• Congratulates Tompolo, demands for release of confiscated properties
Foremost elder statesman and Ijaw National leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to swiftly appoint a substantive coordinator from the Niger Delta into the Presidential Amnesty Office.
The former Minister of Information condemned in strong terms the delay in appointing a coordinator to run the affairs of the office.
Chief Clark made call following on a closed-door consultative meeting with the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, on Thursday.
The two in a jointly signed statement in Abuja, reiterated t that he delay in appointing a substantive PAP coordinator from the region is gradually growing tension among ex-agitators, which they condemned.
The two Ijaw leaders further called for a swift implementation of resolutions and agreements reached with the Pan Niger Delta Development Forum with regards to long term development, security and stability in the Niger Delta region.
Chief Clark and Hon Dickson also congratulated High Chief Government Ekpomupolo popularly called Tompolo on his acquittal by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Wednesday.
They then called on the Federal Government to quickly release all properties seized from Tompolo, his firm and other co-defendants as they have been acquitted by a court of competent jurisdiction.
It would be recalled that the Presidential Amnesty Program has been in disarray since Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo was suspended over allegations of fraud and incompetence in running the agency.