Ijaw attack: Itsekiri youths withdraw ultimatum to govts

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BY Godwin Oghre

Sapele—Itsekiri youths, Thursday, withdrew the 30-day ultimatum issued to the local, state and Federal governments, with 20 days left.

The youths had threatened reprisal attacks over the recent attack by some Ijaw youths, who reportedly destroyed about seven Itsekiri villages.

Among their demands were the setting up of a commission of inquiry to investigate the causes of the mayhem, resettlement of  the displaced persons and bringing perpetrators of the arson to book or risk the blowing up of Chevron Nigeria Limited’s manifold in Olero creek.

Addressing newsmen in Sapele, Delta State, youths from the seven communities said they were rescinding their threat and ultimatum, following the intervention of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan; Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe; foremost Warri chief, Emami Ayirimi; member Representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Daniel Reyieneju; Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC.

The youths were represented by their leaders: Mr. Orighomisan Omatsuli for Jakpa community; Mr. Augustine Dorsu, Aja-Amitan community; Mr. Taye Olekowe, Gbokoda; Mr. Godfrey Ofeyinor, Tebu; Mr. Augustine Fuludu, Obaghoro and Chairman, Olero Satellite Community, Mr. Victor Awowo.

They said they were satisfied with the prompt responses in bringing succour to the displaced people and promises of rebuilding the burnt communities.

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