IGP Orders Manhunt For Attackers Of Bayelsa Station

 

The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu has ordered a manhunt for the perpetrators of the Agudama Ekpetiama Police Station attack.

Adamu ordered the deployment of crack detectives from the IGP-intelligence response unit (IRT), the forensic and homicide sections of the FCID and special operatives of the Marine Police Department to Yenagoa to complement the efforts of the Bayelsa Police Command in carrying out a discrete investigation into the incident.

The gunmen invaded the police station in the early hours of the day, killing four police officers and leaving two others seriously injured.

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They also carted away rifles, ammunition and police uniforms from the station in an operation that is alleged to have lasted for close to one hour.

Meanwhile, the IGP has condoled with families of the four officers who were killed.

According to him, the incident is a classic example of the risks and sacrifices the police are exposed to in their daily task of protecting the nation.

Dickson Emerges Chairman Of PDP Governors Forum

Gov Dickson Challenges Scholarship Beneficiaries On Excellence

 

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has emerged Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei disclosed this in a statement signed on Wednesday

He stated that the former Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State, announced Dickson’s emergence after a meeting at the Gombe State Governors Lodge, Abuja, on Wednesday night.

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The meeting was attended by all the PDP governors. Also in attendance was the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus.

Dankwambo told journalists that the governors elected under the platform expressed concern over the state of insecurity in the country.

According to him, the governors were worried by the adverse effects of the growing insecurity on food production in the country. He added that the governors decried the situation where farmers are scared of going to the farms in fear of being killed or kidnapped.

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The Governors, therefore, called on President Muhammad Buhari to address the challenge by declaring a state of emergency on security.

Until his emergence as the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Dickson was the Chairman of the PDP’s Standing Committee on Reconciliation.

Dickson who is the Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum is also co-Chairman Southern Governors Forum.

He made serious efforts to wrest the party from disintegration during the most challenging period of its existence after its defeat in the 2015 elections.

APC Cautions Members Against ‘Fake News’ On Kogi, Bayelsa Gov Elections

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned party members, supporters and the general public on what it has described as fake news being spread in the social media on the upcoming Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship elections.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement on Monday, noted that the party had initially ignored the “fake statements” but it became necessary to debunk them, “particularly many of such statements being ascribed to the Party and the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole”.

According to the spokesperson, neither the party nor the National Chairman has made any statement at any forum regarding the elections and he described the reports making the rounds as “mere fabrications intended for mischief”.

He further stated that in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the country and the APC’s continued effort towards deepening participatory democracy, the National Working Committee (NWC) will abide by the rules at every stage of the process of primary elections.

The party also promised to provide a level playing field to all aspirants, while adding that all relevant information and the official party guidelines for the respective elections will be released through its official channels in due course.

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

A photographer of the Bayelsa State Government House and a Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been shot dead.

The state government confirmed this a statement issued on Saturday.

According to the statement, both men were killed by men of the military in Oweikorogha, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

They were said to have been shot to death while they were in their houses, waiting for the counting of votes to commence in their Ward.

In a statement, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Moses Cleopas, said the death of the men has brought the number of those allegedly killed by thugs to three.

Moses had alleged that thugs identified to be working for a political party purportedly with the support of some soldiers had besieged the Bassambiri and Oluasiri axis of Nembe Local Government Area, where they engaged operatives in a shootout all night on Friday.

According to him, the attackers lost a member during the fire exchange while several others were injured and taken to the Hospital in Ogbolomabiri and Yenagoa.

He accused a former governor of the state and some others of sponsoring the violence that rocked Opu Nembe and Bassambiri.

General Elections: Dickson Raises Concern Over Threat To Security

Bayelsa Governor Dickson Loses Mother
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson (file)

 

Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has raised concerns that some persons are playing politics with the security of the country ahead of the February general elections.

He also said that while there are hopes that the exercise will be free and fair, there are concerns that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would not be impartial.

The governor made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Daniel Alabrah, on Monday.

He said: “On the elections, we have expectations and we also have concerns. Expectation that there should be fair play and fair exercise of public power and authority and that the agencies and institutions of state are able to do their job. That the people are not intimidated and harassed during the elections.

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“Let me, however, alert that the signs are not too good. There are people playing politics with security – what I call the politics of insecurity and the insecurity of politics. It is unfortunate that sometimes people don’t have the courage to do what is right. We have political leaders who don’t give the right directives.

“We are concerned about the state of law, order and security during the elections. There is also the general concern about the impartiality of the electoral umpires and their agents.”

Meanwhile, the governor urged people of the state to re-elect him in the coming elections.

He promised that his administration would continue to maintain peace in the state as well as all-round development.

“We will continue to invest in the stability and security of our state. I assure Bayelsans that we will not stop working until the last minutes of our tenure. There is still a lot of work ahead.

“We have built roads, hospitals, bridges, our children are on scholarship and no fewer than 120,000 Bayelsans have been captured under our health insurance scheme. No state in Nigeria has such a robust scheme. Indeed, there is a revolution going on in Bayelsa,” he said.

Again, Suspected Pirates Attack Bayelsa Community

Another attack has occurred in Bayelsa State, barely 24-hours after gunmen suspected to be pirates attacked a commercial boat en route Yenagoa, the state capital.

Two passengers including a pregnant woman were shot in the Thursday attack when the pirates attacked the boat travelling from Koluama to Yenagoa.

The fresh attack occurred on Friday morning by 8:45 a.m. as the suspected sea pirates attacked a commercial boat at Okobotuo area, along Akassa-Yenagoa waterways.

They carted away a 115 horsepower boat engine at Okobotuo Area along Akassa-Yenagoa waterways as they shot into the air, scaring residents who scampered into safety.

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These incidents which occurred in quick succession has created fear amongst residents of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Don Awunah, who spoke with Channels Television blamed the attacks on increased insecurity on the waterway and the riverine topography of Bayelsa State.

Bayelsa is 80% water and 20% land. So we are more likely to have crime that is water based and increase in sea piracy. We are on top of it. We are collaborating with other agencies including the Navy, Army, JTF and Civil Defence,” he said.

He also called for calm amongst residents, saying he believes the collaborative efforts of all security agencies in the state will nib the ugly situation in the bud.

Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, Don Awunah.

Buratai Visits Bayelsa State Governor Dickson

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Governor Seriake Dickson during the COAS’s visit to Bayelsa State on Sunday.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai on Sunday visited Bayelsa State.

The visit is in preparation for the ground breaking and foundation laying of the 16th Brigade.

Buratai, who was dorned in the Ijaw native wear, paid a visit to the Governor Seriake Dickson of the state commending him for the support he had given the force over the years in the state.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson while welcoming the COAS said the Army was doing a great job, even in tough circumstances.

Obasanjo Attends Church Service With Jonathan, Preaches Unity

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday attended service alongside Former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otueke, Bayelsa State, home country of Jonathan.

Both former Presidents called for unity and oneness of the nation.

Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, the deputy governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.); Former President Jonathan’s wife, Patience; a former military governor of old Rivers State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff and other top officials of the state were also at the special service which was presided over by James Oruwori, the Bishop of Ogbia.

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Speaking to the congregation at the St. Stephen Anglican Church, former President Obasanjo said Nigerians must learn from history at all times.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo singing during the church service

 

He added that peace and stability can only be achieved, if leaders are ready to preach and practice reconciliation.

“And the country like Nigeria, unless we preach, we teach, we practise reconciliation, then we will not have development.

“And unless we have peace, we will not have development, and unless we have development, we will not have growth and if we do not have growth, we will not come out of poverty.

“Even if some of us are exceptionally lucky and they are able to get out, the majority of us will be ridden in poverty and that is not what God has ordained for this country. What God has ordained for this country is for this country to be a land flowing with milk and honey; a land of plenty and a land of prosperity,” he said.

Wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan at the church service.

 

Sharing similar view, Former President Goodluck Jonathan also preached unity and oneness of Nigeria. He condemned some messages, particularly on the social media portraying the country as if it was sitting on a keg of gunpowder that could explode one day.

“If you listen to the radio and watch television or you visit the social media, you feel as if the country is hanging on a keg of gunpowder that can explode anytime. The children have given us a message of unity that Nigeria is one,” he said.

He said further that it is a unique opportunity that Obasanjo promised to visit Otueke when he (Jonathan) visited Obasanjo’s hometown after leaving office. He appreciated Governor Seriake Dickson for playing a good host.

The church service marks the end to Obasanjo’s three-day visit to Bayelsa State. Jonathan during the church service said it was a unique opportunity to receive him (Obasanjo) in his village.

Gunmen Kill Two Police Officers In Bayelsa

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed two policemen and abducted two foreigners – an American and a Canadian – in Kaduna State.
File photo

Gunmen suspected to be sea pirates have on Monday attacked Ogbia Marine Police Division in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Two police officers were shot dead during the attack which lasted for over three hours.

Channels Television gathered that the gunmen also carted away with two 200 Horse Power engines in the attack on the police station and speed away in gunboats.

The Chairman of the Bayelsa State Chapter of the Nigeria Maritime Workers Union, Lord Sese, who confirmed the incident said the gunmen stormed the area at about 10:00 p.m. on Monday night and operated till about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Amba Asuquo, also confirmed the incident.

He explained that the Police Officer in charge of the division, who was wounded in the attack is responding to medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

Further Details Shortly…

Monkey Pox Outbreak Hits Bayelsa State

Suspected Sea Pirates Kill Two Persons In BayelsaResidents of the Fangbe area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital are living in fear, following the outbreak of a viral disease called Monkey Pox.

Reports say that 13 persons have been infected with the viral disease while 49 others who came in contact with the affected persons are being observed.

The Commissioner of Health of Bayelsa State, Dr. Ebitimitula Etebu who confirmed the news to Channels Television, advised Bayelsans not to panic as the disease is being properly controlled.

According to the Commissioner, the Ministry is yet to get a laboratory confirmation of the epidemic, symptoms from the quarantined patients, which indicates that they are suffering from Monkeypox.

He advised residents of the state to be more hygienic as regular washing of hands will reduce the risk of an infection.

He believes that more people may have been in contact with the quarantined individuals and has, therefore, urged them to come for observation.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State government has assured all affected persons that the state government will take care of the financial responsibility of their treatment and provide other needs of the patients.

The affected persons are presently quarantined in an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

The monkeypox virus is similar to smallpox, but with a milder rash and lower death rate.

The Variation in virulence of the virus has been observed in isolates from Central Africa where strains are more virulent than those from Western Africa.

The virus can spread both from animal to human and from human to human by both droplet respiration and contact with fomites from an infected person’s bodily fluids.

Infection from animal to human can occur via an animal bite or by direct contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids.

The incubation period is 10–14 days.

Prodromal symptoms include swelling of lymph nodes, muscle pain, headache, fever, and prior to the emergence of the rash.

Gunmen Kill Policeman, Injure Three Others In Bayelsa

Gunmen have killed one policeman and injured three others during an attack on Kolo Police Station in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State.

Eye witness reports say the attack which happened around 8:00 am on Tuesday morning was carried out by suspected oil thieves.

Barely two days ago, a similar attack was said to have occured in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state where a local boat owner was abducted.

NSCDC Apprehends Suspected Oil Thieves In Bayelsa

Oil Spill Hits Bayelsa Community

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa State Command, has apprehended suspected oil thieves including Philip Tuma, an employee of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

The NSCDC said its operatives intercepted stolen petroleum products conveyed in a vehicle belonging to the ministry where Tuma works.

Channels Television’s correspondent gathered that the vehicle, a Toyota Hilux van, which was used by the suspects to beat security checkpoints, was rounded up in Yenagoa, by the anti-vandals team of the corps.

Tuma, who was among those paraded at the NSCDC command’s headquarters in Yenagoa, confessed that he worked in the ministry and was allowed by the ministry’s management to keep the vehicle with number-plate 28A-36FG in his care.

He, however, exonerated his boss in the ministry, saying that his boss knew nothing about his illegal mission of using the vehicle to transport stolen oil.

Giving details, Tuma said he embarked on the illegal business in connivance with his younger brothers, whom he claimed were idle at home following the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

“I work in the ministry and was given the vehicle to keep as a worker. My boss has no knowledge of what I have done. This is my first time.

“My younger ones, who are at home because of the ASUU strike convinced me to follow them because they needed money for their school fees.”

A female suspect, Mercy Ekereme, paraded for her alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering, said she was arrested by NSCDC operatives while trying to convey the products from Ogbia area of the state to Yenagoa, the state capital.

Ekereme, who is from Delta State, said she was once a hawker of sachet water but was introduced into the oil theft business by an unnamed woman.

She said: “The woman who introduced me into this oil business saw me hawking ‘pure water’ and told me that my ‘pure water’ business was embarrassing. She helped me to get a loan and linked me with a dealer who gives me products to sell.

“I got the product and decided to take them to Yenagoa. I met a man who came to buy fuel into a Hilux vehicle for his boss. We agreed on a price and he decided to carry the products to Yenagoa. But we were arrested at Okaki area of Yenagoa.”

The Deputy Commandant, NSCDC, Mr Chikere Isidore, who spoke shortly after the parade and destruction of some of the impounded products, said the suspects would be prosecuted.

“We are always on their trail and each time we intercept them, we arrest and prosecute them. You can see the suspects carried some of their products in a van of a known ministry to escape arrest. But they failed. Our men are always on the alert,” Isidore stated.

The deputy commandant also noted that some of the impounded products were burnt because they were abandoned by suspects who took to their heels on seeing the NSCDC operatives.

He, however, added that other products at the command were confiscated and would be used as exhibits in court.