Dickson Appoints Former Warlord to Fight Militancy, Piracy

In a novelty to safeguard pipelines and lives in the state, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has appointed a former militant leader, Africanus Ukparasia, also known as General Africa, as the Chairman of the state Waterway Security Taskforce.
Dickson, while inauguration the taskforce, at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, urged members of the taskforce to provide security agencies with required intelligence to deal with criminals
He said the appointment of the ex-militant leader is part of the government’s new strategies to end the cases of militancy, pipeline vandalism, sea piracy, kidnappings and other criminal activities along the waterways and creeks of the state.
In his response, Ukparasia assured the government of his readiness to adequately provide security and intelligence gathering along the waterways as part of the measures to tackle criminalities in the state.
He vowed that criminals would no longer be allowed to take over the waterways to kill innocent people and subject travellers and traders to horrible experiences.
He warned pirates and other criminals operating in the state to leave the creeks or face tough times.
Ukparasia said the war against maritime criminals would be won with effective collaboration between the taskforce and the security operatives in the state.
He also called on people in various communities to report any criminal activity or suspicious characters in their areas to the relevant security agencies.
He said contacts of the taskforce will be made known to the public in due course.
The ex-militant leader assured the Federal Government of his avowed determination to bring about peace and stability in the Niger Delta region.
Youths and leaders from different parts of the state, including the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Tiwe Oruminighe, and the APC Secretary, Marlin Daniel, attended the inauguration.

Author: News Editor

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