Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide

Press Statement


IYC Strongly Condemns Killing Of Soldiers, Drivers, Abduction Of Two Foreigners In Rivers

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has in strong terms condemned the killing of four soldiers and two drivers by unknown gunmen in Abua-Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State.

We also condemn in its entirety the kidnapping of two South Korean expatriates during the attack as we call on whoever that is behind the act to urgently release the foreigners and desist from such act forthwith.

Such kidnapping, attack and killing is not in line with the Ijaw and Niger Delta struggle for resource control and self determination and has nothing to do with the struggle. This is barbaric and highly unacceptable.

It is a clear case of criminality and a setback to efforts towards peace and stability of the region. We therefore call on the relevant security agencies to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime to serve as deterrent to others.

However, we call on the military to display the utmost professionalism in their quest to get the perpetrators of this crime to book.

The innocent people of Abua-Odual Local Government Area and its neighbouring local governments in Rivers and Bayelsa must not be subjected to unnecessary pains in the attempt to get the criminals.

Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill
Spokesman of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide.