Over 2000 ex-militants and their leaders from Ondo, Edo and Delta State thronged the streets of Bomadi, headquarter of Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State in protest over the exclusion Toru-Ebe State, demanding its adoption by the national conference as one of the three states to be created for the South-South.
Mr. Preye Ekpebide, Chairman phase three amnesty programme of Delta State, who addressed journalists during the protest said, the Toru-ebe State met all the criteria of state creation as it was economical viable and brings out the homogeneity of the Ijaw people.
The militant leader stressed that the creation of Toru-Ebe State was one of the key issues that sparked off the Niger Delta struggle as the people fought against marginalisation and deprivation, warning that ignoring their request could lead to another round of unrest in the region.
He warned that if the confab fails to include the proposed Toru-ebe State as part of their resolution, they would re-group and crip-pled the nation’s economy since “we are the goose that lay the golden egg.”
Ekpebide explained it would address the problem of balkanisation of the Ijaw nation by bringing them together since they have cultural infinity, same geography and language through the Toru-Ebe creation.