Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson over the weekend announced his administration’s plans to put in place mechanisms in the riverine areas towards stemming the tide of criminal activities, such as crude oil theft and illegal refineries.
Dickson said this while granting audience to heads of various security agencies in the state, including the new Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Paul Okafor, Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, Air Vice Marshal Francis Bassey Nyoyoko and the State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr Ruth Obi in Government House, Yenagoa.
While expressing government’s commitment to making the state a safe haven for residents and investors, the governor called on those engaged in various forms of criminality and brigandage to desist forthwith, as security agencies would spare no efforts to bring the culprits to justice.
His words: “You are coming to Bayelsa State at a time of increased political activities. And so all that we ask is that, you and your officers and men should do your utmost best to enforce the laws as they are and hold the ballast so that the rest of society can keep its proper boundaries and limits.
Dickson, who observed that the posting of the new Commissioner of Police to the state was coming at a time when political activities were on the increase, expressed his administration’s support for the security personnel to enable them perform their duties optimally.
On the need to speed up criminal justice in the state, he directed the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security to liaise with the Nigeria Police towards ensuring that cases were properly investigated and suspects charged to court.
Dickson, while speaking on the renovation of the NDLEA office, directed the Commissioner for Works to speed up action because the mission of the Command was central to the Restoration Vision Agenda of his administration.
He said: “The drug war you are waging is central to our policy of zero tolerance on violence, brigandage and crime. Our position as a government on law and order is very well known. I agree with you that there is a nexus between drug abuse and the prevalence of certain types of crimes in the state, particularly crimes of violent nature.
And so, we will work with you to ensure that through your advocacy programmes and proactive and effective enforcement actions, drug abuse and other associated criminal activities would be a thing of the past.
“I want to assure you of my administration’s preparedness to support and encourage you.
“I would like to call on the citizens of this state; particularly the young people to desist from drug addiction; I call for support from the public for the work you are here to do.”