– May begin to burst, IYC cries out
LAWYER and frontline leader of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, IYC, Mr. Tare Porri, yesterday, raised alarm that majority of the oil pipelines criss
crossing the Niger Delta have expired. He said the development, which is yet to be addressed by the relevant authorities, is responsible for many pipeline failures and explosions in the region. Porri, the Deputy Speaker, IYC Parliament, gave the scary revelation yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, while expressing his interest to run for the position of IYC National Legal Adviser in the coming council election. “If you look at the Niger Delta region, all the pipelines criss-crossing the region have expired. What does that mean? It means that about 90 percent of pipeline failures in the region are caused by these expired pipes.So, when I come on board as the IYC national legal adviser, we are going to engage the multinational oil companies operating in the region to quickly commence the process of changing all expired pipelines in the region.” The IYC leader, who lamented the alleged extrajudicial killings going on in the region, urged security agencies to be professional in the discharge of their duties and respect the sanctity of human life. “The mandate of my legal team is to address all legal issues that are confronting the people across the zones and chapters. I have also stated that the extrajudicial killings that are currently going on in the Niger Delta is alarming. “Therefore, if I am given the opportunity, we are going to engage the Inspector-General of Police, the Operation Delta Safe and other security agencies operating in the region to let them know that Ijaw people are not criminals and that they should properly investigate before shooting at our people. “A lot of things have happened in Ijaw land. A 17-year-old boy from Southern Ijaw was murdered in cold blood. We frowned at it, we mobilised Ijawpeople and called for justice. And today, because of our involvement, the people that carried out the dastardly act are facing prosecution for murder.” He mentioned that many Ijaw youths were incarcerated in various prisons for no justifiable reason, saying when given the mandate, his team would start a process for the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of all Ijaws currently facing different charges without proper trial. Porri advocated for unity in Ijaw nation, saying without unity and oneness, socioeconomic and political development would continue to elude them. He said by virtue of his position as the deputy speaker of IYC, he in concert with other humanists, had been able to effect the release of over 200 Ijaw youths in different detention centres through legitimate processes.

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