Yenagoa - Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa on Monday inaugurated an 11-man task force to police the creeks and waterways across the state safeguard lives and property.
This is contained in a statement signed by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa Governor and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa.
It explained that the task force was aimed at stemming the tide of kidnapping, sea piracy, illegal bunkering and oil pipeline vandalism.
"The task force is expected to liaise with Bayelsa’s special security outfit - the Operation Doo Akpor-Marine.
"Other members are Ibarakumo Otobo, Daubiri Samba, Chiefson O. Chiefson, Etai Daniel and Pius Wariyai."
According to the statement, Dickson expressed deep concern over the rising cases of insecurity in the waterways.
It called on community leaders, youths and the general public to be vigilant and cooperate with the task force and security agencies to flush out hoodlums from the creeks and waterways.
The statement said the special task force and the leadership of 'Operation Doo Akpor' Marine will be coordinated by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Col. Bernard Kenebai.