By DANIEL GUMM
KOKO — CHAIRMAN, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Evangelist Davis Edun, has warned youth leaders and community representatives, to be wary of using inflammatory comments over the recent happening in Benin River, during which some criminals, suspected to be Ijaw youths, intercepted and hijacked a ferry boat carrying fuel.
He said: “The incident had been misrepresented in the media and among the people to suggest that there was a looming crisis between the Ijaw and Itsekiri.”
Edun, in a statement, took exception to the comments credited to an Itsekiri youth leader in the media, wherein he was quoted as saying that ‘the Itsekiri were mobilising to launch a counter-attack to free their brothers and sisters being held hostage by the Ijaw.’
He said: “This kind of statement, is dangerous and inflammatory as it could give wrong signals to mischief-makers to take undue advantage of an isolated incident of criminality to hatch hidden agenda of causing ethnic disharmony in the area,” noting that there was no crisis between the Itsekiri and Ijaw of Warri North, as claimed in the media.
He noted that although, the action of the alleged sea pirates caused panic among residents in the area, he said that the “prompt intervention of men of Joint Task Force, JTF, quickly helped to bring the situation under control as some gang members, who were arrested are currently being investigated by the military.
“Attaching tribal label to criminal acts by few persons is dangerous. People should go about their lawful businesses as the state government, under the Emmenual Uduaghan administration, was doing all it could to ensure adequate security of lives and property across the state, including the riverine areas.”
Meantime, the official handing-over and swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected Community Trust Executive of Omokorugbo Descendants of Ajatiton community will take place on April 30, at Korobe Town Hall, Koko by 10am.