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Ijaw youths warn against influx of herders in Niger Delta



WORRIED by the reported influx of suspected herders into Niger Delta Creeks, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has alerted Ijaw communities of an impending attacks by the herders in the region, even as they warned them of the consequences of their intending trip.

  The spokesman of the group Ehilade Ekerefe, who warned against the repetition of the killing at the Catholic Church in Owo, said that intelligence gathering revealed the presence of the herdsmen movement. He specifically called on all Ijaw youths to be on red alert to avoid the ugly incident of Owo Catholic Church massacre.

 “We have observed some strange movements and we are not comfortable. We are also calling on security agencies to be on red alert even to protect lives and property of the people”.

   Ekerefe described the spate of killings and insecurity in the country as shameful and pathetic.

  “The presidential candidates must note that Ijaw nation would only support any of them with sincere focus on true federalism, restructure review of the revenue sharing formula”.

  He urged the political parties and their flag bearers to have special consideration for youth as running mates.

  “It is worthy to say that the youths from the Niger Delta region and other five-geo-political zones after due consideration and negotiations that the youths have the largest percentage ratio of the electorates and must be affected by the type of leadership produced”.

  “Therefore, we urge the existing political parties and their flag bearers to embrace a running mate between the age of 50 and below”.

  Speaking further, Ekerefe frowned on the continued incarceration of ex-militant leader and member of the House of Representative, Fara Dagogo.

  “Let Governor Nyeson Wike affect the release of our leader, “he said.

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