Arodiegwu Eziukwu

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Gunmen kidnap Bayelsa Commissioner’s mother, demand son’s resignation

“I think the people interested in my job as commissioner in the state are the ones behind the abduction of my mother." (more…)

Newspaper publishers accuse Bayelsa government of harassment, intimidation

The Bayelsa Police Command had arrested and detained a major newspaper distributor, Alaka Oko. (more…)

Group seeks end to Chevron’s ‘impunity’

The group urged the UNHRC to evolve a mechanism to check environmental degrading practices by international oil firms. A civic group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), on Thursday joined in the commemoration of ‘International Day Against Chevron’ for the oil firm’s ‘crimes’ against the environment. The group urged…

JTF in the Niger Delta

There’s no Boko Haram in Bayelsa – JTF

"Those masquerading as MEND to perpetrate all kinds of atrocities in the Niger Delta are pipeline vandals and illegal oil bunkerers." The Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta on Thursday said there was no Boko Haram terrorists in Bayelsa and no schools were shut in the state due…

Oil thieves, not MEND caused Port Harcourt refinery explosion – Ijaw Youth

"We set up a committee over the explosion and we found that it was not MEND that was responsible.” The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, on Wednesday dismissed the claim by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, that it was responsible for the explosion that rocked the…

Fresh controversy trails release of Dutch nationals kidnapped in Bayelsa

“What about the ransom paid to free the Dutch? Why are they not talking of that one and rather denying the paltry N3.45 million. The Chairman of the Dodo River Regional Development Association in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa, Berry Negrese, has denied allegations that he bribed the Commissioner…

13 per cent derivation: Ijaw Youth threaten to cripple Nigeria’s oil production

“The Niger Delta people are still willing, ready and capable of bringing the Nigeria economy to its knees.” The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has condemned the decision of the National Conference Committee on Devolution of Power on derivation for oil producing states. The group also threatened to cripple oil production…

Three Indians jailed for oil theft in Nigeria

The case was filed by the EFCC. A Federal High Court in Yenegoa, Bayelsa on Wednesday convicted three Indians for oil theft in a case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The Indian nationals, Sailesh Singh, Captain of the vessel MT Akshay; Chadrashekar Sharma; and Ajay Bhatiya,…

3 kidnapped Dutch nationals freed in Bayelsa

The Police Commissioner, Hilary Okpara, handed the victims to the Dutch Ambassador on Saturday night. The three Dutch nationals who were kidnapped by gunmen at Letugbene in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State were released Saturday night. The Dutch nationals: Erhard Leffers, Marianne Hendricks-Vos and Yandries Groenenedijk, were kidnapped…

Bayelsa Governor pledges to help free kidnapped Dutch nationals

“The Bayelsa Governor assured his guest who visited him at the Bayelsa House in Abuja that the government would do everything possible to find the victims.” The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has assured the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, John Groffen, that the state government will do all it can…

Kidnappers of Dutch nationals in Nigeria demand N20 million ransom

"The public should be patient with us as we work to free the remaining 3 Dutch nationals.” The kidnappers of three Dutch nationals in Letugbene, Bayelsa State, have demanded a N20 million ransom, community sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. Although security sources told PREMIUM TIMES that they are aware of…


How Niger Delta militants kidnapped 3 Dutch nationals – Victim

The Dutch nationals remain captive. (more…)

Nigeria Police, JTF confirm abduction of three Dutch nationals in Bayelsa

 “We got reports that the three expatriates accessed Letugbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa at the weekend without security escort.” (more…)

Police incarcerate ex-governor’s aide for one week without trial

Mr. Ogbuku’s associates say his arrest was politically motivated rather than related to involvement in any murder. (more…)

Bayelsa PDP reacts to botched pro-Jonathan rally

The Bayelsa PDP Chairman, Samuel Inokoba, made the call while briefing some reporters in Yenagoa at the Party Secretariat. The Bayelsa State Chapter of People's Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday called on party members to unite to move the country forward. The Bayelsa PDP Chairman, Samuel Inokoba, made the call…

Ex- Niger Delta militant leads anti-oil theft campaign

 The former militant said he has already destroyed 30 illegal refineries. (more…)

National Conference is self-serving, Niger Delta youth tell Jonathan

Niger Delta youth say National Conference shows an agenda for the actualization of the 2015 re-election plan of President Goodluck Jonathan. (more…)

Bomb scare in Bayelsa

A man abandoned two bags and fled. (more…)

Controversy trails pro-Jonathan 2015 rally in Bayelsa

Mr. Iworiso-Markson also said the rally could be illegal as INEC had not authorised campaigns. (more…)

Malabu suspected fraudster, Dan Etete, accuses ex-commissioner of fraud

Mr. Etete claims the former Bayelsa Justice Commissioner defrauded him off $3 million. (more…)

Kidnappers free Edwin Clark’s son

The victim narrates his experience. Ebikeme Clark, the son of a prominent Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, who was kidnapped Wednesday by armed men, has been released. Mr. Clark was seized in Kiagbodo, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State. His abductors later demanded N60 million for his release. The Police…

ASUU Chairman flays sharing formula of N200 billion Nigerian universities’ fund

The money was shared 80:20, in favour of federal universities. The Niger Delta University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has kicked against the sharing formula adopted for the N200 billion government funds to public universities. The fund was one of the agreements ASUU had with the…

Bayelsa Assembly orders banks to refund N26 billion excess charges on state government

The assembly accused the banks of wrong-doing. The Bayelsa House of Assembly on Thursday gave commercial banks in the state a 30-day ultimatum to refund excess charges and deductions from the state government accounts, totalling over N26 billion. The House gave the order following the adoption of a motion by…

Nigerian security agency, JTF, arrests two Britons, others for crude oil theft, bribery

The syndicate offered N20 million bribe to JTF officials. (more…)

Vandalised crude pipeline in Agip’s oil field pollutes Ikarama community in Bayelsa

The spokesperson of Nigerian Agip Oil Company declined to speak on the leakage of crude from its pipeline, despite the harmful effects to the environment. (more…)