The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has re-launched the state security outfit code-named Operation Doo-Akpo and inaugurated 50 brand new operational vehicles, 40 motorbikes, and security gadgets as part of the move to strengthen the security architecture of the state and make it more efficient in crime fighting.
Diri during the re-launch on Tuesday at the Peace Park in Yenagoa also warned criminals to stay away from the state.
He signed into law the Community Safety Corps Bill passed by the state House of Assembly which streamlines operations of the state security outfit ‘Operation Doo-Akpo’, and the special outfits, ‘Bayelsa Volunteers and Bayelsa Vigilante’ under one umbrella.
According to him, “the operations of the state security outfit were 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 massive resources used to procure the assets, Diri said “the priority of my administration is to ensure the prosperity of all, which cannot be achieved without security of lives and property.”
Diri who described crime fighting as a collective effort, appealed to security agencies to hide the identity of informants and encouraged Bayelsans to provide information to the security agencies that would lead to more effective crime fighting.
The Governor thanked security agencies for their role in ensuring the relative peace in the state and his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, for establishing the ‘Operation Doo-Akpo’ in 2012, which has assisted in combating crimes over the years.
He said, “I have just signed the Community Safety Corps Bill into law. This is intended to complement the work of the constitutional recognized 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.”
The state has been faced with security threats as cult groups turned armed robbers have been disposing innocent citizens of their property, while the waterways had been constantly invaded by sea pirates and kidnappers.