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Ijaw youths fault moves to prosecute 59 IPOB members

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By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA— IJAW youths from the states of the Niger Delta have condemned the move by police to charge to court 59 arrested members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over alleged terrorism.

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The youths under the aegis of Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, urged the Attorney-General of the Federation whose duty is to advise the President and Commander-in-Chief on weighty legal issues to adequately clarify on the steps and elements of the offence that must be proven before terming genuine agitations as a terrorist group.

Spokesman of the Eric Omare-led faction of the IYC, Mr Henry Iyalla, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said: “It is quit unfortunate that peaceful agitations and assembly will be termed as a terrorist organisation without following the laid down procedures and steps as contained in the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended and other extant laws.

“We call on the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and the international community not to watch while innocent persons are being killed, assaulted and subjected to un usual torture in total contravention of our laws and international treaties Nigeria had assented to and domesticated.”

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