Bayelsa State Teams Dominate AITEO Cup Finale

A photo of Bayelsa United FC receiving their cheque prize

 

For the first time in the history of Nigeria’s Cup competitions, one State claimed both the women and men titles as Nigeria National League side, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens were crowned champions of the 2021 AITEO Cup competition at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin city, Edo state.

The teams ignored the rain to play breathtaking football and the epic battles produced 10 goals to the delight of football officials, state dignitaries, and spectators.

Bayelsa Queens’ striker, Mary Anjor set the ball rolling for a fruitful day for the ‘Glory of all Lands’ when she poked in her eighth goal of the competition in the 15th minute of the women’s final to put her team ahead. FC Robo’s captain, Gift Monday didn’t waste time to respond four minutes later, but Juliet Sunday (37th minute) and Peace Efih (43rd minute) made sure the girls from Yenagoa held a comfortable lead going into the break.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki presenting the prize to the winner

 

When play resumed in the second half, Habibat Akinwande pulled one back for the girls from Lagos in the 65th minute, but substitute Joy Bokiri made the game safe with a spectacular fourth goal from a free-kick 22 yards out.

In the men’s final, with the fine run of Bayelsa United to the final, Nigeria Professional Football League side Nasarawa United had no reason to be complacent. The NNL team is coached by former international Dipreye Teibowei and they stunned Rangers International, Lobi Stars, and Rivers United on their way to the final.

Bayelsa United confirmed they mean business when Inikurogha Okardi smashed in from the right in the 19th minute. The loud ovation that greeted the goal was still on when Chinedu Ohanachom sent a pile driver past goalkeeper John Shaibu for the leveler.

Aliyu Abdullahi shot the Solid Miners in front in the 26th minute, but 10 minutes later, Emo James rose highest in the box to nod home a sweet equalizer for the Bayelsa boys.

 

The second period was a tight and tense affair that however produced no goal. In the penalty shootout, the boys from Bayelsa prevailed 4-3 to claim their first-ever national silverware.

Bayelsa United pocketed the sum of N25million for their triumph, with Nasarawa United earning N10million. Bayelsa Queens also secured N10million while FC Robo Queens returned to Lagos with N5million.

Bayelsa Queens’ Mary Anjor emerged the Top Scorer of the women’s competition and also claimed the Most Valuable Player award. In the men’s competition, the Top Scorer award went to Gafaar Olafimihan of 3SC while Nasarawa United goalkeeper Mohammed Galadima claimed the Most Valuable Player award.

Police Parade Alleged Masterminds Of Attack On Seriake Dickson’s Residence

 

The police in Bayelsa State have arrested the suspects behind the attack which was recently carried out on the residence of the former governor of the state, Seriake Dickson.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mike Okoli stated this while addressing journalists in Yenogoa, the state capital.

Gunmen had earlier in November attacked the residence of former Governor in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

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A police inspector was killed while he was trying to repel the attack.

The police commissioner said following the attack, “We have been following the case diligently. I am happy to inform you that at the moment, five suspects connected to that incident are in our net.”

He added that the suspects confessed that they planned the attack.

Also, many other suspects were paraded for carrying out nefarious activities in the state. Large quantities of substances suspected to be Indian hemps, bag containing 200 live cartridges were also retrieved from the suspects.

Bye-Election: At Least Three Policemen Feared Killed As Boat Capsizes In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

A boat carrying some policemen to the southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has capsized.

Channels Television gathered that they were reportedly traveling to the area to monitor the senatorial bye-election.

Although the police has yet to confirm the number of victims, at least three policemen are said to have drowned.

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Bye-elections are currently holding in 11 states across the country, covering six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.

While Lagos and Cross River are the only states where both senatorial and state assembly elections are being conducted, the other nine states are either holding senatorial or assembly elections.

INEC had postponed the elections earlier scheduled for October 31, following the #EndSARS protests and other security and environmental challenges.

Police Officer Dies While Repelling Gunmen Attack On Ex-Gov Dickson’s House

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer in Abuja on October 3rd, 2020 PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

A police inspector has died while repelling an attack on the residence of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

According to a statement by Asinim Butswat, the police spokesperson in Bayelsa State, the officer, died “after sustaining gunshots injuries resulting from the fierce encounter with the gunmen.”

His corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.

Butswat explaining the incident said the gunmen struck on November 19 and came in three speedboats.

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“Unknown gunmen in three speedboats who came through the Forcados River attempted to invade the residence of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson at the riverine community of Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area, but were repelled by Policemen on duty.

“An Inspector of Police who sustained gunshot injuries resulting from the fierce encounter with the gunmen later died and his corpse has been deposited at the mortuary.

“The Command condoles with the family and relatives of the Inspector of Police who fought gallantly with his team to prevent the gunmen from invading the residence,” the statement read in part.

Also, the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mike Okoli has visited the scene.

He said investigations have commenced following the unfortunate incident.

Lyon Finally Accepts Supreme Court Judgment, Urges Supporters To Be Law Abiding

 

Mr David Lyon, the ousted governor-elect of Bayelsa State, has finally accepted the ruling of the Supreme Court that nullified his victory at the November 16th, 2019 governorship election.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters on Thursday, Lyon said he is aware of the extent to which the Apex Court’s decision has further dashed the hopes of Bayelsans “as it upturns the democratic mandate of the Bayelsa electorate”.

Lyon urged supporters of his political party and those who voted him to accept the verdict and maintain the peace.

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He stated that while they have a right to think the judgment was unjustice, they must shun all forms of violence or any conduct that threatens the peace and development of Bayelsa State.

“I hereby unequivocally state my decision to accept the Supreme Court verdict however distressing as it is, it is the decision of the Supreme Court, and we are all bound to accept the outcome as law-abiding citizens of this great country,” Mr Lyon said.

The ousted governor-elect thanked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the state and national levels for their tenacity in upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy.

He appealed to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of the State for the common good and well-being of the people.

According to Mr Lyon, it is his resolve to continue to join forces with well-meaning individuals, institutions, and organisations towards bringing the much-needed development to Bayelsa State.

‘My Disqualification Is Distressing,’ Sacked Bayelsa Deputy Gov-Elect Heads To Supreme Court

The sacked deputy governor-elect in Bayelsa State, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo has headed to the Supreme Court, describing his disqualification as distressing.

Degi-Eremienyo says he is challenging the court ruling that sacked him and David Lyon on the grounds that he presented forged certificate to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

He also condemned any act of forgery or impersonation adding that he has never been associated with such.

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“The vent of my disqualification is distressing and traumatised to me personally. It is, of course, a greater trauma inflicted on my party, the governorship candidate and the good people of Bayelsa State who signified their choice of who should be their governor and deputy governor.

“It is this unsolicited assault on my personality and reputation by the judgement in question that has constrained me to chart this course of action.

“I condemn in strong terms all forms of forgery impersonation or criminality in any form by the political class and I have never been associated with same.”

Degi-Eremienyo insisted that the apex court never gave him an opportunity to defend his educational qualifications before concluding that they were forged.

He called on the police to investigate the allegations of forgery against him.

He concluded that all his certificates were acquired from Nigerian institutions which are all in existence to date.

The certificates, he added, can, therefore, be easily verified.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili had earlier in February ordered the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidates after ruling that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with Lyon.

The Bayelsa election was held on November 16, 2019.

Nigerian Army Confirms Killing Of Four Soldiers In Bayelsa

 

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of four soldiers by gunmen in Letugene, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by the spokesperson of Operation Delta Safe, Major Victor Olukoya.

The army explained that troops were on their routine duty in the area when they were ambushed by the gunmen on Sunday, February 16th leading to the death of the soldiers.

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“Troops while carrying out their routine duty within its area of responsibility on Sunday 16 February 2020 at about 6:00 p.m. were ambushed by gunmen and killed.

“Four soldiers were killed in action. However, an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the person’s or groups behind the attack,” the statement read in part.

The army in the statement also denied online reports claiming that the troops invaded the community following the attack and killing of the soldiers.

“It is important to state here that contrary to an online report; the men of OPDS did not invade any community in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa state as a result of the incident.

“Please be informed that the Nigerian Military is an organised and disciplined force and all its operations are guided by codes of conduct and rules of engagement.”

It explained further that the Commander Operation Delta Safe along with the Commander 16 Brigade and Commander Sector 2, embarked on an operational visit to Letugene, and some other communities in the local government area after the incident and observed that the areas were peaceful.

Douye Diri Sworn In As Bayelsa Governor

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri, has been sworn in as governor.

His swearing-in comes a day after the Supreme Court sacked the former governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the Certificate of Return that had been issued to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election.


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The court then ordered INEC to issue a fresh Certificate-of-Return to the candidate of the party with the next highest votes and with the required constitutional spread of votes in the results of the election, which was the PDP.

Hours before the swearing-in on Friday, INEC officially declared Diri as the winner of the election in the state.

He was sworn-in along with his Deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

While delivering his acceptance speech, the new governor asked Bayelsan’s to embrace each other in love and avoid hatred which he believes would only inhibit the growth and development of the state.

Bayelsa Election: Angry Protesters Attack Dickson’s Private Home

 

The personal home of the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, was on Friday attacked by unknown protesters.

The attack comes just hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a Certificate of Return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, in the 2019 governorship election, Diri Douye.

Some angry protesters suspected to be loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier in the day attacked the PDP secretariat in Yenagoa, the State capital, destroying properties.

Diri was issued the certificate of return following the Supreme Court ruling which sacked APC candidate, David Lyon as Bayelsa State governor-elect.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, told journalists during a briefing in Abuja that Diri was declared the winner of the November 2019 election after top INEC officials met to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

“The total votes cast after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law,” Yakubu said during the briefing.

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Bayelsa FRSC Preaches Safety, Warns Drivers Against Over Speeding

Bayelsa FRSC Commander, Ikechukwu Igwe

 

The statistics of road accidents within Bayelsa State this year, have witnessed a sharp reduction as against what obtained in 2018.

According to the Sector Commander of the Bayelsa State Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ikechukwu Igwe, about 1,602 persons had lost their lives in road accidents last year.

Igwe says the positive turn of events, is due to increased public enlightenment of motorists.

He says the yuletide season, is a good time to intensify awareness on the dangers of overspeeding, recklessness on the road to avoid road mishap.

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Meanwhile, in other states such as Lagos and Ogun, a total of 1,700 personnel of the FRSC have been deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways.

Specifically, the personnel would be overseeing the Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo, Sango – Ota and Idiroko corridors.

Buhari Receives Bayelsa Governor-Elect, David Lyon

Photo: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the Bayelsa State Governor-Elect, David Lyon at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Mr Lyon who won the November 16 Governorship election in Bayelsa state, was accompanied to the State House by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru.

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Also, Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva were present at the meeting.

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Kogi/Bayelsa Elections: Lawan, Gbajabiamila Congratulate Bello, Lyon

File Photo: Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates on their victory in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Lawan particularly rejoiced with the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on his reelection and David Lyon for making history as the first governor Bayelsa has elected on a platform different from the outgoing ruling party in the state.

The Senate President praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a level playing field that enabled the people to assert their sovereignty and choose their leaders.

“The impressive turnout of voters in the two states is a ringing endorsement of democracy by Nigerians as their preferred system, notwithstanding its current challenges,” Lawan said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi.

Lawan also thanked the security personnel for their sacrifices for peace and order in the face of great difficulties.

The Senate President enjoined the winners to be magnanimous in victory by accommodating all sections of the state in their governments and development agenda.

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Lawan also admonished the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, to learn from the challenges experienced in the two states with a view to constantly improving its institutional performance and the electoral process.

The Senate President called on the relevant agencies to ensure thorough prosecution of the electoral offenders in the two states to serve as deterrence to others.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has also congratulated the winners.

In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila said the victory recorded by the APC candidates in the two states was an indication of the wide acceptance that the party enjoys.

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The Speaker said Bayelsa State, in particular, has now joined the Next Level train, having seen the massive change driven by the APC-led government at the federal level.

“It is gladdening to know that our party, the APC, came out victorious in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. This is a testimony that Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country are beginning to realise what the APC means for the country.

“This victory is not for the party or its members alone, but for the entirety of Nigerians.

“May I call on the two governors-elect to be magnanimous in victory. The APC stands for the good of Nigerians, and I know the two governors-elect are part of the journey to make Nigeria better,” the Speaker said.

He called on the people of the two states, including members of the opposition parties, to join hands with the governors-elect to make their states great.