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Four days after arrest, whereabouts of IPDI spokesperson still unknown

By Emma Amaize

Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, Niger Delta Security Watch, NDSW and Ijaw Human Rights Monitor, IHRM, weekend, called for the release of activist and spokesperson of IPDI, Daniel Ezekiel, allegedly arrested and whisked away by security operatives, four days ago.

In a statement by their leaders, Austin Ozobo, Dickson Bekederemo and Fred Brisibe, the groups said: “On August 2, an unknown person called and invited Daniel Ezekiel for reasons not disclosed. He left his Sapele home to honour the invitation. From that point, all calls made to his line became unconnected and no word has since come from him to anyone.”

A source close to Department of State Services, DSS, in the state, however, told Vanguard that the security agency did not arrest Ezekiel. The groups expressed concern that no security agency had owned up to Ezekiel’s arrest five days after he was picked up and his whereabouts have remaind unknown.

“We believe that Ezekiel was whisked away to a secret location by enemies of the Niger Delta, who are hell bent on silencing the strong voices of the voiceless people of the region. Ezekiel is one rising voice, who only agitates for justice and equity for his people and until his abduction,  he was the spokesman of the popular Ijaw rights group.

“It is our conviction that those crumb eaters in the Niger Delta, who are friends to any government in power must have used their influence to abduct him. Before his sudden disappearance, he stoutly alleged that an All Progressives Congress, APC, stalwart, threatened to use state instruments to deal with him.

“Apparently, this threat has metamorphosed into his mysterious disappearance.”



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