State Creation: Group Warns Against Annexation of A/Ibom Territory

A sociopolitical organisation in Akwa Ibom State, “The Frontline Akwa Ibom Movement,’’ yesterday said it would not allow any part of the land belonging to the people of Akwa Ibom to be annexed for the purpose of creating a state for the Ijaw people in the south-south region.

The group explained that though elders and people of Akwa Ibom State are not opposed to the creation of Oil Rivers or any other state for the Ijaw people, it would employ every legal means to resist any attempt by groups such as Ijaw Youths Council to blackmail Akwa Ibom leaders.

The group made their position known in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo and signed by its president, Ibanga Isine, and the secretary, Anietie Akpan.

The group explained that the proponents of an Oil Rivers State did not consult the people they intended to bring into the new state, rather, they indulged in blackmail and endless cries of marginalisation.

“We, therefore, use this medium to warn the IYC and Ijaw third columnists to stop misappropriating the goodwill of the Niger Delta people towards President Goodluck Jonathan and other respected leaders of Ijaw extraction,” the statement said.

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