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Niger Delta youth claim they were abused by state agents

11 August 2015, 07:51Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The Niger Delta Youth Advancement Assembly (NDYAA) has alleged harassment of youth by security operatives at the behest of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNGC).

Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the leader of the group, Asinyetogha Brown, condemned the recent development.

He said the latest invitation of the Leader of Bonny Youths Federation, Simeon Wilcox, President of Kalabari Youths Federation, Livingstone Membere, and IYC National Secretary General, Emmanuel Bristol Alagbariya, to the office of the State Security Service and to the office of the Rivers State Police command, fitted into this emerging pattern.

Brown stressed that despite intimidation or harassment, Niger delta youths would never back down on its demand to have the drydock reverted to the Niger Delta region

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“We are using this medium to alert Nigerians that if anything happens to this group of youths they should know where it is coming from, but for us there is no going back because we are resolute and shall pursue this matter until we reach a logical and regionally acceptable end,” said Brown.

He said the emerging situation also showed that NLNGC’s policies were “anti Niger Delta.”

Brown said the management of NLNG led by Managing Director, Babs Omotowa, was yet to come to terms with the fact that the headquarters of NLNG had moved from Lagos to Rivers State.

“Niger Delta Youth Advancement Assembly has watched with rapt attention the activities of NLNG since the appointment of Mr. Babs Omotowa as Managing Director of NLNG.

"We have come to the conclusion that NLNG has moved from a company who supposedly should give some level of heed to its host communities to a company rather bent on subjugating and marginalizing its host communities state and region.” 

- CAJ News


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