Security agencies on alert in Bayelsa

THE PUNCH Newspaper

Security agencies in Bayelsa State have been put on the alert following the claim by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta to be responsible for the bomb blasts in Abuja on Independence Day.

Although Yenagoa, the state capital remained calm, there was anxiety among members of the general public over what they perceived as the renewed militant activities of a faction of the MEND that did not support the amnesty of the Federal Government for armed militias in the Niger Delta.

Police Public Relations Officer for the Bayelsa Command, Mr. Eguavon Empkpae, told our correspondent that men of the command had been placed on the red alert.

He said the police had beefed up security in the state and that intelligence officers were on the alert.

“We have intensified patrols everywhere in the state. We call on members of the public to be vigilant and to inform the police about suspicious movements around them,” he said.

He urged the public to take extra notice of activities in their immediate environment and to inform the police of strange looking cars in their areas.

Meanwhile, the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, said on Sunday, that it felt sad by the attacks that took place in Abuja on Independence Day.

Coordinator of the JTF Media Campaign Centre, Lt.-Col Timothy Antigha, said in Yenagoa command headquarters of the JTF that the task force would ensure the safety of lives and property.

“JTF wishes to assure foreign nationals and all Nigerians that it is committed to its mandate of ensuring the safety of lives and property in the Niger Delta,” he said.

Antigha advised members of the public to go about their businesses without fear of molestation.

“The JTF Commander, Maj.-Gen. Charles Omoregie, advised the residents to give peace a chance in the interest of the nation,” Antigh added.

Also on Sunday, the Action Congress on Nigeria in Bayeslsa State condemned the MEND attack in very strong terms.

ACN Chairman, Mr. Miriki Ebikibina, said it was a most unfortunate and dastardly act that came at a time when the nation needed to have sober reflections to tackle the challenges ahead.

“The attack by MEND calls for proper investigation and the culprits should be brought to book, more so that Mr. President is from the Niger Delta. It is embarrassing and worrisome,” Ebikibina said.

A pro-Jonathan group in the Niger Delta, De-Servants, said it was an unfortunate attack made worse by the confirmation of responsibility by MEND.

National Leader of De-Servants, Mr. Nogozu KIne, said, “It’s a damnable terrorist a act.”


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