We are disturbed over the barbaric abduction of Comrade Dennis Banigo, the coordinator of Ijaw People’s Assembly, IPA, in Rivers State. He was abducted by unknown gunmen and till date his whereabout is unknown. This is worrisome. The police silent is giving us deep concern. The governor of Rivers state Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and the commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Joseph Gobum Mukan must not sleep over this ugly incident. They should swing into action and ensure the quick release of our fellow Comrade Dennis Banigo.
We want to state unequivocally that the recent attacks against right activists in the country are dangerous, as it is turning a big threat to public advocacy. It is an attempt to cow and silent those who speaks against injustice in the public.
The soceity is sharpened by constructive criticism and that continues attack against right activists by desperate politicians and mischievous persons could hamper negatively on our naughty democracy as the trend is disgusting and inimical.
The league of Ijaw Comrades frown at the abduction of Comrade Dennis Banigo. It was recent that one of our Comrades was assassinated in Delta and was buried on June 12. We don’t want a repeat of such sad experience, hence all hands must be on desk to ensure our brother is released from his abductors unhurt.
We are calling on whoever may have abducted him to release him unhurt in immediate effect. As activists our committments towards better soceity should be appreciated. We need commendation and not abduction as reward for the selfless services we are rendering for the Ijaw nation and Niger Delta region.
I urge all critical stakeholders in Rivers State and the entire Ijaw nation to prevail on relevant security authorities in Rivers state to effect the quick release of comrade Dennis Banigo, coordinator of Ijaw People’s Assembly.
Comrad Ozobo Austin
National President Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI.