The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio who landed at the Osubi Airport in Okpe council area of Delta state who later jetted to Oporoza earlier today to allegedly meet with High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo over the 7-Days Ultimatum and other Niger Delta leaders was told to go back after much deliberation to immediately constitute a substantive board for the NDDC. The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide can report.
The Minister’s arrival was connected to the threat issued by the former Niger Delta warlord, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo on Sunday, regarding the immediate inauguration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.
Photos sighted by newsmen show the Minister with the Deputy Governor of the state, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, the sole administrator of the NDDC, Mr. Akwa Effiong, Hon. Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, House of Representatives among others.
The meeting reportedly held at Oporoza, ancestral headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, the country home of the ex-militant leader Tompolo in Warri South West LGA of the state.
Tompolo had in a statement on Sunday, warned that the ongoing protests by the IYC and other youth groups would be a child’s play, compared to what will happen in the region should the Federal Government fail to inaugurate a substantive board in seven days.
The warning which has received backing from other groups like the Supreme Egbesu Fighters, Egbesu Generals, Delta Ijaw Comrade Community (DICC) Egbesu Brotherhood and other groups have since caused tension in the already volatile region.
Recall that the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), last week, disrupted operations of the interventionist agency in Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states over the same issue.
A group, the Itsekiri Liberation Group (ILG) has also threatened to join the protest next week if the government is yet to constitute the board by then.