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‘Bayelsa Assembly’s resolution to checkmate security firm in state’s interest’

By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—A lawmaker in Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Colonel Bernard Kenebai (retd) yesterday, insisted that the resolution of the Assembly to checkmate the activities  of Darlon Security Services was done in the interest of the state.

Bayelsa State House of Assembly

Kenebai, who sponsored the motion that led to the resolution, said it became imperative following some security reports that the company  was engaged in illegal activities.

The former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, in a statement in Yenagoa, said there was nothing political about the resolution as the Assembly was clearly acting on its mandate of ensuring that the state remains safe and peaceful.

He said: “Darlon Security Services has gone out of its original mandate and has started inflicting pains, hardship and sorrow on people of Southern Ijaw and other areas of their operation. Their activities have become  a recipe for chaos which needs to be stemmed immediately.

“As an Assembly, we have received complaints of the illegal activities of the Taskforce of Darlong Security Services.  They have done more harm than good.”

So upon the presentation of the motion, the Assembly resolved to call on the governor of Bayelsa State as Chief Security Officer of the state to intervene and call them to order.

“It also mandated the House committee on security and special duties to further investigate the issue and report back to the House. And finally, we called on our members at the National Assembly to raise the issue on the floor of the National Assembly.”

The lawmaker said that communities such as Ondewari, Korokoresi, amongst others have been under series of attack from operatives of the company’s taskforce.

Calling on Bayelsans not to be swayed by the reactions of agents of the company, Kenebai challenged the management to submit themselves for investigation on the wide allegations levelled against the company.

According to him, dragging the name of Governor Seriake Dickson into the matter rather than come out to clear their name was a mischief taken too far and another failed political attempt to run the governor down.

“Darlon Security Services has gone out of their original mandate and have started inflicting pains, hardship and sorrow to people of Southern Ijaw and other areas of their operation. Their activities have become  a recipe for chaos which needs to be stemmed immediately.

“As an Assembly, we have received complaints of the illegal activities of the Taskforce of Darlong Security Services.  They have done more harm than good. So upon the presentation of the motion, the Assembly resolved to call on the governor of Bayelsa State as Chief Security Officer of the state to intervene and call them to order.

“It also mandated the House committee on security and special duties to further investigate the issue and report back to the House. And finally, we called on our members at the National Assembly to raise the issue on the floor of the National Assembly.”

 


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