By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Action Congress, AC, in Bayelsa State has described as worrisome, the planned withdrawal of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members serving in Okolobiri area of the state over alleged insecurity.
Suspected hoodlums had in the last two months, launched daring raids on corp membersâ€™ lodges at Abobiri and Okolobiri in the old Yenagoa local government area of state and carted away valuables belonging to their victims.
Troubled by the latest attack by gunmen on the lodge at Okolobiri housing about sixty corp members, the state directorate weekend said all NYSC members in the area would be withdrawn and redeployed to safer communities that needed their services since their security was paramount to the nation.
Apart from manhandling the hapless corps members, the hoodlums ransacked the lodge and carted away four laptops, six DVD players, jewelries, 21 hand sets and undisclosed amount of money.
Speaking in Yenagoa, the Action Congress decried the wave of attack on NYSC lodges in the state by gunmen and urged the state government and security agencies to do more to safeguard the lives and property of the corps members.
This unwholesome action of the gunmen, the party noted, was not in the best interest of the state which is trying to reinvent itself after years of youth militancy and win the confidence of the rest of the country.
The Action Congress Acting chairman, Comrade Ebikibina said,â€œthe spate of attack on NYSC members abode is an outright indictment of the security agencies and the government on the poor handling of security and protection of lives and property in the state in spite of the huge sums allegedly used for security.â€
Lamenting the deteriorating security situation, the party also recalled Tuesday night killing of a serving police officer by rampaging mobsters who embarked on shooting spree which paralysed socio economic activities around Amarata an d Onopa suburbs of Yenagoa.
The Action Congress urged to the police and other security agencies to be proactive so as to stem the increasing wave of crime in Yenagoa and its environs.
â€œThe alarming rate of armed robbery cases in the state, after the advent of amnesty should be a matter of concern to the government rather than playing politics with the peace, stability and development of the state,â€ Miriki said.