February 26, 2017

Fake CNN journalists arrested in Bayelsa

A fake CNN correspondent was arrested in Nigeria after he was caught extorting money from politicians in exchange for interviews in Bayelsa state. Paul Yempe, the faux CNN news man was outed by a member of the local branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ. According to reports published by the Daily News, Yempe had approached the state’s energy commissioner to solicit an interview for an alleged CNN documentary. NUJ chairman in the state, Tare Akono, says Yempe is now in police custody. Spokesman for the state’s police command, Alex Akhigbe confirmed this, adding that investigations are ongoing. Akono ...

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Five dredge workers abducted in Bayelsa, kidnappers want N30 million

Kidnappers are reportedly demanding a N30 million ransom for the release of five dredge workers attached to BEKS KIMSE Nigeria Ltd who were abducted on duty. According to reports, gunmen kidnapped the workers along the Opuama creek in Southern Ijaw LGA in Bayelsa. The dredging firm, according to sources, is currently heading a reclamation project in Opuama town, which is sponsored by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The information about the kidnapping and ransom could not be independently verified, but sources cited in the Vanguard alleged that the kidnapping happened on Friday morning. Three of the kidnapped workers have ...

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The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria is from Bayelsa

This year, the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria is from Bayelsa State! This weekend, 18-year old Anna Banner, Miss Bayelsa, beat out beauties from 35 other states to win the 2013 MBGN title. Her win means Anna gets to represent Nigeria in the 2013 Miss World finale in Jakarta, Indonesia. Anna isn’t the only success story of the competition, which took place on her home turf Bayelsa State, runners-up Miss Imo and Miss Adamawa, also get something out of the competition. The first runner-up, 19-year old Stephanie Okwu repping Imo State, will now go on to represent Nigeria in the ...

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Shell Nigeria closes Trans Niger pipeline after oil theft causes explosion

An explosion caused by oil theft has forced Shell Nigeria to shut down its Trans Niger pipeline, which carries 150,000 barrels of crude a day, according to the Associated Press. In a statement released on Thursday, the oil company claimed that oil bunkering caused a fire at Bodo West in Ogoniland, an area in southern Nigeria where oil spills are common. Shell’s Nigeria Director Mutiu Sunmonu described the explosion as “another sad reminder of the tragic consequences of crude oil theft.” Environmental activists accuse Shell Nigeria of using oil theft as an excuse to cover up accidental spills. The company ...

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Military arrests delta militant over April police killings

Nigeria’s military said on Friday that they have arrested the suspected mastermind behind the April ambush attack that led to the killing of 12 policemen in the Niger Delta and sparked fears of renewed militant activity. The suspect has been identified as Jackson Fabouwei a.k.a. Jasper Junior, according to Vanguard News. Faroqu Yahaya, chief of staff of the Niger Delta Joint Task Force, said he was arrested on Thursday “through sound intelligence gathering efforts” and will be handed over to police for further investigation and prosecution. Fabouwei is said to be behind the April 5 attack where a police boat ...

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Youths rescue five Pakistani crew members kidnapped off Bayelsa coast

Five Pakistani crew members who were kidnapped off the Bayelsa coast by armed pirates on Saturday, May 25 have been released, reports have said. According to Sahara Reporters, some members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) claimed credit for securing the release of the crew men who were freed in the early hours of Wednesday after nearly two weeks in captivity. Secretary General of the IYC, Mr Udengs Eradiri, revealed the group’s role in freeing the Pakistani during a press briefing in Yenagoa. The five freed crew members were present for the briefing, Sahara Reporters said. The men have been ...

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Bus explodes in Yenagoa

A bus loaded with sodas caught fire on the Isaac Boro Expressway in Yenagoa on Wednesday, causing panic along the busy route. The sudden fire happened at about 11:30 a.m. and brought traffic to a halt. According to the Vanguard, the bus was filled with crates of soft drinks and other beverages. It exploded into flames as it approached a roundabout close the the Ox Bow Lake area of Bayelsa’s capital city. No one was hurt or killed in the blaze. The driver, simply identified as Uche, and his assistant escaped unscathed. The shocked driver said he heard a couple ...

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Court stops Sylva from visiting sick wife in UK, calls medical trip “suspicious”

An Abuja Federal High Court has stopped former Bayelsa State Governor Timipreye Sylva from visiting his ailing wife in a UK hospital even as she is set to undergo invasive surgery on Friday. Punch reports that the court denied Sylva’s application that his international travel documents be released. His counsel, Mr. Issa Olorundare, told the court that his client’s wife is receiving treatment at the Cromwell Hospital in London, treatment that she could not get at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. The surgery was originally fixed for May 22, but was postponed to May 31, reportedly to give ...

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Pirates kidnap crew off Nigeria coast

Armed Pirates have attacked a tanker off the coast of Nigeria, kidnapping an unknown number of crew, security sources cited by Reuters said on Tuesday. According to the report, 12 Pakistani and five Nigerian crew members were on board the oil products vessel at the time of the attack. The gunmen stormed the Nigerian-flagged MT Matrix in the early hours of Saturday 40 nautical miles off the coast of oil-rich Bayelsa. Reuters reports that a spokesman for the ship’s operator, Val Oil Trading, confirmed there was an “incident”, but gave no further details. Pirate attacks off the Gulf of Guinea ...

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Port Harcourt police rescue four kidnapped foreigners

Police in Port Harcourt say they have rescued four foreigners, from the Ukraine, Kiribati and Russia, who were kidnapped in a the Borikiri area of the city. Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Angela Agabe, confirmed the report to Vanguard and identified the victims as Vadym Shytov, from Ukraine; Obaya Marak, from Kiribati; Mikhail Teresgji, from Russia and Oleksiv Ishmyetvev, from Ukraine. Agabe said the men were kidnapped off the coast of Bayelsa on April 22 and were only sighted around Borikiri two days ago. The police spokeswoman said following the rescue, the hostages were handed over to the ...

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