JTF raids seven communities, one killed

JTF arrests culprits28 April 2013, WARRI – OPERATIVES of the Joint Task Force, JTF, was Saturday morning, alleged to have shot one person dead in Warri North local government area of Delta state after raiding seven communities in the early hours of the day.

Ami Dada, the spokespersons for Egbema for positive change, a social cultural organization who made the disclosure in a telephone interview listed the raided communities to include, Elume- Ugbo, Itagbene, Itagbene- Zion, Okunfaba, Abadegbene, Adagbarasa and Asantuagbene.

Dada said the victim was shot dead at Elume- Ugbo village.

He added that the raid may be connected with the planned peaceful protest the people of the communities intended to embark on in furtherance of their protest against the state government and the authorities of Chevron Nigeria limited.

According to him, at about 5am gunboats from the JTF went to raid everybody in seven communities in Warri North local government area. One person was killed and at the moment they are still at the communities and most people have fled from the communities to the neighbouring villages for safety.

“The attack on the Ijaw people in the locality may be connected with the planned peaceful protest the people want to embark on in furtherance against the socio—economic and political injustice and marginalizations against them by the state government and oil multinational companies especially Chevron. The person was killed at Elume-Ugbo,” he said.

Meanwhile, the group in a release in Warri however gave 14 days ultimatum to all oil multinationals companies operating in Benin River, Warri Local Government Area to immediately evacuate from the locality.

The statement titled, “Egbema radical group, no peace in Benin River, Warri North local government area of Delta State”, issued 14 days ultimatum to reverse the 21 years of political marginalization by the Delta State Government against the people.

*Emma Arubi, Vanguard

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