The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has condemned the bloody midnight raid on the residence of a Yoruba Rights Activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan, Oyo State, by agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) during which innocent citizens were killed and properties destroyed.
PANDEF in a communique issued at the end of its meeting on Friday, by its National Leader and former Federal Minister of information, Pa Edwin Clark said they are in solidarity with Afenifere, and the South-West people, on this matter.
The Forum called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call to order the security agencies and cease all forms of flagrant abuse of power.
PANDEF which hopes that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu will be given a fair and open trial, requested that the Federal government should tell Nigerians the truth of the process which led to the abduction, and his clandestine, forceful repatriation to Nigeria.
The group also warns that the reported identification of sponsors of Nnamdi Kanu, should not be an alibi to witch-hunt and persecute phantom enemies imagined by the government.
The communique reads, “Stands, firmly, in solidarity with the people of the Middle Belt Region, in the face of brutal physical attacks and seeming plans to destroy their every means of livelihood, by suspected Fulani gunmen. Restates its position on the Restructuring of the Country, and insists that Nigeria cannot continue in the present trajectory of a flawed Constitution and undemocratic tendencies of those operating it.
“Further decries the continued neglect, even outright abandonment, of critical infrastructural projects in the Niger Delta Region, by the Federal Government, such as the East-West Road; the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, Ogidigben and the Omadinor-Escravos Road projects both in Delta State; the Calabar – Ikot Ekpene Road; amongst several others.
“Strongly condemns the unending span of an Interim Management for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the detriment of the Region. Warns that the situation threatens the peace and stability of the Region, and therefore, calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the Board and Management of the NDDC, in line with the Act establishing the Commission, without any further delay. Maintains its resolve to engage with all critical stakeholders of the Niger Delta Region, irrespective of political inclinations, in its efforts to foster unity, lasting peace, security and sustainable development of the Region, for the benefit of the present and future generations.”