The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has suspended the on going mass protests against the Federal government over its failure to constitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The apex Youth group has barricaded the East West Road and other oil facilities in the Niger Delta, resulting to serious hardship by commuters .
Peter Igbifa was allegedly kidnapped by some unknown gunmen along the Port Harcourt International airport road on his way to attend a meeting with Ijaw leaders and stakeholders over declaration of the protest.
He alleged that those who abducted him put pressure on him to jettison the protest, adding that he cannot betray the trust bestowed on him by Ijaw Youths.
A statement by the Deputy National President Saviour Olali and the National Publicity secretary Ebilade Ekerefe noted that
“the general public would recall that the IYC gave the Federal Government 30-days ultimatum to reconstitute the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (N.D.D.C) or face the risk of total shut down of Federal Government activities in the Niger Delta including the closure of the NDDC Headquarters in Port Harcourt and their state offices across the Niger Delta.
“At the expiration of this ultimatum, the planned protest was effectively carried out across the region. The IYC leadership is satisfied with the level of compliance of its members in all the clans and zones across the region.
“After thorough examination of the progress made so far and in due consultation with critical stakeholders across the entire Ijaw Nation and especially with the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (I.N.C), Council hereby directs the suspension of the 3-day long protest with effect from 5pm today, Friday 28th May, 2021.”
According to them “the leadership of Council at the Zonal chapters and Clan levels are hereby informed to act accordingly and await further directives on the way forward.”