Intelligence: Governor of Oil Rich Delta State, Nigeria hire Mercenaries for supposed Violent Protest

Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2012

UDUAGHAN RALLIES YOUNG MEN FOR VIOLENT PROTEST IN DELTA STATE

Following the fall-out from the ‘power-to-kill’ speech made by the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, Liberate – Delta People’s Movement have today learnt of imminent plans by the Uduaghan administration to organize a demonstration in Asaba on Friday, 1st June 2012. We have heard from a very reliable source that the administration is paying young men and women fifteen thousand Naira (N15,000) to come on the street of Asaba to demonstrate in support of his administration as the Supreme Court sits to hear the appeal of Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru for a review of the Supreme Court’s earlier decision in respect of the Gubernatorial Elections.
We are aware that this is a tactic used by the Delta State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during elections and have recently been cited in a report by the US Department of State’s report on human rights in Nigeria as a source of violence in the State. Given the fragile security situation in the State and the ongoing charged environment owing to the January election being widely considered to have been rigged; we are shocked and appalled that Uduaghan is leading this type of activity in our State again. We condemn in no uncertain terms any such plans to rally young men to a protest in the State as we believe strongly that such a protest may lead to violence, civil disorder, potential loss of lives, and damage to properties.
Clearly we are well within our rights to expect that the Governor will concentrate on the business of resurrecting and completing the numerous failed and abandoned projects littering the State with a particular focus on job creation for the youth in the State, rather than using the poverty created by government’s inaction and incompetency to lure young people into activities that might bring them harm, it is simply unfathomable and we urge members of the house of assembly to weigh heavily on Uduaghan to call off such plans.
Liberate have previously considered similar direct action in the State but have done so with a peaceful motive and have done so with great care considering the welfare and wellbeing of our young people and we have at all times erred on the side of caution. With the continuing looting of the collective wealth of Deltans by a few criminally-motivated politicians led by Uduaghan, it may well become necessary that we would ask Deltans to come out on the streets in peaceful protest across all villages, towns and cities; should that time come, we will do so with the utmost respect for the rule of law and mindedness of the peace and tranquillity demanded by the people. Such is our right in a democracy; but for the Governor to mobilize mercenaries for rallies; paying the vulnerable to join an ill-conceived protest is unacceptable and unbecoming of a holder of such an esteemed office.
The lesson from similar events during election times is that more often than not, some of the young men engaged to participate in such rallies are armed. This has often been blamed on the proliferation of small arms across the State; arms that are then later used to terrorize communities and commit heinous crimes of armed robbery, kidnappings, and politically motivated killings. In a week when Uduaghan went out of his way to pronounce that he has the power to demolish any house and the power to kill, we are deeply concerned about the motive of this imminent rally and we absolutely say that whatever the consequences of such a rally are, Uduaghan will bear the responsibility.
Liberate spokesperson, Mr. Cadre Drake said that:
We are beginning to see signs of desperation in Uduaghan since the sentencing of his mentor, Ibori at a London court and he seems unable to focus purely on his duties as governor. It is unthinkable that the executive governor of a State in this Federation would be sponsoring violent protests and disorder in the State. Uduaghan must take hold of his senses and stop this rally urgently. We do not want to see bloodshed on the Streets of our State capital; he should be faithful to the tenets of Democracy and the oath he swore to become Governor of Delta State.
Delta State is in a very fragile condition and the people of Delta State want a genuine focus on addressing the long-standing issues of poverty, corruption, and poor governance. Liberate Delta People’s Movement is asking Uduaghan to use the opportunity afforded by the sentencing of Ibori to re-evaluate his failed policies as Governor of Delta State. He must now start by calling off plans for a public protest.
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LIBERATE was established in 2011 with the following declaration,
“The people of Delta State hereby proclaim their right to freedom, security, justice and good governance. We proclaim our opposition to corruption, nepotism and autocracy. We have suffered enough. Delta must be FREE. We make a solemn commitment to prosperity for all – one Delta, one People, one Future. Arise!” The group now has more than 15,900 members.
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2 Responses to “Intelligence: Governor of Oil Rich Delta State, Nigeria hire Mercenaries for supposed Violent Protest”

  1. Relationship often is the Coptis trifolia groenlandica which will ties the particular minds out of all the modern world.

  2. olumayowa says:

    NSN, Why cant you try and balance this allegations by getting the Delta state government angle. This is a second story from this group in 24 hours without any attempt by your organization to get the other side views across to us. This is not good enough.

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