NSCDC Parades Eight Suspected Oil Thieves In Bayelsa

NSCDC Parades Eight Suspected Oil Thieves In BayelsaThe Bayelsa state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has paraded eight suspected oil thieves who were intercepted by officers of the command.

While on patrol, they uncovered the den of oil vandals in the heart of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, in a building which was said to be owned by a former member of the federal House of Representatives.

As the officers searched the compound, they discovered Jerry cans, industrial cellophane bags, cellophane sealing machines; as well as a tricycle for transporting the product.

The commandant explained that occupants of the building all fled on the arrival of the officers of the NSCDC, except for one man who was caught before he could escape.

Militancy had resurged in the Niger Delta in 2015, with series of attacks on pipelines and oil installations, forcing some oil companies to declare force majeure.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks that have affected Nigeria’s oil output and power supply, which largely depends on gas from that region.

However, as the fight against pipeline vandalism and oil theft intensifies, there is the urgent need for more reorientation on the ills of engaging in this destructive trade.

JTF Kills Five Militants In Rivers State

Army, Militants, JTF, RiversThe Nigerian Army says it is making progress in the Niger Delta as it reveals that the Joint Task Force has killed five militants in Rivers State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the military announced that it has begun mopping up of arms in the Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The militants were killed during an exchange of gun fire with the troops, and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered from them.

The troops intercepted the hoodlums after they had kidnapped an unidentified person before the gun battle ensued.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, stated that the exercise would continue this weekend in the 82 Division and part of the Two Division of the Nigerian Army.

The army explained that the operations in the riverine environment was to check criminal activities such as kidnapping, militancy and piracy among others.

The Commander of “Operation Delta Safe”, Major General Joseph Irabor, had told journalists in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State that the military would not relent in its determination to rid the Niger Delta of illegal arms.

This latest killing of five militants and one kidnapper occurred in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital this weekend and is considered a major breakthrough by the Nigerian military.

However, there are reports that the Federal Government is ready to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants, to resolve the crisis in the region.

The Petroleum Minister, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said at the weekend that over $40 billion have been spent in the Niger Delta in the past 12 years without any significant results.

Rivers Council Chairmen: Attorney General Debunks APC Court Order

Rivers Council Chairmen: Attorney General Debunks APC Court OrderRivers State’s Attorney General, Emma Aguma, has described as falsehood, claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state that there was a ruling that favoured the sacked Local Council Chairmen.

The Attorney General’s declaration is consequent to the rumour of an order from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Yenogoa, on Monday, calling for the reinstatement of the sacked Council Chairmen in the state.

Aguma dismissed the claims on Tuesday while addressing reporters in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

He revealed that he waited till Monday night to get a certified true copy of court proceedings, stressing that the document had no mention or reference to the matter reinstating the sacked chairmen.

“Order Still Stands “

In response, the Head of the Legal Team of Rivers State APC, Henry Odili, noted in an interview with Channels Television that Aguma was only trying to be clever by half.

Odili said the Attorney General did not reveal to the public, the actions that led to the final submission of the trial judge.

According to him, the court refused to grant the prayers of the defendants to vacate its earlier order that restrained Governor Nyesom Wike and his agents from sacking the council chairmen.

Odili posited that the APC strongly believed that “the order still stands”, demanding that the Chairmen should be reinstated.

Bayelsa PDP Expels 9 Members

pdpThe Bayelsa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expelled nine of its members from the party over anti-party activities in the last general elections.

The decision for the expulsion is contained in a statement presented to Journalist by the state Acting Chairman of the party, Chief Serena Dokubo Spiff, at the party’s Secretariat in Yenagoa.

The affected members are; Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, Mr. Nestor Binabo, a former acting Governor of the state, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu, Mr. Waripamowei Dudafa, also a former acting Governor, Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs and Mr. Chamberlain Kren Ikidi, others are, Mr. Osomkime Blankson, Mr. Emmanuel Okponipre, Mr. Ebikapade Dibiya and Joyce Fouyowei.

According to the statement, the decision for the expulsion of the members followed an unanimous voice vote by members of the State Executive Committee, after deliberations on the report submitted by the Chairman of the PDP Disciplinary Committee set up on the 19th of April to investigate the conduct of members of the party in the last electoral outing.

The statement however noted that some of the members, who are in the National Assembly or holding appointments at the national level would be referred to the national body of the PDP for further disciplinary measures in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.

Such members are: Retired Colonel Sam Inokoba, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, while Fiebai Gbeinbo has been suspended for three months.

Chief Dokubo-Spiff in the statement announced that, Mr. Leghemo Kaiser and Mr. Denyabofa Dimaro are to render apology to the leadership of the PDP, while Dr. Godson Omubo-Dede and Mr. Dan Omubo-Dede have been reprimanded.

The statement also revealed that a Contact and Reconciliation Committee has been set up to look into the grievances of members and reconcile them back to the PDP fold.

NIPSS Embark On Fact Finding Mission To Reposition Education

nipssMembers “Class 37”of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Plateau State, on Monday visited Bayelsa State on a fact finding mission, with the aim of re-positioning the Nigerian educational system for global competitiveness.

The leader of the delegation, Major-General Johnny Hamakim, who paid a visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, in the Government House, Yenagoa, said that the essence of their trip was to find out the root cause of the rot experienced in the nation’s educational sector and proffer lasting solutions.

To Governor Dickson, there is no better time to begin the restoration process for the educational system.

“There is no more compelling national problem to solve than the education system,” he said, adding hat successive governments have over the years been paying lip service to education.

According to him, a properly educated child would not have the time to hide in the creeks to vandalize pipelines or carry bombs.

25 Political Parties In Bayelsa State Endorse Jonathan

political partiesBarely a week to the 2015 Presidential polls in the country, 25 political parties, under the aegis of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Bayelsa State Chapter, have shown their support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement issued at the end of the meeting attended by the Chairmen and Secretaries of political parties in Yenagoa, they expressed satisfaction with the performance of the incumbent President in all sectors of the economy in his first tenure, pointing out that he deserves a second term in office to consolidate on the gains already achieved.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, which was convened by Governor Seriake Dickson, the State Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Mr. Lucky Akpeli, stated that the parties were unanimous in their support for President Jonathan and equally pledged their resolve to mobilize their supporters across the state to turn out massively and vote for Goodluck Jonathan.

The forum, which commended Governor Dickson for his all-inclusive and fair minded disposition to governance, especially in handling the affairs of the state, urged him to convene meetings of the forum on a more regular basis to give all stakeholders the opportunity to speak their minds, as well as contribute more meaningfully to the development of the state.

The four-point communiqué also enjoined the leaders of all the political parties to work hard and ensure peaceful and rancour free elections in Bayelsa State.

PVC Collection: Low Turnout In Onopa Area Of Yenogoa

pA visit to the Onopa Permanent Voter Card (PVC) collection centre in Yenogoa, Bayelsa state, shows that many have not collected their PVCs.

It was discovered that if the electoral commission had not rescheduled the election dates, many people would have been disenfranchised for not having their PVC.

The postponement of the general election scheduled for February 14th and 28th, as stated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was triggered by security challenges in the country

INEC officials were at the venue for distribution of the PVCs, expecting people in the area to come in mass to pick their cards but the turnout was low as only few people came.

Some of the indigenes were able to get their cards, while some were given to them by friends. Others were told to come back at a latter date for theirs because it was not ready.

Preye Samuel, one of the victims who was told to come back reacted saying she cannot continue footing her transport expenses as it was the third time she had to come for her PVC.

The problem facing most Nigerians on PVC collection also ranges from; misplaced Temporary Voter Cards, others have issues with their location as they have relocated from states where they initially registered for the PVC, many have misplaced their cards, but they all want to exercise their franchise.


Militant Group Surrenders Arms To JTF In Yenogoa

A militant group in Bayelsa State whose sole aim of handing over weapons ranging from ranging from guns, ammunitions, live tortoise and other fetish materials is to stop the violence being inflicting on the Niger Delta region and also partake in the 3rd phase of the amnesty program has done exactly that as they handed over their weapons to the Joint Taskforce (Operation Pulo) shield in Yenagoa on Friday, as they gave up the struggle.

The group, led by Inaemi David, 31, who is the head and commander of the group confessed to carrying out numerous attacks on oil pipelines in the Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

David, who led members of his group to the JTF Headquarters in Yenagoa on Friday including a female member who was put in charge of the handover process, said they decided to surrender their weapons because of their resolve to embrace peace and live normal lives.

“We realised there is no peace in our lives; we felt tired of living a life of militancy, so we approached the JTF and informed them of our resolve to surrender our arms and munitions. After due consultations, we were convinced that if we take this positive step to surrender our weapons, it will bring the dawn of a new life for us,” David said.

David now repentant claimed that he leads an army of over 50 foot soldiers in the Niger Delta struggle and it was frustration and deprivation in the region that a lot of the youth into the militancy thing.

“We went into militancy not to kill but to show our frustration to the government. We want the government to know that the Niger Delta people have a right to the possession of our resources,” he said.

David bore it all on arrival to the base of the Joint task force (Operation Puloshield) in Yenagoa, as he disclosed the location of the militant group which he claimed is at the creeks of Odioma Community of Brass Local Government Area of the state as he advised the FG to create employment for the Niger Delta youth as this is a lasting solution to the problem of militancy in the Niger Delta as there are still other splinter groups of militants in the creeks who are not ready to relinquish their weapons.

After the handover of the weapons by the Ianemi David-led militant group, the Public Relations Officer of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Onyeama swung into action by inspecting the items and after the inspection he listed them as the head commandant of the JTF Major General Batta Debiro applauded the decision of the militants to voluntarily surrender their arms.

The JTF are optimistic that this willing surrender by the militant group will mark the beginning of many more to come.


Dickson suspends four civil servants ahead of civil service reform

At the gloryland cultural centre in Yenagoa , Hon. Seriake Dickson  had an interactive session with civil servants in the State.

At the forum, the governor shared with the civil servants his thoughts on what an ideal civil service should be and his plans to restore the Bayelsa state civil service to its time tested principle of diligence, loyalty, contentment and been totally apolitical.

He went further saying from there on, the state civil service will begin the implementation of its  promised reforms as he ordered the immediate suspension of four civil servants starting with a senior accountant in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ransom Temeregha, for alleged acts of “careless talk”, a surveyor with the state Capital City Development Authority (CCDA), Couple Imgibina, over alleged illegal allocation of lands in the Central Business District (CBD) area of Yenagoa for the building of illegal structures, former secretary to the Environmental Sanitation Authority for “wrongful recruitment of persons,” persons from his community and relations in contravention of the civil service rules, and Akpoebi Efidi for “damaging and dissemination of rumour” about the present administration with immediate effect.

Dickson said further that a violation of the Civil Service rule will no longer be acceptable and would not be tolerated for those who will not be flying the flag of the reforms and also the politicisation of promotion in the service would no longer be accepted.

“I have decided to meet with you to reposition the service. We need to change to a new song. The reposition plan does not mean people will be sacked but we will go around and ensure that those not on their duty posts will be considered non-genuine civil servants. The Civil servants I want to know must be at work,” he said.

Dickson civil servants in Bayelsa state were mostly members of the billionaires club, participated in politics at very high level and are leading contractors before his assumption of the exalted office of the governor, he however sounded a note of warning that such will not be taken from any civil servant again as all rules must be abided by from now. He said for those who wants to be active politically, he will advise they retire from the civil service first, saying “the most sacred law of service is loyalty to constituted authority.”