CONCERNED CITIZENS OF WARRI IJAWS
2,PERE CLOSE ,Oporoza Town
Warri South- West Council,Delta State
15th August 2003
THE PLAN OF THE ITSEKIRIS TO ELIMINATE THE WARRI IJAWS UNDER THE
SUPERVISION OF THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT
disheartened to inform the international community and the general public that
the ethnic crisis between the Itsekiris and the Warri Ijaws over oppression and
political marginalization has taken a different dimension, as the Delta State
Government is set to wipe out the Warri Ijaws.
The State Government that
is supposed to be mediating and correcting the political injustices in existence
has taken side. Not only had the Government taken side, they have gone a step
further by tagging the Warri Ijaws as rebels. To actualize the Itsekiri agenda,
the Delta State government under Chief James Onanefe Ibori have deliberately
empowered the Itsekiris against the Ijaws.
First the Governor made Dr.
Uduaghan an Itsekiri and his cousin, secretary to the State Government,
secondly, he crookedly appointed his Itsekiri kinsmen as Chairmen of the three
Local Government Areas of Warri North, South and South-West when the fundamental
issues of ward delineation and creation of Local Government have not been
addressed. With this arrangement, public fund is being used to finance the
Itsekiri war machine. Lastly, the Governor made public show of his commitment to
peace by telling the whole world a lie that he his relocating to Warri to
address the crisis, whereas the original and grand design was to enable him and
Dr. Uduaghan to properly coordinate their war plan.
perfected their ploy by drafting a script for the security to the extent that
any move against Itsekiri interest should be crushed by the security operatives.
This was evidenced in the army destruction of Okumagba estate under the
instruction of the Itsekiris. The popular Idama Hotel, Total Filling Station,
Avenue Police Station are some public properties that were destroyed. More than
twenty five (25) persons were killed. Ordinarly, the security operatives who are
supposed to be neutral, but regrettably the reverse is the case in Warri where
they are to deal with any thing that bears the semblance of
We the Ijaws of Warri call upon the general public and the
international community to intervene on the Itsekiri-Military genocide on Warri
Ijaws under the close supervision, and logistics support from the Delta state
The Delta State Governor is fully aware of the apartheid
system being practiced by his mother's people (the Itsekiris) in the state
before he became the Governor. But ironically, "HE HAS NOT GOT THE WILL POWER"
to correct the wrongs owing to the pressures from his kinsmen. He lacks the
moral ground and political platform to lay claim to the toga of a peace
We are not unaware of the Delta State Government promoting and
supervising the Itsekiris agenda in all manner of ramifications. The Warri Ijaws
have been deemed as the aggressors over this endless crisis. Whereas, it is the
fear of the Itsekiris (the aggressors) that the State Government is unable to
implement the various reports of the panels constituted on Warri crisis in the
past. The Itsekiris dictate for their sons who are in the apex of government.
What do you expect, the government is under their tutelage
Ibori's regime is Anti-Warri Ijaws, do not doubt it because you are looking for
an appointment or contract. The truth will unfold if the water boils and
evaporates within the shortest possible time. He deprived the Warri Ijaws of top
governmental appointment in spite of his several promises made. Do you think
ordinarily that the Itsekiris who are in the caucus and dictate will allow the
Governor to give such an appointment to Warri Ijaws?
To buttress the
government total support of the Itsekiri agenda and their (Itsekiri) arguments
and claims of the ownership of the three Warri local government areas, the
government disregarded the principle's of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of
using the flag bearer of the party to head the transition committees of the
councils by appointing the Itsekiris as chairmen so as to carry out their
nefarious act of elimination. In Warri South West Chief Couple Oromoni, an Ijaw
was dropped for Hon. David Tonwe an Itsekiri, while in Warri North, Mr. Michael
Diden who was disqualified along with Mr Francis Omatseye following their roles
on the crisis that visited the parties primaries was picked to edge out Mr
Prayer A Malafakumo an Ijaw man. This government of Chief James Ibori
unconstitutional did this because he saw in Diden a veritable instrument in
prosecuting the war of extermination against the Ijaws. True to projections,
Diden has not disappointed book makers as he donated and fuelled Warri North
council boats for the Itsekiris with which they launched attack on Erekongbene,
Mangorogbene and Ojudorgbene respectively. The whole world must hear this evil
plan of the Delta State government by using the state machineries to fight the
Warri Ijaws who are only asking for their political and God given
We believe in a fundamental principle that if the State
Government for fear of the Itsekiris fails to address this issue appropriately
God in his time will redress it one day.
In the recent past under the
supervision and monitoring of Delta Government, the Itsekiris warlords in
military uniforms kidnapped Ijaws passengers and they were subsequently killed.
Surprisingly, the government in high quarters became the mouthpiece for the
Itsekiris thereby denied the allegation and tagged it as an act of piracy. In
order to call for sympathy from the Federal Government and international
community (General public) so as to have free hands in dealing with the Warri
The Itsekiri warlords under the co-ordination of the Delta State
Government went and attacked Abi-Gborodo and the same government accused the
Warri Ijaws and even insulted an Ijaw monarch. Be informed that our ancestors
will hardly forgive the Deputy Governor for that singular act because he has
done harm to the Lord's anointed.
What did the State Government want by
misrepresenting and misinforming the general public about the Warri Ijaws? Be it
told that various Ijaw communities in the three Warri local areas have been set
ablaze by the Itsekiris led by the Warri North local council chairman with his
council speedboats. Is the DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT unaware of what has been
happening? Can the secretary to the State Government deny his involvement in
these sporadic attacks on those Ijaw communities? Let the Secretary to the State
Government name those perpetrators of the Warri crisis as a he stated on
Thursday Vanguard 14th August 2003.
POINTS FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW AND THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE
IF THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED.
* Several nocturnal meetings
have been held in one Chief K. B. Omatseye's place opposite Sapele Athletic
Club, Sapele so as to rein terrors on the Ijaws. Take note that the state
government representatives are always in attendance.
* The Itsekiris war
speedboats and the warlords are being accommodated in Sapele.
* Ajoki a
community behind Koko town is a military base for the Itsekiri warlords. About
eight speedboats mounted with machine guns are being stationed there.
In Koko towns, the Itsekiris war speedboats are glaring; the military personnel
who are on the pay roll of the chief co-ordinator Ritalori-Ogbebor are training
* It is also on record that before the attack on the Ijaw
communities of Ereknogbene ,Ojudorgbene and Gbarikogbene, the Secretary to the
State Government Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan had a secret meeting with his kinsmen in
Koko where the plan to attack was perfected and executed.
is also their military base.
THE WARRI SOUTH AND WARRI SOUTH WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS THE ITSEKIRIS HAVE
THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIES
* A sophisticated method of
assassination of prominent Ijaw leaders in Warri and other places, which later
would be tagged as an armed robbery incident by the state government.
Kidnapping and killing of people of Ijaw extraction in Warri and its
* House to house raid of the Ijaws in Warri under the pretence
of military operations or searching for arms and ammunition.
and searching of vehicles on the road for Ijaws to be abducted and killed
* Destroying and burning down of houses and business centers
owned by the Ijaws in Warri and its environment
* Forceful ejection of
Warri Ijaws from their homeland under the pretext of reclaiming land for
development purposes. Ogbe-Ijoh market area and NPA Quarters are primary targets
for this operation.
SOME OF THE,
ARMORIES, WHERE ARMS AND AMMUNITION ARE STOCKPILED BY THE ITSEKIRI IN WARRI
METROPOLIS AND ENVIRON.
* Ekurede Itsekiri the caravans
opposite Olu's palace and some buildings in the area.
* A storey building
in Okere market about three hundred meters to Essi junction.
compound in Iyara. There are also about fourteen speedboats painted Red and
black are in the creek leading to the compound.
* Chief Ogedegbe's
compound through Akra junction Iyara.Pessu Market. Their military Zones for
their operations are - Ugbuwangue Orugbo, Odegine Amadion, Igborodo, Aruton,
Ogidigben and Madagho.
Funny enough, "The Peacemaker" the Governor of
Delta State is overseas holidaying when is house is on fire. It is not
surprising to us because the grand design for the war of elimination of Warri
Ijaws have been well laid out and logistics provided. So his presence is no
longer required for the execution of the plan. His relocation to Warri on peace
mission is an irony of history.
In the light of the above, we want to
appeal to well-meaning Nigerians, the international community to mediate on the
crisis before law and order completely broke down. We have lost confidence in
the sincerity of the governor to resolve this matter as he has completely
compromised his position on tackling the issues fairly and freely. We also call
on Ijaws in and around Warri to beware, as they are targets of Itsekiris and
Delta State Government onslaught.
Finally it is our sincere hope that our
call will be treated with the urgency it requires as we cannot continue to fold
our hands and watch our kits and kins being slaughtered daily, our resolve to
tow the line of peace in the resolution of the Warri crisis should not be taken
for a weakness.
Enough is enough.
For and on behalf
Capt. Clery Ibojoh
Mr Messio German