- DSS has denied abducting the president of IYC, Comrade Timothy Igbifa
- Igbifa was abducted by yet-to-be-identified persons on Tuesday, May 25
- The spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya, however, said that the service had nothing to do with the unfortunate incident
Following the controversy over the alleged abduction of the president of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Comrade Timothy Igbifa, the Department of State Services (DSS), has made some clarifications.
PR Nigeria reports that the secret service denied involvement in the alleged abduction of Igbifa by suspected masked men.
Legit.ng gathered that some reports claimed that masked men suspected to be operatives of the DSS on Tuesday, May 25, allegedly whisked away Comrade Igbifa.
The spokesperson of DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya, however, described the report as untrue and false.
“The DSS has nothing to do with the alleged arrest or whisking away of President of Ijaw Youth Council, Comrade Peter Timothy Igbifa by suspected masked men."
Igbifa was billed to lead a protest in Abuja following the expiration of a one-week ultimatum his group issued to the federal government to reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Igbifa had earlier issued an advisory to all staff of multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta to vacate the region until the board of NDDC is inaugurated.
PM News also reports that Igbifa’s kidnap happened along Port Harcourt International Airport road.
According to the report, Igbifa's last words to his personal driver was that he was kidnapped but to tell the people that the protest must hold, adding that nobody can infringe on the right of Niger Delta people.
Igbifa had given all oil multinationals seven days to evacuate their employees from oil platforms in the region ahead of the protest.
The IYC had earlier planned a peaceful protest scheduled to hold Wednesday, May 26, over the refusal of the federal government to constitute the board of directors for the NDDC.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the IYC threw its weight behind the forensic audit of the NDDC.
It was reported that the IYC's president said the forensic audit should be allowed to go on as it would reveal the identity of those responsible for the corruption in the commission.
Igbifa condemned the media trial of the acting managing director of the commission, Kemebradikumo Pondei, and the Interim Management Committee (IMC).