Sunday, 17 August 2014


Henry Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State
Communities in Bayelsa State have been enjoined to co-operate with the Joint Task Force, against criminal activities in the creeks and waterways of the Niger Delta.
The Task Force codenamed, Operation Pulo Field, is aimed at stepping down the tide against criminal activities of kidnapping, sea piracy, oil bunkering, operation of refineries, oil theft, oil pipeline vandalization etc.
This is coming at the heels of a raid carried out by the JTF on some kidnappers right in their den in the creeks of Lobia Community in the Southern/Ijaw Local Government area of the state.
Our Correspondent reported that the JTF, following a tip-off swoop on the camps of some operators of illegal refineries who engaged them in a gun battles that dispersed the suspects, some of them with bullet wounds.

In a statement, by Lt. Col. Mustapha Anka, the Media Co-orditor, quoted, tge JTF Commander, Ma. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe as that more successes will be made where the communities comes in partnership with security operatives to stop the ugly trend.

Friday, 1 August 2014


Report about the kidnap of Chief Benson Adigio Eseni an uncle to the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva at his home, coastal town, Okpoama in the Brass Local Government Area of the State was a shocker to many in and outside the state.
This was because of the age of the Chief who is an octogenarian, a retired military officer of 86 who is neither a politician nor a vocal critic of political events in the state or country.
It was in the wee hours of Monday the 28th of July 2014, that the old man was reportedly whisked away by yet to be identified gunmen to a waiting speedboat who drove off in top speed to an unknown destination.
Community sources through telephone calls told Golden Pen that the purpose of the kidnap could not be ascertained as at the point of information, because the kidnappers came heavily armed with A.K 47 rifles with which they scared the people away by shooting into the air, a source in the community had explained..
The victim who is the father of Mr. Austin Adigio, the former Personal Assistant to the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva was not the only one kidnapped during the period
The kidnappers did not operate in the coastal town, Okpoma alone, but also in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, where another octogenarian, a 90yr. old woman, the mother of Senator Emmanuel Paulkar,Florentina Emmanuel was kidnapped from her house at Opolo community in the heart of Yenagoa.
Police in Yenagoa told Journalists that four persons had been arrested in connection with the kidnap of the 90 year old Florentina Emmanuel, while the whereabouts of the kidnappers of Chief Adigio Eseni is yet unknown.
It would be recalled that a cousin of President Jonathan, Chief Inengite Nitabai was abducted at his home town Otueke  by unknown gunmen in   February this year. These stories of kidnappings, armed robbery, sea piracy etc. according to sources had posed a great challenge to the three tiers of government.