Arodiegwu Eziukwu

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Viral disease ‘Monkeypox’ hits Bayelsa, 11 quarantined

A viral disease, monkeypox, has broken out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital with no fewer than 11 people under medical surveillance at a state hospital. It was learnt that a medical doctor and 10 persons suspected to be infected with the monkeypox virus had been quarantined in an isolation centre at…

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Piracy worsens on Nigerian waters, two more people killed

Two persons were on Monday shot dead by gunmen suspected to be sea pirates in an attack on a passenger ship along the Brass waterways in Bayelsa State. The latest attack is the third such incident in three weeks Three weeks ago, PREMIUM TIMES reported an ambush on a military…

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Tragedy averted as JTF commander, soldiers escape death in jetty collapse

The Commander of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, Suleman Apochi, as well as top military chiefs and troops survived an accident as the Ikang River jetty in Calabar collapsed, hurling personnel into the river. The spokesperson of the joint military force christened Operation Delta Safe, OPDS,…

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Nigerian military confirms death of soldier in attack by suspected militants

The Nigerian military has confirmed the death of two people including a soldier in an attack by suspected militants. The attack occurred on Monday at Letugbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Residents of the area had suggested that four soldiers, members of the Operation Delta Safe,…

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Gunmen kidnap 11 passengers in Port Harcourt

Gunmen have abducted 11 people from a bus near Port Harcourt on Monday, two of the passengers who escaped from the armed gunmen have said.    Also, addressing journalists at the state police command headquarters in Port Harcourt, the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, while confirming the incident on Tuesday morning condemned the…

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Kidnappers of school principal’s wife demand N3 million ransom

Kidnappers who abducted Edith Moron, the wife of the principal of Gbanrainowei Grammar School, Okolobiri, Bayelsa, have demanded a ransom of N3 million to free her. Moron Pereowei, who confirmed the kidnap of his wife, said the abductors had established contact with the family. The incident occurred about 2.03 a.m.…

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NDDC office sealed for alleged failure to remit workers’ tax

The Bayelsa Board of Internal Revenue, BIR, on Friday sealed off the Bayelsa office of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over alleged non-remittance of N336million Pay As You Earn, PAYE tax liability. The BIR enforcement team served a court order on the staff before they ordered them to leave their…

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Whereabouts of 8 sailors abducted off Bayelsa coastline still unknown

The whereabouts of the eight sailors abducted by suspected pirates off Brass coastline in Bayelsa on Thursday have remained unknown. The operatives of the Nigerian Navy are making frantic efforts to locate the whereabouts of the sailors recently abducted by unknown gunmen in Bayelsa. The sailors were reportedly abducted in…

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Unpaid Salary: Father of seven commits suicide

A 42-year-old father of seven and local government worker, Gbemede Kitchen, was on Thursday morning found hanging in his apartment in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. Mr. Kitchen, who until his death was a staff of Ekeremor Local Government Area, was speculated to have taken his own life out of…

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Grazing: ‘Thugs’ attack Annkio Briggs, other protesters in Bayelsa

A peaceful protest embarked upon by a coalition of Ijaw interest groups in Yenagoa on Tuesday ended on a sad note as thugs allegedly attacked the protesters. Annkio Briggs, a Niger Delta rights activist, was reportedly among those rough handled during the protest against the donation of land to cattle…

A statue of Goodluck Jonathan stands at the entrance to his Otuoke residence.

Residents of Jonathan’s hometown, Otuoke, beg Bayelsa govt to repair road

Residents of Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa have appealed to the state government to repair the Otuoke-Onuebum road which has been in a deplorable condition. Otuoke is the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan who led Nigeria for five years (2000 - 2015) after he had served…

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Niger Delta militant group surrenders arms

A group in the Niger Delta region, Bakassi Strike Force, BSF, has surrendered some arms to show its desire for peace if the Federal Government addresses its concerns. Olaolu Daudu, the military spokesperson in the Niger Delta, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Wednesday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.…

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Despite Buhari, Niger Delta leaders meeting, militants blow up major pipeline

A day after President Muhammadu Buhari met with leaders of the Niger Delta to resolve the crisis in the region, a major oil pipeline was sabotaged. No group has, however, claimed responsibility for the explosion at the oil field operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in Delta State.…

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Our agitation about ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon, not Niger Delta oil – Militant leader

The Bakassi Strike Force, a militant group in the Niger Delta, on Tuesday expressed a desire to lay down arms if the concerns of Bakassi returnees are addressed under a scheme midwife by international mediators. A leader of BSF, Simply Benjamin, aka “Humble Lion G1” in a telephone interview on…

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Bayelsa public schools resume one month behind schedule

Public primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa have resumed for the 2016/2017 academic session, over a month behind their private schools counterpart. The private schools had resumed on September 12, the official day for school resumption. The public schools could not resume then based on a strike by teachers who…

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Ese Oruru’s parents lament continued absence in school, seek her return

The parents of 14 years old Ese Oruru who was taken to Kano from Bayelsa in August 2015, where she was allegedly forced into a marriage, have berated her continued stay in police protective custody. The Federal High Court Yenagoa on Monday adjourned Ese Oruru’s abduction case to December 8,…

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One injured as troops disperse protesting ex-Niger Delta militants

A detachment of troops of the joint military force deployed to the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, on Tuesday morning used firearms to disperse hundreds of ex-militants who had blocked the East-West road, injuring one. The ex-militants, under phases 1 to 3 of the amnesty scheme, blocked the Mbiama axis…

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Military foils kidnap attempt, arrests 5 militants in Niger Delta

The joint military force deployed to the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, on Friday said it foiled a kidnap attempt, freed two victims and arrested five suspected militants in multiple operations. A statement signed by Thomas Otuji, deputy spokesman of the joint force, indicated that five suspected militants were arrested…

Effect of the Oil spills on the peoples plants

Oil leak from Agip’s oil field in Kalaba, Bayelsa pollutes community

The people of Kalaba community in Bayelsa have bemoaned the impact of an oil leak from an oil field operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) ravaging the area. The leak, according to residents, was discovered in the area in August and is currently spilling crude fast into the swamps…

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Nigerian Army confirms death of four soldiers in boat mishap

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of four Soldiers in a boat mishap in Bayelsa. The Army said the remains of the soldiers were yet to be found, but residents said two bodies have been recovered. Four soldiers drowned during the ongoing military training exercise codenamed “Operation Crocodile Smile”…

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Militants blow up NPDC oil installation in Delta

Gunmen suspected to be militants on Thursday night bombed oil installation belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) at Owhrode community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State. The gas pipeline supplies the Delta Steel Company with gas. President General of Owhrode community, Michael Odjo, confirmed the explosion…

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Man, 20, rapes 5-year-old girl to death in Bayelsa

A 20-year-old man has raped a five-year-old girl to death in Bayelsa, the police have said. A statement from the police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, said operatives arrested Timidou Jephther of Akedei Community, a riverine suburb in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, for alleged sexual assault on Queen Kaiser.…

PIC. 7. A VESSEL LADEN WITH ABOUT 600,000 LITERS OF SUSPECTED ILLEGALLY REFINED DIESEL BY OIL THIEVES, WHICH WAS IMPOUNDED BY THE CENTRAL NAVAL COMMAND IN BAYELSA CREEKS ON SATURDAY (30/7/16).
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Nigerian Navy impounds vessel laden with 600,000 litres of diesel in Bayelsa

The Central Naval Command, CNC, Yenagoa on Saturday announced the seizure of a vessel laden with 600,000 litres of suspected illegally refined automotive gas oil also known as diesel. A statement issued by Lieutenant Commander Edward Yeibo on behalf of Flag Officer Commanding, CNC, Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba, said two…

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Suspected pirates kill NSCDC personnel in Bayelsa ambush

Suspected pirates have killed an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in an ambush in the creeks of Bayelsa. The pirates reportedly laid ambush on personnel of the corps who were returning from a surveillance operation. The operatives were on a surveillance duty at Ogbobiri community…

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Shell’s host communities in Bayelsa, Rivers report Earth tremour, seek investigation

Some Communities in Rivers and Bayelsa states, within oilfields operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), have reported witnessing vibrations, described as earth tremor and urged the government to probe the cause. In some of the affected areas visited such as Igbogene and Akenfa in Bayelsa as well as Akinima,…