The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has shut down the Bayelsa office of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in protest against the refusal of the Federal Government to inaugurate a substantive board of the NDDC.
The protesting youths, who flew the flags of IYC, also cordoned off the Mbiama-axis of the East-West road.
The protest went ahead despite the unknown whereabouts of the IYC President, Peter Timothy Igbifa, who was reportedly whisked away to an unknown destination by masked gunmen.
Igbifa was on his way to the International Airport Port Harcourt on Tuesday to board a flight to Abuja for a meeting when the gunmen blocked his vehicle and disappeared with him.
Eyewitnesses report heavy traffic jam along the ever-busy East-West road causing panic among motorists and commuters.
The IYC had given a 30-day ultimatum, which expired on May 25th, for the Federal Government and the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs to constitute the board or risk total shutdown of the Niger Delta.
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