Ijaw youth council condemns police action, demands IGP investigate youth murder
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has condemned in strong terms the brutal murder of some youths of Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.
The preliminary reports available to the IYC is to the effect that trucks load of mobile policemen arrived the Niger Delta University (NDU) Amassoma with a view to opening the university which has been under lock and key over students, worker retrenchment and other related disputes.
This action led to confrontation between the police and members of the Amassoma community which led to the brutal murder of about four youths of the community.
This is totally unnecessary and uncalled. The police need not be invited to ensure the opening of the university.
The IYC is aware of engagements between the Bayelsa state government and the Amassoma community with a view to resolving the contending issues with respect to local workers retrenchment and other related issues.
The police have no role to play in the resolution of such routine disputes between community and establishments and it is a breach of the rules of engagement for the police to fire shots at harmless protesting youths.
The IYC expressed its disappointment with the degeneration of the conflicts relating to the Niger Delta University.
It would be recalled that recently, we called on His Excellency, Governor Seriake Dickson as Visitor to the Niger Delta University to resolve the agitations surrounding the university because of the significance of that institution to the growth of the Ijaw nation.
We therefore call on all parties to exercise restraint. The government of Bayelsa state and community leaders of Amassoma must rise to calm down the situation.
We also call on the inspector general of police to properly investigate the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder of youths of Amassoma community and bring the perpetrators to justice to serve as deterrent to other blood thirsty police officers.
Signed for the IYC:
Eric Omare, President, IYC