Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), the umbrella body of youth in the Niger Delta, has expressed its reservation regarding the military operation the Niger Delta code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile III’.
A statement by Pereotubo Oweilaemi, the IYC President, noted that the exercise by the Nigerian Army will not “curb the menace of illegal oil bunkering” in the Niger Delta region.
According to the group, similar exercises by the military in the past had not done much to bring peace in the region.
The statement read: “The only success stories it can boast of in the previous exercises was the human rights abuses occasioned by the criminal invasion and destruction of Ijaw communities without provocation. When it first launched the exercise in 2016, the military used the peaceful Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West LGA of Delta State as its theater of war, thereby maiming and harassing…
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