The Ijaw group in Delta state has accused the Federal government of being not serious about the proposed dialogue with Niger Delta militants, Vanguard reports.
Ijaw People Development Initiative (IDPI) in a statement signed by its national president, Austin Ozobo, criticised supposed unwarranted arrest and invasion of Tebujuor community by troops.
The statement reads: “The government of the day is not serious about the proposed negotiation.”
“The frequent invasion of communities and arrest of persons after it announced two-week ceasefire fire show that the government is not ready to negotiate with militants.
“It has refused to keep to its promise of ceasefire, they seem to talk from both sides of the mouth, and we are disappointed. The government is only looking for an avenue to identify the true face of militants to deal with them if negotiation fails.”
The group further added: “Imagine just a day after the ceasefire, last week, they invaded Ogulagha and Oporoza communities. In Ogulagha community, they arrested about four persons, though they have released them.”
“In Oporoza , Tompolo house was ransacked, and money and traditional sacred items were stolen. Another arrested in Sapele and now, another three arrested in Tebujor, followed by unwarranted invasion of Tebujor. There all manner of harassment and intimidation of innocent villagers, with what is playing out, the government has breached its ceasefire promise.
“We do no longer have confidence on the government commitment to it peace talk. Another thing we found out is that the government wants to induce some of the militants to fight others,” it said.
Despite the two-week ceasefire announced by the federal government recently, the Nigerian army has raided an Ijaw community in search of the Niger Delta militants.
On June 15, troops invaded Tebijor, also known as Okpelama, an Ijaw community in Delta state.
The government has directed the immediate withdrawal of soldiers from communities in the Niger Delta region, amid accusations of a heavy-handed army response to renewed attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region.
The Niger Delta Avengers announced war on the installations, pledging to ground Nigeria’s oil production.