the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has condemned the recent unprovoked attacks and killing of security personnel in the state and other parts of the Niger Delta.
Recently, four naval ratings were killed in Nembe creek and three soldiers attached to the Joint Force, Operation Pulo Shield, were killed in Foropa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
Also, the wave of armed robbery attacks, sea piracy, pipeline vandalism, kidnappings, among others, has been on the increase.
Dickson, in a statement on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said such unwarranted attacks on the nation’s security personnel were putting the state and the region in a bad light.
As part of the steps to check the activities of the youths, the unwholesome trend and improve the security situation in the state, the governor said community leaders, elders and other stakeholders would be summoned to a meeting at a date to be announced later.
He expressed regret over the unfortunate incident and therefore called on the perpetrators of the dastardly killings and their collaborators to stop such atrocious acts with immediate effect.
“Terrorism does not favour peace, neither can democracy express itself through violence,” Dickson emphasised.
The governor’s condemnation came on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s order on the military to go on a manhunt for the perpetrators and rout all security threats in the Niger Delta region.
Dickson stated that the killings were also putting the innocent ones in the state and the Niger Delta region in danger.
While warning that the state government did not want a replay of the Odi massacre of 1999, where innocent people suffered the brunt of the military invasion, the governor called on the community leaders and other stakeholders to check the activities of youths in their domains.
Dickson, however, said that the government was already working in concert with the security agents to bring the culprits to book and forestall any future attacks.