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Delta forum resists "militarisation" of Bayelsa

10 December 2015, 15:03Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Forum of Spokesmen of Ex-Niger Delta (FOSEG) said it would resist further violations by the uniformed forces amid reports the military perpetrated these during the recent Bayelsa State governorship elections.

Woyengi-momoemi Donald, Coordinator of FOSEG, said the position taken by the organisation followed a critical look at the outcome of the last Saturday’s conduct of the governorship election which the Independent National Electoral Commission ruled inconclusive.

“Our group seriously frowns at the events of last Saturday, where the Military was not only available as a willing tool in the hands of politicians working for the All Progressives Congress alone, but also went the extra mile in harassing our innocent people mostly our mothers in the riverine areas of Bayelsa State,” said Donald.

“We are bound to inform Nigerians, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari that we will vehemently resist, any attempt to further Militarise Bayelsa State, under the guise of providing security during the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw Local government and few other polling units across the state.”

Also Read: Incumbent alleges army's role in Bayelsa poll chaos

Donald said by action of the military on Saturday, it was considered that “a crime has been committed” against the people of Bayelsa.

Therefore, the organisation was prepared to resist further attempt at repeating this, particularly during the re-run election for Southern Ijaw Local government.

“We have therefore resolved to put our teeming members on the notice to mobilize in readiness for the defense of the right of our people and against the invasion of Ijaw land by whosoever under the desperation of hijacking power in Bayelsa,” said Donald.

He added Bayelsa was not “a personal estate to that can be used to compensate anyone for political patronage.”

“Once again, we wish to restate our readiness to resist the invasion of Bayelsa with the Military under any guise as we remained committed to the peace which currently reigns in the Niger Delta region as a result of our acceptance of the Government’s amnesty and cooperation so far.”

- CAJ News


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