Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) a dreaded militant group, today Friday described as false, report that it participated in closed-door meeting with the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu on Wednesday in Asaba, Delta State capital. The group in a tweet, Friday, debunked the online report, saying that it did not hold any dialogue with the minister. It stated that anybody that claimed to have represented it at the meeting was a “political jobber.”
However, investigations by The SUPREME reveal that the minister and governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa met with some stakeholders from the riverside areas of the state, especially the troubled Gbaramatu Kingdom and other parts of Warri South West local government area.
Those present at the meeting included chairman of the Delta Waterways and Land Security Committee, Chief Boro Opudu, Commissioner Mofe Pirah, who is in charge of Oil and Gas and Mr. David Tonwe, a senior aide to the governor on security. Others at the meeting were Chief Godspower Gbenekama, Chief Daniel Ekpebide, who represented Gbaramatu kingdom and Chief Ayiri Emami representative of Itsekiri ethnic group. Others were said to be Chief Michael Johnny, an Okerenkoko leader, who with Emami, had been very vocal against the NDA were said to be at the meeting.
The major topic of discussion was the bombings and other related issues in the area, way out. The stakeholders agreed on the need for peace to reign and the militants to stop bombings.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okowa, Mr. Charles Aniagwu who spoke to The SUPREME at 6,18pm today on phone, confirmed the meeting but said, “nobody knows the militants so who ever reported that some of the militants were in the meeting should tell us what their names are. The meeting was purely a security meeting.” Asked if the new Commissioner of Police was present since it was a security meeting, he answered “No.”.