A bloody clash was averted on Saturday by the police in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, following
failed attempts by a former militant leader and Niger Delta activist, Asari Dokubo, to hold an
expanded inaugural meeting in support of Biafra.
It was gathered that the Chairman of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Central Zone, Kennedy Olorogun,
got wind of the Biafran meeting and mobilized his executive council members and other youths to
the venue of the gathering.
Olorogun was said to be angry that Dokubo chose Bayelsa, a homogeneous Ijaw state, to hold
such meeting and ordered the founder of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) to
leave the state or face the wrath of the youths.
It was learned that Dokubo, who recently declared his support for the actualization of Biafra,
gathered over 300 persons from across the states in the South-East and South-South to hold the meeting.
The meeting was reportedly convened under the auspices of the Biafra National Council (BNC) and not the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Confirming the development, Olorogun said over 300 persons including Dokubo were already
gathered at a hotel in Yenagoa when he led Ijaw youths to the place.
He said quarrel ensued between him and Dokubo when he told the former militant leader that
the meeting would not hold in Ijaw land.
“When we got the information, we stormed the venue of the meeting to stop them.
“They tried to resist us but we told them we were prepared for them because we will not
allow any part of Bayelsa to be used for a meeting calling for the actualization of Biafra.
“I wonder why Dokubo decided to bring such meeting to Bayelsa. But we stopped them.
“It was getting out of hand but the police intervened to stop possible violence. My happiness
is that we stopped the meeting from holding”.