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Set up vigilante groups to aide security—Bayelsa govt orders community leaders

Yenagoa— The Bayelsa State gov­ernment has directed the leadership and stakeholders in com­munities that are yet to form vigilantes to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies to do so immediately, according to the Independent newspaper.

The deputy governor, Law­rence Ehwrudjakpo, who gave the order while granting audience to some stakehold­ers of the Ovom community in Government House, Yena­goa, explained that the move would enable the government to improve on the prevailing peace and security in the state.

Ewhrudjakpo in a state­ment issued by his Senior Special Assistant, Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, stressed the need for people to always see security as a collective responsibility.

He added that “The present administration will spare no effort in making Bayelsa the safest state in the country where meaningful business and social activities will thrive unfettered.”

“We urge the vigilantes in the various communities to volunteer actionable infor­mation to security agencies and also take deliberate steps to curtail the activities of cultists and other criminal elements”, he said.

He commended the people of Ovom in Yenagoa, the capital city of Bayelsa for their patience and understanding and for hosting the seat of power in the state, assuring that the government would do more to improve their so­cio-economic well-being and development.

While responding to some requests made by the delega­tion, Ehwrudjakpo pointed out that the philosophy of the prosperity administration was hinged on empowering Bayelsans to create wealth for themselves.

The deputy governor also promised that the govern­ment would look into their other requests such as the construction of more inter­nal roads, a public events pa­vilion, solar-powered street lights, health centre as well as employment and appoint­ment of Ovom indigenes.

Speaking earlier, the lead­er of the delegation, Chief Lambert Ototo, expressed gratitude to the government for its magnanimity to Ovom through the appointments of their sons and infrastructural development.

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