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2015: JTF deploys gunboats in Bayelsa waterways to check pirates, kidnapping

CHINEDU WOSU, Yenagoa

Following the incessant killings and panic sea pirates and kidnappers cause on the waterways of Bayelsa State, the Joint Military Task force JTF, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield , has vowed to deploy Navy  and Army gunboats to flush out any act of terrorism ahead of 2015 general election.
The JTF Commander, Major Gen Emmanuel Atewe , stated this in Yenagoa  during a  Security Council meeting held at the state House House .
Represented by  Commodore Ime Ekpa,  Atewe said the various security agencies in the state would continue to patrol the nooks and crannies to check the influx of illegal arms into the state  and to  ensure that the cases of robbery and piracy in the waterways are eliminated.
The  meeting, Maj Gen Atewe said ,was to review the general security situation in the state, noting that Bayelsa remains one of the most peaceful states in the country.
“All the gunboats from the Navy and Army will be deployed to use ensure that the ugly development of sea piracy and other related crimes are brought to an end before the 2015 general elections”, he said.
Earlier, Governor  Seriake Dickson has attributed the relative peace and security in the State to the very best of military personnel and the calibre of committed and dedicated members of the  security council.
Dickson described Bayelsa  State as very fortunate to have such disciplined and dedicated individuals in its security council, noting that,their performance has been productive and satisfactory.
While welcoming the new State Director of Security Services and the new Commanding Officer, Mobility Command, Nigerian Air Force, Dickson urged them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the task of providing adequate peace and security in the state.
Dickson in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Markson Iworison, said: “You are not just security chiefs and law enforcement agents, you are advisers. You are supposed to lay at our disposal, all the experience you have acquired in the course of your very distinguished service to your country”
“Here in this council, we have a tradition of robust, open, frank and friendly debates on issues and sharing of ideas; that is why we are able to turn around the security situation that was very bad at the time we came in”. he stated.
Also speaking, State Commissioner of Police, Valentine Ntomchukwu, said the council took a post-mortem of the last weekend’s PDP ward congress and the security threats to the forthcoming general elections in the state, with a view to finding lasting solutions to them.
Ntomchukwu noted that the security council wpuld continue to create an enabling environment for people go about their lawful duties unmolested.

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