Bayelsa state government says its state security outfit nabbed 8,500 suspects in the last six years.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Chief Boma Spero-Jack, said the outfit code-named, Operation Doo Akporhas made the arrests in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Police Command.
Spero-Jack, who disclosed this at the inter-ministerial briefing, said government had concluded arrangements to procure additional gun boats to further checkmate the activities of pirates on the waterways.
He said that 16 patrol boats were acquired in 2012, adding that during the period under review, the security outfit recorded 39,000 distress calls as well as 109 appreciation calls.
While describing the Bayelsa Integrated Security Strategy as a critical aspect of Doo Akpor, Spero-Jack noted that “it has been able to reduce its response time to distress calls to about 6 minutes within the Yenagoa metropolis”.
He also attributed the successes achieved over the years to the security surveillance equipment put in place at the Command and the state security Control Centre.
Also speaking, a security consultant to the Governor, Mr. Fola Amao highlighted efforts of the state government at implementing its policy of zero tolerance to crime and criminality which has earned the state commendations.
House Committee Chairman on Security, Hon. Bernard Kenbai representing Sagbama Constituency two in the State Assembly commended Governor Dickson for his passion in ensuring that Bayelsa remains one of the safest states in the country.
In his remarks, Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Security, Chief Abednego Don Evareda appealed to the people to see security as a collective responsibility and support the security agencies at promoting peace and stability.
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