Ijaw youths yesterday condemned armed invasion of Ogun and Lagos communities where innocent residents were killed.
They described the incidents as criminal and barbaric.
The youths, under the auspices of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, disassociated the Ijaw nation and their groups from the attacks.
In a statement by its spokesman Eric Omare, IYC condemned the incidents, irrespective of who was involved. The group insisted that the attackers were not Ijaw indigenes.
The statement said: “We state clearly that the persons carrying out these criminal attacks are not Ijaw and it is absolutely wrong for the media to refer to them as Ijaw militants.
“The sensational headlines and impression being created is that Ijaw persons or groups were carrying out organised attacks and killing people in some Lagos and Ogun communities.
“The Ijaw, who are indigenous to and living in the Southwest of Nigeria, are peaceful and law-abiding people and can never be involved in attacking communities and killing people.
“The Ijaw also have not, at any time, met and agreed to attack communities and kill people in Lagos and Ogun states.
“We call on the media to accurately report events to avoid unnecessary inter- crisis between ethnic groups whose people were killed and the Ijaw indigenous to and living in Southwest.
“Any inter-ethnic crisis between Yoruba and Ijaw ethnic groups is not in the interest of Nigeria; the media must guide against it. We also call on security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the Lagos and Ogun killings to justice to serve as deterrent to orders.”