On Friday July 2, a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, awarded N60 million in damages to a man, his wife and children for the unlawful invasion of their residence by officers of the Nigerian Navy. The Court delivered judgement on three suits filed by the man and other charges bordering on infringement on human rights and unlawful confiscation of their belongings.
The claimant Mr. Hamilton Ibomo, Mrs. Blessing Hamilton and their children had prayed the court to declare the raid on their home which took place on the 11th and 12th of June 2020 as unlawful and also reward a financial compensation of N70 million to them as damages suffered.
The Court presided over by Justice A.O. Awogboro in a judgement delivered via zoom described the invasion as unlawful and ordered the applicant to be paid N60 million and stop further harassment of Hamilton Ibomo and his family.
On Monday July 5, students of the Bayelsa State Government owned Niger Delta University (NDU), staged a massive protest over some new policies introduced by authorities of the institution. One of the newly introduced policy was a compulsory dress code for all the students in the various facilities. The students considered it as strange and unnecessary. It took the prompt intervention of the state government to bring the situation under control after the authorities were asked to rescind the decision.
On Friday July 9, a fake Medical Doctor who was arrested in June 2021 was sentenced to four years in prison by a Magistrate Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital. The convict, Akpoviri Vincent Jimmy was arrested at Tobis Clinic where he was found to have impersonated one Dr. Charles Umeh, a medical doctor in Taraba State. He used Dr. Umeh’s documents in search of jobs in Delta and Bayelsa States, claiming to be a practicing surgeon and has sought employment in Tobis Clinic.
On Sunday July 11, 24 year old Kingdom Kroseide emerged as winner of the Nigerian Idol season 6 musical competition, defeating his fellow finalist, Francis Atela at a grand event to wrap up the competition. The Bayelsa born Kingdom was the toast of many music lovers within and outside the country because of his raw musical talent, smooth voice and his powerful delivery of all genre of music.
On Tuesday July 13, the Bayelsa State Police Command confirmed the killing of one Jennifer Ugadu, a 200 level student of the Faculty of Education at the state owned Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma. Spokesman of the command, Asinim Butswat, said the decomposing body of the deceased was found in her room after one of her friends raised the alarm of her death, following a confessional message on whatsApp.
On Sunday July 18, the Clan Chairman of the Movement for the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND), Comrade Big J alias Don Cici was killed around the Swali area of the state capital, Yenagoa by unknown gunmen suspected to be cultists.
On Wednesday July 21, gunmen dressed in military uniform kidnapped Mrs Betinah Okunwa Benson, the mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday Benson, in Yenagoa. The gunmen stormed the residence of the 86-year old at the old Assembly quarters, Azikoro road in the State capital and whisked her away.
On Friday July 23, some suspected members of a notorious cult group, identified as Icelanders, shot and killed a soldier attached to the headquarters of the special security outfit, Operation Delta Safe in Bayelsa State. The incident happened around 2am on that day, few meters away from the headquarters of the Operation Delta Safe, along the Igbogene axis of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
On Wednesday July 28, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, warned some of his aides who have started politicking for 2023 to stop or be ready to leave his administration.
On Thursday July 29, the Bayelsa State Police Command confirmed the abduction of a Yenagoa based socialite and owner of a popular night club, 64 Lifestyle, Oyintari Ajanami. 43 year old Ajanami, who is also a banker and the branch manager of one of the old generation banks in the state capital was whisked away by unknown gunmen while inspecting his building project, along Otiotio road in Yenagoa.
On Saturday July 31, Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society announced that it will no longer continue with the payment of its members following a court injuction instituted by an aggrived member. This sealed the hopes of its members cum investors as it became obvious that the organization may have finally packed up.
On Tuesday August 3, Blessing Oborududu entered the record books as the first Nigerian to win a wrestling medal at the Olympics, after clinching silver in the 68kg class following her 4-1 defeat by American wrestler, Tamyra Mensah Stock.
On Sunday August 8, Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens FC made history by lifting the Aiteo Cup for the male and female category, the first double by two state teams since the inception of the competition.
On Monday August 9, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) quizzed immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson Dickson who is the current senator representing Bayesla West in the National Assembly, presented himself to authorities of the anti-graft agency, following an invitation extended to him.
He was invited based on allegations bordering on abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds during his eight-year rule of Bayelsa State between 2012 and 2020.
On Tuesday August 10, residents of Sagbama Federated Community in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State were thrown into mourning following the murder of one Ebizimor Marcus. It was gathered that Ebizimor was murdered by suspected cultists who stormed his home while he was sleeping and shot him severally, leaving him to die in the pool of his own blood.
On Friday August 20, five persons were killed in a ghastly motor accident along the Tombia-Amassoma road in Yenagoa. The victims were three female and two male.
The Spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the fatal motor accident said: “Five corpses were evacuated from the scene and three of them have been identified as, Okon Daniel ‘m’ 47 years, Oweinkuro Profit ‘m’ 52 years and Mrs. Domoye Ikpaipai ‘f’ 73 years. The others two corpses are a middle aged male and female”.
On Sunday August 22, Madam Betinah Benson, the kidnapped mother of the Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday Benson, regained her freedom, one month after she was whisked away at her residence by armed men dressed in military uniform.
On Thursady August 26, a 46 years old man, identified as Patrick Markson, residing at Odede street, off Tombia Amassoma road in Yenagoa, committed suicide after killing his wife with a sledge hammer while she was still sleeping in their house. The deceased Markson, who was identified as a civil servant working with the Yenagoa Local Government Area Council, reportedly hit his wife’s head with the sledged hammer while in deep sleep, and watch her bled to death. According to their neighbors, the man thereafter drank poisonous substances suspected to be a dangerous insecticide known as Sniper and lay close to the bleeding corpse of his wife and died.
On Tuesday August 31, a pregnant woman died and four others seriously injured after a Toyota Camry saloon car ran into a moving tricycle along the Azikoro -Agbura road in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
Still on Tuesday August 31, some unidentified gunmen raided the Bayelsa State Government owned, Diete Koki Memorial Hospital, located along Opolo road in Yenagoa the state capital. The suspected armed robbers reportedly carted away some unknown amount of cash and other valuables belonging to the doctors on duty and patients.