President Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Timothy Peter Igbifa, has relieved his ordeals in the hands of his abductors
He said they wanted him to call off the ongoing protest against the Federal Government failure to inaugurate a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Peter Igbifa, who spoke shortly after he was released at Opokuma in Bayelsa State, said his assailants barricaded his vehicle on Tuesday morning, blindfolded him and drove him to many places.
“I didn’t know the places they took me to because I was blindfolded. All they wanted me to do was to call off the protest. They wanted me to do a video asking the youths to back down”
“But I told them that I already did a video in the morning asking them to go ahead with the protest even if I was kidnapped, arrested or killed”
“They became frustrated when they saw the protest going on at many places in the region. I also told them that I won’t betray the principles of our struggle”
Igbifa said his assailants dropped him at Opokuma on Wednesday night, adding that with the help of persons, who recognized him, he was able to get to the Bayelsa State Police Headquarters in Yenagoa where he was debriefed by the Police Commissioner.
The IYC boss said after a brief meeting with the Police Commissioner, he met with Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri, who was worried over his ordeals but was very happy and excited at the sight of him.
But Igbifa said he was not intimidated by his experience, insisting the protest must continue with the aim of shutting down the region until the Federal Government inaugurates the board of the commission.
Igbifa disowned some of his executive committee members led by the spokesperson of the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe, who held a meeting with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
“Whatever meeting they held without me is null and void. I didn’t authorise the meeting and its outcome is not binding on IYC and the Ijaw nation. We have taken a decision and that is final. It is a board or nothing”
“What are they even doing in Abuja? I know the kind of pressure I faced and bogus offers I got to frustrate this protest but I turned down all of them because I can’t betray my people and the Niger Delta must move forward. Therefore, they are on their own”.
Igbifa called on Ijaw Youths to troop out en masse for the continuation of the demonstration.