JTF moves to quell Rivers com­mu­nal cri­sis

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Rivers State has de­ployed troops to Ibaa in Emo­hua LGA of Rivers State to quell a com­mu­nal cri­sis which was trig­gered by a chief­taincy tus­sle in Jan­uary.

Daily Trust gath­ered that no fewer than three per­sons have been killed in the mayhem in the past three months. The cri­sis has paral­ysed eco­nomic and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in the area as schools, hospi­tal and mar­kets have been shut down af­ter the people fled to take refuge in neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Ri­val cult groups, the Is­lan­ders and Ice­landers, back­ing the two op­pos­ing camps in the chief­taincy tus­sle, had been ter­ror­is­ing the com­mu­nity.

Con­duct­ing news­men round the com­mu­nity yes­ter­day, spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Col. Mustapha Anka, said the soldiers were de­ployed be­cause hood­lums had been in­volved in var­i­ous crimes in­clud­ing cut­ting of oil pipe­lines.

He said the Com­man­der of the JTF, Ma­jor Gen­eral Em­manuel Atewe, vis­ited the area at the weekend to see things by him­self in com­pany of other com­po­nent heads of the JTF.

He said the JTF was work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other se­cu­rity agencies to re­store peace and nor­malcy in the com­mu­nity and con­firmed that in­tel­li­gence in­di­cated that mem­bers of the two ri­val cult groups were in­volved in ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing crim­i­nal­i­ties that have to do with oil in­stal­la­tions.

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Catholic Arch­bishop of Abuja Dio­cese, John Car­di­nal Onaiyekan (right), bless­ing the ‘Oil of the Sick’ dur­ing the Chrism Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic ProCathe­dral in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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