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    Nigeria records highest daily death toll as COVID-19 cases surpass 17,000

Nigeria records highest daily death toll as COVID-19 cases surpass 17,000

Nigeria recorded a significant spike in its daily fatality toll on Tuesday as 31 persons were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 complications. A total of 455 COVID-19 deaths have now been recorded in the country. According to the update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for June 16, 2020, the 31 deaths included 25 fatalities which occurred in Lagos [...]

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    NYSC cleared Bayelsa dep gov of forgery, says INEC

NYSC cleared Bayelsa dep gov of forgery, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday told the Bayelsa state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has cleared Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the deputy governor, of forging his exemption certificate. NYSC had on Thursday admitted in evidence a letter to the department of state security (DSS) admitting that it corrected a spelling error [...]

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    Bayelsa seals six churches for breaching COVID-19 guidelines

Bayelsa seals six churches for breaching COVID-19 guidelines

The Bayelsa state government has sealed off six churches for breaching "operational protocols" required to conduct services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 7, the state government relaxed its ban on religious and social gatherings but said churches should not hold services with more than 50 people at a time. It also asked worship centres to provide hand-washing facilities, and that members [...]

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    Bayelsa, Kebbi discharge more COVID-19 patients

Bayelsa, Kebbi discharge more COVID-19 patients

Bayelsa and Kebbi states have discharged seven more COVID-19 patients. Two patients were discharged in Bayelsa on Saturday while Kebbi discharged five patients on Sunday. In Bayelsa, Inodu Apoku, the co-chairman of the state COVID-19 task force, said the two discharged patients were contacts of its index case. In a statement, Apoku said only one active case of COVID-19 is remaining in the [...]

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    COVID-19: Bayelsa relaxes lockdown for Easter celebrations

COVID-19: Bayelsa relaxes lockdown for Easter celebrations

The Bayelsa state government has relaxed the enforcement of a lockdown in the state for the Easter celebrations. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the decision to relax the lockdown followed an appeal by the state organs of various Christian bodies. Douye Diri, governor of the state, announced the decision at a meeting with members of the COVID-19 task force, [...]

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    Bayelsa APC suspends Lokpobiri for ‘anti-party activity’

Bayelsa APC suspends Lokpobiri for ‘anti-party activity’

The Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Heineken Lokpobiri, a two-time senator and former speaker of the state house of assembly. This was announced by the state executive committee in a statement issued by Doifie-Ola Buokoribo, the state publicity secretary, on Thursday. Lokpobiri was one of those who contested the party's governorship primary election against David Lyon, [...]

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    Police inspector ‘kills wife’ in Bayelsa

Police inspector ‘kills wife’ in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa state police command has arrested Tuddy Warebayigha, an inspector, who allegedly shot his wife, Charity, over a misunderstanding. Asinim Butswat, police spokesperson in the state, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, said the suspect has been arrested and detained at the state criminal investigation department. Tuddy was said to have trailed the deceased to the farm at [...]

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    Timipre Sylva: Lyon’s running mate on the verge of suicide

Timipre Sylva: Lyon’s running mate on the verge of suicide

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    Assessing Diri’s ‘olive branch’ in Bayelsa

Assessing Diri’s ‘olive branch’ in Bayelsa

BY RAYMOND NKANNEBE Save for his decision not to form a cabinet at least until another three months, not many would argue that the newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa state, Duoye Diri has not started well in the discharge of what some might call an assignment of providence given the circumstances in which he eased through Creek Haven last week. [...]

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    ‘I did no wrong’ — Olanipekun speaks on supreme court fine

‘I did no wrong’ — Olanipekun speaks on supreme court fine

Wole Olanipekun, senior advocate of Nigeria, says he did no wrong in filing an application seeking a review of the supreme court judgement on the Bayelsa state governorship election. Olanipekun, who was the counsel of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and David Lyon in the matter, spoke on Sunday during a thanksgiving service in commemoration of a church auditorium he donated [...]

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    Lyon: Supreme court ruling on Bayelsa may be seen as judgement without justice

Lyon: Supreme court ruling on Bayelsa may be seen as judgement without justice

David Lyon, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November election in Bayelsa state, says the supreme court ruling on the exercise may be seen as judgement without justice. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared him winner of the election but the apex court sacked him on the grounds that his running mate presented forged document [...]

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    Falana on Bayelsa: Pre-election matters can’t be determined after the poll

Falana on Bayelsa: Pre-election matters can’t be determined after the poll

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says going by the law, pre-election matters should not be determined by the courts after the poll has been conducted. The lawyer said this while reacting to the supreme court's sack of David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November governorship election in Bayelsa, as governor-elect. On February 14, the apex court sacked Lyon [...]

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    I’m traumatised… I didn’t forge my certificate, says sacked Bayelsa deputy gov-elect

I’m traumatised… I didn’t forge my certificate, says sacked Bayelsa deputy gov-elect

Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, sacked All Progressives Congress deputy governor-elect in Bayelsa state, says he did not forge any of the certificates he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission.  Degi-Eremienyo said this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday. The supreme court had sacked David Lyon, the governor-elect, on the grounds that Degi-Eriemienyo presented forged credentials to INEC. Degi-Eremienyo said he needed to clear his [...]

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    Diri appoints former Bayelsa speaker as SSG

Diri appoints former Bayelsa speaker as SSG

Duoye Diri, governor of Bayelsa, has appointed Friday Benson, a former speaker of the state house of assembly, as secretary to the state government. Daniel Alabrah, the governor's acting chief press secretary, announced this in a statement on Thursday. He said the governor also appointed Irorodamie Komonibo as principal secretary, Benson Agadaga as the governor's chief of staff, while Peter Akpe was appointed [...]

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    David Lyon: The governor that was not to be

David Lyon: The governor that was not to be

BY OYINDAMOLA OLOFINLUA Preparations were already in top gear for the D-day, as countdown intensified for the inauguration of David Lyon as the 5th democratically elected governor of Bayelsa state. Guest list – checked. In fact, President Buhari was billed to attend. Aso ebi – bought. Dance steps – practised. Speech – rehearsed. Newspaper adverts – signed, sealed and almost delivered. [...]

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    ‘It’s against natural justice’ — MEND asks s’court to reinstate Lyon as Bayelsa gov-elect

‘It’s against natural justice’ — MEND asks s’court to reinstate Lyon as Bayelsa gov-elect

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has asked the supreme court to reinstate David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as governor-elect of Bayelsa state. Last Thursday, Lyon was sacked by the apex court on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, his running mate, presented forged credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Douye Diri, candidate [...]

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