Berates Gov Dickson’s policy
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Ijaw National Congress, (INC) Eastern Zone has condemned the harassment of a right activist, Ms. Ann-Kio Briggs who led a peaceful rally recently in Yenagoa, the state capital condemning the allocation of land to the Fulani herdsmen for grazing.
Briggs who was physically assault by hoodlums at the venue of the rally got the backing of the INC who paid her a solidarity visit in her house on Wednesday.
Besides sustaining a life-threatening injuries and pains, she also lost her phones and other belongings to the thugs who attacked her.
The rights activist however blamed the state Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson for the attack and urged him to tell “his boys to return my phone”.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the INC led by the caretaker chairman of the zone, Ken Robinson described the attack on Ann-Kio as barbaric and charged the Bayelsa state government to “immediately identified the culprits and bring all of them to justice.”
“Bayelsa is the Jerusalem of all Ijaw people and the governor of that state must protect the interest of the Ijaw people and not to attack them”.
Robinson called on the state government to pick up all the medical bills incurred by the activist in the course of the attack while the eastern zone of the Congress was considering a modality to discuss the matter to the national body of the INC for appropriate action.
INC however encouraged Ann-Kio who is also the spokesperson of the Ijaw Republican Assembly (IRA) not to be deterred or intimidated by the action of the Bayelsa state government but continue in the “good works” she is doing for the Ijaw people.
“Let this action not deter you from the good works that you are doing for your people and country. Ijaw land belongs to all of us. Please, continue in that good work”.