Due to the growing rate of insecurity in the country, particularly the activities of Herdsmen in the Niger Delta region. The Pan Niger Delta Development Forum (PANDEF), a body of traditional rulers, leaders and stakeholders of the region, has come up with plans to set up a regional security outfit.
This was disclosed in a statement issued shortly after its Board of Trustee meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien who emerged as the new national chairman of PANDEF, promised to work closely with the governors of the South-South and community leaders to establish appropriate security architecture to safeguard the people of the region within lawful means.
The organization frown at the worrisome state of insecurity and breakdown of law and order in several parts of the country, and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to redouble his effort towards curbing the expanding activities of Boko Haram, the audacious attacks by bandits and rampaging activities of Fulani herdsmen.
“The BOT, therefore, condemn in strong terms, the expanding activities of Boko Haram, attacks by bandits, rampaging activities of Fulani herdsmen and the recent upsurge in the kidnapping of innocent students in Kakara, Niger State, in Jangebe, Zamfara State, and scores of innocent women, children and travellers from around the country.
“PANDEF, however, commend the effort of security operatives in securing the release of some of these abducted persons but calls on the Federal Government to be alive to its constitutional obligation of protecting the lives and properties of all Nigerians.
Further more, PANDEF assures law-abiding Nigerians of a peaceful stay in all parts of the south-south but strongly warn criminals groups and their sponsors to stay away from the zone.
The BoT also approved the nominations and elections of His Royal Majesty, King Alfred Diete Spiff, CFR, former military Governor of old Rivers State and His excellency. Arc,(Obong) Victor Attah, CON, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State as co-Chairmen of PANDEF BoT, Chief T.K. Okorotei from Bayelsa State as Deputy National Chairman, Hon. Bello Bina, National Youth Leader, Chief (Dr) Whiskey Ayakeme, National Director of Research and Chief Kalaiti Japhthah, ex-officio member National NEC