The Bayelsa State government on Sunday condoled with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Major General, and the families of the five security officers killed on Friday by unknown gunmen in Nembe.
It will be recalled that Bayelsa Police Command on Saturday confirmed that an attack on Nember Jetty by armed gunmen suspected to be pirates left four soldiers and Policemen dead.
The Joint Task Force, JTF, base in Nembe, Bayelsa State, came under attack on Friday night, a few hours after the state governor, Seriake Dickson, read riot act warning criminals to flee the state or face unpleasant consequences.
The slain operatives were until their death attached to the JTF in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo shield.
A statement issued by the Bayelsa State governor’s spokesman, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, expressed regret over the incident.
The statement assured that, the Dickson – led administration will partner with the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act, stressing that no stone will be left unturned to bring the killers to justice.
The statement condemned the attack on the nation’s security agencies, describing the act as mindless and most barbaric.
It said that a letter personally signed by governor Dickson had already been dispatched to the Chief of Army Staff to express the heartfelt condolences of the government and people of the state.
The governor also assured the families of the slain officers that their loved ones and benefactors did not die in vain, noting that they died as gallant officers while in active service to their fatherland and prayed for the repose of their souls.
He, however, urged the people not despair as it will continue to do everything within its powers to stem the new wave of insecurity in the state.
He said the new wake of insecurity is not removed from the coming governorship election in the state, adding that some desperate politicians were bent on putting fear in the people.
“All these acts of insecurity and brigandage are intended to put fear in the minds of the people, ahead of the December 2015 governorship election and we call on Bayelsans to remain steadfast and be law abiding as well as go about their businesses,” Dickson stated.
“As a government, we worked so hard and committed a lot of our state’s resources to achieve the peace, we have been enjoying and it is sad to observe that, because of their political ambitions, some persons want to perpetuate violence, brigandage and insecurity across the state” the governor said further.
He called on Bayelsa people to collectively condemn and reject the emerging trend of violence and insecurity in parts of the state, stressing that if not checked the people would be made to pay dearly for it.