58 Ijaw Killed, Seven Towns Razed By Soldiers, Group Alleges

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58 Ijaw Killed, Seven Towns Razed By Soldiers, Group Alleges

THE Ijaw of Delta state alleged yesterday that 58 ( fifty eight) of their kinsmen had been killed by security personnel deployed to the troubled spots as at Monday night.

THE Ijaw of Delta state alleged yesterday that 58 ( fifty eight) of their kinsmen had been killed by security personnel deployed to the troubled spots as at Monday night. The deceased according to them, included children and the aged. Already, the Ijaws asserted that four more towns were identified as Oburu-ghene, Pepo-Ama Teiteipou and Iginapou were razed by the invading military men last weekend. The attack on Ijaw property by security men brings to seven, the number of their towns allegedly torched following the earlier burning of Okerenkoko, Saito Rububor and Oburukinan.

The alleged killing and attack on Ijaw of the troubled Warri Escravos waterways may be a reprisal move against the Ijaw who had launched a ceaseless attack on their Itsekiri neighbours as well as security agents in the past 10 days.

About 11 towns belonging to the Itsekiris had been burnt by the Ijaw warriors. Unspecified number of persons, both Itsekiris and security agents were also killed by the Ijaw combatants.

However, the Ijaws in a statement issued under the aegies of Concerned Gbaramatu Kingdom Indigenes (CGKI) lamented that

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