Lagos - The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has alleged a grand plot by some highly placed persons in Lagos and Ogun to declare Ijaw people in the two states enemies of the people, Daily Independent reports.
The organisation said linking Ijaw ethnic nationality to the kidnappings and killings in parts of Lagos and Ogun states was the beginning of such plot to cause inter-ethnic clashes between Ijaws and Yoruba people.
Lagos and Ogun have recently witnessed a rise in militancy, kidnappings and other criminal activities.
Several people were feared killed on Tuesday when suspected Niger Delta militants attacked the Igando area of Lagos state.
The militants were said to have stormed the area early Tuesday morning, breaking into houses and destroying property.
It would be recalled that Yoruba militia group, Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) has threatened to start attacking individuals and business interests of the Ijaw extraction in the South-West, over the spate of killings and kidnapping in Ogun and Lagos states by suspected Niger Delta militants.
The body according to News24 warned that its members were increasingly becoming restive because they could no longer tolerate the Ijaw militants for misconstruing the hospitality of the Yoruba people for a sign of weakness and stupidity.
Scores of residents have fled their communities when the militants invaded Imusin and Ogijo in Ogun and riverine communities in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, with dizzying rise in cases of kidnapping of persons, including the traditional ruler of Iba land in Lagos, Oba Goriola Oseni.
- News 24