Published On: Sun, Jan 7th, 2018

ONGOING MILITARY BOMBARDMENT OF TORU-NDORO COMMUNITY, BAYELSA STATE: IYC CALLS FOR A STOP

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IJAW YOUTH COUNCIL (IYC) WORLDWIDE

PRESS RELEASE

January 7, 2018

 

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has called for a stop to the ongoing military bombardment of Toru-Ndoro Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. From Saturday the 6th of January to the early hours of Sunday, the 7th of January, 2018, the IYC has received several distress calls from residents and indigenes of Toru-Ndoro Community to the effect that military officers on a manhunt for alleged killers of a security operative have invaded and burnt more than fifty houses. The IYC in the strongest terms condemn the alleged beheading of a security operative by some criminals operating within the Ndoro axis and we strongly support efforts to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.

However, we hold the strong view that it is extremely wrong and condemnable for security agents to invade and burn down an entire community in the name of looking for criminals just as it has happened in other Niger Delta Communities such as Odi in Bayelsa State, Ajapa in Ondo State, Ajakarama in Delta State and now Toru-Ndoro in Bayelsa State. We demand that the few persons who are involved in criminality should be separated from the rest of the community and made to face the full weight of the law. In most cases, the people and communities where these criminal elements operate from are usually the first victims of their criminal activities. At the time of issuing this press statement, the where about of Mr. Bonny Gawei, an ex-militant leader from Ogulagha Kingdom, Delta State who accompanied the beheaded security operative to Ndoro on a peace mission is still unknown despite the fact that he too is Ijaw.

The IYC, the Ijaw Nation in particular and Niger Deltans in general do not support the activities of the few criminal elements. We have severally expressed our determination to work with security agencies to fish out these criminals because it is not part of our way of live. However, the entire community must not be made to suffer for the crimes of few persons. If these were to be the case, then all the communities in the Boko Haram infected North East of Nigeria would have been burnt down by now. The IYC wonders why the people and Communities of the Niger Delta are always given different treatment by security agencies.

Consequently, we call on Commander in Chief, President Buhari, Minister of Defence, the Chief of Army Staff and the Commander of the Operation Delta Safe to as a matter of urgency stop the ongoing invasion and burning of Toru-Ndoro Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State while efforts are made to bring the criminals who beheaded the security operative to justice.

Signed for the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide:

Eric Omare,

President

 

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