Ijaw Youths Protest in Rivers over EFCC’s investigation on Mrs. Jonathan

Ijaw Youths Protest in Rivers over EFCC’s investigation on Mrs. Jonathan

Wants Commission to investigate other former first ladies

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Eastern Zone, yesterday  continued their protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital over what they described as unjust and unfair investigation on Mrs. Patience Jonathan by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).

They wondered why Ibrahim Magu led EFCC is turning a blind eye on other Nigerian former First ladies and decided to investigate only Mrs. Jonathan.

The protest which started from Mile 4, in Obio/Akpor Local government area caused a heavy traffic jam at the popular Aba road where they made a stop at Port Harcourt office of   Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) before moving down to Ikwerre road.

Some of the inscriptions on the placard carried by the protesters include, leave our daughter alone, Oil lifting license must include Niger Delta people, government stop Malabu prosecution, we don’t want Ibrahim Magu as EFCC boss, stop war on corruption against Niger Deltas, etc.

Addressing the press after the Protest, the chairman Ijaw Youth Council, Eastern Zone, Comrade Iyerifama Godswill Jaja said the youths in the Niger Delta region will no longer close their eyes and allows the EFCC to continue to harass and intimidate the former first lady, Mrs. Jonathan.

Jaja said the protest was to draw the attention of President Mohammadu Buhari, National House of Assembly, Niger Delta governors, the international community, human Right watch etc  on the unjust maltreatment against Mrs. Jonathan and her immediate families.

He threatened that if the properties of Dame Patience Jonathan and those of her immediate families cannot longer be safe in the northern Nigeria, then the properties of prominent Northerners in Ijawland will suffer similar fate.

He called on President Buhari to consider the development of the Niger Delta region has paramount, adding Ijaw youths is in support of the peace, development and unity of the region.

He said: “ The IYC Eastern Zone questions the fairness of the Ibrahim Magu led EFCC in turning a blind eyes on the activities of Nigerian former First Ladies. Transparency demands that Miriam Abacha, Mrs. Abdulsalami, Mrs. Yar’Adua be equally probed by EFCC.

“Today, this protest is a wakeup call for President Buhari to urgently overhaul sectarian EFCC by immediately booting Magu out of office. Of course, we have no problem with Mr. President. We want the Federal government to stop the arrest of Niger Delta activists and ex-militants”