A PRESS RELEASE ON THE MILITARY INVASION OF AZEGBENE COMMUNITY BY HON. TARI OLIVER, FEMALE ASPIRANT FOR PDP GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDACY OF BAYELSA STATE
My attention has been drawn to an alleged invasion of Azagbene community in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa state on Tuesday the 23rd July 2019 by armed military men believed to be a part of the Nigerian army in response to the alleged death of two Nigerian army personnel. This unlawful invasion led to the destruction of properties of innocent civilians and the burning down of the entire village.
As a peace loving citizen of this country, I strongly condemn all acts of violence and extrajudicial killings in its entirety. I condemn the killing of soldiers by criminals and call on the appropriate authorities to go after the perpetrators of the crime and make sure they get punished according to the law.
However, our country is guided by the constitution and when offences are said to have been committed the law should be allowed to take its course. Therefore, I condemn the act of punishing innocent citizens by destruction of their properties, because of a crime committed by a few bad eggs. I ask that personnel of the Nigerian army henceforth refrain from transferring their aggression and quest for vengeance to innocent law-abiding citizens who are also victims of these criminal elements. This alleged attack by the military which is similar to the Odi military massacre of 1999 is barbaric and genocidal and has the trappings of jungle justice.
I therefore call on the government, civil societies, organizations, and all well meaning Nigerians to raise their voices against this act of wickedness and injustice. The continuous killing of innocent Ijaw sons and daughters and the burning of properties is nothing but injustice and oppression of unarmed citizens.
I call on the president and commander in chief to set up a panel to investigate this evil act and ensure that the inhabitants of Azagbene community get the justice that they deserve. The perpetrators of this act should be severely punished to serve as a deterrent from future occurrence.
I demand in clear terms the rebuilding of the community and the prosecution of all offenders no matter whose ox is gored.
LET THE RULE OF LAW TAKE ITS COURSE.!!
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED!
Hon Tari Oliver
PDP Governorship Candidacy aspirant