– Acting President Yemi Osibanjo has released nine Niger Delta agitators who were arrested inn the renewed militancy in the volatile region
– Spokesman of Ijwa Youth Council, Eric Omare, applauded the Acting President for such move
– Omare said despite the release of the nine, there are still others yet to be released
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday February 23, 2017 made a great move as he was alleged to have released nine Niger Delta agitators who were arrested and detained in connection with renewed agitation in the Niger Delta.
In a statement signed and made available to journalists in Delta, spokesman of the Ijaw Youth Council, Eric Omare, said the released agitators were handed over to the Delta state police command by the Joint Military Task Force before being let go on Thursday.
Omare said the released agitators include ex-militant leader, Mr. Goddey Smith Bounanawei (alias King of the Forest) and nine others including Peremor Ekpesegba, Akpos Livinus, Monday Ebimene, Churchilll Agbelogode were released.
He commended Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo for heeding to the demand of the IYC and other stakeholders in releasing the ex-agitators who were arrested in connection with the renewed agitations in the volatile Niger Delta region.
It would be recall that the IYC President, Udengs Eradiri, had during the fact finding visit of the Acting President to Oporoza in Gbaramatu area of Delta state and Yenagoa in Bayelsa state made a case for the release of those arrested in connection with the agitations in furtherance of the confidence building process.
However, the IYC noted that some other Niger Delta youths arrested for same purpose are still in detention.
Omare said some of those still in detention are ex-militant leader Aboy Muturu; Niger Delta activist, Ezekiel Daniel; IYC Abuja chapter Spokesman, Alex Odogu and others.
Consequently, the IYC called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to order the release of those still in detention, noting that this would further strengthen the peace process in the Niger Delta region.
But the Delta state police public relations officer, Andrew Aniamaka, told NAIJ.com that there was no presentation of arrested agitators to the state police command, let alone setting free anybody from the command headquarters.
He said: “Yesterday, we had a press conference, if there was such, we would have known and relay it to the press. The over 60 journalists who were here yesterday left late. They would have captured it if we had received such. That is not true, we never got such.”