Wednesday, June 15

Niger Delta unrest: FG not ready for dialogue with militants – Ijaw group

Niger Delta unrest: FG not ready for dialogue with militants – Ijaw group

The Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, Warri, Delta State, Wednesday, stated that the Federal Government was not serious about the proposed dialogue with militants.

The group in a statement by the national president, Austin Ozobo, claimed unwarranted arrest and invasion of Tebujuor community by soldiers, yesterday.

According to him, “The government of the day is not serious about the proposed negotiation.

“The frequent invasion of communities and arrest of persons after it announced two-week ceasefire fire shows that the government is not ready to negotiate with militants.

“It has refused to keep to its promise of ceasefire, they seem to talk from both sides of the mouth, and we are disappointed. The government is only looking for an avenue to identify the true face of militants to deal with them if negotiation fails.”

The group added, “imagine just a day after the ceasefire, last week, they invaded Ogulagha and Oporoza communities. In Ogulagha community, they arrested about four persons, though they have released them.

“In Oporoza , Tompolo’s house was ransacked, and money and traditional sacred items were stolen, another one was arrested in Sapele and now another three persons arrested in Tebujor, followed by unwarranted invasion of Tebujor.

“We no longer have confidence on the government’s commitment to its peace talk. Another thing we found out is that the government wants to induce some of the militants to fight others,” it said.

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