25 June 2016
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has condemned Friday’s attack of Silverbird Rhythm FM station in Bayelsa by some armed youths.
Mr Udengs Eradiri, the President of IYC, who made the condemnation while speaking to newsmen on Saturday in Yenagoa, decried the attack and urged those involved to desist from heinous acts.
Armed youths invaded Silverbird on Friday, throwing the radio station into pandemonium.
The youths, who shot sporadically into the air, forced employees to scamper to safety.
The incident disrupted activities at the radio station leaving workers and guests who were in the station for a live programme with bruises.
Eradiri described the incident as “unlawful, a disruption of peace and a clear violation of a court order.
“Our people should desist from destroying the image of the Ijaw nation.
“We are going to make sure that the police arrest the perpetrators and definitely, they will face the wrath of the law.
“I condemn the misconduct of some disgruntled youths who are into violence and disruption of peace in Ijaw nation.
“I am the President of IYC and what I owe my people is the responsibility to ensure peace.”
According to him, IYC is for peace and will not tolerate members who engage in violence or cause trouble through the use of media.
Eradiri also urged the media to “avoid using their station to disseminate negative information to the society.
“IYC is still one house and if I have been removed from office, I believe the whole world will know about it.
“I am still the genuine IYC president; removing me as president of the council will have to follow the procedure spelt out in our Constitution.
“This has not happened, so I am still the president.”