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IYC Raises The Alarm Over Impersonation Of President’s Office

Posted: Jul 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has alerted the public that one Mr. Elvis Donkemezuo is allegedly impersonating the office of the president of the body.

IYC said that information at its disposal indicated that Donkemezuo has produced business cards and letterheads bearing IYC president, among other insignias of the president’s office, with which he goes about with some misguided youths.

Mr. Udengs Eradiri, IYC president, who gave the hint in an interview at the weekend in Yenagoa, said that Donkemezuo had been visiting some oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region claiming to be the IYC president and seeking economic empowerment from the oil firms.

According to him, though Donkemezuo is an Ijaw youth, he is not a member of the IYC as he had not been paying dues.

“The truth is that this young man (Elvis Donkemezuo) is going around claiming to be IYC President, and presenting himself to oil companies that he is the leadership of the IYC in a bid to gain economic favour from the oil companies.

“The public must note that this individual is an impostor, and the people moving around with him. He has business cards, letterheads, sending such specifically to companies, especially Agip, NPDC and Shell. He is going everywhere that he is IYC President, “Eradiri said.

He explained that the objectives of the youth body do not include using it as a platform to ‘harass’ multinational oil companies but to ensure peace in the region.

Eradiri said that since he defeated Donkemezuo and other contenders to emerge president two and a half years ago, Donkemezuo had reportedly engaged in all manner of untoward activities including blocking of roads and causing a breach of the peace.

“His activities are a violation of a valid court judgment which says that my tenure will expire on 1 March 2017.

“I can only advise that the law should deeal with them accordingly. I have written to the Inspector-General of Police, I have written to the Director-General, Department of State Services in the state and of course the Commissioners of Police.

“I have followed all laid down procedure to maintaining law and order. I even have a valid court order. What they are doing is a violation of a court process, which they are part of, and they know, “he stated.

The Ijaw youth leader however said he was suspecting that Donkemezuo and his co-travellers were being encouraged by some vested political interests to deliberately cause instability in the IYC.


“They are doing it deliberately probably because of political interest. There are some political dimensions to this,” he added.