Category: Security

Gov Diri Reads The Riot Act To Criminals – Rejigs Bayelsa Security Outfits, Commissions 50 Patrol Vehicles, 40 Motorbikes

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has warned criminal elements to henceforth steer clear of the State.

Governor Diri gave the warning on Tuesday during the re-launch of the state security outfit code-named Operation Doo-Akpo.

He also commissioned 50 brand new operational vehicles, 40 motorbikes and security gadgets while signing into law the Community Safety Corp Bill to streamline operations of the state security outfits.

The law brings the operations of security outfits such as the Operation Doo-Akpo, Bayelsa Volunteers and the Bayelsa Vigilantes under one umbrella.

Speaking at the event at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, Governor Diri noted that the exercise was to reinvigorate the security architecture of the state to make it more efficient and effective in crime fighting.

According to him, the operations of the state security outfit was not to usurp the functions of the conventional security agencies but to support and collaborate with them in efforts to rid the state of criminals.

While acknowledging the enormous resources used to procure the assets, Diri said the priority of his administration is to ensure the prosperty of all, which cannot be achieved without security of lives and property.

He said the timing of the relaunch as appropriate as the festive season draws closer with the attendant increase in criminal activities.

Describing crime fighting as a collective effort by all Bayelsans, he appealed to security agencies to conceal the identity of informants to encourage people to report criminal activities.

He appealed to Bayelsans to provide information to the security agencies that would lead to more effective crime fighting.

The Bayelsa helmsman thanked security agencies for their role in ensuring the relative peace in the state.

He also appreciated his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, for establishing the Operation Doo-Akpo in 2012, which he said has over the years assisted in combating crime.

His words: “I have just signed the Community Safety Corps Bill into law. This is intended to complement the work of the constitutional recognised security agencies. 

“The law also harmonises the special security outfits of the state under one umbrella. This means that henceforth Operation Doo-Akpo, Bayelsa Volunteers and the Bayelsa Vigilante will operate under one umbrella.

“In line with our Action Plan for security, we have made progress in changing the mindset of our operatives, enhanced intelligence gathering, reinforced our alertness and increased mobility and response time. After comprehensively and holistically evaluating the situation, we have made informed and tailored decisions, allowing us to re-engage Doo-Akpo even more effectively, strengthening performance and guaranteeing the safety and security of our people. Improving responsiveness also requires that we have the requisite equipment and assets.

“Consequently, it gives me great joy to re-launch Operation Doo-Akpo. Necessarily, the programme has been rejigged, redesigned and refreshed to be more responsive and responsible in carrying out its duties. 

“In this first phase, I am commissioning for immediate deployment 50 brand new Hilux patrol vehicles, a new state-wide command-and-control system based on Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Technology, 40 brand new motorcycles and a K-9-unit.”

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, CP Agberebi Akpoebi (rtd), noted that the outfit had assisted in combating crime in the state, making it one of the safest states in the South- South geopolitical zone.

According to him, the swift response of Doo-Akpo to distress calls encouraged residents to believe in the capability of the outfit to ensure their safety.

Earlier, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, stated that the Community Safety Corp Bill, which harmonised activities of security outfits in the state, would assist in curbing crime, protection of government infrastructure in rural areas and engage youths of the state.

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Gov. Diri Tasks New Bayelsa CP On Respect For Human Rights

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has urged the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Echeng Eworo Echeng, to ensure utmost respect of the fundamental rights of residents while tackling crime. 
Governor Diri gave the charge when he  received CP Echeng in his office in Government House, Yenagoa, on Thursday. 

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as describing the coming of the new commissioner as a blessing to the state given his profile and track  record of achievement. 
Stating that Bayelsa had a policy of zero-tolerance to crime and criminality, he assured the new police boss of his administration’s readiness to partner with the force to rid the state of crime. 

He tasked Echeng to among other things check the rate of kidnapping in Yenagoa and other parts of the state, stressing that the ugly trend can no longer be tolerated.
The state helmsman urged people of the state to cooperate with the police to make it safe, saying security was a collective responsibility.

His words: “We prayed to have a worthy successor to the retired CP of Bayelsa State and from my findings we are happy to have you. You have the required character to serve. Your appointment is our prayer answered and we welcome you. Be assured that you will work in an environment of conviviality and friendliness. 

“As a government, we have said it that criminality does not discriminate. Our common resolve is to ensure that Bayelsa State is free of criminality and the policy of this government is zero tolerance to crime and criminality.
“We want the citizens of this state and residents to sleep with their two eyes closed. Listening to you, clearly you are not a new comer. You have been here before and your record showed you are well experienced and have the training that the state would benefit from. I assure you that as a government we would relate and work with you at all times so that Bayelsa would be crime free.”  

Earlier, CP Echeng stated that his visit to the governor was in recognition of his office as the Chief Security Officer of the state and to seek his support. 
While stating his zero tolerance for corruption in line with the policy direction of the Inspector General of Police, he said the police would work closely with the government to make the state safe. 
During the visit, commander of the state’s special security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo, DCP Ibrahim Bakori, was decorated with his new rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

In a related development, Governor Diri has appealed to the Federal Government to establish an outfit to secure waterways in riverine areas to reduce criminality and accidents. 
He made the call on Thursday when the Bayelsa State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Usman Ibrahim, paid him a visit in Government House, Yenagoa.

He stated that due to the riverine terrain of the state, there was need to establish an outfit like the FRSC and give equal treatment to the waterways.
The governor expressed delight that road accidents had drastically reduced in the state, and urged the command to do more to reduce it to the barest minimum.

Diri, who lamented the dearth of federal highways in the state, tasked men of the command to provide more signages at strategic positions and also educate road users on their meaning.   
He said: “Due to the dearth of highways and the special terrain of Bayelsa State, the waterways also ought to have equal treatment with the highways. I am sure that would bring to rest the issue of kidnapping and other criminal activities. May I use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government that we need equal treatment in our waterways.
“We are happy that crashes and other forms of accidents are not very common in Bayelsa. But that may be due to what I would describe as non-existent federal highways unlike other states.”

He thanked the FRSC for expressing its readiness to extend their operations to  the road leading to the Bayelsa International Airport and said the state would synergise with the command to ensure accident-free roads. 
Earlier, Commander Usman Ibrahim revealed that there has been no fatal road accident in the state since May 2021, attributing it to the good roads existing in the state.

According to him, with commencement of flight operations at the Bayelsa airport, the command would extend its operations to the road and ensure the safety of its users.

He said a road safety advisory council had been established at the national level and appealed to the state government to replicate it.
He also requested for land to enable the command build a permanent structure in the state.

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Bayelsa To Strengthen Special Security Outfit, Doo Akpo

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the state-owned security outfit code-named _Operation Doo Akpo_ is to be reactivated and strengthened with state-of-the-art equipment.

He said this was part of the government’s strategic security effort to sustain the peace and security in the state.
Senator Diri disclosed this on Thursday when he received the South-South zone chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Israel Ege and his entourage in Government House, Yenagoa.

Commenting on the security situation in the country, he said the South-South governors met and directed that special advisers on security matters in the various states come up with strategies to secure the zone.

The governor in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, reminded the zonal Christian leadership of the recent enactment of a law banning open grazing in the state and called on all to abide by the law.
His words: “As South-South governors, we met and have considered the level of insecurity in the country.

We have directed special advisers on security in each of the states to meet and discuss how best to secure the zone.
“In our case, we inherited the _Doo Akpo_ security outfit from my predecessor. As we speak, we are reinventing Doo Akpor to what it used to be. We would procure equipment and logistics for them to ensure that they become the best in Nigeria.

“About two weeks ago, we also signed a law banning open grazing in Bayelsa and we have put in place a committee to ensure that everyone abided by the laws of the state.”

While commending the CAN leadership for their relentless  commitment and prayers for the state,  Senator Diri also acknowledged their role in the continuous spiritual re-awakening of the people.

The governor, who accepted to host the October CAN rally, also directed the Special Adviser on Religious Matters to liaise with the body to ascertain the level of renovation to be undertaken at its secretariat.

In his remarks, the South-South CAN Chairman, Archbishop Ege, said they were in the state to offer special prayers for the governor, his team and the success of his administration.

He said Senator Diri has performed well, particularly in the execution of projects and prompt payment of workers salaries and gratuities.

Bishop Ege also lauded the governor for his examplary leadership and expressed gratitude to him for appointing members of the clergy into his cabinet.

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Gov. Diri Orders Investigation Into Youth’s Death

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has ordered investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of a youth in Ovom community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.He also directed that an autopsy be carried out to determine the cause of death.

The governor gave the directive on Thursday night through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, after being briefed in Uyo where he is attending a state cabinet retreat.

He said the government would ensure perpetrators of the dastardly act are uncovered and brought to book.
“Human life is sacred. As a responsible government we would not shy away from our responsibility of protecting it. Anyone who takes another person’s life would be held accountable through the laws of the land,” he said.
Governor Diri sympathised with the family of the deceased as well as the community, urging them to be calm and maintain the peace while a thorough investigation is being carried out.

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