The invasion of communities in Ogun and Lagos states in which innocent residents were killed by suspected militants, has been condemned by Ijaw youths.
They described the incidents as criminal and barbaric.
The youths, who spoke under the aegis of Ijaw Youth Council worldwide (IYC), also dissociated the Ijaw ethnic group from the attacks.
The IYC, in a statement by its spokesman, Eric Omare, condemned the attacks, irrespective of who was involved, insisting that the attackers were not Ijaw indigenes.
The statement, which was issued in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capita on Sunday, 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”.