Military invasion of Rivers: IYC warns FG, Army of imminent war

March 11, 2019
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Leaders of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC,  have warmed the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, over the deployment of Army and other security operatives to obstruct the electoral process in Rivers State and subvert the will of the people of Rivers State. IYC leaders in a statement on Monday, also warned the federal government against any plot to arrest their leader, Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo, declaring that the unnecessary and unprovoked action will not be accepted by the Ijaw nation.

President of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Barrister Oweilaemi Pereotubo, in the statement remarked: “My attention has been drawn to a development in Harris Town in Degema Local Government of Rivers State where 10 trucks of the Nigerian military have invaded the residence of our leader and former President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo and are about to arrest him.

“This unprovoked, unnecessary and illegal arrest of our leader will not be accepted by the Ijaw people.”

Pereotubo also noted that the Council has watched calmly as the Nigerian Military under the influence of Amaechi and the APC-led Federal Government have continued to harass, main and kill innocent people all in their inordinate ambition to rig River State Election or to cause gross insecurity and declare a state of emergency against the express wishes of the Rivers people.

The IYC President narrated: “only a few days ago, the residence of King Ateke Tom in Okuchiri, in Okrika Local Government Area was invaded and one shot dead with several injured and properties destroyed.”

He noted that within the period of these elections, Ijaw people have lost over 50 people and everyone of it has been caused directly or indirectly by the cheer desperation of the All Progressive congress-led Government.

“The Ijaw Nation views these actions as deliberate declaration of war and as a people with rights, we will not watch our people continue to be killed. We have a right to defend ourselves and we will not hesitate to take such steps to safeguard our people and its heritage.

“We want to use this medium to inform the Nigerian people and the international community that the peace of our region is being destroyed and the implications will be grave.

“As a peace loving people, we orchestrated and accepted the proclamation of the Amnesty programs as a means and vehicle towards the cessation of arms conflict and violence to enable the region have its fair share of aggressive government attention while at the same time give the federal government the avenue to deal with the age long issues of deprivation marginalisation and underdevelopment. Thus, the relative peace enjoyed in the region.

“However, let it be on record that if anything happens to Alhaji Muhajid Asari Dokubo, the Ijaw Nation will take steps that will not be convenient to the Nigerian nation. We have bled too much to keep the unity of this nation. Enough is enough,” IYC President declared. The group sought the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Accordingly we call on the President and Commander-In-Chief to call the Nigeria military to order and restore a civil administration of justice as clearly enshrined in our constitution.

“Rivers is not at war and we wonder why the militarisation especially, when the North East is ravaged by the nonstop effects of the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram, and the military is comfortable here and not in such areas of gross necessity.

Asari must not be arrested or harmed,” he stated.

The IYC noted that members are waiting patiently for the resolution of the unethical action of the Nigeria Military by the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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