Ijaw National Congress Disassociates from IPOB’s Planned Reprisal on Nigerian Army

The Ijaw National Congress worldwide has distanced itself from assertions made by Simon Ekpa, the factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), regarding a purported reprisal against the Nigerian Army. This declaration comes amidst escalating tensions following the tragic killing of at least 15 military personnel during a communal clash over a land dispute in Bomadi and Okuoma communities within the state.

The personnel, affiliated with the 181 Amphibious Battalion, fell victim to an ambush while responding to a distress call on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Although initial reports hinted at potential reprisals from the military, the Army has since refuted such claims, confirming the arrest of 20 suspects in connection with the incident.

Simon Ekpa, among 96 individuals declared wanted by the Defense Headquarters for terrorism, allegedly made threats of reprisals against the Army and proposed a sit-at-home directive in Delta and Bayelsa states. However, the Ijaw National Congress, through its National Publicity Secretary, Ezonebi Oyakemeagbegha, swiftly denounced Ekpa’s statements.

In a released statement, the INC expressed vehement condemnation of the attack on the military personnel, labeling it as barbaric, saddening, and regrettable. They emphasized the urgent need for the perpetrators to face justice for their actions. Additionally, the INC firmly distanced itself from IPOB’s purported actions, asserting that they are not conducted in the interest of the Ijaw nation.

“The INC completely disassociates itself from the actions and planned action of the IPOB of avenging the death of people in those places. The IPOB is not doing it in the interest of the Ijaw nation. This planned action is not taken on our behalf and for us. The Federal Government and the general public should take note of this. The INC is calling on all Ijaw sons and daughters to remain calm and be vigilant,” the statement read.


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