He said Ijaw is willing to resolve the crisis in Lagos, and will always condemn any action that will jeopardise peace in the state and its environs.
Speaking to newsmen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, IYC President, Udengs Eradiri, urged Nigerians to stop linking the militants to Ijaw people.
“There is an economic crime going on along the pipelines in this country. There are Yoruba people there. There are Igbo, there are Hausa, Fulani, Ijaw and other ethnic nationalities involved in the crime going on in Arepo. Nigerians should stop ascribing it to Ijaw people," Eradiri said.
"Nigerians should stop ascribing anything that happens in the Niger Delta to Ijaw people. For the avoidance of doubt, Niger Delta Avengers are not Ijaw people.
“We don’t know who the Niger Delta Avengers are. The security people should do their work and stop transferring their responsibilities to community leaders, youth organisations and leaders of ethnic nationalities.
“In as much as we grieve with the families that were affected in one way or another, we want to categorically say that the Avengers and Arepo militants are not Ijaw people, they are common criminals who are stealing refined products for economic reasons.”
Reacting to the destruction of property belonging to the Ijaw people in Lagos, the Council leader expressed regrets, appealing to the Yoruba not to allow themselves to be used by fifth columnists who are trying to create conflict and animosity between the Yoruba and Ijaw in Lagos.
He said Ijaw is willing to resolve the crisis, and will always condemn any action that will jeopardise peace in Lagos State and its environs.