His Royal Majesty, King Bubaraye Dakolo, Agada IV, Ibenanaowei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, in Bayelsa state has revealed that some oil expatriates in the state are pedophiles preying on young school girls.
In an interview with The Palace Watch, published by The Guardian, the king explained that these oil expatriates defile teenage girls and impregnate them. Then, after they are through with their assignment, they disappear with their victim not knowing anything about them.
According to him, it explains the rate of violence as well as kidnappings in the state.
Yes, most oil workers in my kingdom and other areas around here have this sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual objects. But as disgusting as this may sound, they do not seem to have any remorse about what they are doing. When they get into a community, they lure very young girls between the ages of 12 and 14 years to bed.
They make them some kind of sex slaves, luring them with money. Too many men and too few girls. They do this to girls in primary schools and Junior Secondary (JS1). They thereby destroy the social environment they find themselves. This is so bad and grave a crime that one can’t properly quantify in terms of Naira and Kobo.
For instance, when they spill crude oil, they pay damages, just like when they acquire land. But when they destroy these very little girls, thereby destroying the entire community, the entire Kingdom and Niger Delta, they pay nothing, because it is difficult to quantify acts like this in terms of money.
This act is so destructive, disgusting and bad. So presently, I am looking for people and organisations that will collaborate with me to enable me sue them, especially Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) that is operating in my area. In fact, what these people are doing to our little girls is as bad as genocide.
Sometime between 1990 and 1991 in my kingdom, I was a witness to this type of rape. And presently, the Liquefied Natural Gas Gbaran/Ubie project in my kingdom is the hottest spot for this malady. Today, if you go to most schools around these areas, you will hardly find girls.
But in the wee hours of the evening or night, you will find these children with oil workers in their areas. Another point worth mentioning is that no matter what you do, these girls will not go to school, as they prefer trading and doing brisk businesses that will fetch them money.
As the traditional ruler of this kingdom, I know for sure that it will take a lot of courage and efforts for a parent to be able to keep his/her girl-child at home for her to develop normally.
The number of children resulting from these illicit sex are very many here. Their families have continued to suffer in all ramifications. For example, in 1991/92, which is 26 years ago, when a 10-kilometre road was to be built into my kingdom from Yenagoa through a virgin forest, a company known as Willsborough was commissioned to come and do the sand dredging in these areas.
They came with a dredger called “Kitibin”, which had the capacity to do over 22,000 metric tons of sand per day. And they were pumping like this non-stop for 365 days and one quarter days. They had up to four booster stations at a time. After the main dredger must have dredged for about one kilometre, they would put a booster station there.
In the process, they brought about five boathouses, which had four decks. They had several of them around the places. They had close to 3,000 workers, all randy males ready to go, in a small community of less than 1, 500 population at the time. Other communities around here were of similar population or even less.
So, these randy men were adequately funded by their oil companies. They had good food, drinks and light. They had surplus table water on daily basis. With this level of comfort, they had all their randiness on display here. In the process, they impregnated a lot of our children.
There is one particular case I would not want to mention for now. Another victim of this act of paedophile, who was about 12 years or so, was impregnated by a white man. The man was said to have been above 40, but had no child. He never claimed this pregnancy or child, and ended up not taking care of this little girl and her child.
There are so many other cases of bigger ladies, who got pregnant for these men, but once the dredging exercise was over, these men also disappeared, leaving the women to take care of their children.
And because of other distractions around here, most of these children tend to become hooligans, when they grow up. Kidnappers and the so-called violent militants of today are those children who were abandoned. They are kidnapping their fathers, who are oil workers who returned to these areas after disappearing and abandoning them.
These oil workers always point at us as their problems, but they fail to realise that the seeds they sowed many years back, when they first came here, 26/27 years ago are returning to haunt them. They are the ones now kidnapping them and increasing the ransoms placed on them.
The few miscreants still living in my kingdom, no matter what you do to correct them, have the tendency to continuously remain violent and unwholesome in their behaviours. They are not ready to listen to or obey constituted authorities. They are by-products of oil workers of yester years.