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Ijaw Youth Council suspends #OccupyNigerDelta protests

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The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide, has directed the suspension of three-day long protest with effect from 5pm on Friday, May 28, 2021.

The suspension of the protest which has shut down the Niger Delta region since its commencement on Wednesday is contained in a statement issued by the IYC Deputy National President, Comrade Saviour Olali, and the National Spokesman, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe.

The IYC recalled that it gave the Federal Government 30-day ultimatum to reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) or face the risk of total shutdown of government activities in the Niger Delta including the closure of the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt and their state offices across the region.

The council said that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the planned protest was effectively carried out across the region.

It said the IYC leadership was so far satisfied with the level of compliance of its members in all the clans and zones across the region.

The statement said: “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 (INC), Council hereby directs the suspension of the three-day long protest with effect from 5pm today, Friday 28th May, 2021.

“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.” the statement read.

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