JTF’s raid in Bayelsa stirs up controversy

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The ongoing military operations by the Joint Task Force, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, in the coastal villages of Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State have stirred up controversy in the communities.

Residents of the communities on Wednesay accused JTF of plundering some of their houses.

The former Secretary-General of the Ijaw Youth Council, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, also appealed to the Federal Government to immediately caution the security outfit.

Our correspondent gathered that the JTF operatives beamed their searchlight on Azuzuama, the community of the former militant leader,  Mr. Kile Torughedi, popularly known as Young Shall Grow.

The raid came barely a month after 12 policemen, who were on escort duty to the funeral of Torughedi's mother, were ambushed and killed by gunmen at Logbia II, close to  Azuzuama.

But Eradiri, who spoke to journalists in Yenagoa on Wednesday, said the government should stop JTF, accusing the security outfit of burning houses of innocent people.

He asked JTF to work closely with the ex-militant leader, who according to  him, "knows the perpetrators of that dastardly act instead of attacking and intimidating the innocent ones".

He said the JTF should not compound the woes of the people who were already living in abject poverty.

"Why going to the community to kill, rape and burn down houses of innocent people, who are leaving in abject poverty," Eradiri said.

But the military outfit said it designed the operation to dislodge criminals from their hideouts along the waterways.

The Media Coordinator, JTF, Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, told our correspondent that intelligence report indicated that notorious hideouts for criminals existed in the area.

Nwachukwu insisted that criminal hideouts, not buildings, were destroyed in the operation which he said started on Tuesday.


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-- nzewyte (m) at 25-04-2013 11:21PM
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