In a bid to end the renewed militancy, kidnappings and other forms of criminality in the state, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has appointed a former militant leader, Africanus Ukparasia, popularly known as General Africa, as the Chairman of the state Waterway Security Taskforce.
The inauguration of General Africa took place at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, with the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Tiwe Oruminighe and Secretary, Mr. Marlin Daniel, in attendance.
Dickson, while inaugurating the task force, mandated them to provide security agencies with required intelligence to deal with criminals
In his acceptance speech, Ukparasia assured the state government of adequate security and intelligence gathering along the waterways as part of the measures to tackle criminality in the state.
He also vowed that criminals would no longer be allowed to have a field day on the waterways to kill innocent people and subject travelers and traders to horrible experiences, warning pirates and other criminals operating in the state to leave the creeks or face tough times.
According to Ukparasia, the war against maritime criminals would be won with effective collaboration between the task force and the security operatives.
He however called on people in various communities to report any criminal activity or suspicious characters in their areas to the relevant security agencies.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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