Leaders of Egebekiri community said the protest was because AGIP oil company has not paid them any form of royalties or related fees due to them since it started oil exploration in the community over 40 years ago.
The NUJ called on the Inspector General of Police,IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy all necessary resources at his disposal to apprehend the killers of the journalist and bring them to justice.
The protesting journalists charged the State government to ensure security of lives and property in the state, while urging the police to fish out the killers of their colleague.
The NUJ president of Radio Bayelsa, Tonye Yemoleigha thas said that he has instructed his lawyers to commence an assault and defamation action against the General Manager of the station, John Idumange.
The Bayelsa State Government has expressed its support for the federal government’s proposed liberalisation of modular refineries in the Niger Delta as part of efforts to restore peace to the volatile region.
The Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress, NDYCPP, has condemned the protest against the decision of the Bayelsa State government to allocate lands for the creation of grazing areas and ranches for herdsmen in the state.
Acting President Yemi Osinbanjo is presently in Bayelsa State, in continuation of his tour of the Niger Delta region as part of efforts at restoring peace in the volatile region
As part of efforts to tackle the challenge of indiscriminate grazing of cattle and the attendant bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen, the Bayelsa State Government has designated 1,200 hectares for the development of ranches where herdsmen can conveniently rear their cattle.
Despite the backlog of salary arrears yet to be cleared by the Bayelsa State government, its Assembly has approved a request by Governor Seriake Dickson to spend N3 billion for the procurement of cars for the State legislators, political appointees and the State security outfit called “door akpor”.
The Bayelsa State Government has filed a law suit against the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, over an oil spill from the company’s facility located in Brass Local Government Area of the state.