Residents Flee Ijaw Community Following Threat By Adaka Boro

  • Avengers to Declare Niger Delta Republic 

    By Sylvester Idowu in Warri

    There was massive movement of residents of Kaiama, the home town of late Major Jasper Adaka Boro in Kolokuma Opukuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State following the threat by Adaka Boro Avengers to declare Niger Delta Republic in that community this Monday.

    The residents were said to be fleeing the community for the fear of military attacks to quell the proposed rebellion by the militant group.

    The leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), which gave the confirmation on Sunday, however, said there is no plan to declare Niger Delta Republic and urged the people to discountenance the threat by Adaka Boro Avengers.

    The group therefore called on residents of Kaiama town to be calm and go about their normal activities, noting that there is no plan by the Ijaw people to declare a republic and the threat by the Adaka Boro Avengers should be completely disregarded.

    “We wish to warn groups and individuals not to further expose Ijaw and Niger Delta communities to unnecessary tension and danger.

    “The growth in modern means of information technology should not be abused to the detriment of our communities by issuing unnecessary threats and ultimatums”, it warned.

    According to a statement signed by IYC spokesman, Eric Omare, the leadership of the Ijaw body has been inundated with calls in the last 24 hours relating to the threat by the group called the Adaka Boro Avengers to declare a republic from the 1st day of August, 2016, at Kolokuma Opukuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and the
    massive movement of residents from the community for fear of military attacks.

    The IYC called on security agencies to stop forthwith unnecessary threat and attacks on Ijaw and other Niger Delta Communities because of threats by faceless groups.

    “The Ijaw nation has a leadership and they should also check with the leadership of issues of security concern instead of threatening or attacking innocent communities and people”, it added.

    The Ijaw youths also said there has been massive apprehension from Ijaw people resident in the south west as a result of the expiration of the ultimatum issued by the Reformed Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) because of the attacks by unknown gunmen in parts of Lagos and Ogun States.

    On the ultimatum and threat by the Reformed Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the IYC called on OPC members and the leadership of the Yoruba nation to allow security agents do their constitutional duty of apprehending criminals responsible for the Ogun and Lagos attacks.