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IYC Says FG Not Sincere On Dialogue With Niger Delta

Posted: Jun 17, 2016 at 6:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has expressed doubt over the sincerity of the Federal Government to dialogue with the Niger Delta people over the current violence in the region.

It argued that the Federal Government could not in one breath declare ceasefire and at the same time order the forceful invasion of Ijaw communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta State, allegedly looking for militants.

IYC made its position known in a statement on Thursday signed by Eric Omare, its spokesman.

“In the early hours of yesterday, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 military men invaded Tebujor community in Gbaramatu clan with sporadic gun shots from both sides of the community and arrested six youths of the community namely Eddy Ikpidi, Tekena Uka, Dboy Oboko, Jamaica Oboko, Coasta Kelly Tortor and Atani Yawuru on the basis that they are suspected pipeline vandals”, it said.

The Ijaw youth body which stated that it did not support sabotage of oil facilities considering the negative effects on our environment, frowned at the continuous invasion and harassment of Ijaw communities and innocent people by federal troops under the guise of looking for pipeline vandals.

IYC contended that the military had no reason to continue to pound Ijaw communities and “arrest our people in the name of looking for Avengers or pipeline vandals”.

“Our communities and people are peaceful and law abiding people.

“The continuous invasion of Ijaw communities is a demonstration of lack of sincerity on the part of the Federal Government to genuinely dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta region to address the renewed militancy and issues affecting the region.

“We wish to state that no meaningful dialogue can take place without sincerity of purpose and confidence in the process by the people of the Niger Delta region and events of the last few days are fast eroding our confidence.

“We call on the military to carry out deep intelligence gathering and stop the unlawful arrests and invasion of Ijaw communities.

“The arrested youths of Tebujor community, Gbaramatu Clan, Delta State, should be released”, IYC stated.