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Gridlock in Bayelsa as youths shut NDDC office over inauguration of board

The Mbiama-axis of the East-West Road, Bayelsa State on Wednesday, experienced a mother-of-all protests as

The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Worldwide, shut down the office of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in the state.

The youths were protesting the refusal of the Federal Government to inaugurate a substantive board of the NDDC.

They were said to have hoist the flags of IYC, to have stop traffic along the ever-busy East-West Road causing panic among motorists and commuters.

The organisation had given a 30-day ultimatum, which expired on May 25th, for the Federal Government and the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs to constitute the board or risk total shutdown of the Niger Delta.

The protest was reportedly going on despite the unknown whereabouts of the IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa, who was reportedly whisked to an unknown destination by masked gunmen.

Igbifa was on his way to the International Airport, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, to board a flight to Abuja for a meeting when the gunmen blocked his vehicle, seized him and took him away.

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