JTF arrests Warri chief

A Warri businessman and spokesman of Ugborodo community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, Ayiri Emami, was yesterday arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF).

Emami was reportedly picked up by the JTF for allegedly instigating the shutdown of the strategic Chevron Gas Pipeline project in the area.

The Nation gathered that Emami, who is the Akulagba of Warri, was picked up after his kinsmen shut down the facility over Chevron’s alleged refusal to provide electricity to the Itsekiri community.

Emami, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), confirmed his arrest in a telephone interview yesterday.

He said: “It is true I was arrested by the JTF but I have just been released now.”

JTF spokesman Lt. Col Onyeama Nwachukwu confirmed the report.

He said Emami was released on the condition that he would assist in resolving the impasse and ensure that the facility is reopened by the protesters.