…want govt to set up waterway security committee

BY DAYO JOHNSON

AKURE-LEADERS of the disarmed militant groups in Ondo State weekend expressed worries over the incessant kidnappings and other criminal acts in the riverine area of the state and resolved to confront perpetrators of the evil deeds.

This was coming after the recent kidnap and release of the 83-year-old mother of the National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olusola Oke.

Drawn from Ilaje and Ijaw areas of Ilaje and Ese-Odo local governments, the ex-militants raised the alarm that some elders of the riverine area were instigating crisis between the two ethnic groups.

The development according to them is threatening the relative peace in the two local government areas after Ilaje/Ijaw crisis which led to the loss of many lives and the destruction of property in the late 1990s.

The meeting of the disarmed youths, which was hosted by the leader of the western axis of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, High Chief Bibopiri Ajube, aka Shoot at Sight at Bolowou.

It had in attendance, leader of his Ilaje counterpart, Prince Otello Mafimisebi and others.

The leaders, however, urged the state government to set up a waterway security committee to ensure security of lives and properties of the people in the riverrine communities of the state.

Ajube while addressing the meeting lamented that the spate of kidnappings in the state had been giving the riverrine areas of the state a bad name that should be condemned.

According to him, the people of the two local government areas in the riverrine area had been working together to maintain peace in the area.

He also said the rumour milling around in the area that the Ijaw/Ilaje hostilities wanted to rear its ugly head again, saying there was no plan by any of the two communities to attack the other.

According to Ajube “Kidnapping is alien to our struggle, it is not part of our culture, we the youths of Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government areas are peace loving people.

“There is no fighting between the two communities, no evil plan against each other, we don’t have gun again, we in Ilaje and Ese-Odo have no reason to fight again”.

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