The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil And Gas (HOSTCOM), has decried over what it described as the collapse of the relative peace in the Niger Delta region.
The group in a press conference on Friday expressed concern about the resurgence of violence within the states of the region resulting in the vandalism of truck pipelines carrying crude oil from Southern ljaw to Brass and other vandalism of NAOC & SPDC Pipelines at Ekarama, which is the boundary between Rivers State and Yenagoa in Bayelsa State.
HOSTCOM expressed its concern while warning that further violence and bloodletting may break out in the region due to the activities of some group of individuals.
The National Chairman of HOSTCOM, High Chief Benjamin Tamanarebi, who addressed newsmen, said that a few unpatriotic individuals have gone to the pages of the newspapers to call for a fictitious AGM meeting, after which a conference will be held in the name of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committees of Host Communities.
He called on the general public to disregard such individuals, insisting that HostCom is one indivisible body, an umbrella body representing all Hosts and 50km radius of any Project site with registration No. 23281.
“For the avoidance of doubt, There is no known organization by the name HoSTCON, therefore, why are impersonators using the name of our duly recognized association for illegality and by extension, causing insecurity concerns and to threaten the FG in disguise?” he wondered.
“It is disheartening and jaw breaking that those expected to maintain sanity and decorum as elder statesmen are the ones fueling the ember of disintegration and unity all in the name of Gas flare penalty fund through conspiracy, impersonation, and to cause disunity among members of the Host Communities of Nigeria and by extension the entire country of Nigeria.
He said the general public should be informed that:
“There is no leadership rift in our organization, HostCom is constitutionally registered with CAC and has a structured National leadership tenure for its executives.
“The initial leadership tussle rift in the organization was laid to rest by the judgment of the Oba of Benin, which was followed by court judgment that confirmed the leadership and legal Board of Trustees with patent rights of High Chief (Dr) Benjamin Style Tamanarebi (JP).
“HostCom is a noble and famous grass root institution devoid of criminal tendencies. We will resist any form of intimidation by few individuals and cannot be allowed to be used by any group or groups of persons to use Hostcom in disguise to perpetuate criminality and militancy
“HostCom will join forces with the Federal Government for Host Communities’ sustainable development, to curb bunkering, crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and anti-social vises.