- Ijaw youth council is calling for thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Naval Officer, Admiral Ikoli in Lagos
- Ikoli was reported dead last week Monday in his residence in Apapa area of Lagos
- IYC is demanding inclusion into the investigation team put together by the Nigerian Navy
The national leadership of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) is demanding to be included in the ongoing investigation into the gruesome assassination of Rear Admiral Teikumor Ikoli, the Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command Lagos last week Monday.
The Ijaw youths condemned what they described as “sudden and unlawful killing of a son of the Niger Delta region, a father to many, a fine and intelligent naval officer and a defender of the collective sovereignty of Nigeria.”
Recall that information currently making the rounds, have it that the Fleet Commander shot himself with his service pistol after locking himself in the room from inside but the Ijaw youths claim that he was assassinated in his Apapa residence last week Monday.
Following the establishment of a board of inquiry into the circumstances leading to his sudden death, the IYC is insisting that it be included as part of the team to investigate the alleged assassination of Real Admiral Ikoli, who was killed in Lagos last week.
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The council said the circumstances of the murder of Admiral Ikoli demanded thorough and transparent investigation.
In a statement signed by President of IYC, Eric Omare, the IYC said: “The Ijaw ethnic nationality demands to be part and parcel of the investigation in order to unravel the real cause of the death and those behind it.
“We therefore call on the military authorities to include a representative of the Ijaw ethnic nationality as part of the investigative team to ensure transparency in the process.”
In another development, the IYC is calling on Ijaw youths to remain calm following the new convention that produced a factional president for the IYC in Okrika area of Rivers state on Sunday.
Omare said: “What transpired on Sunday the 9th of April, 2017 at Okrika, Rivers state was not an IYC election but a charade by some former leaders of the council in the name of election.
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“It would definitely not stand the test of time. The IYC had since the 2nd to 3rd March, 2017 conducted its elections and have an existing national executive council under my leadership.
“In the coming days, the national executive council of the IYC under my leadership shall use all legitimate means to bring the charade to an end and restore sanity to the Ijaw Youth Council.
“I call on the Ijaw nation and the general public to completely disregard the outcome of the Okrika charade which was done in fragrant disrespect to competent courts of law.
“We also call on IYC members to be peaceful and not to take laws into their hands in trying to express their grievances. We shall follow due process in our efforts to address this deliberate effort to factionalize the IYC.”
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