Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, has dismissed claims by Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson that he is sponsoring criminals and arming militants. He however described the allegations leveled against him by the governor as wicked, ungodly, cheap blackmail and character assassination . The Minister said the accusation by the governor that he purchanse arms and equipment for the militants is a figment of the governor's imagination, insisting that he has nothing to do with militants. In a statement made available through email to our correspondent in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, Lokpobiri described the Governor Dickson's utterances as a dance of the absurd on the misfortunes of the people of the N
A former Transport Commissioner during the first term tenure of Governor Seriake Dickson, Mrs. Marie Ebikake, and a soldiers were kidnapped in separate incidents at the weekend in Bayelsa state. BigPen Online gathered that Ebikake was seized around 1: 30 am after the gun wielding hoodlums forcefully gain access into her family compound on Sunday. The soldier, simply identified as Rotimi was abducted by suspected sea pirate along the Foropa-Gbaruan route of the southern Ijaw creek while on his way to Yenagoa. Reports say the suspected sea pirates attacked the boat conveying the soldier and two other persons to Yenagoa, shot the boat driver and took away the soldier. They also stole the boat engine but however left behind a female passenger. The Commissioner's ab...
Investigations have revealed that Karaowei Gbakumor, the same notorious militant leader who police in Delta has placed an N2m bounty on his head for the kidnap and killing of a British missionary in Enekorogha, Delta state, is responsible for the latest onslaught in Bayelsa state. Multiple sources told BigPen Online that 'General' Karaowei had fled Delta state at wake of the kidnap saga of the Britons and subsequent killing of late Ian Squire who was kidnapped alongside three other British nationals in Burutu Local Government Area in October, last year. The dreaded militant warlord after his escape, our source revealed, he immediately join force with some group of ex-militants and became their leader following his notoriety in the waterways. Our source hinted that the recalcit
The Governor of Bayelsa State Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, has vowed to take the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road to Ekeremor town by December, next year. Hon. Dickson said that he had also awarded the electrification project along the road from Ofoni in Sagbama Local Government Area to Ekeremor Town, Headquarters òf Ekeremor Local Government of the state. The Governor had broken a 40 year old jinx on Saturday October, 14, 2017, when he led a convoy of SUVs to the then newly sand-filled road to Aleibiri in Ekeremor Local Government Area for the first time. A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Dickson as having made the promise while visiting Aleibiri, Ofoni, Ayamasa and other communities along the Sagbama/Ekerem
Two unidentified gunmen have killed a former Commissioner for Trade and Investment in Bayelsa State, Mr. Ayakeme Masa. It was gathered that Masa was killed in his house in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Sunday morning at about 6.30am in the presence of his wife. It was learnt that a family member opened the door for the gunmen unknown to him that they were hoodlums on an evil mission. A source, who spoke in confidence, said when they entered the living room, the assailants exchanged hot words with their victim and later shot him. “They didn’t take anything from the house. A family member opened the door for them. When the victim came out and saw them in the living room, there was an argument and the hoodlums shot him. They took nothing. Immediately they killed him
The member representing Kano (Fagge Federal Constituency) in the House of Representatives and Chairman House Committee on Tertiary Education Hon. Aminu Suleiman, has been criticised for allegedly making misleading remarks over the state of Federal Polytechnic Ekowe in Bayelsa state. Suleiman, was quoted in the media to have said the Federal Polytechnic Ekowe in Bayelsa state was being occupied by only rats and lizards, thus giving an erroneous impression on the true existence of the institution. But, the Ijaw Youth Council, through its Legal Adviser, Barr. Igbeta Ayebakuro in a statement issued in Abuja and obtained by BigPen Online on Saturday, expressed disappointment that Suleiman could be blinded by his perceived hatred for Bayelsa state to have made a total falsehood cla...
The group Peremabiri Development Association (PDA) has alleged that ex-militant leader, Paul Eris popularly known as 'Gen' Ogunboss is still in possession of large cache of arms. This is coming on backdrop of claims by Ogunboss that the military recently invaded Peremabiri community in Bayelsa state, where they allegedly destroyed his mother’s house and other properties including a multi million naira rice farm. But reacting to the allegations on Sunday, PDA in a statement by its President, Chief Awolowo Wasiri; Secretary, Chief Profit Enoch and Publicity Secretary, Alfred Ikiomoye Olotu, said that the ex-militant leader was just trying to divert attention from the real reason why the military were deployed to the area. The group, in the statement obtained by BigPen
The Secretary to the State Government of Bayelsa State, Chief Serena Dokubo Spiff has resigned. He threw up the towel to return to manage the affairs of his native community where he is the paramount ruler. The State Governor, Mr.Seriake Dickson personally confirmed the resignation shortly after the end of the 79th session of the State Executive Council meeting on Thursday. Governor Dickson who explained the reason for the resignation, said it was a mutual agreement between him and the former SSG who is a lawyer. The former SSG is the traditional ruler of Ada-Ama, Twon-Brass in the Brass Local Government Area of the State. The Governor, however, said the former SSG would remain part of the restoration administration and would be assigned roles when the need arises. He...
Gunmen ambushed and killed four soldiers and a civilian in Nigeria’s oil-rich south, local sources said Wednesday, breaking months of uneasy calm after unrest over the distribution of the country’s oil revenues and forcing a military retaliation. Armed men ambushed the military contingent in the Ekeremor waterways area of Bayelsa State as they returned from an assignment in the Letugbene community on Monday. The gunmen, who outnumbered the soldiers, forced the servicemen to surrender, marched them to a creek, executed them and stole their weapons and military gear. A civilian boat driver with the military detachment attempted to escape but was also shot and killed by the attackers. Nigeria’s oil-rich south and southeast had been ravaged by violence orchestrated by groups se
For alleged involvement in anti-party activities, the National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled the Bayelsa State Chairman of the party Chief Tiwe Oruminighe. The party also suspended the Deputy Chairman and the Secretary of the party in the state for same offence. This followed a recommendation of APC South-South Zonal Executive Committee which deliberated on the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated the alleged anti-party activities of the trio in Bayelsa State. In a letter containing Oruminighe’s expulsion , its said two other members of the State Working Committee (SWC), the Deputy Chairman of the party, Eddy Julius and the Secretary, Marlin Daniel are under suspension. Report says however that two separate letters containin