By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa— Bayelsa State Government said it will tackle insecurity head on and flush out cultists and criminals from the state.
Governor Seriake Dickson made the pledge in Yenagoa while commiserating with families of the officers and men of the Nigerian military, police and civilians reportedly killed by a gang of sea pirates, recently.
The remains of the slain officers were recovered Sunday by local divers and naval personnel deployed to comb the creek.
It was gathered that mastermind of the killings and the leader of the gang, who spearheaded the attack, identified as Shedrack Itokofuwei, popularly known as Mammy Water, was killed during a gun duel with naval patrol team.
The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, condemned the killings and called on perpetrators of evil and their sponsors to desist from such violence.
Reiterating the current administration’s zero tolerance for crime and criminality in the state, the governor said: “Government is working in consonance with the various security outfits such as the JTF, Police and State Security Service, SSS, to be on top of the situation.”
The governor tasked the citizens to be more vigilant and report activities of cultists and criminals to the appropriate authorities.
Meanwhile, JTF in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, has said the attack on its personnel and other atrocities committed in the last three months “had been staged by a few different and uncoordinated groups of itinerant criminals operating in the Niger Delta.”