…You must bring the perpetrators to book, IYC tells Buhari
In what the community dwellers described as commando style, the Nigerian Army in the early hours of Thursday, June 7, 2018, invaded the sleepy but egalitarian communities of Ben-Ama and Tengele-Ama in Oluasiri clan, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State
An action which according to an eyewitness account led to the killing of a woman and her daughter while scores of the villagers were injured.
According to a member of the community, who spoke to the GbaramtuVoice reporter on condition of anonymity, the soldiers numbering about 20 in the early hours of the day invaded these communities under the guise of searching for criminals in the communities.
Further information on the invasion remains sketchy as all efforts to reach the military authority in the region proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.
In a related development, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has in a release signed and issued by its president, Eric Omare in strong terms condemned the incident.
According to Omare, “the information available to the IYC is to the effect that among others; a woman and her daughter were killed in the process of the invasion and several others injured.
“The soldiers were alleged to be after suspected criminals in the communities.”
Irked by this ugly development, the IYC through the statement called on the military authorities to comply with the rules of engagement in their operations in the Niger Delta.
Omare further stressed that it is only in the Niger Delta that soldiers routinely kill innocent people in the name of looking for criminals.
This, he added is condemnable and unacceptable.
“It is illegal and unconstitutional for the life of anybody to be taken without the due process of law. This is one killing too many in Ijaw land and must stop.”
The IYC therefore, called on President Buhari “to take all necessary actions to immediately bring to justice the military officers involved in this act of criminality as the youths of the Niger Delta region would not sit back and allow their communities to be recklessly invaded and people killed like animals.”
By Enaibo Asiayei & Magdalene Agbadamashi
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