The management of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has raised the alarm over incessant killings, sea piracy, kidnappings and different legal actions perpetrated by gunmen alongside the Bonny and Antoni waterways in River State.
In an announcement, signed and issued by the President, Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Peter Timothy Igbifa, to DAILY POST by way of e-mail on Wednesday, the group described the current legal actions as alarming, barbaric and saddening.
The assertion which famous that the individuals now journey with fears, including that it has additionally affected financial actions, particularly as most individuals interact in shopping for and promoting as their technique of livelihood.
The assertion reads partially,” Now we have watched with chagrin, the incessant killings, sea piracy, kidnappings and different legal actions perpetrated by gunmen alongside the Bonny and Andoni waterways in Rivers State.
“These touring routes have grow to be demise traps as a result of these daredevil marauding beasts have transformed them to their conquered territories working at will with out worry of any safety interventions.
“Only recently, two passengers had been reported useless and lots of others lacking after pirates seized two industrial boats round Dema Abbey Group on Bonny waterways. This unlucky growth led Bonny residents to troop to the streets in protest.
“Actually, the legal actions alongside these waterways are alarming, barbaric and saddening. Our individuals journey in worry. It has negatively impacted on financial actions particularly as most individuals interact in shopping for and promoting as their technique of livelihood. Which means they need to journey to Port Harcourt by means of the waterways to usher in items to their varied communities. Sadly, they now journey on the mercy of cruel bandits.
“There’s an pressing have to sanitise the waterways and dismantle the camps of those criminals. We’re calling on the state and native authorities to collaborate with safety businesses to make sure the protection of our individuals.
“The army and the marine police ought to determine the pink zones on the waterways and create checkpoints to sort out this criminality. There also needs to be common and fixed patrols alongside the affected waterways to revive the boldness of vacationers.
“We’re calling on the chairpersons of Andoni and Bonny native authorities areas to be extra proactive as an alternative participating in reactionary approaches every time these criminals assault their victims. They need to discover the potential of constituting youths into native vigilant teams and empower them to patrol the waterways.
“The council underneath my management can not fold its fingers and watch our individuals endure helplessly within the fingers of daredevil criminals. Subsequently, we’re working with the Jap Zone to activate a sturdy safety plan and technique to help the federal government in tackling this menace.
“We’re warning youths to desist from crime and embrace authentic technique of livelihood. Sufficient of this mindless and heartless assaults on our harmless moms, fathers and daughters who’re working exhausting to make a dwelling.”
IYC raises alarm over killings, sea piracy, kidnappings on Rivers waterways