Bayelsa Killings: Perpetrators not from Foropa– Community leaders

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government
Council, Mr. Joshua Macaiver and chiefs of the area on Thursday in
Yenagoa, condemned the killing of three security personnel of the
Joint Task Force (JTF) in Foropa Community.

He, however, absolved the community in the incident saying the
perpetrators were not from Foropa.

Speaking with journalists in Government House, shortly after the
meeting convened by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, he described the
incident as unfortunate, but assured that they would collaborate with
the government and security agencies to apprehend and arrest the
perpetrators of the dastardly act.

While commiserating with the Federal Government and families of the
three soldiers over the incident, Macaiver said, the attack occurred
at a time when the council was working hard to ensure that Southern
Ijaw becomes one of the most peaceful areas in the state.

He said the people of Southern Ijaw LGA would not rest on their oars
until those behind the killing of the three soldiers are brought to
justice, stressing that, the local government would not condone any
form of violence and criminal activities that would threaten the peace
of the area.

According to him, the people of Foropa have fled their community for
fear of invasion by soldiers, adding that Dickson appealed to the
people to return to their community as he has the assurances of the
Federal Government that no harm would befall them.

He said, “Governor Dickson has assured that the people should return
to their community. As we speak, there is nobody in the community for
fear that soldiers would invade Foropa. The Governor believes the
community is not part of what happened.”

In his remarks, Apoi-kori the 7thof Apoi kingdom, Chief Ebi Llyod
Alamene also decried the incident and expressed the community’s
readiness to go into the creeks and surrounding villages to fish out
those who committed the crime.

He said, “Foropa Community is not a militant abode and we do not
harbour criminals and hoodlums. The JTF has been with us for over 5
years and so they know how peaceful we are. These persons came from
the river and operated and left so we too are looking for them.

“Concerning the incident that happened on May 10, our hearts are
bleeding. This is because we don’t believe in violence in Foropa. The
Army has come to settle down with us and Foropa has been peaceful. We
condemn the killing by all standards and we will never support it.

“We can never be for it. We are ready to cooperate with the government
to go into the creeks and the surrounding villages, wherever they are
to fish them out and hand them over to the government. We are a
harmless people; we don’t have guns, but we can give information.”