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Cult killings: JTF express worry over proliferation of fire arms in Bayelsa



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The last Monday’s killing of Governor Dickson’s security aide in Bayelsa has continued to generate reactions as the authorities of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Pulo Shield blamed the development on the unlawful possession of fire arms by youths in the state.
It will be recalled that British Egena and Orlando Owodo were last Monday shot dead why they ere driving out of the state Assembly quarters by suspected cultists.
However, the State Government while reacting through the office of the Security Adviser, Col. Bernard Kenebai in a statement condemned the killing and said that the State Government is working closely with the security agencies to unravel the perpetrators of this dastardly act and bring them to book.
The statement also debunked the claims that the killed youths were working as security aide to the State Governor,”the Dickson is deeply sad by this incident and wish to condone with the families of the deceased. We wish to debunk claims and insinuations that the persons killed are security aides of the governor.”
Reacting to the incidence, the Media Coordinator of the Joint Military Task Force, Lt. Col. Oyeama Nwachukwu described the killing as dastardly and very unfortunate,” It is a pointer to the fact that a number of criminals are still unlawfully in possession of fire arms in the state”.
“While the JTF considers this callous act an exhibition of barbarism on the part of the perpetrators and equally sympathizes with the families of the victims, it must be categorically pointed out, that the JTF does not have any of such names as those of the victims working with or for it.”
Similarly, ex-militants under the aegis of Third Phase Federal Amnesty in Niger Delta   have expressed worry over the increasing rate and incessant bomb attacks and killings of Christians in parts of the north by an Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Chairman of the group and ex-militant leader in Bayelsa State, Kaithy Sese, also known as Gen. Noumukeme, lamented that the killings by the Islamic sect was causing security threats to the unity  of the nation and if not well checked could lead to a violent war.
Sese who stated this in Yenagoa yesterday urged the Boko Haram members to toe the path of dialogue and exercise restraint in the destruction of lives and property, wondering why the sect members were launching offensive attacks on innocent Nigerians.
His word, “The federal government knows what the Boko Haram members are demanding for. Government should accord the group what they wanted. There is no problem without solution. The Islamic sect should not be coerced by government.”
He renewed the group’s appeal to the federal government on the need to integrate its members into the amnesty programme, since they had embraced amnesty having surrendered their arms to government about two years ago, while pleading with the aggrieved members  to set aside their differences in the interest  of  peace and unity in the organization.
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