Breaking! [Photos] Youths Shut NDDC Office, Yenogoa, Block East-West Road Over Failure To Inaugurate Board

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The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide made good their threat on Wednesday as they shut down the Bayelsa office of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Mbiama-axis of the East-West road during their protest over the lull in the inauguration of a substantive board of the agency by the Federal Government.

The New Diplomat had reported that the one-month ultimatum given by various youth groups in the oil-rich region for the federal government to inaugurate NDDC board already screened and approved by the Senate elapsed on Tuesday, May 25.

Following the expiration of the ultimatum, the youths seen with IYC flags distrupted traffic along the East-West road as motorists and commuters were in fear due to commotion.

The youths in their scores said they’re “tired of the endless forensic audit on the guise of Sole Administrator that is an alien to the NDDC Act.”

Meawhile, the whereabouts of the IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa remains unknown amid reports that he has been whisked to an unknown destination by masked gunmen.

Igbifa had vowed to lead the youths to shutdown the entire Niger Delta, adding that they may not be able to guarantee the safety of oil operations in the region, should the federal government fails to inaugurate the board of the Commission within the ultimatum which expired Tuesday’s midnight.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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