Friday, February 14, 2020

Bayelsa

    Curfew imposed in Bayelsa after widespread violence

Curfew imposed in Bayelsa after widespread violence

The police have imposed a three-day dusk to dawn curfew in Bayelsa state over widespread violence as a result of the sacking of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the March election, as governor-elect. The supreme court had annulled Lyon's victory in the election on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo, his running mate, presented forged certificates to the [...]

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    ‘No Lyon, no governor’ — APC supporters protest s’court judgment in Bayelsa

‘No Lyon, no governor’ — APC supporters protest s’court judgment in Bayelsa

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently protesting in Bayelsa state over the supreme court judgment sacking the party's elected governorship candidate. The APC supporters took to the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital, on Friday morning, calling for the reinstatement of David Lyon as  governor. At its sitting on Thursday, the supreme court nullified the election of Lyon -- [...]

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    Supreme court sacks David Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect

Supreme court sacks David Lyon as Bayelsa governor-elect

The Supreme court has sacked David Lyon less than 24 hours before his inauguration as governor of Bayelsa state. Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the governorship election in the state in November 2019. A panel of justices led by Mary Odili asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued [...]

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    Supreme court strikes out appeal against Lyon’s candidature

Supreme court strikes out appeal against Lyon’s candidature

The supreme court has affirmed David Lyon, Bayelsa governor-elect, as the authentic governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress. A five-man panel of justices dismissed the appeal filed by Heineken Lokpobiri, who contested against Lyon in the APC Bayelsa governorship primary election, for being filed out of time. Lokpobiri, who was a minister of state for agriculture, had filed the appeal against [...]

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    EXTRA: ‘118-year-old’ woman appointed special adviser in Bayelsa

EXTRA: ‘118-year-old’ woman appointed special adviser in Bayelsa

Brian Wotari, vice-chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state, has appointed Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono, who is believed to be 118 years old, as his "special adviser on elder matters". Orogono’s appointment was contained in a letter dated February 4, 2020, and signed by Bedford Ineye, one of the aides of the vice-chairman. “It is my pleasure to inform you that [...]

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    ‘The petition was filed late’ — appeal court dismisses Lokpobiri’s case against Lyon

‘The petition was filed late’ — appeal court dismisses Lokpobiri’s case against Lyon

The court of appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, has struck out the suit challenging the emergence of David Lyon as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Heineken Lokpobiri, a former minister of state for agriculture, had instituted the case against Lyon and the APC alleging that he won the September 4 governorship primary election of the party. Two [...]

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    Police ‘rescue’ kidnapped six-year-old son of Bayelsa commissioner

Police ‘rescue’ kidnapped six-year-old son of Bayelsa commissioner

The Bayelsa state police command says it rescued the kidnapped son of Nengi Talbot, the state commissioner of water resources. Six-year-old Antonio was kidnapped around 11:30pm on December 23 at his parents' house in Opolo Commissioners Quarter. According to the police, the boy was rescued by a team of operatives of operation Puff Adder led by Chris Nwaogbo, a DSP, at Ikiebiri [...]

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    Police arrest officer for ‘shooting’ driver, passengers in Bayelsa

Police arrest officer for ‘shooting’ driver, passengers in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa state police command says it detained one of its officers for shooting a commercial bus driver and two passengers in Yenagoa, the state capital. Speaking on the development on Tuesday, Asinim Butswat, the command spokesperson, said the incident happened on Monday at the Ekeki area of Yenagoa. The officer was said to have shot the driver who works with a [...]

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    Gunmen kidnap six-year-old son of Bayelsa commissioner

Gunmen kidnap six-year-old son of Bayelsa commissioner

Antonio Talbot, son of Nengi Talbot, commissioner of water resources in Bayelsa state, has been kidnapped. The gunmen, who were said to be four, invaded the commissioner’s residence at the commissioners’ quarters in Yenagoa on Sunday. Asinim Butswat, the police public relations officer of the Bayelsa police command, confirmed the incident. He said the four-member gang invaded Talbots’s home at 11:30pm on Sunday [...]

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    It’s a sad commentary on our democracy, says Dickson on Bayelsa election

It’s a sad commentary on our democracy, says Dickson on Bayelsa election

Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa, says the ongoing governorship election in the state is a sad commentary on Nigeria's democracy. The governor said this after casting his vote at ward 2, polling unit 5, Tori-Orua in Sagbama local government area of the state, on Saturday. He alleged that APC thugs hijacked electoral materials and were protected by the military. The governor said election [...]

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    Police, soldiers restricting movement of journalists in Bayelsa

Police, soldiers restricting movement of journalists in Bayelsa

Security personnel are preventing reporters covering the ongoing governorship election in Bayelsa state from carrying out their duty freely. In parts of Yenagoa, the state capital, soldiers and policemen denied accredited journalists and election observers vehicular movement despite explanation and identification. When asked the reason for the restriction, a soldier, simply identified as Austin, told TheCable " that is the order" . Residents [...]

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    We’ll follow Bayelsa election closely, says US

We’ll follow Bayelsa election closely, says US

The United States says it will consider consequences for violators of electoral rules during the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa state. Claire Pierangelo, US consul general in Nigeria, disclosed this during a press briefing in Lagos, on Wednesday. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled November 16 for the election in both Bayelsa and Kogi states. Pierangelo said the consulate will follow the [...]

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    Corps member punished for ‘assaulting official’ at Bayelsa NYSC camp

Corps member punished for ‘assaulting official’ at Bayelsa NYSC camp

BY ADELEKE MATTHEW Two corps members at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kaiama camp, Bayelsa state, have been placed on disciplinary measures for physically assaulting an official. While addressing the issue on Tuesday, Blessing Ariolu, the camp director, listed the names of the corps members as Tiamiyu Samuel and Shoki Gbabia. She said the two corps members assaulted an NYSC official [...]

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    Two policemen shot dead in Bayelsa

Two policemen shot dead in Bayelsa

Two policemen were on Tuesday shot dead along the Otuogidi community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state. The suspects carted away the riffles of their victims, creating apprehension in the state few days to the Saturday governorship election. The deceased officers were attacked at a checkpoint close to the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology in Ogbia. While one of them [...]

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    Court disqualifies Bayelsa APC deputy guber candidate — 3 days to election

Court disqualifies Bayelsa APC deputy guber candidate — 3 days to election

A federal high court in Abuja has disqualified Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state. In a judgement on Tuesday, Inyang Ekwo, the presiding judge, said Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in his CF 0001 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) to contest the election. This development is coming three days to the [...]

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    CDD: APC may break PDP’s reign in Bayelsa

CDD: APC may break PDP’s reign in Bayelsa

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) says there is a high chance of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wresting power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Bayelsa governorship poll. The PDP has produced three governors in the state since the return of democracy in 1999. The centre, in its report titled: "The Godson Turned Godfather: Governor Dickson & Bayelsa’s [...]

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