By Emma Arubi & Festus Ahon
WARRIâ€”THOUSANDS of youths from the five ethnic nationalities that make up Delta State, yesterday, staged a massive protest against alleged continued harassment of the former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori.
Also, youths of Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state, protested at Eku for the same purpose.
The march organized by the Integrity Group which started as early as 7:30 a.m commenced from the play ground of the Yonwuren Grammar School, Ugbuwangue, to Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA expressway through the Warri/Sapele road and terminated at the Effurun roundabout at about 1:30pm. It disrupted commercial activities and brought vehicular movement to a stand-still.
The protesters demanded that the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and Chief Edwin Clark should halt the witch hunting of Chief Ibori who they said had done so much for the State during his tenure as the governor.
The youths carried a lot of placards with the inscription of â€œEFCC leave Ibori aloneâ€ â€œChief Clark and Acting president Gooluck Jonathan should stop witch hunting ex- Governor James Ibori,â€ â€œIbori is innocent, EFCC leave him alone,â€ â€œobey court orders and say no to this intimidation,â€ â€œour future must be safe guarded,â€ and â€œIbori must not be victimized.â€
Also at Eku
Youths of Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, protested at Eku against moves by the EFCC to arrest Chief James Ibori.
The EFCC had declared Ibori wanted over fresh allegations of financial misappropriation leveled against him by the State Elders/Leaders and Stakeholders Forum, led by Chief E.K Clarke.
The placard carrying youths, under the aegis of Ethiope East Youth Forum, mounted roadblocks on the Warri-Sapele-Abraka road at Eku junction chanting songs of grievances.