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Kidnapped IYC President regains freedom, insists on protest against FG

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The President of the pan-ijaw youth group, Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Peter Timothy Igbifa, has regained freedom from his abductors.

Igbifa was reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday morning by unknown gunmen in Rivers State whereas heading to the airport for a visit to Abuja.

Igbifa confirmed that he was kidnapped, saying the gunmen that took him away needed him to name off the continuing protest in opposition to the failures of the Federal Authorities to inaugurate a substantive board of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC).

He mentioned he was launched at Opokuma in Bayelsa State by the gunmen, who barricaded his automobile on Tuesday morning, blindfolded him and drove him to many locations.

“I didn’t know the locations they took me to as a result of I used to be blindfolded. All they needed me to do was to name off the protest. They needed me to do a video asking the youths to again down.

“However I advised them that I already did a video within the morning asking them to go forward with the protest even when I used to be kidnapped, arrested or killed. They turned pissed off after they noticed the protest occurring at many locations within the area. I additionally advised them that I received’t betray the ideas of our battle”.

Igbifa mentioned his assailants set him free on Wednesday evening, noting that with the assistance of individuals, who recognised him, he was in a position to get to the Bayelsa State Police Headquarters in Yenagoa the place he was debriefed by the Police Commissioner.

The IYC boss mentioned after a quick assembly with the police commissioner, he met with the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, who was frightened over his ordeal.

However Igbifa mentioned he was not intimidated by his expertise, insisting that the protest should proceed with the purpose of shutting down the area till the Federal Authorities inaugurates the board of the fee.

He mentioned: “I’m greater than ever decided to proceed with the protest. My expertise has not intimidated me and the protest can be extra intensed”.

Igbifa disowned a few of his govt committee members, led by the Spokesperson of the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe, who held a gathering with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

He mentioned Ekerefe and his co-travellers have been on their very own, saying he by no means authorised the assembly and that no matter settlement they reached with Akpabio was not binding on IYC and the Ijaw nation.

“No matter assembly they held with out me is null and void. I didn’t authorise the assembly and its end result isn’t binding on IYC and the Ijaw nation. We’ve got taken a choice and that’s remaining. It’s a board or nothing.

“What are they even doing in Abuja? I do know the type of strain I confronted and bogus provides I acquired to frustrate this protest, however I turned down all of them as a result of I can’t betray my folks and the Niger Delta should transfer ahead. Due to this fact, they’re on their very own”.

Igbifa known as on Ijaw Youths to troop out en masse for the continuation of the demonstration.

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