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Southern Group protest to Honour late Chief of Army staff

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A southern group, the Niger Delta Youth Council, has said it has suspended its planned protest over the Niger Delta Development Commission so as to mourn the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, who died last Friday in an air crash.

The NDYC in a statement signed by its National coordinator, Jator Abido, and National Secretary, Kede Michael, on Monday, said the group also demanded the military to investigate the reasons for the air crash.

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The group said, “We the Leadership of the Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) received with great sadness the sudden demise of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash while on official assignment in Kaduna State alongside 10 other military officers;

“It is with grave dissatisfaction to have our finest military officers killed. We sympathise with the families of our fallen heroes and pray for the almighty God to console and be with the families in this trying time. We would require the military to activate a full-scale investigation into the crash and the actual cause of death As soon as possible.”

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“On this note, we would be calling off our planned protests in line with our ultimatum issued 28 days ago to mourn our fallen heroes. However, we call for speedy inauguration of the NDDC board as failure to do it will mean that we will have no other option than to go back to our initial plans.

“We also use this medium to warn those calling for fuel increment to desist the plan as they are calling on anarchy and more hardship to the lives of young Nigerians.”

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