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Bayelsa Gov: Ijaw Women Threaten To Protest Naked

Posted: Dec 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ijaw women under the aegis of Ijaw Women Liberation Movement have petitioned the National Human Right Commission (NHRC) to investigate and bring the perpetrators of violence that erupted after the Inconclusive Bayelsa governorship election to book.

The group, in a statement signed by Chief (Mrs) Ebebi Agnes, viewed the violence that led to the death of some persons and molestation of Bayelsa citizens mostly women, and the actions of the military as an infringement of the right of the citizens of Bayelsa State, to freely vote for the candidate of their choice, without harassment, coercion and intimidation as witnessed during the election.

“We wish to state emphatically that the conduct of the military during the unconcluded elections, which saw such a respected institution colluding with known common criminals in the creeks to manipulate the electoral process, is sad and sends a very dangerous signal to the advancement of our democracy,” the women stated.

Continuing, the statement said, “We have also resolved not to allow the killing and harassment of the people of Bayelsa state as a result of the election wherein the law enforcement agents were watching, to go unaddressed, by the Human Right Commission, with a view of seeking justice for the dead and protecting the living who are still vulnerable to such barbaric conduct in future elections in Bayelsa or elsewhere in the country.”

The group said it was sad to witness in broad day light, how security operatives failed to protect the people, particularly the women from attacks by political thugs and criminals, who were rather shielded by the military during the election.

It lashed out at the military, saying they have proved to be incompetent and unprofessional to get involved in the electoral process, adding that they watched with indifference while political thugs killed law-abiding citizens who were out to exercise their franchise.

The Ijaw women also reminded President Muhammadu Buhari that it is the responsibility of the government to protect the citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution and any attempt by the agencies saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring the protection of such rights, to violate it, is tantamount to a breach of the Constitution.