On Thursday September 2, a member of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Yanusa Ranatu from Kwara State delivered of a baby boy, few hours after she completed her formal registration in the Bayelsa State camp. Ranatu who reported to camp heavily pregnant went into labour and was rushed to the Bayelsa State Referral Hospital, Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area where she delivered her baby.
On Monday September 6, unknown gunmen kidnapped, Chief Gbalipre Turner, the father of the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Council, Hon. Ebinyo Turner, in Yenagoa.
On Tuesday September 7, Bayelsa State Government issued a warning to youth bodies in the state against collecting illegal revenue, saying they are not known by relevant laws as statutory revenue collecting agents.
On Monday September 20, a Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital and presided over by Justice M.A. Ayemieye sentenced a Police Sergeant, Timade Emmanuel, to death by hanging.
The court found Emmanuel guilty for the extrajudicial killing of 19-year-old Tarila Nikade, a student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) in Amassoma. The incident happened along Tenacious road, Yenagoa in 2019. In her judgment, Justice Ayemieye, said Emmanuel, who has since been dismissed by the police force, was found guilty of the killing and therefore deserves to be punished according to the law.
On Tuesday September 21, a female student of the Niger Delta University (NDU) in Bayelsa State survived attempt by her boyfriend to behead her for ritual purposes. The incident happened at Ogobiri Community in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.
On Saturday September 25, massive protest rocked Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital following the death of one Goodluck Oviekeme in police custody.
The late Oviekeme, an indigene of Biogbolo community in Yenagoa local government area of the state was said to have been arrested by men of the State Police special squad, “Operation Puff Adder” over an unknown crime he allegedly committed. It was gathered that Oviekeme died while in the custody of the police and his body later dumped at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Yenagoa.
On Monday September 27, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), sealed off Bliss Emporium, the official head office of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society located in Yenagoa. The signature warning of the anti-graft agency “Under EFCC Investigation” was boldly written on the gigantic building. The sealing off of the magnificent edifice was as a result of the volume of petitions written against the cooperative and its management led by the Chief Executive Officer, Miebi Bribena.
On Tuesday September 28, winner of the U-10 Africa Youth Chess Championship in Ghana Deborah Quickpen arrived the Bayelsa International Airport to a rousing welcome by some officials of the state ministry of sports. The 9-year-old Bayelsa-born chess prodigy, amassed 8.0 points, to defeat Tunisia’s Hasnaoui Abrar in her 9th and final game and was crowned champion ahead of nineteen others drawn from other African nations in the competition.
Still on Tuesday September 28, some female lawyers and other advocates involved in the campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV), in Bayelsa State expressed anger over the alleged flogging to death of a two years old boy by his father along Imiringi road in the state capital, Yenagoa. It was learnt that the accused father simply identified as Vwede, from Delta State, brutally flogged his two years old son and rushed him to a nearby hospital after the boy fainted as a result of the heaving flogging. It was gathered that the man immediately took to his heels after the medical staff on duty confirmed to him that the boy he brought to the clinic had died.
On Friday October 1, Bayelsa State Government marked 25 years as a state. The State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, lauded late former Head of State, Sani Abacha for creating Bayelsa, describing him as their hero.
On Saturday October 2, the Bayelsa State Police Command confirmed the release of the father of the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Council, Chief Gbalipre Turner.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed his release in a statement said he was dropped off in Oluasiri community, Nembe Local Government Area of the state.
On Monday October 4, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), has debunked media reports that it is under pressure to relocate its headquarters out of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The NCDMB’s refusal came on the heels of earlier reports which suggested that development partners of the NCDMB and some stakeholders in the oil and gas industry were mounting pressure on the management to relocate to another state following incessant protests by members of the Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM).
On Tuesday October 5, nine inmates at the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Okaka in Yenagoa, were granted amnesty by the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri. The governor who made the pronouncement when he visited the centre, advised the freed inmates to change their ways and become responsible members of the society.
On Friday October 8, the Bayelsa State Government through the Ministry of Health shut down an illegal clinic in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw local government area of the state for operating without a proper license. The owner of the “clinic” was also arrested under the directive of the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele.
On Monday October 11, gunmen attacked a police check point in Kolo, a community in Ogbia Local Government Area, killed a Police Inspector and carted away his service rifle
On Monday October 18, the Department of State Security (DSS), arraigned 19 years old girl, Miss Charlotte Delhi also known as Blessing Sunny before the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The teenager was arraigned for her alleged involvement in the sharing of the nude video of a former Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education, Dr. Walton Liverpool on the social media with the intention to extort the sum of N15 million from him. The DSS, in the suit number FHC/YNG/33C/2021, filed a one-count charge against the defendant alleging that she engage in cyber stalking with intention of blackmail which is contrary to section 24(2)c and punishable under subparagraph (b) of the cybercrime (prohibition , prevention etc) Act,2015.
Still on Moday October 18, the Bayelsa State Government as part of measures to curtail sea piracy, kidnapping and other criminal activities, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on its waterways. The curfew on water transportation, which is between 7pm and 6am. The state government also imposed a ban on the use of 200- horsepower speed boats.
On Saturday October 23, Bayelsa United, one of the clubs that represented Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup, were knocked out of the competition by CS Sfaxien in Sfax, Tunisia. Goals from Chris Kouakou, Mohammed Ben Ali, Aymen Harzi and Firas Chawatt in the 10th, 17th, 27th and 38th minute ensured that the Nigerian side are eliminated from the prestigious continental football tournament. Bayelsa United had gone into the game with a one goal advantage and were hoping to stage an upset but unfortunately they were sent packing from the second-tier club competition by the Tunisian giants.
On Saturday October 30, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State,
Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, received a rescued expatriate, working with PAACHE Construction Limited.The rescued victim was presented to the Deputy Governor by some heads of security agencies and the Security Adviser on Security, Akpoebi Agberebi, at the Government House, Yenagoa. The expatriate was abducted the same day at a construction site along Igbedi/Amassoma Road, Sagbama Local Government Area. In the course of the incident, security operatives on guard at the construction site engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle and killed one of them in the process.