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Yinka Odumakin’s Father’s Passes On At 116

The father of the late former Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, Elder Ezekiel Abioye Odumakin, the Baba Ijo of C.A.C. Moro land is dead.

He died on Monday evening at the age of 116 and Family sources said he breathed his last at exactly 5:30 pm.

Dr Joe Okei Odumakin who broke the news said she spoke with the old man earlier today and they had a brief prayer session along with other family discussions.

Nigerians would recall Pa Odumakin as one who stood firmly in faith as the pain of a huge loss ravaged him when Yinka Odumakin passed on last year.

Dr Joe Okei Odumakin said papa would be sorely missed as he was not only the patriarch but the rallying point for the entire family.

She said further announcements will be made as the family deems fit.

 

Source: Independent.ng

 

 

Withdraw Security Agents From Akwa Ibom Creeks, Territories Immediately Or Risk Total Destruction Of Oil Facilities– Militant Group Threatens Nigerian Government

Amilitant group in Akwa Ibom State under the umbrella of Unyekisong Akwa Ibom has warned the Nigerian government to immediately withdraw security agents from creeks and territories of oil-rich communities in the state and the entire Niger Delta region. The group issued the warning in a communiqué signed by its leader, General Dede Udofia and the leader of the Special Operations & Strike Team, Major Ibanga Ekang.

The militant group in the communiqué titled ‘Award of Oil Pipeline Surveillance Contract to Ex-militants’ leaders and ill Treatment of Akwa Ibom People by the Nigerian Government: Our Position,’ lamented that the Nigerian government has ill-treated and discriminated against the indigenes of Akwa Ibom State under the Presidential Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government for ex-militants.

The group stated that it observes with “utmost dismay the ill-treatment and discrimination meted out to Akwa Ibom indigenes by the Nigerian government, especially those under the Presidential Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government.

“Some of those who surrendered their arms and were documented for the programme and were paid for some months, and their payments were abruptly stopped, their names were illegally replaced without any justification while others have not been trained as their counterpart in other states despite the huge contribution of our people to the sustenance of peace in the Niger Delta region.

“That Akwa Ibom State as at today is the highest oil producing state in Nigeria as a result of our tireless work, peace-building with stakeholders, patrol along pipelines routes and waterways yet we have been treated with total disdain over the years by the successive government. “Our environment has been polluted and the ecosystem destroyed by oil and gas activities, yet our elders and stakeholders have been pleading with us to maintain the atmosphere of peace, but we cannot continue to maintain peace under the present discrimination against our people while our resources are being taken daily to feed others.

“We hereby warn that we shall no longer allow impunity to continue unchallenged; we call on the Federal Government to withdraw security agents from our creeks and territory and give us the opportunity to protect oil facilities in our territory as we cannot be jobless in our land while others are benefiting from it. “We can no longer allow discrimination, impunity and daylight robbery of our right to continue unchallenged. This time we are ready to ensure that the entire world is aware of the neocolonialism perpetrated by the Nigerian government against Akwa Ibom people.

“The oil pipelines and other facilities in our territory are under our care and we call on the government to understand that we shall stop at nothing to ensure that justice is done; it is either we are given the opportunity to protect pipelines, oil wells and other oil facilities in our territory or we mobilise our men for total destruction and hostilities.

“Finally, we want to call on the Federal Government to do the needful and stop discriminating against Akwa Ibom people as we shall not continue to tolerate ill treatment from the Nigerian government despite our continuous loyalty and peaceful disposition. “If our people are not carried along by the government in her dealings with the Niger Delta people and stakeholders we shall be forced to go back to those dark days of hostilities.

“If the Federal Government is not prepared to award oil pipeline surveillance to Akwa Ibom people, then they should be prepared for zero oil production in our territory. “The government should know that no one has a monopoly of violence and that Niger Delta does not belong to one individual, or one ethnic group but it is circular and distinct by different states and tribes that make up the region. A stitch in time saves nigh.”

 

Source: Sahara Reporters