Friday, 21 July 2017

National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators Group: True Character Behind Phantom Group Revealed!

...As Group Calls For Israel Akpodoro's Immediate Arrest & Prosecution

By Kalu Ndidi

ASABA - A group of concerned stakeholders and youths under the aegis of the APC South South Youth Mandate has bemoaned the nefarious activities of one Mr Isreal Eshenakpe aka "General Akpodoro" and has called for his immediate arrest and prosecution .

APC South South Youth Mandate, a pressure group reputed for the advancement of sustainable development goals and progress of the Niger Delta Region, issued this statement earlier today in Asaba, Delta State while reacting to the media reports issued by the said General Akpodoro in his usual stock in trade of blackmail and extortion of government appointees. 

The President of the group, Comrade Terry Obieh told Journalists that:

"The so called General Israel has under the guise of several syndicate phantom groups (ranging from the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators to Egbesu Union – which are syndicate groups he uses to blackmail unsuspecting Nigerians), resorts to making unreasonable demands from APC members and top government appointees, who upon refusal are greeted by cheap blackmail, malicious petitions and unfounded media reports by the above groups."

When asked the basis of this allegation, Comrade Terry stated:

"Where do we start recounting from? Is it the blackmail of late Distinguished Senator Pius Ewherido in 2012 or that of General Boroh (Special Adviser and Co-ordinator the Presidential Amnesty Programme) who he made unsubstantiated allegations against because of his refusal to yield to his demand for huge cash gratification through award of phantom and illegal contracts?

This was what led to his arrest and his signing of an undertaking to be of good conduct from henceforth. Today Israel has not demonstrated that he has even turned a new leaf.

"That of the immediate past Acting Managing Director/ CEO of NDDC, Mrs Ibim Seminitari is one of his numerous exploits, which persisted until the intervention of security agents. His present resolve to blackmail the present NDDC Management through these groups is also known to us."

Terry further stated that, "most media reports which usually bear phony names of writers are as a result of refusal of these Top Government Appointees in MDAs such as DESOPADEC, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, NDDC, NIMASA to mention but a few, to do his bidding. We therefore urge the public to disregard such report and allegations arising from Israel Akpodoro through any of the abovementioned groups or any other syndicate group connected to him.”

In the same vein, the National Secretary of the Group, Comrade Ogba Emewhekre stressed that as a concerned stakeholder group in the Niger Delta region, it is bound to disclose to the public, all activities that are against the interest of the region and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

‘Let it be known by all and sundry that Israel Akpodoro is an armed robber who was involved in an arm robbery operation along the Benin bypass road from where he sustained a police bullet wound during a shoot out. The bullet wound that led to that injury should also be investigated upon his arrest.

In his words:

"We shall resist any attempt to derail the visions of committed leaders to attracting sustainable development to the Niger Delta region.

"We condemn in strong terms these acts of Mr. Israel Eshanekpe and his fictitious cohorts, operating under these syndicate groups which he has been using to send threats and publish false media reports about top government appointees" Ogba added

The President of the Group lamented the current antics of some ex-agitators, who have used the Presidential Amnesty Programme as a guise to continue in their evil deeds. He stated that such was not the intention of Late President Musa Umaru Yar'Adua who inaugurated the Amnesty Programme.

"Therefore, this is to inform the General public of the present trend of Mr Israel Eshanekpe and his blackmailing groups and to call for their immediate arrest and prosecution by the appropriate security agencies in order to serve as a deterrent to others of his kind", Comrade Terry concluded


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