Gbaramatu women could not hold their peace any longer as they took to the streets of Warri, Delta State, to protest the arrest of their children by the Joint Military Task Force who nabbed them in the course of searching for the members of the Niger Delta Avengers in the kingdom.
The aggrieved women who painted the city red on Wednesday, issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Federal Government and the military personnel to release their children stressing that those in their custody were innocent Gbaramatu youths, not members of the Niger Delta Avengers. They therefore asked that their children be released to their crying mothers immediately.
While speaking on behalf of the Gbaramatu women, the National Leader of Ijaw Women, Mrs. Veronica Tambowei, alleged that the people of the kingdom are being oppressed by the Federal Government, adding that the people are being falsely accused of militancy by the government of Nigeria.
She threatened that failure of the government to let go of their children within the 7-day period would result to the staging of another protest march by the Gbaramatu women, to meet President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and that the Federal Government and the military should be prepared to arrest all Gbaramatu women in the nation’s Federal capital.
The women leader further stated that if the children are reported to be dead, the military authorities should get ready to kill all the women along with their children in Abuja. Her words:
“Buhari’s government has sent the army to kill our children, if they say they are not dead, we are asking them to bring back our children for us. They should bring our innocent children back to us, if not we will march to Abuja.”
According to Veronica Tambowei, the military dragged the youths out while they were sleeping in the middle of the night and carried them to an unknown destination. Upon the seizure of the youths, the army raised allegation of militancy against them and laid guns in their hands.
“Now I know that the police and the army are liars. They arrested our innocent children and put guns in their hands and called them members of Niger Delta Avengers. It is bad that soldiers can arrest anybody and label them as criminals.”
Expressing fear that the children must have been murdered by the heartless soldiers, the women leader revealed that their mothers have not stopped crying over their whereabouts of their children.