Posted by Grand News | 27 October 2017 | 1,027 times
Armed policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), on Thursday, sealed off Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State’s venue of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum’s (PANDEF) General Assembly, allegedly because of security threat. The officers also sealed all the roads leading to the five-star hotel which is owned by the Rivers state government leaving the accredited delegates from all the nine crude oil and gas producing states stranded. PANDEF’s general assembly in Port Harcourt that was aborted by security personnel, was to elect officers of the forum at the national, states and local governments, as well as elect members of PANDEF’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Advisory Committee and ratify the constitution of the forum.
After waiting for many hours at the hotel’s entrance, PANDEF’s leader, Chief Edwin Clark, held an emergency meeting of some of the leaders the forum inside the hotel. PANDEF, at a news conference on Monday in Port Harcourt, claimed to be on the same level with other groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).
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