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Warri Council urges Delta State, Fed. Govt to end Itsekiri mayhem

By Simeon Ndaji

The Warri National Council yesterday condemned  the mayhem unleashed on  Itsekiri  communities by rampaging Ijaw youths,and called  on the Delta State and  the  Federal Government to put a stop to the crisis.

Chairman of the Council, Chief Brown Mene in a statement yesterday, said,  “We only want and demand that our rights to exist along  with others on equal terms be not abused or  relegated… Our legitimate desire is to live peacefully and in harmony  with all our neighbours in  Nigeria.”

According to Mene, ‘’the  group  of  heavily armed Ijaw youths on July2, 2013, invaded Itsekiri communities including ,Udo, Ajamita and Gbokoda  along the Olero Creek that flows  into the Benin River and  extends to Ijaw  communities of Opuama and Tsekelewu among others.

‘’The  attack  on the peaceful Itsekiri  communities where  houses were burnt, lives and properties indiscriminately destroyed is  unprecedented and a  brazen act of terror by  Ijaw  youths  whose grievances stemmed  from the fact that they want  to produce the next Chairman of the Warri North Local  Government  which they share  with the Itsekiri people —who they never had  any previous quarrel or dispute over anything.’’

Meanwhile, eminent personalities and opinion leaders have continued to condemn the mayhem.   Among them is the Vice-Chairman of the  Delta  State Waterways  Security Council, DWSC, Chief  Boro  Opudu who said :”All hands are on deck to fish out the culprits. The Ijaw and Itsekiri people have no quarrel in the state. I condemn the action  and we  are working to ensure  that the matter does not degenerate into another  Ijaw/Itsekiri  war.’’


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