5,000 Bolou-Tubegbe villagers displaced as epidemic breaks out: leaders
Community gives FG a 21-day ultimatum to address the dilemma or face legal action
Two months After the Joint Military Task Force, JTF, officially searching for kidnappers, invaded the Bolou-Tubegbe community, Burutu local government area, Delta state with gunboats and fighter jets, setting houses on fire, the distraught Community residents have cried out to the federal government that they lived in hell and were abandoned since the offensive.
Community leaders have issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to visit the community and address the plight of the people or face legal action for misuse of power.
Operations from the military JTF, the Bomadi Division, the Nigerian Navy, the Warri Command and the Nigerian Air Force, Warri, raided the community on December 10 last year, in a combined operation against fueling and the maritime piracy.
NDV visits the Bolou-Tubegbe community
NDV visited the community two months after the invasion, where the traditional head of the Bolou-Tubegbe community, Chief Boro Ebegha, the traditional head of the parent community, Tubegbe, Chief Christopher Appeal, the presidents of both communities, Mr. Jacob Pereotubo, Mr. Omoro Lawrence and others met to deliberate on the destruction studied and the worsening dilemma of the victims.
Communities cry out
In a resolution signed by Chief Ebegha, the Chief of Appeal and two others, they said: “As elders and opinion leaders of the Tubegbe and Bolou-Tubegbe communities, we hereby inform the Federal Government that the indigenous people of Bolou-Tubegbe they are going through hell with total abandon. .
“On December 10, 2020, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Air Force, all from Warri, and the JTF Bomadi and Warri commandos invaded our community with four gunboats, two fighter jets, and set our community on fire.
“In the course of the invasion, around 5,000 indigenous people have been made homeless due to the destruction of property worth billions of naira in the community.
We’re going through hell
“As law-abiding citizens, we patiently awaited government intervention for two months with no response. We are going through hell as an epidemic outbreak, both air and water, as well as hunger, are the order of the day.
The JTF commander told us that it is a routine operation.
“The community contacted the commander of the JTF, Bomadi division, Captain Dominic, on the matter and he said it was a routine operation against fueling and maritime piracy.
What we want from Buhari
“We want to hear from the commander-in-chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, how a routine operation against fueling and maritime piracy should justify the burning of an entire community that has existed for over 1000 years?
Please note that Bolou-Tubegbe is not a militant camp, it is a community of law abiding citizens under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Some victims, women and children still take refuge here in Tubegbe.
21 day notice
“As law-abiding citizens, we will still wait for the Federal Government to visit the community to do what is necessary, a breach for which we will seek redress in a competent court of law for abuse of power after 21 days of this Save-Our-Soul, SOS ”, they added.