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Ijaw residents flee Lagos, Ogun over OPC threat

01 August 2016, 12:01

Lagos - Ijaw residing in some parts of Lagos have started fleeing to their hometown for fear of attack following the expiration of the ultimatum issued to Ijaws in the states by the Reformed Odua Peoples Congress, (ROPC).

ROPC had issued the threat following a similar directive by a militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers to Yorubas and Hausas living in the Niger Delta community to vacate the region as a republic would be declared on Monday, August 1.

The group had also called on Niger Delta people residing in different parts of the country to return to the region for the official declaration of an independent Niger Delta republic.

Spokesperson of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Eric Omare, who confirmed the developments, said: At as 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 South-South.”

Also read: Several killed as militants invade Lagos community

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

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

News24 previously reported that The Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) had 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 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.

Acting under the aegis of OPC (Reformed), the pan-Yoruba organisation declared, in a statement issued by Comrade Dare Adesope and entitled: ‘‘Incursion of Ijaw militants into Yoruba land: Enough is enough,’’ stated that the attacks “right on our own soil” amounted to an affront to the Yoruba nation and would henceforth attract “decisive but comprehensive actions.

- News 24


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