By SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group, has raised an alarm over alleged plans by some top government officials to eliminate prominent Ijaw leaders because of their stand on the Niger Delta crisis.
In a statement signed by its chairman,Chief Patrick Bigha, made available to Saturday Vanguard in Benin City , it alleged that some youths in the state had been recruited to carry out the mission and that some of the victims were being threatened through phone calls and text messages.
â€œWe wondered why some people will condescend so low to collect money to want to kill their fellow Niger Deltans as if the maginalization, oppression and the economic deprivation meted out to the people of the Niger Delta region by the Northern oligachy is not enough.
We wish to condemn this barbaric act to silence the struggle for the liberation of the Niger Delta people ,and want to warn such foolish and disgruntled elements to desist from this shameful and betrayal act for their own good as we know them now.
â€œLet them pray so that, nothing happen to any Ijaw leader in Warri and its environs,as it will give birth to an ugly child.
We also want to use this medium to advise the state governor to be careful with his advisers not to mislead him in finding solution to the problem in the state as a lot of people are out there to continue to destabilize his government because of their low brains. .and selfish reasonsâ€ it stated.
The state further asserted â€œImagine, some people advising the governor to position the military joint task force(JTF)in the Niger Delta in all villages and communities as well as strategic routes in the creeks.
This is absurd considering the mayhem the JTF has caused and want to continue in it because of allowances and other benefits coming to it(JTF)from oil and gas companies at the expense of the host communities.
â€œWe want to urge the governor to continue to use the non-violence approach he has been using for about two years before the 13th may 2009 unfortunate incident as it is the only way for him to consolidate his success for the 2011 governorship elections. Let him remain the man of peace he isâ€ it said.