Following the expiration of the ultimatum issued to Ijaws in Lagos and Ogun states by the Reformed Odua Peoples Congress, ROPC, Ijaws, resident in the states during the weekend, started relocating from the two states back to the south-south, for fear of attack.
In a similar development, many indigenes of Kaiama in Kolokuma Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have deserted the community over fears that the military may attack the town, as a result of the threat by a militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, to declare a Republic of Niger Delta today, August 1.
Eric Omare, spokesperson of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, confirmed the developments saying:
“As at Sunday morning (July 31), information at our disposal indicates that some Ijaw people resident in Lagos and Ogun states, for fear of attack, are already relocating from their places of residence to the South-South.”
He explained that the Ijaws in the South-West were afraid over the expiration of the ultimatum issued by ROPC, as a result of attacks by gunmen alleged to be Niger Delta militants in parts of Lagos and Ogun states.
Mr. Eric however, called on ROPC members and the leadership of the Yoruba nation to allow security agents to do their constitutional duty of apprehending criminals responsible for the Ogun and Lagos attacks instead taking justice into their hands.
Speaking on the tense situation at Kaiama, the IYC spokesman said:
“We call on residents of Kaiama town to be calm and go about their normal activities. There is no plan by the Ijaw people to declare a republic and the threat by Adaka Boro Avengers should be disregarded.
“We wish to warn groups and individuals not to further expose Ijaw and Niger Delta communities to unnecessary tension and danger. They should not abuse modern means of information technology to the detriment of our communities by issuing unnecessary threats and ultimatums.
“We call on security agencies to stop forthwith the unnecessary threats and attacks on Ijaw and other Niger Delta communities because of threats by faceless groups. They should check issues of security with the leadership of Ijaw nation instead of threatening or attacking innocent communities and people.”
Recall that the pan-Yoruba organisation, the Reformed Odua Peoples Congress had issued a 14-day ultimatum to suspected Niger Delta militants to desist from attacking communities in the South West, else the Ijaw people in the region would gear up for reprisal attacks.