IYC Accuses DSS of Breaching Peace Accord in Niger Delta

Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has asked the Acting President, Yemi Osinbanjo, to look into the State Security Service (SSS) breaching of the peace accord reached with the people of the Niger Delta region sometime ago.
The Council said for peace to reign in Niger Delta militants were asked to stop bombing of oil facilities while in return, the security agency was to release high profile suspects arrested from the region.
However, the group stated though the people of the region were consciously keeping their part of the bargain with the existing peace and increased in oil production, the continued detention of Niger Deltans in the custody of the SSS also known as Department of State Security (DSS) without trial amounted to a breach of the peace process.
The IYC, in a statement signed by its President, Eric Omare, said the continued detention of ex-militant leader, Sely Kile Torugbedi (alias Young Shall Grow); Ijaw activist, Daniel Ezekiel; the IYC Abuja chapter Spokesman, Alex Odogu; Yenagoa-based journalist, Jones Abiri; and some others despite various court orders and without trail was provocative.
The protest letter reads in part: “it would be recall that during the fact finding and confidence building tour of the Niger Delta region by Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo, the people of the Niger Delta made a case for the release of those in detention in relation to the renewed militancy in the region and government promised to look into the case and indeed released some Niger Delta ex-agitators that were in detention.
”However, the DSS has continued to detain some other Niger Deltans and in some cases even when there is a court order directing that they be released.
“The case of ex-militant leader, Mr. Sely Kile Torugbedi (alias Young Shall Grow) is most pathetic and unjust. The Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by the Honourable Justice Nnamdi Dimgba on the 5th of August, 2016 made an order for the immediate release of Mr. Torugbedi (alias Young Shall Grow) from DSS custody.
“However, almost a year after the order was made, the DSS is still holding Mr. Torugbedi in custody despite the fact that they were represented in court by a Legal Practitioner, O. J. Odu, Esq.”

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