Aggrieved youths of Eket, Esit-Eket, Onna and Ibeno Local Government Areas yesterday, September 11 stormed Exxon Mobil company on a warning protest for them to immediately relocate their headquarters to Akwa Ibom State.
The youths defied the heavy downpour and barricaded the gates of the company at its Housing Estate in Eket and the Airstrip with coffins and other traditional injunctions.
Speaking on behalf of Afigh Iwaad Ekid, the organizers of the warning protest, Mr Joe Etukudo said:
Time has come for Mobil to relocate to Akwa Ibom State in keeping with the presidential directives.
Today is just a warning protest done in a very civilized manner, we will eventually shut down Mobil’s operation both onshore and offshore if after fourteen days the company does not take us seriously.
He lambasted the company for being selective even in award of contracts and employment against members of the core oil community and Akwa Ibom indigenes in general.