Arodiegwu Eziukwu

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Chevron rig explosion: Bayelsa youth threaten resumption of protests

Koluama communities, hosts to Chevron’s operations in Southern Ijaw Local government Area, Bayelsa have threatened to resume agitations for compensation for the 2012 rig explosion in Chevron’s field. Hundreds of youths from Koluama on September 15 boarded the North Apoi oil platform operated by Chevron over nonpayment of compensation for…

A kidnap scene

Bayelsa monarch’s brother abducted

Some gunmen on Friday abducted 64-year old Mozilla Agara, a younger brother to the paramount ruler of Kolokuma kingdom in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state. Mr. Agara was a former staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company. The gunmen, according to witnesses, were about five; stormed Mr. Agara’s residence…

Chevron Rig Fire: Bayelsa Youth Invade Oil platform over Compensation

Hundreds of youth from Koluama communities in Bayelsa State have barricaded the North Apoi oil platform operated by Chevron over non-payment of compensation for the rig blowout which occurred in January 2012. The explosion sparked off a fire that burned at the oil rig for over 50 days before it…

Ijaw youth council tackles Jega

The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, has described a proposal by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to create 21,000 additional polling units for northern Nigeria as against the slightly above 8, 000 given to the south as a “political coup” against the south. The council said the move is designed…

Niger Delta militants

Oil theft: Ijaw youth dare Nigeria Naval Chief

The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, a pan-Ijaw socio-cultural organization, has urged the Chief of Naval Staff to match words with action by checking oil theft in the Niger Delta. According to the IYC, the threat by Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jubrin, on the menace of oil theft was ‘rhetoric.’…

Otuoke community shuts down Federal University over employment, admission

The members of the Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, on Thursday took to the streets and barricaded the entrance to the Federal University in the area. The community was protesting the university’s non-implementation of the employment and admission quota due to it. Otuoke is the home town…

Federal hospital abandons dying accident victim over Ebola fears

A badly injured accident victim lay unattended for days and died Tuesday at a federal hospital in Bayelsa after doctors and nurses abandoned her over fears of contracting the Ebola virus. The death recorded on Tuesday at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State was attributed to a car…


Bayelsa records 18 polio cases in eight months

The Disease Surveillance and Notification Unit, Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa has said that 18 Acute Flaccid Paralysis, otherwise known as Polio cases have been reported in the council between January and August 2014. This was contained in a statement signed and issued to newsmen by Oyaba Diemebonso, a…

Ex-Gov Sylva’s abducted uncle buried in shallow grave- Police

The Nigerian Police on Friday said Benson Eseni, the 87-year-old uncle of former Bayelsa Governor, Timipre Sylva, was killed and buried in a shallow grave. The police paraded a 27-year-old suspect from Gburutu, Delta State, in connection to the death of Mr. Eseni. The Divisional Crime Officer, Bello Ahmed, said…

Federal Medical Centre Yenagoa remains shut despite suspension of NMA strike

The Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, remained deserted despite the suspension of the 55-day strike by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA. Allied health workers in the institution commenced an indefinite strike which paralysed medical leading to the shutdown of the hospital on August 12. When PREMIUM TIMES visited the hospital on…


Ex-militant leader blames LG boss over shooting of relative

An ex-militant leader, Eris Paul, who embraced the Federal Government’s amnesty offer to repentant militants, has threatened legal action over weekend’s gun attack that left his cousin seriously injured. Mr. Paul, popularly called Ogunboss, blames the Southern Ijaw Local Govt Task Force against illegal bunkering and oil theft for the…

Striking health workers shut down Bayelsa hospital, discharge sick patients

The health workers at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa, on Tuesday, embarked on an indefinite strike, leading to the abrupt discharge of patients at the hospital. The strike comes as a heavy blow to the Bayelsa Government as the hospital was, last week, designated a surveillance centre for Ebola…

Governor Dickson hires ex-militant, Boyloaf, others to secure Bayelsa

In order to check the worsening insecurity in Bayelsa that has led to increased kidnappings in the state, Governor Seriake Dickson on Monday constituted an 11-member task force to police the numerous creeks and waterways across the state and to safeguard lives and property. The governor appointed ex-militant and leader…

Fire guts spill site in Shell’s oil field

Fire on Sunday gutted an oil spill site within an oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, at Ayambele and Kalaba communities in Yenagoa Local Government of Bayelsa. The spill site currently being remediated by SPDC was polluted by an oil spill from Shell’s Okordia Manifold at Ikarama…

Bayelsa Speaker’s brother freed by kidnappers

The speakers’ mother and mother-in-law have previously been kidnapped. (more…)

Bayelsa APC accuses Governor Dickson of encouraging impropriety

The APC in Bayelsa said the SUBEB boss runs the board as a sole administrator. (more…)

Agip investigates shutdown of facilities by Bayelsa communities

"Why won't we be angry with Agip? We don't have light. We don't have water. There is no borehole facility.” (more…)

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Kidnappers free Bayelsa Senator’s 90-year-old mother

The nonagenarian was kidnapped by gunmen on July 30. (more…)

Bunkering crude oil theft

JTF, Police Repel Attack On Oil Installation In Bayelsa

This is the second attack in that area in the last week. Gunmen on Wednesday struck in the Bayelsa waterways, following last week’s attack which left three people dead. The Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, however, said it repelled the attacks by the suspected pirates on a…

No student died in Bayelsa cult clash – Police

"The cult clash between AY and Vagas cult groups happened outside NDU campus and not inside examination hall as alleged.” (more…)

Governor Dickson seeks N40 billion loan for Bayelsa airport project

The N40 billion loan facility would attract a total interest of N32billion to be serviced within eight years. (more…)

Bayelsa monarch banned from entering U.K.

 “I missed the opportunity because the U.K. Embassy discovered that my TCCs were forged.” (more…)

Kidnapped Bayelsa commissioner’s mother released

She  was released on Friday by her captors who abandoned her at Lobia, close to the sea. (more…)

Ijaw youth kidnap my mother, threaten to cut off her head – Bayelsa Commissioner

"They allowed me speak with her twice. I asked her if the kidnappers are Ijaws, she confirmed that they are. The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Furuebi Akene, has described as "frustrating" the fruitless search for his 78-year-old mother, Patimi Akene, who was abducted last week by armed…

JTF in the Niger Delta

Gunmen invade Bayelsa community – JTF

The militants allegedly snatched N1 million cash from a telecoms staff. (more…)