Niger Delta Youths at EU Office, Abuja
A Niger Delta youth group known as Save Ijaw Nation Group SING has submitted a petition of police harassment and intimidation of various Niger Delta states notably, Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom states to the European Union office in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The group led by some of its leaders later addressed journalists at the premises of the EU in Abuja. They included Comrade Akpanachi, Director of Strategy and Mobilisation, Mr Olufemi Lawson the Media Strategy, Usman Idris Etanami the Executive Director and Board of Director Member.
The group presented a petition to the EU office in Abuja for onward transmission to the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The petition titled “Continued Siege and Political Interference by Men and Officers of the Nigeria Police Force across the States of the Niger Delta,” lamented the invasion of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Uyo by the Nigeria Police Force calling it an attempt to subvert democracy in Nigeria.
Police Blocking the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly
The petition read “the save Ijaw Nation Group, SING, brings you solidarity greetings and respectfully petitions your good offices to immediately prevail on the federal government of Nigeria on behalf of the Nigerian people, to mitigate against the continued attempt by men and officers of the Nigerian police to conspire with some politically expose Nigerians within the Niger Delta region to violate constitutional rights.
Apart from the petitions, the group displayed various placards with different messages to both the Nigerian government and the Nigeria Police Force. Some of the inscriptions read “Police Stop Harassing the Opposition Parties in Niger Delta”
“APC and Nigeria Police Unseal the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Now” reads another placard and yet another bore “Police intimidating Nigerians”
President Buhari with IG Ibrahim Idriss
The group had frowned at the incessant intimidation of the opposition party in the region, especially in states like Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa. They warned that continued oppression and harassment of opposition might lead to the breakdown of law and order. They, therefore, urged the federal government to immediately called the Nigerian Police force to order to avert an impending doom.