The Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) has strongly condemned what it termed “reported and unreported cases of wanton destruction of properties and killings going on in the South-South and South-East”.
It also condemned the deployment of special force to the South-East and South-South by the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali.
NDSDM made the remarks in a press statement signed by its convener, Ms. Annkio Briggs, and made available to ElombahNews.
According to sources present at the meeting with Alkali, the IGP, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, ordered his men to shoot at sight at the slightest provocation.
Nigeria’s number one law enforcement officer was quoted to have said:
“If anyone accuses you of human rights violation, the report will come to my table and you know what I will do.
“So, take the battle to them wherever they are and kill them all. Don’t wait for an order.”
Reacting, Ms. Briggs demanded an end to the repulsive bloodshed in the North and South of Nigeria by invading known and unknown bandits, criminals, herdsmen, terrorists, land grabbers, and revenge seekers.
She said that NDSDM believes in dialogue as a tool to resolve the imbroglio bedeviling the country.
The statement titled “On the insecurity and deployment of special force to the South-South & South East” reads:
“Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) condemns in the strongest terms all the reported and unreported cases of wanton destruction of properties and killings going on in the South-South and South-East.
NDSDM views the ugly situation as absolutely unnecessary at any time, especially now when the country is grappling with very tense national atmosphere of insecurity and all forms of criminality capable of totally destabilising the entire land.
It is the view of NDSDM that the kidnappings for ransom, rapes, destructions of properties, farms, displacing of indigenous peoples of their ancestral homeland by invading herdsmen, killings and attacks taking place whether in the North or the South of Nigeria is failure of federal and state governments and unacceptable.
Human lives remain sacred and must be protected at all costs.
Although it has been reported that both civilian and security officials have been among the growing casualties of these vexatious actions, it must be stated clearly that all victims whether armed forces or not are all members of one family or the other and this must be our first caution to government.
It is most disturbing that the situation is escalating and claiming more precious lives by the day.
We demand an end to the repulsive bloodshed in the North and South of Nigeria by invading known and unknown bandits, criminals, herdsmen, terrorists, land grabbers, and revenge seekers.
NDSDM charges the federal government and all critical stakeholders to close ranks with a view to employ Diplomatic channels of engagement to realistically and justly resolve the long standing contending issues.
It is important to remind all of us that some of these ugly developments are fallouts of deep-seated injustices that have lingered over the years now degenerating into complicated dimensions.
Hence, government must show leadership and take responsibility by bringing all the divides to a dialogue table to thrash and address the issues without any form of victimisation and nepotism.
The root causes of these agitations and unjustified violence is known to all and deserve to be carefully addressed without the barrel of the gun or any form of unwarranted force.
We expect government to show capacity and willingness to ensure that all Ethnic Nationalities have justice, equality and understanding that will bring peace and neighbourliness back to our land.
We strongly urge all parties to sheath their sword and give dialogue a chance bearing in mind that violence cannot and has never birthed sustainable development.
NDSDM believes in dialogue as a tool to resolve the deep-seated injustice and neglect of Southern Nigeria particularly in politics, development and security of our people and ancestral homeland.
We reject the orchestrated relegation to the status of second class citizenship and weakness by those who seek to do against our people at all costs.
Southern Nigeria should not beg to be citizens of Nigeria because it is possible to live together under a negotiated and agreed terms of equal and mutual understanding.”
Convener, Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM)
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