Ijaw congress condemns killing of policemen


THE Ijaw National Congress (INC) has condemned the dastardly murder of twelve policemen in Bayelsa State by suspected militants.

Meanwhile, as the Federal Government contemplates granting amnesty to Boko Haram sect members, the Niger State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Babangida Aliyu, has told his counterparts in the northern part of the country to unmask terrorists operating in their states so as to create the conducive environment for the implementation of the proposed amnesty programme.

Aliyu made the call in Minna yesterday when he declared open a one-week in-house workshop on “the review and evaluation of the 2006 population and housing census” organized for all federal commissioners and state directors of the commission by the National Population Commission, maintained that the Federal Government’s decision to commence amnesty programme for members of the Boko Haram sect is a welcome development.

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Perturbed by the incident, the INC will today hold an emergence meeting in Yenagao to deliberate on the incident and issue stern warning to the killers of the policemen that the Ijaw will not tolerate further unwarranted bloodshed in their territory.

INC spokesperson, Victor Burubo, told The Guardian in Port Harcourt that last week when some groups in the Niger Delta like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) issued threat of attack, the Ijaw leadership had strongly advised against any form of violence.

MEND spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo had on Sunday claimed killing the policemen because security agents had dismissed its threat to commence fresh attacks.

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Burubo who emphasized that Ijaw craves for peace, described the killing as barbaric, unacceptable and cruel. He stressed that such incident should not have occurred in any civilized human society.

“The INC will on Tuesday hold an emergency meeting over the murder of these policemen who were on national duty.  After the meeting, we will make a clear statement that this kind of outrageous and barbaric acts will not be tolerated in Ijaw land forthwith,” Burubo said.

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