A human rights advocacy group in Bayelsa State, Human Rights Watch, has protested the delay in the prosecution of six staff of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), over alleged act of terrorism.
The six staff allegedly took part in the organized armed attack on some protesting contract staff at the main gate of the company in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which led to the death of one of the protesters, Elder Morrow Gogo.
According to the Human Right Watch, the police in Suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CR/77/20 before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had filed a two count charge against the six Agip staff for organizing armed militants with sophisticated weapons on June 11, 2018 to attack the 25 contract staff during a protest against the overdue payment of contract debt.
According to the Human Right group, the Police had brought a two-count charge of conspiracy to commit offence of terrorist act in Nigeria punishable under section 17(a) and (b) of the terrorism (prevention) (amendment) Act, 2013.
In the statement of offence, the police accused the six defendants of ‘criminally conspiring and forming a common intention to carry out acts of terrorism’, by mobilizing militants armed with sophisticated weapons to attack persons on peaceful protest with one Elder Morrow Gogo who later died.