Heavily armed police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have sealed off the venue of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum’s ( PANDEF ) General Assembly.

Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, was allegedly sealed on Thursday because of security threat.

Also sealed were all the roads leading to the five-star hotel, owned by the Rivers State government, with the accredited delegates from all the nine crude oil and gas-rich states stranded.

The policemen parked Hilux buses at the entrance of the hotel, thereby preventing vehicles from GRA to gain access to Aba Road, just as they prevented vehicles from moving into the expansive hotel from the back gate.

The meeting, which was supposed to commence at 10 a.m. could not hold, as some of the delegates who had arrived were turned back, and told that the meeting cannot hold “because of national interest.”

The fourth general assembly 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 among others with PANDEF.

PANDEF, led by Chief Edwin Clark, has been in the forefront of dialogue with the federal government, over crisis in the Niger Delta and has presented a 16-point agenda, which it believes would bring about lasting peace in the region.


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