The Ijaw Monitoring Group has urged the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo State, to visit the Ajapa-Ijaw community to find out the level of damage suffered by the people when the military recently invaded the community in search of suspected criminals.
In a statement signed by Comrade Joseph Evah, the Ijaws expressed disappointment that despite the outcry of the suffering of Ajapa-Ijaw, both the federal and Ondo state government were yet to respond to them.
Evah said: “We wish to state that Ijaws all over the world are worried about the Ajapa military invasion without recourse to the United Nations standard of arresting suspected criminals. We are demanding the visit of the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo or Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu to the community.
“They should be accompanied by the Service Chiefs, including the Chief of Defense Staff, so that they can explain to the world whether the war-like manner of attack on innocent Ajapa Ijaw community founded during the biblical days of King Solomon is justified in the 21st century? The Ijaws hate criminality and want the law enforcement officials to go after criminal elements.
“But the failure of the various levels of government to intervene and save the innocent suffering people in the forest, especially women and children, for over two weeks after the invasion of their community is a serious crime against humanity.”