BAYELSA.COMMU ITY RAISES ALAEM.OVER DETENTION OF ITS TRADITIONAL RULER BY THE MILITARY

By Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   The people of Bilabiri Kingdom in Bayelsa State have urged the military to release their king, Paul Seide. The monarch was arrested in connection with the killing of naval ratings in Agge, Ekeremor Local Government Area. It was gathered that the monarch was arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe (ODS). Gunmen recently seized a dredger escorted by the operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) and killed four ratings. The gunmen seized the dredger and abducted two Russians and an Indian.…

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BAYELSA GOES BACK TO COURT OVER DISPUTED OIL WELLS, ASKS FOR STAY OF EXECUTION

Asks for stay of execution Alex Enumah in Abuja The Bayelsa State Government has appealed the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which ceded disputed oil wells between Rivers and Bayelsa States to Rivers State. The appeal was filed by the Solicitor General of Bayelsa State, Mr. Preye Agada, on behalf of the state’s Attorney General. Agada in addition said the state had also commenced move to stay execution of the judgment by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court delivered on December 16,…

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BAYELSA BOILS AS POLICEMAN SHOOTS 3 DEAD

Yenagoa, Bayelsa State boiled on Monday as a policeman reportedly shot dead three people. Those shot dead are a commercial driver and two of his passengers. The dastard act has led to riot in the state’s capital. According to reports, the policeman guarding a new generation bank at the Ekeki axis of the capital city was said to have opened fire on a commercial bus belonging to Peace Mass, a popular transport company in Yenagoa. The policeman was said to have escaped through a commercial tricycle. the bullet was said…

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GOV SERIAKE’S DICKSON’S REACTION TO JONATHAN’ HOME INVASION BY ARMED MEN RAISES QUESTIONS

By Sentry It has been more than six weeks since the governorship election in Bayelsa State was won and lost, but its ripple effects are yet to cease. Besides pitting Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State against his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, the election has also created bad blood between Dickson and former President Goodluck Jonathan. Observers believe that the reaction of Dickson to the recent attack on Jonathan’s Otuoke house and his security details was an indication that the governor is yet to forgive Jonathan in his belief that…

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PDP WADES INTO WIKE, DICKSON MESSY FACEOFF

Chuks Okocha in Abuja The face-off between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson, has received the attention of the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the party has waded into the matter to reconcile the two governors. The PDP, in a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said that the party has activated its internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the matter amicably. The PDP said that it recognised that the tone of disagreements between the two…

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RIVERS, BAYELSA GOVERNORS’ SPAT GET REALLY MESSY AS DICKSON CALLS DIKE CHILDISH

Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa The cold war between Bayelsa Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, boiled over into heated insult over the weekend as Dickson, in a rare blistering criticism, accused Wike of being “childish” and “unreasonable with drunken behaviour.” Dickson spoke during a media chat in Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa in his reaction to the recent threat by Wike to deal with the Amanyanbo of Kalabari, Amachree XI, King Theophilus Princewill, because he (Dickson) visited the monarch to commiserate with him over the killing of Ijaws…

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DICKSON GRANTS BAYELSA JUDICIARY, LEGISLATURE FINANCIAL AUTONOMY

Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has signed the State House of Assembly Service Financial Autonomy Bill and the Legislative Funds Management (Amendment) bill into law. The signing ceremony which had in attendance members of the House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Monday Oboluo-Bobou took place at the governor’s office, Yenagoa. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said the financial autonomy granted the legislative arm of government would enhance optimal performance without undue interference from other arms of government.…

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CONTROVERSY OVER OPERATION TO SEPARATE SIAMESE TWINS IN BAYELSA

Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa   Bayelsa State health sector has been thrown into dilemma following the birth of Siamese Twins to the family of Raphael Ayebaenaemi by his 24-year-old wife, Ebiyefa. It was gathered that the conjoined twins were born through a caesarian operation at the Nembe General Hospital, Nembe Local Government Area, on December 12 at about 11 am. The father of the twins told the Nation that the babies were glued at their abdomen, which required a surgical procedure to separate them. Raphael said the general hospital where the…

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CRISIS HITS BAYELSA APC OVER JONATHAN’S INFLUENCE

Internal Crisis hits Bayelsa APC as Party chieftains kick against @GEJonathan’s overbearing influence on transition committee We can authoritatively report that there is trouble in paradise between The Jonathans and the Bayelsa chapter of the All Progressives Congress, the APC as party chieftains and politicians loyal to the newly elected governor, David Lyon have kicked against the overbearing influence of Patience Jonathan, the wife of former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Trouble started, when it was discovered that the former President and his wife submitted 9 names in the transition…

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KIDNAPPERS ABDUCT 3 FEMALE STUDENTS IN BAYELSA

Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa   Three female students of the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology, Otuogidi, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been abducted by armed men in Bayelsa State. The three students in their final year were on their way to school when suspected kidnapped ambushed them and whisked them an unknown destination. A community source said the three students were kidnapped close to the check point where two policemen were killed few days to the last governorship election. “The girls were walking to their hostel from…

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