WARRI-The Nigerian navy has allegedly attacked two Ijaw communities in Warri Rivers in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta.
The leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Ogbe-Ijoh/Warri Clan has incessant of condemned attacks on Ogbe-Ijoh communities in Warri river in State the authorities of the Nigerian Navy to stop the
Daily Watch gathered that the naval Nigerian Navy on Tueday invaded two Ijaw Communities, Kurogbene, Benneth Island and Souragbene with gun boats which made residents of the communities scampered into the forest for their safety.
A prominent leader of the area and chairman Ijaw youths council (IYC) Ogbe-Ijo Clan , Mr. Smart Okosu told Daily Watch that ‘‘ The Nigerian navy have been terrorizing Ogbe-Ijoh Communities namely Kurogbene, Benneth Island and Souragbene have been under constant invasion and harassment from naval officers for the past two weeks.
‘‘More specifically, on Tuesday, the 29th of August, 2017, naval officers in four gun boats invaded Kurogbene and Benneth Island communities, shot sporadically into the communities and broke into houses and in some cases took away personal belongings of villagers including money’’ he said.
Okosu however, condemned the conduct of the naval officers in the strongest terms. ‘‘The naval officers have no business invading innocent communities and villagers. As a result of the invasion, many villagers ran into the bush, sustained injurious and they are now living in fear. Many villagers who live in the aforementioned communities because of fear of further attacks are now afraid of going about their normal business of fishing and trading. The villagers are now passing through hardship as a result of the activities of the constant intimidation by naval officers.’’
The IYC leader, called on the Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and the commanding officer of the Naval Base, Warri to call their officers to order to stop the unproved attacks. The innocent and peaceful Ijaw communities should be allowed to go about their normal activities.