IYC accuses military of razing down Ijaw community

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The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has accused the military of razing down a community in Bayelsa State, Toru-Ndoro, on the pretext of searching for a suspected criminal.

It has therefore threatened to drag the Federal Government and the Military to court over the alleged invasion.

The  community is in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state.

According to the IYC, the community was attacked during a search for a militant,  Karowei, now deceased, who was accused of beheading a security operative and killing of Four soldiers.

The IYC President, Eric Omare called on the Federal Government and the military to commence the rebuilding of the destroyed community or face a court action from Ijaw youths and the affected communities.

Omare made this known at the weekend during a meeting with some youth leaders of Toru-Ndoro Community in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

He stated that if the Federal Government fails to take steps towards the rebuilding of Toru-Ndoro community and compensate those who suffered losses as a result of the invasion within two weeks, the IYC would mobilize Ijaw and human rights lawyers all over Nigeria to sue the federal government and the Nigerian military for the unlawful damage to property and other damages suffered.

He stated that it is illegal and unconstitutional for a community to be burnt down in the name of searching for a suspected criminal.

“There is no law in Nigeria which empowers security agencies to attack and burn down the entire community because of the alleged offences of a few members of the community,” he said.

The IYC leader recalled the several cases of invasion of Ijaw communities by military authorities including Okerenkoko, Ayakoromo, Ajapa, Odi, Ajakuruama and now Toru-Ndoro.

Omare vowed to pursue this case to its logical conclusion including international human rights platforms so as to put a stop to the persistent and naked violation of human rights in Ijaw and Niger Delta communities.

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