Reckless Killing in the Niger Delta; another Genocide?

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, and Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, in separate statements, claimed that several women and children were killed and injured in detached attack and shooting by soldiers and navy, on Burutu waterways and Warri. Speaking exclusively to Saturday Vanguard on phone, one of the fishermen, Mr. Peter Ebitimi, said: “We were bombed while we were still asleep, I am a fisherman, our village is made up of only fishermen and women, there is no militant camp near our village, I do not even know how I survived the heavy bombs. His words: “The military bombed us out of frustration when they could not locate the alleged militants they were looking for. My sister, Paulina Maika, was seriously wounded on the head, several fisher men/women and children are still missing, and others injured were rushed to the hospital in Warri,” he added. He stated: “Wisdom Ekeremo, a 5- year old, seriously wounded in the bombardment has also been admitted at the Central Hospital, Warri, and others at various hospitals, which I do not know the names now.” Another angler, who was unhappy that the fishing settlement was described as a militant camp, said: “It is not true that our village is a militant camp, it is not true that there is a militant camp near our village. What happened was that some militants came in contact with military patrol gun boats in Burutu-Warri River, close to our village Junction.” “The military shot at the militants and the militants responded with heavy fire, and the military was frustrated. The soldiers called for help to tackle the militants, but very unfortunately before the arrival of more gunboats and two fighter jets, the militants had already left. “So when the military bomber jets came, they began to hover and bomb every mangrove tree and equally bombed our village. They bombed us from both land and air. The military missed their target and bombed us,” he said.

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, and Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, in separate statements, claimed that several women and children were killed and injured in detached attack and shooting by soldiers and navy, on Burutu waterways and Warri. Speaking exclusively to Saturday Vanguard on phone, one of the fishermen, Mr. Peter Ebitimi, said: “We were bombed while we were still asleep, I am a fisherman, our village is made up of only fishermen and women, there is no militant camp near our village, I do not even know how I survived the heavy bombs. His words: “The military bombed us out of frustration when they could not locate the alleged militants they were looking for. My sister, Paulina Maika, was seriously wounded on the head, several fisher men/women and children are still missing, and others injured were rushed to the hospital in Warri,” he added. He stated: “Wisdom Ekeremo, a 5- year old, seriously wounded in the bombardment has also been admitted at the Central Hospital, Warri, and others at various hospitals, which I do not know the names now.” Another angler, who was unhappy that the fishing settlement was described as a militant camp, said: “It is not true that our village is a militant camp, it is not true that there is a militant camp near our village. What happened was that some militants came in contact with military patrol gun boats in Burutu-Warri River, close to our village Junction.” “The military shot at the militants and the militants responded with heavy fire, and the military was frustrated. The soldiers called for help to tackle the militants, but very unfortunately before the arrival of more gunboats and two fighter jets, the militants had already left. “So when the military bomber jets came, they began to hover and bomb every mangrove tree and equally bombed our village. They bombed us from both land and air. The military missed their target and bombed us,” he said.

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