A group, the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative (IPDI) has condemned the failure of the military authorities to return the Egbesu Golden Sword troops took away when they invaded Oporoza community in Gbaramatu Kingdom last year.
It expressed shock that despite the directive of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the sword be returned to the owners, the military authorities had held on to the symbol of authority of the Ijaw.
He described the development as an act of insincerity by the Federal Government and the military to the Niger Delta peace process.
In a statement issued on Monday by IPDI’s President, Mr. Austin Ozobo, he said: “The inability of the Federal Government to enforce the return of the stolen Egbesu Sword to Gbaramatu Kingdom means that the Presidency cannot be trusted and it shows that the government is not sincere and ready for peace process in the Niger Delta.
“It’s a bad omen, it’s a saboteur as it poses grave danger for the peace process and it is worrisome. The government must be committed to its promises to achieving genuine peace in the Niger Delta,” he said.