Peter Timothy Igbifa, the President of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, has regained his freedom.
One day after the mass protest the youth organization declared over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in constituting a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Igbifa was kidnapped on his way to the airport in Port Harcourt.
According to Igbifa, the gunmen who took him away demanded an end to the protest.
He said they released him on Wednesday night, and noted that he was able to go to the Yenagoa Police Station, where the Bayelsa State Police Commissioner debriefed him.
IYC boss said that after a brief meeting with the police commissioner, he met with Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, who was worried about his ordeal.
Because I was blindfolded, I didn’t know where they took me. I was asked only to call off the protest. I was to make a video asking the youths to back down.
“But I told them I had already made a video in the morning asking them to continue the protest even if I were to be kidnapped, arrested, or killed.
“They became frustrated when they saw protests taking place throughout the region. In addition, I told them I wouldn’t betray the principles of our struggle.
“I am more determined than ever to continue the protest. It has not intimidated me, and I will continue to protest
“Any meeting they held without me is null and void. I did not authorise the meeting, and its results are not binding on IYC and the Ijaw nation. The decision has been made, and it is final. It’s either a board or nothing.
“What are they doing in Abuja?” I have experienced a lot of pressure and bogus offers to frustrate the protest, but I turned them all down because I cannot betray my people and the Niger Delta must move forward. Therefore, they are on their own,” he said.
SP Asinim Butswat, the police spokesman in Bayelsa State, confirmed the release, saying he was found at Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government at about 10 pm on Wednesday.