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Fear of ROPC, Military Attack: Ijaws flee Lagos and Ogun state

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Ijaws resident in Lagos and Ogun states started relocating from the two states, weekend, to the S-South for fear of attack following the expiration of the ultimatum issued to Ijaws in the states by the Reformed Odua Peoples Congress, ROPC.

Also many indigenes of Kaima in Kolokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, country home of Ijaw hero, late Major Isaac Adaka Jasper Boro, have deserted the community, over fears that the military may attack the community, following a threat by a militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, to declare a Niger Delta Republic today.

Spokesperson of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Eric Omare, who confirmed the development said, "As at Sunday morning, 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 S-South."

He said that there was apprehension among Ijaws in the South West over the expiration of the ultimatum issued by the ROPC, because of attacks by unknown gun men in parts of Lagos and Ogun states.

The IYC, however, called on ROPC members and leadership of the Yoruba nation to allow security agents to do their constitutional duty of apprehending criminals responsible for the Lagos and Ogun states attack.

On the tense situation at Kiama, he said: "We call on residents of Kiama 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 the Adaka Boro Avengers should be disregarded.

We wish to warn all groups and individuals not to further expose Ijaw and Niger Delta communities to unnecessary tension and danger.They should not abuse the modern means of information technology to the detriment of our communities by issuing unnecessary threats and ultimatum.

"We call on security agencies to stop forthwith the unnecessary threats and attack on Ijaw communities because of threats by faceless groups. They should check issues of security with the leadership of the Ijaw nation instead of threatening or attacking innocent communities and people,' he added.    
          

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