Peter Igbifa, the President of the Ijaw Youths Council, Worldwide, has been kidnapped in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
A group of armed masked men kidnapped Igbifa on Tuesday morning along the Port Harcourt International Airport Road.
The details of his abduction, however, were not yet clear, but the IYC president was rumored to have sent a message to his driver informing them of his abduction.
“Noone can violate the rights of Niger Deltans,” Igbifa said to the driver as the youths planned a protest.
Israel Fubara, Chairman of the IYC Action Committee, Strategy, Planning and Programmes, said the council just learned of the news.
“We got information. We are making our findings, however. Arrangements have already been made to find out how we can actually know what happened. Therefore, we are investigating.”
Further, he said the Ijaw youths planned to shut down the region tonight (Tuesday) at midnight, and that “we will start our action when the time limit is over by then.”
In response to a question about what led to the kidnapping, he said the IYC had given the Presidency a 30-day deadline to form a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
“We liken the NDDC to the North-East Commission. However, the politics played in the NDDC can never be imagined in the North-East Commission,” Fubara said.
Nnamdi Omoni, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed that he had been abducted along Airport Road. Our technical intelligence was deployed as soon as we got the information to find him and reunite him with his family.”