…urges FG to investigate killing of 40 Ijaw people in Kalabari
By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has called on politicians of Ijaw extraction to stop what he described as aiding the killing of innocent people in Ijawland in the quest for political gains.
He called on Ijaw sons and daughters from the Niger Delta region, who claim to have federal support, to use their contacts to accelerate development, promote peace and stability in the communities, clans, and region.
Dickson made the call during a condolence visit to the Amayanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, King Theophilus J. T Princewill, Amachree XI, over the killing of 38 indigenes of Abonnema and two others in Buguma, Rivers State during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said: “The Federal Government needs to identify and bring to book all those who carried out the dastardly murder in Abonnema and other places in Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State as well as those who killed and maimed and destroyed property in Bayelsa State and other Ijaw communities.
“We, the Ijaw people are a peace-loving people and do not deserve this assault.”
He described the visit to the palace of the monarch as a sober one, noting that Bayelsa state also had its undeserved share of brutality and killings by soldiers during the elections.
The governor noted that the government buried two of those killed in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government during the last elections, last Friday.
Dickson, who commiserated with the entire Kalabari kingdom and families of the deceased, said the ancient kingdom suffered more bloodshed than any other community during the presidential election which he described a contest between brothers and friends.
He commended King J.T Princewill for the peace and stability in his domain and sued for prayers for continued peace and development despite provocations and challenges.
Dickson added that he would mobilise the leaders of the Ijaw Nation to honour the revered Kalabari monarch on his 90th birthday in January, next year.
In his remarks, the Amayanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, King Theophilus J. T Princewill, Amachree XI, thanked Governor Dickson and his entourage for the condolence visit, which he described as timely and wise.
Dickson also visited Odi community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state, to inspect the level of damage caused by a landslide.
At the scene, he called on the federal government to intervene in the grave ecological threat facing the town through the Ecological Fund under its control.