Arodiegwu Eziukwu

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Buhari vows tough action against militants as Ijaw youth give conditions for peace

The renewed attacks on oil and power installations by militants in the Niger-Delta will have no effect on Nigerian government’s resolve to engage leaders of the region, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. In a nationwide address marking the Democracy Day his one year in office, Mr. Buhari said his administration…

Residents cry out as soldiers invade Delta community

Soldiers in the early hours of Saturday invaded Oporoza, a settlement in Gbaramatu kingdom of Delta State, where former militant leader, Tompolo, hails from. There has been an upsurge in attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta by a group called the Niger Delta Avengers. A resident…

UPDATED: Niger Delta Avengers attacks NNPC facility, vows to “shock the whole world”

Niger Delta Avengers, the new militant group that has launched multiple attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region, has struck yet again. The group announced its latest assault on Friday, saying it blew up a gas and crude trunk line belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum…

Ese Oruru (Aisha Chuwas)

Rescued Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru, delivers baby girl in Yenagoa

Ese Oruru, the 14-year old girl, allegedly abducted from Yenagoa and taken to Kano, on Thursday gave birth to a baby girl at the Government House Clinic in Yenagoa. Charles Oruru, Ese’s father, said in a telephone interview that his granddaughter and daughter were in good health. “Ese delivered a…

Again, militants blow up Chevron gas pipeline

The new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, on Thursday claimed responsibility for another attack on a gas pipeline belonging to Chevron in Delta state. The group announced the attack on the Escravos tank farm near the main electricity feed pipeline through which power is supplied to the oil facility. The…

Eni declares Force Majeure over Bayelsa pipeline attack

Eni, parent company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), on Tuesday said it has declared Force Majeure on oil exports from the Brass Oil Export Terminal off Bayelsa shoreline. Force Majeure absolves companies from liabilities of contractual obligations due to factors outside its control. Eni also said the oil firm’s…

New Bayelsa pipeline attack cuts Agip oil production by 4,200 barrels per day

Eni, parent company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), said the oil firm’s production has been cut by 4,200 barrels per day following Sunday’s attack on its pipeline in Bayelsa State. Agip exports about 40,000 barrels of its crude blend from the Brass River Terminal off Bayelsa coastline. An earlier…

Bayelsa NLC continues strike despite sack threat

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Bayelsa chapter, on Monday said it would continue its ongoing strike over non payment of salary since January 2016. Governor Seriake Dickson had on Sunday ordered the striking workers to resume work on Monday or be sacked. Mr. Dickson, who said that the state had no…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Striking Bayelsa Radio workers clash with Information Commissioner

Attempts by workers at Radio Bayelsa on Saturday to shut down the station were resisted by the state Commissioner for Information, Jonathan Obuebite. The organized labour on Thursday commenced an industrial action to compel the Bayelsa government to clear the backlog of four months’ salary owed workers in the state.…

Suspected militants blow up crude trunkline in Delta

Suspected Niger Delta militants in the early hours of Friday blew up another section of an NNPC gas trunkline behind salvation city near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State. It was gathered that the incident happened at about 2 am on Friday. Community sources told…

More soldiers die in another Niger Delta boat mishap

Two Nigerian soldiers have been confirmed dead and several others injured in a boat mishap in Delta State, a day after a soldier drowned in Bayelsa State. The latest incident, which happened on Friday, involved a military patrol team around the creeks of Egwa 1, near an SPDC flow station…

Soldier drowns in boat mishap near Bayelsa oilfield

A soldier escorting workers from an oil spill site drowned at Taylor Creek near an oilfield operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Okordia, Yenagoa LGA, Bayelsa. A community source said on Friday that the soldier drowned when a boat conveying oil workers across the Taylor Creek capsized. “The…

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Police officer, woman shot dead in Bayelsa

Residents of Amarata area of Yenagoa, Baylesa State, were thrown into pandemonium on Tuesday evening following the brutal murder of an Assistant Superintendent of Police and a woman. The woman was hit by stray bullets following the attack on the police personnel. The officer, Mathew Akpos, was murdered by gunmen…

Gov. Dickson warns ‘Niger Delta Avengers’ to steer clear of oil facilities

Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, said on Tuesday in Yenagoa that the resurgence of violence in the Niger Delta region would compound the developmental and environmental challenges facing the area. He, therefore, cautioned youth groups in the Niger Delta region not to resort to violence and destruction of national…

Workers boycott NLC strike; compliance in only few states

Normal activities continued in Abuja, Bauchi, Yobe, Kano, Adamawa, Jigawa and Bayelsa States Wednesday as residents ignored the call by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on strike over the increase in pump price of fuel. But the strike largely successded in Gombe and Plateau States where schools, banks…

Three soldiers feared dead in Bayelsa

Three soldiers attached to the military Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, were feared dead on Tuesday after an ambush by gunmen in Bayelsa State. The soldiers were part of a team combing the Niger Delta creeks for militants who have renewed attacks on oil installations.…

Ijaw youth condemn Niger Delta Avengers for attacking oil installations

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has condemned the nefarious activities of a new militant group in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers. The IYC spokesman, Eric Omare, said on Monday in Yenagoa that the group did not see the justification in the Niger Delta Avengers embarking on destruction of…

Joint military force in Niger Delta ‘kills 4 suspected pirates’

Troops of Joint military force in Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, has killed four suspected pirates killing during a surveillance patrol within the Ogbia - Nembe waterways, the military said. The shootout occurred at Peregbene along the Ogbia-Nembe waterways in the state, where the troops came under attack in April.…

Bayelsa Assembly passes Child Rights Bill, swears in 3 opposition members

The Bayelsa House of Assembly on Thursday passed the Child Rights Bill after its third reading, and swore in three opposition members who secured electoral victory through the courts. Peter Akpe, Leader of the House, PDP, Sagbama 1, moved for the third reading of the bill and was seconded by…

Ijaw youth urge Bayelsa Assembly to swear in opposition members

The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, on Wednesday urged Bayelsa State House of Assembly to swear-in three opposition lawmakers who won judgement at the Court of Appeal. Udengs Eradiri, the president of IYC, made the call at a news conference on Wednesday in Yenagoa, condemning the exclusion of the opposition lawmakers…

Gunmen attack Bayelsa monarch’s palace

Gunmen on Saturday attacked the country home of King AmalateTurner at Opume in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa destroying household furniture and electronics. The motive behind the attack is unknown. Mr. Turner, an associate of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was recently quizzed by state security operatives who had invaded his…

Three dead, many injured in another pipeline explosion at Agip’s oil field

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has confirmed a pipeline blast at an oil field operated by Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa. Three maintenance workers died in the explosion which reportedly occurred during repair work on the crude oil pipeline located at Olugboro in Southern…

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Freed Jonathan’s uncle narrates ordeal in kidnappers’ den to former president

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s uncle, who was abducted by gunmen on February 17, has narrated his experience at the hands of his kidnappers. Inegite Jonathan, 72, opened up on his ordeal to the former leader who was one of many callers who thronged his at Otuoke, Bayelsa State, family sources…

Jonathan’s uncle freed by kidnappers

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s uncle, who was abducted in February, has been freed. Inegite Jonathan, 72, was abducted by armed gunmen on February 17. Details of his release were not immediately clear. Asinim Butswat, spokesman for the Bayelsa Police Command, confirmed the development on Tuesday, but said he could not…

Rights Activist, Annkio Briggs, alleges poor prosecution of Ese Oruru’s case by Police

Annkio Briggs, renowned human rights and minority rights activist on Monday alleged lack of diligent prosecution of Yunusa Dahiru who is standing trial before the Federal High Court in Yenagoa. Mr. Dahiru (alias Yunusa Yellow) was on March 8, 2016 charged with abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge and sexual exploitation…