Residents flee community over ‘declaration of Niger Delta Republic’

• Ijaw youths vow reprisal on OPC threat

Residents of Kaiama community in Kolokuma Opukuma Local Council,
Bayelsa State, where the Adaka Boro Avengers threatened to proclaim the
Niger Delta Republic today, are fleeing the town for fear of hostilities
with security agencies. Spokesman of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Mr. Eric Omare,
said it is
regrettable that the massive movement of residents from the community is
coming on the heels of apprehension by Ijaw people in the South West,
as a result of the expiration of an ultimatum issued by the Reformed
Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), following attacks by unknown gunmen in
parts of Lagos and Ogun States. The IYC urged residents of Kaiama to be calm and go about their
normal activities, saying there is no plan by the Ijaw people to declare
a republic and that the threat by the Adaka Boro Avengers should be
ignored.

The IYC also urged security agencies to stop threats and attacks on Ijaw
and other Niger Delta communities because of the activities of faceless
groups. “The Ijaw nation has a leadership and they should check with
the leadership on issues of security, instead of threatening or
attacking the innocent,” it said.
The Council urged OPC members and the leadership of the Yoruba nation
to allow security agents perform their constitutional duty of
apprehending criminals responsible for the Ogun and Lagos attacks.
Omare said: “As at this morning, information at the disposal of the
IYC indicate that some Ijaw people in Lagos and Ogun States, for fear of
attack, are already relocating to the South South.
“The IYC seriously warns against attacks on innocent Ijaw people in
the South West, as it would result in reprisals in the South-South where
Yoruba people are also resident. An inter-ethnic clash between the Ijaw
and Yoruba is totally unnecessary. The Ogun and Lagos attacks are clear
cases of criminality and should be treated as such, instead of
threatening to attack innocent Ijaw people and their businesses.”

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