Reps Urge Police, Navy To Investigate Mass Killing Of Ilaje Fishermen In Bayelsa

Reps Urge Police, Navy To Investigate Mass Killing Of Ilaje Fishermen In Bayelsa.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives paid tribute to the victims of the attack on the Ilaje hamlet in Twon-Brass in Bayelsa State’s Brass Local Government Area, while commiserating with their bereaved relatives.

The House further demanded that the Federal Government “examine the mass murders and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” as well as relief supplies for the Ilaje fishermen who have been harmed by the senseless attacks and are unable to continue fishing in the interim.

The Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police Force, and other relevant security services were also encouraged by the House to beef up their security presence along the coast of Brass and its environs.

These resolutions were based on a motion introduced by Kolade Akinjo, a member of the House, titled “Urgent Need to Check the Incessant Killings, Wanton Destruction of Properties, and Displacement of Ilaje People in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”

Moving the motion, Akinjo said, “On Monday, February 7, 2022, assailants attacked unarmed Ilaje fishermen on a fishing expedition on the high sea of Twon-Brass, Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, leaving many dead, several others injured and some are still missing.

“The House is disturbed that the assailants did not only kill their victims during the attacks but also burnt their fishing boats, nets and carted away their outboard engines.

“The House is concerned that IIaje people residing in Twon-Brass are fleeing the community in droves for fear of further attacks and the fishermen, who are mostly of lIaje extraction have boycotted fishing activities because of the current insecurity in the area.

“The House is cognisant that despite the unprovoked attack, senseless killings and wanton destruction of properties and means of livelihoods, the people of IIaje community in Brass have continued to show a peaceful disposition, thus averting the inter-ethnic crisis allegedly intended by the assailants.”

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