The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson on Wednesday announced the donation of patrol vehicles to the state-owned security outfit, “Operation Doo-Akpo” to enhance their operations, towards improving on the prevailing peace and stability.
Governor Dickson, who addressed operatives of the security outfit during a ‘Show of Force’ in Yenagoa, urged them to intensify efforts at flushing out criminals in the state, noting that, the demonstration was to put on notice those involved in all forms of criminal activities to turn a new leaf or quit the state.
According to him, the donation of the vehicles signalled his administration’s commitment to its policy of zero tolerance to crime and criminality and continued support to the security agencies to promote every effort geared towards the maintenance of law and order.
The Governor, who charged the security operatives to exhibit a high sense of professionalism, said the patrol vehicles, which are meant to strengthen the existing security architecture, would be launched at a later date in the state.
He also used the opportunity to condemn the recent attack on some military personnel in Obogbagbene in Burutu Local Government area of Delta State, describing the action as cowardly and unwarranted and called for a proper investigation towards apprehending those responsible for the attack.
He said, “Today, we are here to support the security officials; the military team that is working very hard to support civil authorities. We encourage all of you to show presence on the streets of Yenagoa from today. We are aware of reports of the rise of some petty crimes in the state capital. Let me also use this opportunity to also commiserate with the Armed Forces on account of the loss of lives that unfortunately occurred in in a few days back in Delta State but in a boundary community.
“Our government condemns any unwarranted attack on any uniformed officer. We condemn it in its totality. There is no justification for that; I want to call for proper investigation and call for support so that we identify and isolate and apprehend and deal with those kinds of cowardly criminals. I want to thank you all for what you are doing and I want to say that, to whom much is given, much is also expected.”