Some soldiers have cause serious tension in a
community in Bayelsa state after they stormed
the place, opening fire on people.
The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, an umbrella body of Ijaw
youths, has condemned the killings of four persons during a
military invasion of Oluasiri community in the Nembe Local
Government Area of Bayelsa State, Punch Metro repirts.
During a security operation on Thursday, a mother and her six-
month-old baby and two other persons were reportedly killed by
Southern City News reports that the military operation was
launched to dislodge suspected militants and sea pirates,
allegedly hiding in Oluasiri community.
While some security personnel claimed the soldiers opened fire on
the community following gunshot attacks from the suspected
militants, the indigenes of Oluasiri community denied the claim,
insisting that the military attack was unprovoked.
Reacting to the killings, the Chairman of IYC, Central Zone, Mr Tare
Porri, said the invasion was a provocative action by the military,
alleging the development confirmed the suspicion that the military
was sectional and biased.
He said, “The military has insulted us to provoke war in our land.
We call on the Federal Government to apologise without delay for
this infantile act of deliberate provocation.
“This wanton act is an action against the laws of human rights
and a threat to democracy. We kick against the logic of civility in
a supposed free society to deploy overwhelming weapons and
personnel of warfare against a peaceful community within the
ambit of non-violence.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief of the
Armed Forces, must be held accountable for the military’s actions.
There could be no justifiable excuses why soldiers would invade
and murder an innocent baby and others.”
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