Warri-The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has called on suspected militants or whosoever that is responsible for the kidnap of the four foreign missionaries at Enekorogha Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State to release them with immediate effect.
IYC factional National President Mr. Eric Omare made the call in a press statement made available to Daily Watch in Warri, said ‘‘It is criminal and highly condemnable for foreign missionaries who were offering free medical services and preaching the gospel of God in the riverine areas of western Ijaw to be kidnapped. There is no justification whatsoever for this ungodly action. It has nothing to do with the Ijaw or Niger Delta agitation hence it must be condemned by all well-meaning people.
‘‘The IYC will collaborate with security agencies, Ijaw traditional and community leaders in and around Enekorogha and other Ijaw communities in Burutu Local Government Area to fish out the perpetrators of this criminal act. To this end, the IYC clan and community structures in Esembiri, Oporomor and Mein clans have been instructed to take actions towards the release of kidnapped missionaries. Criminal conducts such as kidnapping and killing of innocent people are neither part nor parcel of the Ijaw culture nor the Ijaw struggle for freedom’’
IYC boss also called on Ijaw traditional and community leaders to be vigilant so as not to allow criminal elements to hijack the Niger Delta agitation, which according to him ‘‘Criminal conducts are bringing disrepute to the communities involved and driving away development from the communities concerned’’