Mend cancels meeting as police take over venue
Niger Delta’s they will continue to intimated the so called Niger Delta until they answer their name which is “Biafra” I have searched there is no cardinal point in the world called South South only in Nigeria you can find such name, because the name Nigeria has no meaning. Only Biafra will save the so called Niger Delta be bold enough and answer your God given name and be free from your processes.
The much publicised crucial meeting of Niger Delta ex-militants war lords under the aegis of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, could not hold yesterday as scheduled in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The meeting was convened by MEND leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo, ostensibly to discuss urgent issues but critics said it was meant to foment trouble for the government.
When our correspondent got to the Ijaw House venue of the meeting at about 10: 30am and later at 3pm, stern looking regular and riot policemen were seen at the premises in one truck and about five Hilux jeeps but no presence of ant Ijaw youth or elder.
This is as most of the road junctions and perceived trouble spots say the presence of police check points but there was no military presence as alleged by the spokesman of the Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, Eric Omare.
Though indications that the meeting could not hold had emerged on Thursday, when the governor of the state, Hon. Seriake Dickson, in a statement call for the cancelation of the meeting, a statement by Tompolo, yesterday had assured that the meeting will go on scheduled.
Our correspondent also gathered from Tompolo’s camp that the meeting was postponed at the instance of the state governor and some leaders of the Ijaw nation after meetings that lasted until the early hours of yesterday.
The State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson had called for the postponement of the proposed meeting of the leaders of ex-agitators in the Niger Delta, earlier scheduled for this Saturday, amidst growing tension and security reports.
The statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson added the governor will meet with them soon, to discuss issues as it affects the ex-agitators and others issues of overall strategic interest of the region and the nation as a whole.
However a statement from the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide said it condemned the military invasion of Ijaw House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State; even though there was no military presence at the Ijaw house or any of the check point.
The statement erroneously stated: “A combined team of military and police officers in the early hours of Friday, the 24th of July, 2015 invaded and took over Ijaw House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State to prevent ex-Niger Delta agitators from having their proposed meeting on Saturday, the 25th of July, 2015. This is illegal, unconstitutional and a draw back to the dark days of military dictatorship.”
Signed by its spokesperson, Eric Omare, the statement call on President Buhari to “order the military and police officers presently forcefully occupying Ijaw House, Yenagoa to immediately vacate the premises and stop forthwith the violation of the rights of people who have business to carry out” at Ijaw House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The IYC would also take immediate legal and related actions to address these violations stressing that “whether President Buhari likes it or not, the Niger Delta people would meet to determine their destiny in Nigeria.”