Port Harcourt, Rivers State – Mr. Taribo India West, a prominent environmental activist based in the Niger Delta, fell victim to a vicious assault by unidentified gunmen. The attack is believed to be a direct consequence of his unwavering opposition to the illicit activities of oil bunkerers, suspected to have the backing of unpatriotic politicians.


Mr. West has long been a vocal critic of the activities of these oil thieves, expressing concerns about the severe environmental degradation they cause. In an effort to address this issue, he diligently reported their actions to the relevant authorities, even organizing multiple protests to raise awareness. As a result, several culprits were apprehended and detained.


Unfortunately, Mr. West’s relentless campaign against the illegal oil trade drew the ire of certain individuals involved in the illicit business. Threats were made against his life, demanding that he cease his efforts to disrupt their operations.


Tragedy struck on June 25, 2021, shortly after the release of the detained oil thieves. Mr. West was discovered in a grim state near the Rumuokuta Roundabout in Port Harcourt, suffering from severe injuries inflicted by unknown gunmen who ambushed him from an unmarked vehicle.


Eyewitnesses recounted the harrowing incident, describing armed men emerging from a car and launching a brutal attack on Mr. West. His injuries were grave, necessitating immediate medical attention. He was swiftly transported to a nearby hospital, where he received treatment until he regained consciousness.


This reprehensible act of violence against Mr. West has sent shockwaves through the region, raising concerns about the safety and security of environmental activists in Nigeria. The assault serves as a grim reminder of the risks faced by those who dare to challenge the status quo and fight against environmental degradation.


The authorities have been urged to swiftly investigate this heinous crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. The incident has also garnered significant attention from national and international human rights organizations, who are closely monitoring the situation.


As news of the attack spreads, public outrage continues to grow, with many demanding better protection for environmental activists and stricter measures against illegal oil bunkering. The plight of Mr. West has struck a chord with people from all walks of life, inspiring solidarity and a renewed determination to safeguard the environment and those who defend it.