Arodiegwu Eziukwu

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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…

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…

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.…

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…

Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)

Ese Oruru: Yunusa finally released on bail

Yunusa Dahiru, the alleged abductor of Ese Oruru, has been released on bail and reportedly taken to Kano. Yunusa is facing a five-count charge of abduction, illicit intercourse, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor, Ese Oruru. Confirming Yunusa's release on Sunday in Yenagoa, his lawyer, Kayode Olaosebikan,…

Nigerian govt pledges to pay ex-Niger Delta militants’ owed stipend

The federal government has promised to offset outstanding stipends to former militants in the Niger Delta, after a protest led to the blockade of the East West Road on Monday. The ex-militants, under the Presidential Amnesty Scheme, in the early hours of Monday blocked the East-West road/Mbiama axis linking Bayelsa…

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Bayelsa Governor Dickson begs Niger Delta militants

Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Sunday asked the federal government to pay outstanding allowances to ex-militants. He appealed to ex-militants under the amnesty programme to shelve planned protests over non-payment of their allowances. The governor urged the ex-agitators to be calm and exercise patience with the Federal Government over…

Ijaw Youth Council condemns renewed attacks by Niger Delta Avengers

The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, on Sunday condemned the Niger Delta Avengers for its renewed sabotage of oil and gas facilities. The Niger Delta Avengers in an online statement claimed to have blown up two oil wells operated by Chevron near Abiteye flow station, Delta. According to a statement issued…

Police foil kidnap of expatriates in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa Police Command on Sunday said operatives successfully repelled an attempt by armed bandits to abduct expatriates at the state capital. The police announced the development in a press statement by its spokesperson, Asinim Butswat. "On Saturday at about 2350hrs, unknown gunmen attacked the Expatriates Quarters, at Onopa, opened…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Three pensioners collapse during verification in Bayelsa

Three retirees collapsed on Tuesday in Bayelsa State while queuing at the state capital, Yenagoa, for payment of their eight-month pension, witnesses and an official said. Jane Aleke, chairperson of the Bayelsa Pension Board, who was supervising the exercise when the incident happened, confirmed the development. She said the three…

Nigeria loses another N1.3 billion daily to attacks by Niger Delta Avengers

Two oil firms operating in Nigeria say they lose 140,000 barrels of crude daily due to recent attacks on their facilities by militants. The attacks by a militant group, believed to be the Niger Delta Avengers, caused the loss, according to Eni and Aiteo from their oilfields in Bayelsa. At…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Militants’ activities affecting Bayelsa’s oil revenue – Govt.

The Bayelsa Deputy governor, Gboribiogha Jonah, has said that the destruction of oil installations by militants is affecting the state’s allocations from the Federation Account. Mr. Jonah said this on Tuesday during the monthly media briefing in Yenagoa. He decried the militants' activities and appealed to youth in the state…

Nigerian Army arrests 10 suspected members of Niger Delta Avengers

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it arrested 10 suspected militants and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region. The Commander, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin City, Farouk Yahaya, while addressing journalists said the suspects were arrested during a cordon and search exercise conducted in Oporozoa community and its environs…