter or Facebook you would see volumes of things on him lately. The man has been fierce in his campaign. Over the years, he had become increasingly concerned about the downtrodden people of the Niger Delta region and when you talk about the intellectual part of the Niger Delta struggle, he is a touch campaigner. The Niger Delta question has been a subject of debate at the European Union Parliament, credit to him who made it possible for Shell to be summoned the first time to explain their role in the region. Ofehe, a human and environmental rights activist has carved a niche for himself as a humanist. He has a Pan-Niger Delta vision which he has been
By Jackson Ekwugum Every conceivable attempt is being made by critics and political jobbers to cast aspersions on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over the salary arrears imbroglio in the 25 Local Government Councils of Delta State. Just last week, a shadowy group known as the Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged, CENTREP, issued a press statement in which it accused the State Government of owing workers in the 25 Local Government Councils thirteen months’ salary arrears. In the Statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, CENTREP gave the State Government seven days ultimatum “to defray the thirteen months’ salaries being owed local government workers with the Paris Club loan refund.” The group then threatened to institute a “public interest suit” agains