By Perez Brisibe
WARRI—THE Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Governing Council has raised alarm over insinuations that soldiers are planning to invade the community in search of suspected militants.
The council in a statement by its president, Alaowei Alex Akemetubo, and secretary, Aaron Ebiye, while describing the rumour as a calculated ploy to tarnish the image of the community, stated that the Ogbe-Ijoh was not harbouring militants under any guise.
The statement reads in part: “We are scared that this rumoured invasion by the military is a ploy by our neighbouring community who we are having a land dispute with, to invade us just like they did some years back. The JTF officials stationed at Ogbe-Ijoh can attest to the peaceful atmosphere of the community as anytime this rumour filters into the community, residents fly in droves over fears of being molested.”
Exonerating the community from the activities of militants in the region, the council said: “Ogbe-Ijoh is not a base for militants hence there is no need for any attempt for the military to invade the community.”