RIVERS STOOD STILL FOR THE 16TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE MURDER OF KEN SARO-WIWA & OTHERS.

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       To prevent the Ogonis from focussing on activities planned for the 16th anniversary of the murder of their leaders, the first hearing of this case was tactically fixed for November 10, 2011, a date that means somuch to every Ogoni at home and abroad.

        The week long event which started last Sunday the 6th November with prayers in churches and candlelight vigil in several Nigerian cities and villages on the eve (November 9) of the main event, ended on Thursday November 10, 2011 with appearance of thousands of Ogonis at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.

        Upon the first adjournment of the case, farm owners and others led by Comrade Celestine AkpoBari, Jaye Gaskia, Ken Henshaw, Michael Karikpo, Aluzim Emmanuel etc, took to the street of Port Harcourt and ended at the Rivers State Assembly complex where they succeeded in presenting petitions to members representing Ogoni constituencies and a representative of the speaker after the initial lock out by stern looking security operatives at the gate of the Assembly.

        The people later proceeded to Algate Hotel Congress in Port Harcourt where a Symposium with theme: REBUILDING THE BROKEN WALLS OF OGONI SOLIDARITY was held to review and do a critique of the recently released UNEP report. Jaye Gaskia, present Convener of the United Action for Democracy (UAD), gave the Keynote address entitled “Ken Saro-Wiwa; A prophet and his prophecies’

        The anniversary which took place at Port Harcourt, Bori, the traditional Headquarters and several other cities of Nigeria led to the shutting down of businesses and every market in Ogoniland to mark the 16th year remembrance of their 13 fallen heroes.