*Suspend two over sponsored parallel leadership
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Bayelsa State chapter of the Niger Delta Ex-agitators Leadership Forum, has suspended two of its members, Gen. God-gift Ayabowei and Gen. Bull Ebitei Ifiemi, for counter-activities allegedly initiated by the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen. Barry Ndiomu.
In a Press Statement issued and signed by High Chief Hon. Gen. Charles Kurobo James, (Chairman Niger Delta Ex-agitators Leadership Forum, First Phase, Bayelsa State Chapter) and Chief Kalaiti Jephthah, (Secretary, Niger Delta Ex-agitators Leadership Forum, Bayelsa State Chapter), the group berated Gen. Barry Ndiomu, for another failed attempt to disorganize the Forum by sponsoring a parallel executive to counter issues raised by the Forum.
Alerting the NSA, CDS, CNC, DSS, IGP, NSCDC, OPDS, AIG-Zone 16, and 16 Brigade (Camp Buratai) Yenagoa as well as calling the general public not to have any dealings with those suspended, the Forum noted that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led administration should not allow the likes of Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu to handle an important intervention agency as Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), who now uses “divide-and-rule” tactics to set confusion among ex-agitators in order to continue as IA despite known incompetence, misappropriation and gross abuse of office.
“We wish to notify the general public from all works of life, especially of the Niger Delta region and the Nigerian nation at large, to be aware of happening at Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP) office under Gen. Barry Ndiomu (rtd), the Interim Administrator (IA).
“We believe that from our persistent calls for the suspension and possible arrest of the IA Gen. Barry Ndiomu must have gotten to most investors, IOC’s, government security agencies, Captains of industries, concerned elders of the region and other stakeholders who must have been observing, overheating or even reading with keen interest from publications and counter publications, the complicated picture questioning both peace and security gains and the narrative of a blow to regional peace and development.
“We are sounding it like a loud drum in an open field that, an Administration like the one we have today in the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led government, willing to talk and genuinely try to respond to the needs of it’s people will have that light snuffed out if the likes of Maj. Gen Barry Ndiomu are allowed to stand in the way of an intervention agency of government as sensitive as the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
“We had declared earlier that a drowning man holds on to anything regardless, which is why we believe Gen. Ndiomu has stoop so low with his divide-and-rule tactics, aimed to plunge us into killing ourselves and disrupting public peace while he holds on to his position as IA of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, marred in incompetence, misappropriation, gross abuse of office playing out his dominant initiative to deliberately distort the peace alliance sustained before his arrival in Presidential Amnesty Office Oct 2022.
“It didn’t come to us as surprise when notable figures of our forum, Gen God-gift Ayabowei, made confessional statement during a disciplinary hearing held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital on Monday 7th Aug 2023, stating how he was contacted by Gen. Barry Ndiomu through his anti-peace agents in the likes of Gen. HENRY BINIDODOGHA aka Gen. Egbema 1, an Ex-militant leader from Edo State and Gen. Nature Kieghe Dumale, another ex-militant leader from Rivers State.
‘The instructions was for him, (Gen. GOD-Gift Ayabowei) to create a parallel leadership of the forum in Bayelsa State to distort the forum, with what seem like a juicy promise for due recognition, funding and unhindered access to the Interim Administrator, thereby jeopadizing the positive objectives of the Gen. Charles Kurobo James led EXCO in Bayelsa, as they have succeeded with genuine Ex-agitators’ leaderships in other States of the region.
“In summery, Gen. Ayabowei added that his primary mandate by Gen. Ndiomu, was for him to counter every raised question about the maladministration of PAP under him especially in the areas of benefits and entitlements due to Ex-agitators’ beside the monthly stipends, which he (Ayabowei) had already demonstrated with a counter publication on 4th August 2023.
“In the same vain, Gen. Bull Ebitei Ifiemi and Gen. Gilbert Isobo aka Gen. Tallest, both of the Leadership Forum Bayelsa State were also found culpable of double standard and while both Gen. Ayabowei Godgift and Gen. Bull Ebitei Ifiemi were suspended from the forum for a one year period which is (12 months) period effective from 7th August 2023 to 20th of August 2024, as deem fit by the disciplinary procedure, Gen. Tallest was lucky to get off with a fine and a warning.
“We deemed it necessary to alert and further appeal to the NSA, CDS, CNC, DSS, IGP, NSCDC, OPDS, AIG-Zone 16, and 16 Brigade (Camp Buratai) Yenagoa and the general public that following the disciplinary hearing, the forum had unanimously resolve and suspended Gen. God-gift Ayabowei and Gen. Bull Ebitei Ifiemi from the Ex-agitators’ Leadership Forum Bayelsa State Chapter and advice the above mentioned agencies and whatsoever Authority that any person or group of persons, organization(s) or agency doing business with or engaging them in any social, physical, political, economic or security matters will be doing so devoid of the Ex-agitators’ Leadership Forum, Bayelsa State Chapter,” the statement read.
The statement added that any further misconduct during the period of “suspension will be a progression of the disciplinary process, which may lead up to and include dismissal.”
According to the statement, the recognized members of Niger Delta Ex-agitators Leadership Forum Bayelsa State Chapter are:
(1) High Chief Hon. Gen. CHARLES KORUBO JAMES CHAIRMAN.
(2) GEN. SELETE WALTER VICE CHAIRMAN.
(3) GEN.CHIEF KALAITI JEPHTA SECRETARY
(4) GEN.T Y. MONDAY EXCEL ASSISTANT SECRETARY.
(5) GEN. HAPPY FEBO PRO.
(6) GEN PATRICK TEBEGHA FINANCIAL SECRETARY.
(7) GEN CHIEF ALFRED BEREFAMA ADVISER.
(8) GEN CHIEF EDWARD YOUDIOWEI ADVISER.
(9) GEN INATIMI DETAGNANT ILEBERI ALIAS GEN AGBALAKOKO DETAGNANT ADVISER.
(10) GEN. OSCAR OKUAKA ADVISER.
(11) GEN. SMITH WABISEYE. ELDER.
(12) GEN. LUCKY BEN PROVOST.
(13) GEN. ASUPER OUPELE MEMBER.
(14) GEN. AYIBAKURO PETER MEMBER.
(15) GEN. LUCKY EBIUBOWEI MEMBER.
(16) GEN. EBIMOBOWEI APAINGOLO MEMBER.
(17) GEN. NGOLO ROBERT BEN MEMBER.
(18) GEN. GILBERT ISOBO MEMBER.
(19) GEN. FELIX SEIDE MEMBER.
(20) GEN. BOMO OBORI MEMBER.
(21) GEN. EBI AGENT. MEMBER.
( 22) GEN. NATHANIEL MUNEMUNE MEMBER.
(23) GEN. AYIBATARI ODIO MEMBER.
(24) GEN. DANIEL IGONIWARE MEMBER.
(25) GEN. AGADAGBA IGOLI MEMBER.
(26) GEN. AYO DEDE MEMBER.
(27) GEN. DOUGLAS OTOKOLO. CSO
(28) GEN. TIMOTHY JEREMIAH- VIP MEMBER.
(29) GEN. WISDOM FIOBOTE MEMBER.
(30) GEN. DON ALEX WATCHMAN. MEMBER.
(31) GEN. OBEKUMA JACOB MEMBER.
(32) GEN. KENNETH SAM MEMBER.
(33) GEN. JOHN ISIAYE MEMBER.
(34) GEN. CHIEF PIUS WAREYAI. ADVISER.