Jonathan May Be Arrested; Ijaw Youths Warns EFCC against Alleged Plans To Arrest Him

As the four-day burial programme for the

late former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief

Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, ended yesterday

with a thanksgiving service in Ammasoma,

the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) cautioned

against an alleged plot by the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to

arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The umbrella body of Ijaw youths

worldwide urged President Muhammadu

Buhari and the anti-graft agency to shelve

any such plan to persecute the former

president, insisting that such a move would

spell doom for the country and the


At a press conference to mark the end of

the burial programme , the IYC President,

Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said almost everybody

that had close relationship with the former

president had been arrested by the EFCC.

The IYC president particularly condemned

the recent arrest and detention of

Jonathan’s cousin, Mr. Robert Azibola , a

contractor over an alleged $40million

financial fraud.

Eradiri said Ijaw youths would not allow

Azibola, Jonathan or any rising Ijaw leader

to be persecuted by the EFCC the way the

Federal Government dealt with the late


He said: “They have arrested almost all our

people. Azibola was arrested by the EFCC

and we are calling on the EFCC to stop

persecuting him further and charge him to

court if there are issues.

“They detained him for a long time forcing

him to make statements to indict former

President Jonathan. Azibola was a

businessman, contractor and has the right

like every Nigerian to get contracts. Why

will the Niger Delta case be a different


He added: “We noticed that the same way

they persecuted Alamieyeseigha has

continued. After Goodluck Jonathan, our

people who contributed in that

administration are being persecuted by this


“The recent one is the ploy to arrest

Goodluck Jonathan which is unfolding

everyday. This must stop. President

Goodluck Jonathan is the most performing

president that Nigeria has ever had. We are

proud of him. Everyday there is a calculated

attempt to whittle down the achievements

of President Jonathan. We call on Nigerians

to mount pressure on the government to

focus on leading Nigeria aright rather than

looking for ways to bring down the

achievements of Jonathan.

“Buhari should please focus on governance

rather than persecution of people who have

added value. We are not happy about it and

today we use Alamieyeseigha’s death as a

point of contact. The world has seen that

from Alamieyeseigha it has trickled down

to all the Niger Delta people.”

On the alleged removal of 10 per cent

community equity from the new Petroleum

Industry Bill (PIB), Eradiri said they would

no longer beg for the inclusion of the


He said they expected the country to have

known that community ownership would

ameliorate the years of crisis in the Niger

Delta region.

“For us , we will not beg for it. We will not

even lobby anybody. The oil is our oil and

we will take it. If they like, they should put

it if they don’t like they should leave it. We

expect that this country should have

commonsense by including community


“On the issue of pipeline surveillance, this

10 per cent would have covered for pipeline

surveillance. Once the people know that

they have 10 per cent in this business, they

will protect it”, he said.

By Julius Osahon, Yenagoa

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