President of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Peter Igbifa, has relieved his ordeals in the hands of his abductors.
He said they wanted him to call off the ongoing protest against failures of the Federal Government to inaugurate a substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Igbifa said after his release at Opokuma in Bayelsa State, that his kidnappers blocked his vehicle on Tuesday morning, blindfolded him and drove him around.
“I didn’t know the places they took me to because I was blindfolded. All they wanted me to do was to call off the protest. They wanted me to do video asking the youths to back down.
“But I told them that I already did a video in the morning asking them to go ahead with the protest even if I was kidnapped, arrested or killed.
“They became frustrated when they saw the protest going on at many places in the region. I also told them that I won’t betray the principles of our struggle”.
Igbifa said his assailants dropped him at Opokuma on Wednesday night. Some people recognized him and they helped him get to the Bayelsa State Police Headquarters in Yenagoa where the Police Commissioner received him.
The IYC boss said after a brief meeting with the Police Commissioner, he met with Bayelsa Governor, Senator Douye Diri, who was worried over his ordeals.
He said: “I am more than ever determined to continue with the protest. My experience has not intimidated me and the protest will be more intense”.
On the meeting the IYC Spokesperson, Ebilade Ekerefe, held with Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
“Whatever meeting they held without me is null and void. I didn’t authorize the meeting and its outcome is not binding on IYC and the Ijaw nation. We have taken a decision and that is final. It is a board or nothing.
“What are they even doing in Abuja? I know the kind of pressure I faced and bogus offers I got to frustrate this protest but I turned down all of them because I can’t betray my people and the Niger Delta must move forward. Therefore, they are on their own”.
The IYC President called on Ijaw Youths to continue demonstrating until the board is inaugurated.