Ex-militants have given the Naval authorities two weeks to vacate their base in Igbokoda, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, following the alleged killing of six of their members on Sunday by Naval personnel.
The ex-militants, who spoke through two of their leaders, Dele Olaoluwa and Victor Semore, who are also relatives of two of the deceased, Afro Medoye and Sina Ogono “aka Rambo”, described the action of the naval officers as barbaric and inhuman. They called on President Goodluck Jonathan to order the transfer of all Naval officers in the area.
Six ex-militants were allegedly shot dead by naval officers attached to the area when they wanted to force themselves into the Naval operational base, where empowerment programme organized by a lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Raphael Nomiye, was to take place. It was gathered that an argument ensued between the youth and some Naval officers, and that in the process, the latter opened fire.
Reacting, Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Adeniran Aremu, said there was no need for the ex-militant action, adding that the command is working hard to solve the problem.
“We have embarked on a process to solve the problem. As I’m talking to you, we have embarked on community policing. Besides, we have made consultations with community leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to ensure that the problem is resolved once and for all”, he said.