BREAKING: After Bayelsa protest, Ijaw youths shut NDDC headquarters in Rivers

BREAKING: After Bayelsa protest, Ijaw youths shut NDDC headquarters in Rivers

- South-south protesters in Rivers have barricaded the entrance of the NDDC on Thursday, May 27

- The youths were following a directed given by the president of the IYC, Peter Igbifa

- The protest is one of the consequences of the federal government's failure to set up a new board for the commission within the period set by the council

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The headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, was on Thursday, May 27, shut down by protesting members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).

Punch reports that about 700 of the protesters were seen along the eastern by-pass in the state capital hoisting the IYC flag in front of the NDDC's secretariat.

The youths' activities caused serious gridlock that prevented both vehicular and human movement.

BREAKING: After Bayelsa protest, Ijaw youths shut NDDC headquarters in Rivers
The IYC members said the federal government has failed to act within the period given it was given (Photo: @ijawyouth_C)
Source: Twitter

According to Ibiso Harry, the assistant secretary of the council's eastern zone, the protest was directed by the IYC president, Peter Igbifa.

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Harry disclosed that the order was given by Igbifa following the expiration of the deadline given to the federal government for the setting up of a substantive board of the commission.

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Earlier, youths of south-south extraction, specifically from the Ijaw part of Bayelsa went overboard with the alleged refusal of the federal government to inaugurate a substantive board of the NDDC.

On the platform of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) on Wednesday, May 26, the protesters shut down the state's office of the commission during a massive protest.

Not only that, the youths waved the flags of IYC, and stood against traffic along the east-west road, causing serious fears among motorists, pedestrians, and commuters.

Meanwhile, following the controversy over the alleged abduction of Igbifa, the Department of State Services (DSS), had made some clarifications.

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The secret service denied involvement in the alleged abduction of Igbifa by suspected masked men. gathered that some reports claimed that masked men suspected to be operatives of the DSS on Tuesday, May 25, allegedly whisked away Comrade Igbifa.


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