Fingers Sylva, Lokpobiri over upsurge in crime
The Bayelsa State Executive Council has condemned in strong terms the worsening security situation in the state, occasioned by the frequent change of Police Commissioners.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson stated this in Yenagoa while briefing the media on the outcome of the council’s 99th meeting.
He said the erratic deployment of security operatives across the country, ostensibly for political reasons in opposition states like Bayelsa “calls for serious concern and demands the need for urgent action to be taken to address the situation”.
Iworiso-Markson stated that in the last three months, Bayelsa has had eight commissioners of police which is very worrisome and called for caution.
The Government spokesman said they view the action as highly subversive, capable of threatening the existing peaceful, harmonious, united and conducive environment the Restoration Government has worked so hard to put in place, which has also ushered in rapid and massive development in the state.
He said: “Indeed, it is an act of subversion bothering on treason for security heads to give control of security agencies to former governor Timipre Sylva, the junior minister of Agric, Heineken Lokpobiri and their cohorts who are using the ruling party at the centre to undermine the security of the State.
“This is more so that these persons are known to have criminal tendencies and are clearly working with criminal elements and cultists in the State. To this end, we wish to state as follows: That there is a lawfully and legitimately constituted government in place with a mandate to ensure and provide for the security, safety and stability of the State, and as such, we will not condone or allow anybody, no matter how highly placed, to get away with acts of subversion.
“We, therefore, call on citizens of our State to be wary of the subversive tendencies of some persons, who have all in the name of politics, set out to create and carry actions, that are intended to undermine the security and stability of our State.
“All Bayelsans must be at alert and be ready to reject the return of the deadly “Operation Famou-Tangbe” in whatever guise, shape or form. We will also not allow Operation Doo-Akpo which was created by the Restoration Government and which has in the last 7 years earned the respect, trust and confidence of our people as a reliable, professional, quick response and credible crime fighting outfit devoid of politics to be rubbished by anyone.
“Those who want to terrorize our people should set up their own crime fighting outfit like they did with “Operation Famou-Tangbe.” But on our part, we will continue do all in our power to keep our state safe and secured.
“We wish to sound a clear note of warning to all, that in the interest of peace, even as the elections draw near, that this State is bigger than every one of us and nobody, no matter how highly placed, will be spared from facing the wrath of the law, if found wanting.
“Those who are interested in taking control of the state by seeking to undermine the security should be ready to face the consequence of their action should there be any breakdown of law and order”.
The Information Commissioner called on the political leadership and other key players in the nation’s political space to give the requisite attention to the sustenance of peace that the state government has enthroned and avoid acts that could truncate it through subversive means as shown in the incessant deployment of Police chiefs.
He stressed that the exploitation of state security apparatus to harass and intimidate perceived political opponents is not healthy for the state, saying it is simply a display of excessive use of political power which will be challenged by the state government.
The mouthpiece of the Bayelsa State Government equally called on the Federal Government and the heads of all security agencies in the country to respect the authority of the State Government and refrain from doing anything that will jeopardize the peace, order and stability of the state.
While also calling on Bayelsans to be law abiding and peaceful even in the face of provocative actions by those said to be enemies of peace and stability of the state, the Commissioner expressed profound appreciation to youth groups, the leadership and members of the State Vigilante and Volunteer Service.
He also commended community leaders and other stakeholders for rising to the challenge and apprehending criminal elements who are out to destabilize the state.
According to him, Governor Seriake Dickson will formally convey the position of the government for the umpteenth time to President Muhammadu Buhari for appropriate action just as it will commence appropriate legal actions to defend the authority of the government of the state.