- The minister of the Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and a former militant, Tompolo, met on Thursday, June 3, in Warri
- The meeting is coming on the heels of the deadline given to Akpabio for the quick inauguration of an NDDC board
- Local media outfits claim that the former Akwa Ibom governor is in the state to make peace and chart a way forward with respect to the commission's affairs
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Warri - Days after a deadline was given by Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo for the inauguration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board, Godswill Akpabio has met with the former warlord.
A report by The Nation claims that the minister of the Niger Delta affairs arrived at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe council area of the state on Thursday, June 3.
Quoting Comrade Daniel Ezekiel, an aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the newspaper said:
“Niger Delta Minister is on his way to Oporoza to meet with High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo and other leaders across the Niger Delta.
“Remember a few days ago, he gave an ultimatum. So, regarding that, the Minister and his entourage are on their way to Oporoza to meet with other Niger Delta leaders on how to prevent the region from going into another round of crisis.
“On my own capacity as security aide to the Governor, I have been reaching out to other stakeholders from political to security angles to make sure that the peace in the region is maintained.”
Earlier, the headquarters of the NDDC in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, was on Thursday, May 27, shut down by protesting members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).
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.