The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday said it has put in place an effective strategy to nip crime in the bud in Bayelsa during the festive season and beyond.
A statement by Mr. Solomon Diri-Ogbere, Spokesman for NSCDC, Bayelsa on behalf of Mrs. Lucy Fakoya, State Commandant indicate that 750 personnel have been scheduled for surveillance operations across the state.
“In view of the expected increase in economic activities, movement of people as well as several church and social activities which may attract large crowds during the forthcoming festive season, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Bayelsa State Command under the leadership of Commandant Lucy Fakoya wishes to assure the good people of the state of its readiness to perform its statutory responsibility of protecting lives and properties of innocent citizens, and Critical National Asset and Infrastructure In the state during the celebration.
“The Commandant has put in place strategic deployment across the length and breadth of the state with special attention to worship and event centres, government installations, motor parks, markets and malls while motorised patrols have been stepped up to accommodate other soft targets/black spots,” the statement read in part.
The NSCDC noted that personnel deployed for the assignment are under the strict instruction of the state Commandant to be civil but firm in the discharge of their duties.
The NSCDC in Bayelsa said it is prepared to deal with hoodlums, political thugs and other disgruntled elements that may attempt to cause a breakdown of law and order before, during and after the festive period.
The Commandant thetefore advised the general public to remain vigilant and report suspicious movement, to the nearest security formation adding that security remains the business of all.
According to the statement, the State Commandant wishes the Christian faithful in the state a peaceful celebration and called on the residents to remain law-abiding to sustain the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.