Bayelsa- The people of Igbomotoru Community in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state have again urged the federal and state governments to intervene and end terror, intimidation and unlawful harassment of law abiding citizens by military presence in their community.
Acting Amananowei of Igbomotoru 1 community, Chief Goodluck Alagode who made this call while speaking to pressmen condemned the situation saying it is unwarranted.
He decried the continuos military harassment of the peaceful community and alleged that the unsolicited military presence is a calculated attempt by some contractors to oil pipeline facility near the community to scare them away from their entitlements as host each time they demand it.
” They have continued to invade us, day and night, a place where there is no conflict. This is masterminded by some contractors working on the pipelines, they feel if they do this, the community would be scared and leave their entitlements”
Chief Joseph Burnagha, Igbomotoru 2 Council of Chiefs spokesman who also faulted the military presence lamented over the unnecessary intimidation the community has suffered from the hands of the military saying it is illegal.
He insisted that the situation may degenerate if nothing is done recalling similar invasions which led to loss of lives and properties.
While highlighting the ordeal faced by members of the community, Mrs Ebi Akasa, Women Leader of Igbomotoru 2 Community explained that the trauma from the incessant harassment from the military has made them to stop going to their farms.
According to her, it is difficult for market women to continue their businesses due to fear of the unknown.
The military presence with several gun boats in Igbomotoru Community has lingered on since the 26th of June 2022.