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MILITARY INVASION: INDIGENES OF BILABIRI 1 & 2 COMMUNITIES CRY OUT OVER MISSING RELATIVES__Coastal Times


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Some indigenes of the Bilabiri I and II communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State who took refuge in the forest in the wake of Friday’s military invasion of the community have still not returned.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Alabini Rural Development Area, (RDA) Hon Frank Seide, whose house was also razed during the military action has condemned the invasion, describing it as “an action taken too far,” and has called on the federal government to take steps to addressed the suffering of the displaced people affected.

Seide, who also condemned the kidnappings and killing of some military personnel in the area by some youths, said it sad and regrettable that innocent people including women and children that are suffering from the action, adding that some of the indigenes who fled into the forest were still reported missing.

He said, ” It is unfortunate that things in the Niger Delta area are always taken too far. As a community and people, we condemned the military invasion of Bilabiri communities, just as we also condemned in strong terms the heinous crime of some of our disgruntled youths.

“I am one of the victims of the invasion as my building was also razed for no just cause and it is very sad and condemnable and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians. As we speak, some of our brothers and sisters who fled are still missing while others including myself, our Monarch and others in the Bilabiri 1&2 Communities have been displaced. We are calling on the federal and state government representatives at all levels to come to our aid at this period.” (Saturday Vanguard)

AMOTEKUN, A PLOY BY YORUBA LEADERS TO CREATE ODUDUWA REPUBLIC – BALARABE MUSA__Coastal Times


A former governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has said that the main reason the leaders and governors of the Southwest region set up the new security outfit, Operation Amotekun was to create the Oduduwa Republic.

We reported that Governors in the South West region had established and inaugurated the security outfit to curb the menace of herdsmen attacks in their region.

But Musa, in an interview, warned that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government must not allow the operation of such security network, adding that it falls out of the established laws of the country.

He warned that it was a ploy to secure Yoruba land and a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

The former Governor further said that some of the security components of the outfit like the OPC have records of recklessness in terms of securing the lives and property of non-Yoruba.

“First of all, taking into account what happened in the history of Nigeria, this Amotekun will lead to a declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

“Look at the composition of those who constitute the organization in addition to the six state governors.

“There is also the OPC, Afenifere, and others. So the fear is quite obvious. And this is in spite of the fact that this government is incompetent.

“Definitely, this government is incompetent. And it is because of the incompetence of this government that this problem has arisen. But let us also not forget that this Federal Government is an alliance between the North and the Southwest.

“So, why should this happen? Any correction in the set up of the country is possible if this alliance, which controls the government in the country can do its work.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had earlier declared Amotekun as illegal.

He added, “Oh yes! It is illegal because it contravenes the provisions of the law in the constitution.

“And unfortunately for them in spite of the intellectual aura of the elite class in the Southwest, they couldn’t be articulate because they could have been articulate like the Kano State did in the case of Hisbah.

“They went through the State House of Assembly. Now, if this Amotekun had been taken through the six-state Houses of Assembly before it was formed you could say they have a case in the sense that the state Houses of Assembly are in charge of lawmaking.

“Secondly, the governor of each state is the chief security officer of his state. So, if you combine these two and enact a law allowing for the formation of Amotekun, they would have gotten it right.

“But in spite of their articulation, they failed to do so, which means it must be deliberate that what they are concerned exactly is an Oduduwa State.

2023 PRESIDENCY: WHY GOODLUCK JONATHAN WILL RUN AGAIN__Coastal Times


NIGERIA – Political/social analysts have supported the moves by Nigerians mostly youth groups agitating for the return of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, as early permutations on the successor of President Mohammadu Buhari begins.

Mr Oribo Einstein, political/social analyst, and Comrade Wisdom Ikuli, also a political analyst, were of the opinion that the 2023 Presidential election will be about personality and not on party basis.

The duo argued that beyond the agitation for his return, the former President has the legitimate and constitutional right to contest.

Mr. Einstein stated that though Jonathan denied recently that he wasn’t nursing any ambition for the 2023 presidency, he (Jonathan) doesn’t need to nurse before becoming.

He further stated that Nigerians have come to see that the only way to salvage the current situation in the country is for the likes of Goodluck Jonathan to come and manage the affairs of the country.

Einstein said that whatever thing that happened in 2015 was for that time, it was the people that also told him to step aside and give someone else a try, so if they feel the person there is doing his best and they need someone to continue so be it.

“The country needs a democrat and a patriotic citizen like him. If the international community are taking advantage of his personality, so do we ignore those facts. Whether its a rumour, in every rumour there’s always an atom of truth in it. Even if he never said it and the people feel like he should, we will also support the move and mobilise because the South-south region had just a single term.

“Sometimes people don’t nurse ambition, it is the citizenry that always call on them for service, and if Nigerians deem it necessary that he should come, we will join hands to plead with him that he shouldn’t hesitate. And for his party(PDP), they should take advantage of his plea, whether he is from the minority or not, I think that has nothing to do this time around because it is even the Northerners that are clamouring for him to come.

According to Comrade Ikuli, “I know so many youth groups already forming alliances and other Nigerians that are prevailing on him, mostly from the North, while the people of the Niger-Delta don’t even know what’s happening.”

Ikuli emphasized that its not optional based on their argument that every region had a two tenure which is eight years, so it was ideal for the South-South to also complete their tenure before moving to another zone, adding that base on that the Southeast has also agreed that they should be allow to complete their term before shifting to another zone.

He said the pressure is on him (Jonathan) to contest based on his past records, noting that when you throw yourself on the people it becomes problematic but when the masses long for you it’s better.

“Jonathan should come and continue from where he stopped, that is the argument. For me, I go with the school of thought that he should come and complete his tenure. Nigerians have always supported and clamoured for him, and for the party(PDP) they should put their house in order because 2023 will not be about the party but about the people. What played out in Bayelsa where it was a partyless system will happen again because Nigerians will take the centre stage, and bring in anybody they so desire.

Meanwhile every efforts put in getting the reaction of the former President through his media aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, didn’t yield any positive result, as he never responded to text messages or phone calls.

MILITARY INVASION: AGGE YOUTHS PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT OVER THE HEAVY MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, CALLS ON THE MILITARY TO BE PROFESSIONAL IN THEIR APPROACH__coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU….

The president general of Agge and its federated communities in Kou Kingdom, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Comr. Great Akpos Idolobo has broken silence on the continued heavy military presence in the Agge river within the last few days. President Akpos noted that there have the fearful patrol of gunboats in the Agge river within the last few days, stressing that members of the community were dying in silence. The Agge and its federated communities youth president made this known to newsmen in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State on Friday, which a copy was sent to Coastal Times. According to him, while condemning the incident that happened in the Agge river recently that claimed the lives of four naval officers and abduction of three foreigners from Russia and India, workers of Sterling Global Company, an act allegedly carried out by unknown gunmen, Idolobo noted that members of Agge community knows nothing about the act but are suffering greatly in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident. He maintained that Agge community remains one of the most peaceful town in the entire Niger Delta region, stressing that the community must not pay for the sins of others.

Recounting the ordeals faced by members of Agge, the youth leader asserted that owing to the frequent and fearful movements of the military gunboats in the river and with the news of Bilabiri 1 & 2 communities in flames by the military yesterday in Bayelsa State, revealing that the people of Agge have all deserted the community, as most of them are now in the forest. He cried out that there are reported cases of people missing in the forest and children have been lost to the waterfront of the community, regretting that even the whereabouts of His Royal Highness, D. G Isiayei, the Itorogidi 1, Amanawei of Agge and its federated communities is unknown as at press time. Akpos however, noted that for years, they have been living peacefully with their tenants, Sterling Global Company and have no rift with them as they could not have been part of any move that will dent the positive image of Agge and the company.

He particularly appealed to the military not to allow history to repeat itself as the community was allegedly out of nothing bombarded by the Joint Task Force, JTF on August 4th 2008. The president general had however frowned at the fact that despite razing down the town, the federal and state Governments unlike the case with other communities could not even rebuild the town. Akpos stressed that such terrifying history should not be allowed to repeat itself in Agge.

2023: WHAT BUHARI SAID ABOUT CONDUCTING FREE, FAIR ELECTION__Coastal Times


ABUJA, Nigeria – President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that as a beneficiary of a free and fair election in the country, he would bequeath the same to his successor and the nation in 2023, “quietly.”

Buhari said he was already looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023, stressing that he was morally bound to fulfil that wish.

He spoke at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition on Thursday night in Abuja and was contained in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Garba Shehu.

The President recounted that the turnout of Nigerians during his presidential campaigns to the 36 states of the Federation in 2019 convinced him that his re-election was not a fluke.

According to Buhari: ‘‘The number of people that turned out in every state across the country was more than anybody can buy or force.

‘‘This gave me so much confidence and the election proved that with the votes I got.

‘‘That is why I insist that elections must be free and fair because I am a clear successor to a free and fair election.

‘‘Morally I want to have a clear conscience. I swore by the Holy Book that I will abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‘‘I will continue to do my best and I hope that by 2023, I can handover quietly to whoever succeeds me and I wish him the best of luck’’.

The President commended the legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN for the outstanding legal successes recorded in the presidential election petition.

He praised the team for the effective legal strategy that thrived in piloting his election litigation.

‘‘You creditably demonstrated a deep understanding of the law and its practices and I am indeed proud of you all.

‘‘I am confident that by securing a convincing and unanimous legal victory at the Supreme Court you have by so doing ensured that the political mandate of the Nigerian electorate is now firmly secured,’’ he said.

The President added that the legal team’s enormous contributions have affirmed the rule of law and further entrenched democratic governance in Nigeria.

‘‘This legal team is an assemblage of some of the most scholarly legal teams ever assembled in this country.

‘‘I must note that the aforesaid legal successes recorded through your excellence have assisted me in fulfilling this government’s desire for a better Nigeria,’’ he said.

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN MILITARY INVADES IJAW COMMUNITIES IN BAYELSA, SETS HOUSES ABLAZE, AS RESIDENTS FLEE FOR SAFETY__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU…..

According to reports reaching Coastal Times Newsroom, indicates that Bilabiri 1 and Bilabiri 2 communities, both in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has been invaded by the Military.

A source who speaks with our reporter from his hideout but would not want his name to be mentioned, stated that, panic has engulfed members of the community as the aged, women, children and youths are all scampering for safety.

The source told our reporter that, not less than 30 gunboats were deployed for the exercise.
However, another source had hinted our reporter that the military is likely to move to other communities in the area.


Other communities that are also expressing fear over military invasion include Agge, Okibou Zion and other neighbouring communities.


Meanwhile, reasons for the invasion remains sketchy as at the time of filling this report as the military authorities could not be reached for their reaction to hear their side of the story.

This is a developing story, more details later……….

AMOTEKUN: IJAW GROUP SHOWS SUPPORT, SAYS SOUTHERN NIGERIA, MIDDLE BELT CAN NO LONGER RISK THEIR LIVES IN THE HANDS OF A SECURITY SYSTEM THAT IS LOYAL TO A SECTION OF THE COUNTRY__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU…..

On Friday the 17th, January 2020. An Ijaw Rights group known as IJAW PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE ( IPDI ), showed their support for the Amotekun security outfit.

The group made this known in a press release signed by its National President, Comr. Austin Ozobo. Of which a copy was sent to Coastal Times. The group asserted that, coming up with such a security outfit is the most prudent thing to do, at these uncertain times where the security system in the country is been operated and controlled by a particular section of the country.

It reads:

As Ijaw people, we throw our weight behind the formation of operation AMOTEKUN in the south_west. It is a welcome development. We must defend ourselves against Boko Haram terrorists spread in the country. We must defend ourselves against the spread of killer herdsmen since the government has failed to protect lives and properties in the country.

Nigeria security is being control by the Hausa/Fulanis. It is what they told the police is what they are doing in the country. Herdsmen are still killing people because the police and other security forces have compromised, being the fact that herdsmen are their brothers. Boko Haram is increasing and becoming dangerous because Nigeria security system has been compromised. We can no longer risk our lives for a security that is loyal to a section of religion and tribe in the country.

The formation of Amotekun is timely and a round peg in a round hole. Amotekun formation has not breach any known law in the country. We have the Hisbah in the North. We have Sharia police in the North. We have civilian JTF in North East. All are being empowered to carry fire arm. The Government has not say such groups are illegal.

The issue of security being a business of the Federal Government has nothing to do with people providing internal defence for themselves. The Government is making blind argument on AMOTEKUN. Power is in the exclusive list, yet the Federal Government allows states to spent much money for power. Water is in the exclusive list, yet it is happy when states make frantic efforts to provide water to their states. Security is in exclusive list, yet it allows state governments to spent more on maintaining security in their states. You are coming to make blind argument, because we say, we want to provide internal mechanism for our safety because the police and other security networks in the country has failed us.

The action of the Government towards operation AMOTEKUN is shameful. As far as Ijaws are concern you can not quantify individual efforts to sustainable peace in the country. We as citizens ,we do more of the security of our environment than what police and other security apparatus are doing.

There is no sense in Federal Government argument over Amotekun, especially now that Nigeria security has failed. We are at risk, hence we must devise means to protect and defend ourselves. Nigeria police has abandoned their official duty for extortion of members of the public. They have abandoned their national assignment for feasting on Yahoo boys. They now parade with POS like business men and women for additional daily pay. We can not risk our lives for people whose trade mark is extortion. For we can’t longer depend on people who do not have time for protection of lives and properties. We will all be killed by herders, cults and Boko haram sects if we must depend on these commercial traders, call Police in this country. They have legalized bribe collection, extortion and killing of citizens at the slightested provocation. We are not safe if we must depend on Nigerian police as it has turned the greatest threat to survival.

It is pertinent that every state must devise means to protect her people and property. Looking at the volatile nature of the country. It may interest you to know that 60 percent of Nigerian police are now body guards and gatemen to politicians, and other influential citizens and the remaining 40 percent is only interested on commercial trade of extortion and parading with POS for additional daily pay. Neither police nor the Government is interested for the protection of the lives of the common people. Operation Amotekun should be emulated by others in South-South, Southeast and middle belt states.

The law is not against private security guard. Amotekun is a private security guard in the South-West and the Federal Government lacks the constitutional power to call it Illegal. It lacks power to disband it. Whether we decide to give them gun or not. If Fulani herdsmen could carry aka 47 rifle free in this country , we are equally free to give Amotekun gun, If truly we are operating under same Nigeria constitution. As Ijaw people, we give backing to the South West for the the launch of Operation Amotekun. Here in Niger Delta we are at alert. Our gods and ancestors are at alert even if we have not come up with such internal security arrangements. Soonest we will follow suit because having internal security is the only way out.

IJAW BACKS AMOTEKUN OPERATION IN SOUTH_WEST, SAYS SOUTHERN NIGERIA, MIDDLE BELT CAN NO LONGER RISK THEIR LIVES IN THE HANDS OF A SECURITY SYSTEM THAT IS LOYAL TO A SECTION OF THE COUNTRY__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU…..

On Friday the 17th, January 2020. An Ijaw Rights group known as IJAW PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE ( IPDI ), showed their support for the Amotekun security outfit.

The group made this known in a press release signed by its National President, Comr. Austin Ozobo. Of which a copy was sent to Coastal Times. The group asserted that, coming up with such a security outfit is the most prudent thing to do, at these uncertain times where the security system in the country is been operated and controlled by a particular section of the country.

It reads:

As Ijaw people, we throw our weight behind the formation of operation AMOTEKUN in the south_west. It is a welcome development. We must defend ourselves against Boko Haram terrorists spread in the country. We must defend ourselves against the spread of killer herdsmen since the government has failed to protect lives and properties in the country.

Nigeria security is being control by the Hausa/Fulanis. It is what they told the police is what they are doing in the country. Herdsmen are still killing people because the police and other security forces have compromised, being the fact that herdsmen are their brothers. Boko Haram is increasing and becoming dangerous because Nigeria security system has been compromised. We can no longer risk our lives for a security that is loyal to a section of religion and tribe in the country.

The formation of Amotekun is timely and a round peg in a round hole. Amotekun formation has not breach any known law in the country. We have the Hisbah in the North. We have Sharia police in the North. We have civilian JTF in North East. All are being empowered to carry fire arm. The Government has not say such groups are illegal.

The issue of security being a business of the Federal Government has nothing to do with people providing internal defence for themselves. The Government is making blind argument on AMOTEKUN. Power is in the exclusive list, yet the Federal Government allows states to spent much money for power. Water is in the exclusive list, yet it is happy when states make frantic efforts to provide water to their states. Security is in exclusive list, yet it allows state governments to spent more on maintaining security in their states. You are coming to make blind argument, because we say, we want to provide internal mechanism for our safety because the police and other security networks in the country has failed us.

The action of the Government towards operation AMOTEKUN is shameful. As far as Ijaws are concern you can not quantify individual efforts to sustainable peace in the country. We as citizens ,we do more of the security of our environment than what police and other security apparatus are doing.

There is no sense in Federal Government argument over Amotekun, especially now that Nigeria security has failed. We are at risk, hence we must devise means to protect and defend ourselves. Nigeria police has abandoned their official duty for extortion of members of the public. They have abandoned their national assignment for feasting on Yahoo boys. They now parade with POS like business men and women for additional daily pay. We can not risk our lives for people whose trade mark is extortion. For we can’t longer depend on people who do not have time for protection of lives and properties. We will all be killed by herders, cults and Boko haram sects if we must depend on these commercial traders, call Police in this country. They have legalized bribe collection, extortion and killing of citizens at the slightested provocation. We are not safe if we must depend on Nigerian police as it has turned the greatest threat to survival.

It is pertinent that every state must devise means to protect her people and property. Looking at the volatile nature of the country. It may interest you to know that 60 percent of Nigerian police are now body guards and gatemen to politicians, and other influential citizens and the remaining 40 percent is only interested on commercial trade of extortion and parading with POS for additional daily pay. Neither police nor the Government is interested for the protection of the lives of the common people. Operation Amotekun should be emulated by others in South-South, Southeast and middle belt states.

The law is not against private security guard. Amotekun is a private security guard in the South-West and the Federal Government lacks the constitutional power to call it Illegal. It lacks power to disband it. Whether we decide to give them gun or not. If Fulani herdsmen could carry aka 47 rifle free in this country , we are equally free to give Amotekun gun, If truly we are operating under same Nigeria constitution. As Ijaw people, we give backing to the South West for the the launch of Operation Amotekun. Here in Niger Delta we are at alert. Our gods and ancestors are at alert even if we have not come up with such internal security arrangements. Soonest we will follow suit because having internal security is the only way out.

IJAW BACKS OPERATION AMOTEKUN IN SOUTH_WEST, SAYS SOUTHERN NIGERIA, MIDDLE BELT CAN NO LONGER RISK THEIR LIVES IN THE HANDS OF A SECURITY SYSTEM THAT IS LOYAL TO A SECTION OF THE COUNTRY__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU…..

On Friday the 17th, January 2020. An Ijaw Rights group known as IJAW PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE ( IPDI ), showed their support for the Amotekun security outfit.

The group made this known in a press release signed by its National President, Comr. Austin Ozobo. Of which a copy was sent to Coastal Times. The group asserted that, coming up with such a security outfit is the most prudent thing to do, at these uncertain times where the security system in the country is been operated and controlled by a particular section of the country.

It reads:

As Ijaw people, we throw our weight behind the formation of operation AMOTEKUN in the south_west. It is a welcome development. We must defend ourselves against Boko Haram terrorists spread in the country. We must defend ourselves against the spread of killer herdsmen since the government has failed to protect lives and properties in the country.

Nigeria security is being control by the Hausa/Fulanis. It is what they told the police is what they are doing in the country. Herdsmen are still killing people because the police and other security forces have compromised, being the fact that herdsmen are their brothers. Boko Haram is increasing and becoming dangerous because Nigeria security system has been compromised. We can no longer risk our lives for a security that is loyal to a section of religion and tribe in the country.

The formation of Amotekun is timely and a round peg in a round hole. Amotekun formation has not breach any known law in the country. We have the Hisbah in the North. We have Sharia police in the North. We have civilian JTF in North East. All are being empowered to carry fire arm. The Government has not say such groups are illegal.

The issue of security being a business of the Federal Government has nothing to do with people providing internal defence for themselves. The Government is making blind argument on AMOTEKUN. Power is in the exclusive list, yet the Federal Government allows states to spent much money for power. Water is in the exclusive list, yet it is happy when states make frantic efforts to provide water to their states. Security is in exclusive list, yet it allows state governments to spent more on maintaining security in their states. You are coming to make blind argument, because we say, we want to provide internal mechanism for our safety because the police and other security networks in the country has failed us.

The action of the Government towards operation AMOTEKUN is shameful. As far as Ijaws are concern you can not quantify individual efforts to sustainable peace in the country. We as citizens ,we do more of the security of our environment than what police and other security apparatus are doing.

There is no sense in Federal Government argument over Amotekun, especially now that Nigeria security has failed. We are at risk, hence we must devise means to protect and defend ourselves. Nigeria police has abandoned their official duty for extortion of members of the public. They have abandoned their national assignment for feasting on Yahoo boys. They now parade with POS like business men and women for additional daily pay. We can not risk our lives for people whose trade mark is extortion. For we can’t longer depend on people who do not have time for protection of lives and properties. We will all be killed by herders, cults and Boko haram sects if we must depend on these commercial traders, call Police in this country. They have legalized bribe collection, extortion and killing of citizens at the slightested provocation. We are not safe if we must depend on Nigerian police as it has turned the greatest threat to survival.

It is pertinent that every state must devise means to protect her people and property. Looking at the volatile nature of the country. It may interest you to know that 60 percent of Nigerian police are now body guards and gatemen to politicians, and other influential citizens and the remaining 40 percent is only interested on commercial trade of extortion and parading with POS for additional daily pay. Neither police nor the Government is interested for the protection of the lives of the common people. Operation Amotekun should be emulated by others in South-South, Southeast and middle belt states.

The law is not against private security guard. Amotekun is a private security guard in the South-West and the Federal Government lacks the constitutional power to call it Illegal. It lacks power to disband it. Whether we decide to give them gun or not. If Fulani herdsmen could carry aka 47 rifle free in this country , we are equally free to give Amotekun gun, If truly we are operating under same Nigeria constitution. As Ijaw people, we give backing to the South West for the the launch of Operation Amotekun. Here in Niger Delta we are at alert. Our gods and ancestors are at alert even if we have not come up with such internal security arrangements. Soonest we will follow suit because having internal security is the only way out.

BREAKING NEWS: WORKERS SHUTDOWN OPUAMA FLOW STATION IN DELTA OVER LACK OF WORKERS WELFARE__Coastal Times


BY OBED OLUKU…..

Reports reaching us at Coastal Times, indicates that the Opuama Flow Station Operated by NPDC/Eland/ELCREST in Warri North Local government Area of Delta State, has been shutdown by aggrieved workers today.

According to a source who would not want his name to be mentioned, noted that the action was necessitated by lack of workers welfare by the said companies operating in the flow station .

It would be recalled that the flowstation is hosted by Opuama/Polobubo and Tsekelewu communities in Egbema Kingdom in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

This is a developing story, we will bring you more details later……

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