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Protests Rock Delta, Bayelsa As Ijaw Youths Accuse Nigerian Government Of Abducting IYC President, Igbifa




There have been pockets of protests in Delta and Bayelsa states over Tuesday’s abduction of the Nationwide President of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Timothy Igbifa and the expiration of the 30-day ultimatum given to President Muhammadu Buhari to represent the substantive board of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC).


The protests, staged by indignant ijaw youths in entrance of NDDC state workplaces alongside the Edjeba space of Warri in Delta State and the NDDC workplace in Yenezue-gene space of Yenagoa in Bayelsa, disrupted vehicular actions and enterprise actions for hours.

The protesting Ijaw Youths had been comparatively peaceable and armed with placards with inscriptions equivalent to “Restructure Nigeria Now!”, “IOCs should not remmit N1.6 billion {dollars} to NDDC Now!”, “We search justice in NDDC Now!” and “FG ought to appoint substantive board in NDDC now”. 

They accused President Buhari of sponsoring the kidnapping of Igbifa.

They warned that the subsequent protest on the pending problems with the appointment of substantive board for the NDDC, tenure of the Sole Administrator and different points regarding the growth of the area might be complete and a “mass motion”.

The nationwide management of the IYC in an announcement issued by way of e mail to newsmen in Yenagoa, declared solidarity for the protesters and urged them to not permit criminally sponsored parts to infiltrate their midst whereas the protest lasts in Bayelsa and Delta states.

The communique issued by the IYC management on the finish of an emergency assembly was signed by Savior Olali, Deputy President; Ebilade Ekerefe, Nationwide spokesman; Timilaemi Ebifoubo, Nationwide Treasurer; Tina Tubusi, Lady chief; Abiye Achepaka, Nationwide Monetary Secretary; Fubara Isreal, Nationwide Director of Mobilisation; Otiene Amafina, Assistant Secretary Basic; Digitemie Pogonyo, Speaker of Cellular Parliament and the Chairmen of Zones and Chapters of the Council. 

Within the communique, they alleged that the kidnapping of Igbifa was sponsored by President Buhari.

The assertion stated, ”Although the kidnapping of the IYC President, Deacon Timothy Igbifa, got here to us as a shock and is provocative, we’ve since found that the Federal Authorities, below President Muhammadu Buhari, sponsored and executed the kidnapping. “First, he was invited, together with different Nationwide Government members, to Abuja for a strong engagement assembly with the Interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd). Then, he was kidnapped by males armed with customary ‘IWI Tavor rifles’ or ‘the Uzi sub-machine gun’.

“Regardless of our shock, the Nationwide Government of the IYC needs to precise solidarity with the pockets of protest in some elements of the area according to the expiration of the 30-day ultimatum handed the Federal Authorities, and the provocative abduction of the President, Deacon Igbifa. Whereas in help and solidarity with real protest by Ijaw Youths in most elements of the area, they need to not permit hoodlums or prison parts serially used to thwart comparable protest in Lagos and Kaduna to infiltrate their midst and hijack the protests.

“The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) additionally condemn, in strongest phrases, the unwarranted abduction of the President, Deacon Igbifa and name on the Federal Authorities to launch him unconditionally. As a result of sudden abduction, the Ijaw Youths Council management has abruptly terminate the continuing engagement between the IYC and the Interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. We’re returning again to the area to have sturdy engagement with key stakeholders together with the Clans, Zones and chapters on the technique and rule of engagement forthwith. 

“These sturdy engagement will metamorphose right into a Nationwide Conference slated for Sunday thirtieth of Could, 2019 the place a transparent minimize technique might be initiated according to the deliberate Mass Motion. As a Council, we won’t betray the belief reposed in us as Nationwide Leaders of the IYC. The Nationwide Leaders of the Council is resolute that regardless of the expiration of the 30 days ultimatum handed President Muhammadu Buhari at midnight on Tuesday, the Ijaw Youths won’t be cowed from insisting {that a} substantive board of NDDC be instantly constituted.”

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