Bayelsa - The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has inaugurated a former militant leader, Africanus Ukparasia, popularly known as General Africa, as the Chairman of the state Waterway Security Taskforce, Punch reports.
The appointment of the ex-militant leader is part of the government’s new strategies to end the cases of militancy, pipeline vandalism, sea piracy, kidnappings and other criminal activities along the waterways and creeks of the state.
At the inauguration, which took place at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, Dickson mandated the task force to provide security agencies with required intelligence to deal with criminals.
Ukparasia according to Vanguard assured the government of adequate security and intelligence gathering along the waterways as part of the measures to tackle criminalities in the state.
He vowed that criminals would no longer be allowed to take over the waterways to kill innocent people and subject travellers and traders to horrible experiences.
He warned pirates and other criminals operating in the state to leave the creeks or face tough times.
Ukparasia said the war against maritime criminals would be won with effective collaboration between the task force and the security operatives.
- News 24