The President, Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Peter Timothy Igbifa, has averted a clash between revenue collectors from Bayelsa State and tanker drivers along the East-West Road.
The revenue collectors were said to have shattered the windscreens of three tankers, compelling their drivers and their colleagues to barricade the major highway that connects most of the states in the Niger Delta.
When the tanker drivers approached the point where the revenue collectors were, around the Zarama axis, they were flagged down to stop. The revenue collectors requested the tanker drivers to pay some money, a request which the drivers rebuffed.
An argument soon ensued. Not too long later, the arguments generated into hot exchange of words. One thing led to another and the next thing eye witnesses saw was that the revenue collectors had shattered the windscreens of three tankers.
The situation, it was gathered, heightened tension and caused a breakdown of law and order, compelling the Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Security, Akpoebi Agberebi, to race down to the conflict scene.
Sources said after shattering the windscreens, the tax collectors abandoned their duty post at Zarama axis of the East-West road and fled.
It was gathered that all the pleas of Agberebi to get the tanker drivers out of the road proved abortive as they insisted that they would remain there until the revenue collectors fixed their windscreens.
But the IYC boss, who was reportedly on his way to Warri in Delta State, saved the day when he ran into the blockade.
The IYC helmsman was able to appeal to the angry tanker drivers.
It is not clear what the IYC boss must have told the tanker divers but it worked magic because the drivers eventually accepted to move their tankers from the road.
Igbifa confirmed the development, saying God sent him there on time to avert bloodshed on Ijawland.
Igbifa said he settled the dispute and ensured free flow of traffic on the road before leaving the area.
Igbifa commended Agberebi, saying his intervention contributed immensely in averting the crisis.
He also called on the state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, to redeploy the revenue collectors in the area and send responsible persons to the East-West Road.
“This is not the first time these revenue collectors are doing this along this road. They have behaved so irresponsibly that the governor should immediately remove them from the East-West road and send responsible people to the road”, he said.