Arodiegwu Eziukwu

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Two feared killed in violence at Niger Delta University

At least two persons were on Tuesday feared killed while others were injured following a clash between the police and protesters at the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amasoma, in Bayelsa State. NDU, which was shut in March following incessant protests over hike in students fees, was scheduled to be reopened…

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson

Outrage as Bayelsa govt withholds staff salaries

The Bayelsa State Government has announced the suspension of salaries of hundreds of workers, sparking outrage amid fears of a mass sack. The government said “excess staff” were being considered for “redeployment”, but staff unions, including the Nigerian Union of Journalists, said at least 222 their members in the state…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Outrage as Bayelsa ‘redeploys’ media workers

Bayelsa State Government has commenced plans to 'redeploy' its workforce with the sack of about 222 staffers from its radio station and newspaper. About 86 staff of New Waves Newspaper and 136 others from Radio Bayelsa were affected in the exercise. The Bayelsa Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists…

Oil spill: Agip, host community bicker over compensation, clean-up

The Nigeria Agip Oil company (NAOC) and Apoi community in Bayelsa have disagreed over the true position of compensation for the September 2017 oil leak that polluted the area. The Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the oil spill incident had traced the cause of the oil leak to corrosion…

Pirates

Suspected pirates kill two in Bayelsa

Gunmen suspected to be pirates have invaded Ayama community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa killing two and injuring three others. It was gathered that the hoodlums entered the community at about 9.00 p.m. on Monday, shot sporadically and caused pandemonium in the area. A member representing Ogbia Constituency…

Nigerian Police on patrol

One killed as rival youth groups clash in Bayelsa

At least one person was killed when youth who support different political parties clashed in Bayelsa State on Sunday. The violent clash was between two factions of youth of Okpoama community in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. One faction was said to be loyal to the All Progressives…

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Protesting youth shut transmission station in Bayelsa

The power outage in Bayelsa and parts of Rivers was the handiwork of youth who shut down a transmission station at Ahoada in Rivers state. John Onyi, Manager, Corporate Communications at Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) who confirmed the development, said the utility company was incapacitated by the restive…

Militants. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

Militants kill two police officers, seize gunboats in Bayelsa

Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday attacked a Marine Police Division in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa killing two policemen on guard duty. A police source, who confirmed the development, said the pirates also made away with two gunboats. Residents of the area said the hoodlums attacked the marine police formation…

Nigerian Police [Photo credit: Today.ng]

Kidnapped ex-commissioner regains freedom

A former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa, Marie Ebikake, abducted on Sunday has regained freedom. She was freed at about 3 a.m. on Friday. The Bayelsa police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, a deputy superintendent of police, confirmed the development in a telephone interview on Friday. He, however, said that he did…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Ex-Commissioner, soldier kidnapped in Bayelsa

A former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa State, Marie Ebikake, and a soldier and have been abducted by unknown gunmen. The incidents occurred barely three days after the wife of traditional ruler in the state was set free by her abductors after 25 days in captivity. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that…

Police on patrol

Bayelsa ruler’s wife, principal released after 25 days in captivity

The wife of the paramount ruler of Ayakoro community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa and a school principal, Egbele Jack, have regained freedom, 25 days after their abduction. Majesty Inegbagha, a member of the monarch’s family who confirmed the development on Saturday, said the duo were set free…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

Christmas: Bayelsa workers groan over unpaid salaries

Several civil servants in Bayelsa may have a bleak Christmas as they are yet to be paid their November and December salaries. This is despite a directive on Wednesday by Governor Seriake Dickson for December salaries to be paid before Christmas. While many workers received their salaries by Friday, others…

Militants. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

Gunmen storm Jonathan’s local govt, kidnap school principal, traditional ruler’s wife

Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, have abducted the Principal of Government Craft Development Centre in Ayakoro, Egele Jack, and the wife of the traditional ruler of Ayakoro,Tina Inegbagha, after a two-hour siege to the community. Ayakoro community is in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The former President, Goodluck…

Nigerian Police on patrol

Insecurity: Nigeria police chief sends special squad to Bayelsa

Following a recent upsurge in violent crimes in Bayelsa, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has sent a special squad to complement the efforts of Bayelsa Police Command in combating crime. Asuquo Amba, Commissioner of Police in charge of Bayelsa Command, who confirmed the development to journalists noted…

Pirates

Another pirate attack in Bayelsa kills one

Less than 24 hours after gunmen suspected to be pirates attacked a local boat along the Sangana- Igbemotoru route, another attack which killed a boat operator was reported on Thursday. The victim of the latest attack is a former chairman of the Akassa unit of the Nigeria Maritime Workers Union…

Police arrest three suspects over killing of prominent cattle dealer

The Bayelsa Police Command on Monday said it has arrested three suspects linked to Saturday's assassination of a prominent cattle dealer, Jibril Abdulkarim, and three of his employees. Asuquo Amba, Bayelsa Police Commissioner, said in a telephone interview on Monday that the suspects were being profiled while their telephone communication…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

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…

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…

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,…

Nigerian Army officers fighting Boko Haram

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,…

Nigerian Police on patrol

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…

Bayelsa on Nigerian map

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…

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…