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Niger Delta Ijaw group says FG not committed to peace talks

The group said the government is not committed to the widely reported dialogue with the militants.

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Ijaw People Development Initiative (IPDI) has slammed the Federal Government over what it called its double standards.

The group said the government is not committed to the widely reported dialogue with the militants.

Its President, Austin Ozobo also said: “The government of the day is not serious about the proposed negotiation.”

“The frequent invasion of communities and arrest of persons after it announced two-week ceasefire fire show that the government is not ready to negotiate with militants.”

IPDI also slammed the Nigerian Army for not obeying the Federal Government’s order, instructing troops to withdraw from the region.

The Ijaw group also cited various incidents of alleged harrassment of some communities by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF).

IPDI also said “Imagine just a day after the ceasefire, last week, they invaded Ogulagha and Oporoza communities. In Ogulagha community,  they arrested about four persons, though they have released them.

“In Oporoza , Tompolo house was ransacked, and money and traditional sacred items were stolen. Another arrested in Sapele and now, another three arrested in Tebujor, followed by unwarranted invasion of Tebujor. There all manner of harassment and intimidation of innocent villagers, with what is playing out, the government has breached its ceasefire promise.

“We do no longer have confidence on the government commitment to it peace talk.  Another thing we found out is that the government wants to induce some of the militants to fight others.”

The Federal Government on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, ordered the immediate withdrawal of troops from the troubled Niger Delta region.

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