The Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Forum (NDEAF) have called off their planned protest over what they described as gross neglect of the phase three leaders by the Interim administration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Colonel Milland Dixon Dikio.
The group who made this known in a statement said the proposed protest, which was scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, 2021 was suspended after high level interventions.
The statement was signed by Able Showman (Edo State), Birinumughan Jesse (Delta State), Aboy Brown (Ondo State), Godgift Igoli (Akwa Ibom State), Oloye Ofovwei Clement (Delta State), Kenneth Kpea (Rivers State ) and Whoknows Tomorrow (Bayelsa State).
According to the statement, their decision to call off the protest was reached due to the swift intervention of the Delta state government, the Department Of State Services (DSS), and other critical stakeholders in the region.
The phase three leaders stated that the stakeholders beckoned on them to halt their planned protest, as the issues raised will be addressed immediately.
However, the leaders warned that any attempt by Dikio to play any form of politics with their demands, will result in them carrying out something worse than their earlier planned protest.
The statement read in part:
“We the phase three leaders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, wish to use this medium to announce the calling off of our propose protest, which was conceived as a result of the gross neglect of the Phase Three Leaders, by the interim administration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
“We are using this avenue to state that, our decision to call off the protest was not as a result of lack of might or capacity. Rather, it was as a result of the swift intervention of the Delta State Government, the DSS and several other critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta Region, who reached out to us and initiated moves to engage the Amnesty board in addressing our yearnings.
“We want to once again, reiterate that, the phase three leaders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme have been neglected since the inception of the Interim Administrator headed by Milland Dikio and have been deprived of all benefits accrued to us.
“It was on this premise, we the phase three leaders decided to carryout our earlier planned protest, in order to correct the anomalies and accord us the necessary courtesy we deserve”.