Angry Ijaw youths stormed the Niger Delta Development Commission’s office on Monday, December 21, demanding the immediate resignation of Godswill Akpabio as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
The aggrieved youths accused the former Akwa Ibom state governor of bringing his own brother to run the affairs of the commission.
One of the youths who spoke during the protest at the NDDC office said;
We are here in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to tell Godswill Akpabio that he did not put his blood for the Ijaw nation or the Niger Delta. We the Ijaw people put our blood and our sweat for the Ministry of Niger Delta to come into play.
So he cannot undermine the Ijaw people in the Niger Delta who are the largest population in the Niger Delta. He cannot do that. It is unacceptable. That is the reason why we are here in his office to tell him to resign, to leave this office for us. Today is the last day we are giving him to leave this office.
He cannot use the Ministry of the Niger Delta as his child pet. No way. We wouldn’t accept that. That is the reason why we are here to make sure he leaves this office today.”
[BREAKING] Arms fund probe: Finally, Army chief appears before Reps
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, is currently appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Need to Review the Purchase, Use and Control of Arms, Ammunition and Related Hardware by Military, Paramilitary and Other Law Enforcement Agencies.
The committee had no less than two times invited Attahiru and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to answer questions on the procurement of arms and ammunition.
On Friday, the committee, after a long wait, postponed the investigative hearing till Monday.
Earlier on March 22, 2021, the committee had, after the failure by the CBN governor and the COAS to appear before it, summoned them to appear before on April 7, 2021.
BREAKING: Doctors suspend nationwide strike
Resident doctors have suspended their nationwide strike after 10 days.
Their president, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, told The PUNCH on Saturday.
He said, “We suspended the strike about one hour ago. We are responsible to Nigerians, the government has acceded to some demands.”
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According to him, the strike was suspended after meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
BREAKING: Gunmen raze another Imo police station
Gunmen on Tuesday razed the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State.
This development came just a day after unknown gunmen attacked Owerri Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters, freeing 1,884 inmates and razing over 50 vehicles.
Tuesday’s attack came few hours after the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, the just sacked Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, and other Government functionaries visited the state to inspect the level of damage on the attacked security facilities.
On arrival, the gunmen freed all the suspects in detention before setting the Police Divisional headquarters ablaze.
Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen operated without any resistance from policemen.
A source said, “Gunmen this evening razed Ehime Mbano LGA police divisional headquarters. On arrival, the gunmen freed the suspects before wrecking the havoc.”
A police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that he could not confirm the development when he was contacted by our correspondent on Tuesday evening.
But a senior police officer who does not want his name in print said that the Command’s hierarchy was saddened by the latest development.
The PUNCH reports that gunmen had between February and March razed Obowo, Abo Mbaise, Ihitte/ Uboma and Isiala Mbano Divisional Police Headquarters, killings three cops and injuring others.
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