Ijaw coalition raises alarm over military molestation of Gbaramatu indigenes

The Coalition of Ijaw Youth Leaders (COIL) has raised fresh concerns over the activities of the military in Gbaramatu kingdom of Delta State.

The coalition said the military, under the pretext of looking for Niger Delta Avengers, has been engaging in wanton human abuse and gross molestation of innocent and law-abiding indigenes of Gbaramatu kingdom.

In a statement signed by Dr Clarkson Raphael, Comrades Fred Brisibe and Fred Afoegba, the coalition’s chairman, secretary and national coordinator respectively, COIL said the military is expected to be professional in its dealings with helpless masses.

The statement reads in part: “COIL decry the wanton human abuse and gross molestation of innocent and law abiding indigenes of Gbaramatu kingdom by the military under the pretext of looking for Niger Delta Avengers.”

While condemning pipeline vandalism and criminal activities in the Niger Delta, the coalition said it is opposed to human degradation and ill treatment.

It stressed that the coalition “condemns strongly the acts of pipeline vandalisation and every other criminal activities in Delta. However, we object to a situation where the innocents, artisan and all law abiding indigenes are beaten up, manhandled, molested and subjected to crass and gross inhuman treatments.”



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