The Bayelsa State Government has attributed the last weekend killing of four soldiers and a police man to political violence, saying the killings were intended to put fear in the minds of the people ahead of the December, 2015 governorship election.
In a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Makson, the state government urged Bayelsans not despair, as it will continue to do everything within its powers to stem the new wave of insecurity being “orchestrated by a click of mindless and disgruntled politicians, who want to wrest power by all means from Governor Dickson.
The statement reads in part “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.
“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, Hon. Seriake Dickson also condoled with the Chief of Army Staff. Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and the families of the five slain military and police officers over the weekend in the State.
The statement expressed serious regret over the incident and 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, describing the attack on the Nation’s security agencies as mindless and most barbaric.
It says, a letter personally signed by Governor Dickson has already been dispatched to the Chief of Army Staff to express the heartfelt condolences of the Government and people of the State.
The Bayelsa State 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.