IJAW Youth Council, IYC, has condemned military attacks on Ijaw villages under the guise of smoking out militants from their hide outs, describing the actions as senseless and crime against humanity. This was contained in a statement on Friday, November 25, 2016, signed by Barr. Eric Omare, spokesman of the congress, in Warri, in which the IYC described the military attacks as one too many and height of un-professionalism, just as it alleged that the attacks claimed many lives while others suffered injuries. According to Omare, “IYC is saying that the military killing of innocent Ijaw villagers at Okosugbene, Gbekebor in Ogbolubiri Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State and the shooting of children at Desemor community, Ogbe-Ijoh Kingdom in Warri South West Local Governemnt Area of Delta State in the early and late hours, respectively, of Thursday, November 24, 2016, is senseless, the height of un-professionalism and crime against humanity. “The IYC wonders how the Nigerian military would embark on aerial and land bombardment of innocent villagers at the small fishing camp of Okosugbene on very weak intelligent reports that militants were around the area. If the intention of the military is fish out militants; why the killing of old women and children? At the time of issuing this statement, Madam Atuku, an octogenarian is in a state of coma in a private hospital in Warri as a result of the effect of the bombings apart from several innocent people especially children that were killed and injured,” the congress averred. It added that “as if the innocent killings at Okosugbene in the early hours of Thursday were not enough, the Nigerian Navy also went berserk in the evening of Thursday, November 24, 2016, in continuation of the spilling of the blood of innocent Ijaw people by shooting sporadically into Desemor community, OgbeIjoh Kingdom, directly opposite Warri township, and injured several people. “As at this morning (Friday, November 25, 2016), the following eight persons who are mainly children sustained varying degrees of serious gunshot injuries and are in critical state at the Naval Clinic in Warri: Master Andrew Okilo, Money Girl Okilo, Alice Ogbomi, Joseph Ogbomi, Mrs. Wisdom Ogbomi, Blessing Ogbomi, Perelade Ogbomi and Mrs. China-Ere David. “The world would recall that just recently on January 29th and 30th, 2016 and throughout the night of May 30th to May 31st, 2016 respectively, same officers from the Nigerian Navy, Warri barracks shot into Naifor Island also opposite the Warri township and seriously injured a couple (Mr and Mrs Tiemo). This couple is yet to recover fully from the injuries sustained and the military has abandoned them to their faith,” IYC averred.


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