Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has expressed displeasure over the recent killing of seven security personnel by armed youth in Nembe creek and Foropa Community.
Dickson said among the victims were four killed in Nembe Creek, in Nembe council and three in Foropa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, expressed regret over the unfortunate incident.
He described the killings as unwarranted attacks on the nation’s security personnel and said action was ‘putting the state and the region in bad light.’
The governor promised that his administration would soon summon community leaders, elders and other stakeholders to a meeting to tackle insecurity
He called on the perpetrators of the killings and their collaborators to ‘desist from such bastardly act of killing innocent security personnel.’
Dickson insisted that “terrorism does not favour peace, neither can democracy express itself through violence.”
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 clamp down 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 Bayelsa State does not want a replay of the Odi massacre of 1999, under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, where, according to him, only the innocent people suffered the brunt of the military invasion, Dickson, therefore, called on community leaders and other stakeholders to check the activities of youths in their domains.
Dickson, however, said that the government is already working in concert with the security agents to bring the culprits to book and forestall any future occurrences.