The suspects, Isaiah Ododomu and Toba Forejo said nine members were involved in the abduction and that they took to kidnapping after security operatives had foiled their operation which involved oil bunkering. Isaiah said: “I was involved in illegal bunkering. As this government stopped bunkering, our leaders arranged another group and this mission of the new group was to start kidnapping and use it to manage ourselves since we can’t do oil bunkering again. I am a married man, I don’t have any job to do. We used to do security for those main guys and anytime they make about N500, 000 they will give us like N20,000.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday lamented that a large part of the huge amount of money that had been spent in the Niger Delta region through various intervention programmes has translated to nothing.
He stated this at Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, where he delivered the Second Foundation Lecture of Elizade University, which was established by a major auto dealer, Chief Ade Ojo.
The lecture was titled “The Future: Here Earlier Than We Thought”.
The Vice President, while reacting to questions raised at the event graced by dignitaries including top traditional rulers and other people from all walks of life, declared that the Niger Delta Avengers are nothing but a group fighting for their own pockets.
“The NDA are not freedom fighters but people fighting for their private pockets. The people are not fighting for the development of the region.
“They are economic warriors fighting for their private pockets. They are not working for the interest of the region”, he said.
Osinbajo said rather than glorifying the NDA, they should be blamed saying if they are freedom fighters why would they destroy source of economic power.
“They had been creating more problems in the region by their activities. They had been polluting environment and making lives more difficult for the people.”
Osinbajo, who blamed poor electricity generation in the country on the blowing up of pipelines that supply gas to power stations, said the nation’s oil production had declined by about 800,000 barrels per day.
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The situation in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria is rapidly deteriorating and getting out of control. The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), worldwide calls on President Mohammadu Buhari to urgently and personally take charge of the management of the process to return peace and normalcy to the region. In the last seventy two hours, there have been reported cases of attacks and killing of soldiers, civilians working in house boats and attacks on oil facilities in Ogbeinbiri, Bayelsa State and Forcados export line, Delta State. The civilians killed at the house boat were mainly Ijaw youths including Tombra David Iwoubebi and Anita Demedongha from Odimodi Community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State. We in strong words condemn this senseless killing of soldiers and civilians that were working in the houseboat. This act of wickedness would only complicate an already delicate security situation.
We call for a bi-partisan stakeholders’ effort to bring the fast deteriorating security situation under control. The IYC is of the view that to make the process effective and produce the required result, President Buhari must personally take charge and provide leadership. The situation requires the direct involvement of President Buhari. The events of the last few days have clearly shown that those mandated to lead the peace process have failed to produce the desired result. We also call on the Governors of the Niger Delta states to collaborate and galvanize stakeholders in the region to quickly start the process to return peace to the Niger Delta region. This is a call to save the Niger Delta region and Nigeria; hence political considerations must be set aside. The events that are happening in the region pose serious economic, environmental and security challenges to the entire nation. On the part of the IYC, we reiterate our readiness and commitment to work with relevant stakeholders to return peace to the Niger Delta region while at the same time addressing the issues affecting the region.
The IYC also passionately call on the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups and individuals to give peace a chance. Violence has never solved problems anywhere in the world. The federal, state governments and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region should be given the opportunity to look at the issues at stake. We strongly feel that the continuous bombing of oil facilities and killings is not in the interest of the Niger Delta region and people. Aggrieved groups must give peace a chance!
Signed for the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide:
ABUJA – Finally, President Mohammadu Buhari has assented to the 2016 Appropriation Bill, giving way for full implementation of the budget. The signing took place just a moment ago at the presidential Villa, Abuja. Recall that the budget was laid before a joint session of the National Assembly on December 22, 2015. Work on the document began shortly after the Christmas break upon the resumption of the National Assembly for legislative duties. But a plethora of arguments and counter-arguements later ensued between the presidency and the national assembly following the controversial “padding” of the budget against the wishes of President Buhari. The came after the national assembly had unanimously approved the budget estimates of N6.06 trillion from the initial N6.08 trillion and transmitted to the presidency with the highlight, but failed to attached the details. Reacting, the president declined to give his assent, insisting on seeing the details. But the details made available later proved to be incredibly padded, prompting the Executive arm to return the budget for a rework. This unfortunately had taken almost 5 months, causing untold hardship on citizenry. But apparently satisfied with the corrections made on the document, the president on Friday put ink on paper, signing the dotted lines. More details later