Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has expressed satisfaction with security agencies for the prevailing peace and security in the state.
Diri, who gave the commendation during the state’s 6th Security Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, attributed it to their commitment and collaborative efforts.
He noted that it was the result of their hard work and cooperation with the state government that Bayelsa was adjudged one of the states with the least crime rates in the country.
The governor applauded the service commanders of the various security forces for taking proactive measures at ensuring zero tolerance for criminal activities such as kidnapping, sea piracy and cultism in the state.
“Let me thank all of you, particularly the service commanders, who have played significant roles in enforcing law and order in line with our policies on security.
“The kind of insecurity in other parts of the country when compared to our state, you will notice that Bayelsa is one of the states with the least crime rates in the country,” he said.
The governor announced the arrest of a syndicate in Yenagoa, the state capital, masquerading as a government task force but specialised in abducting and defrauding citizens.
“I like to announce that because of their dedication to duty, the service commanders tracked down some members of the syndicate and they have been arrested. Confessions have been made and interrogation is ongoing,” he said.
He urged youths to key into empowerment schemes provided by the state and Federal governments to better their lot.
On the recent upsurge in sea piracy activities on the waterways in the Nembe and Brass routes, the governor said his administration had put the security on alert in the area.
According to him, the Special Advisers on Security in collaboration with the service commanders have constituted a team that patrols the Nembe/Brass axis to ensure safety of commuters.
He said that crime and criminality did not have any political party face as a criminal remained a criminal and that the state would not tolerate crime in any form.