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Dickson plans task force to stop oil theft in Bayelsa

10 December 2013, 16:00

Yenogoa - Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Tuesday said the state government would set up a task force to deal with cases of oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Dickson, who spoke in Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, said oil thieves in the state would face dire consequences as from 2014.

He said the government was disturbed by the alarming rate of oil theft and its effect on the economy, stressing that stringent measure would be taken to stop it.

“A task force will be set up to clamp down on the perpetrators of these criminal acts and anybody caught will be prosecuted in accordance with the law," Dickson said.

The governor said the administration had invested so much on security and solicited the support of the people towards ensuring the security of lives and property in the state.

He thanked residents of the area for their support since his election as governor in 2012, pledging to complete work on Yenagoa-Oporoma road.

"Already, we are working on the Yenagoa-Oporoma road; Clearing of that road has got to Angiama while sand-filling has reached Aguobiri, which is close to Oporoma."

-     NAN


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