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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Bayelsa warns gunrunners as crisis rocks community

Bayelsa State Government has warned those engaged in gunrunning to desist from the practice or face the full wrath of the law.

Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the warning while addressing the chiefs and people of Peretoru community at a resumed meeting at the Government House in Yenagoa, a statement by his media aide, Doubara Atasi, said yesterday.

Ewhrudjakpo said the meeting, held last Thursday and Saturday, was geared towards resolving the leadership tussle between two factions over the chairmanship of Peretoru Development Committee.

He said the warning became imperative in view of rumours pertaining to stockpiling of arms in some communities, including Peretoru community in Ekeremor Local Government.

He advised parties in disputes or individuals whose rights might have been violated in any form not to resort to self-help by taking the law into their hands, but should rather approach the courts for justice.

Ewhrudjakpo assured the people that the Governor Douye Diri administration would leave no stone unturned in its determination to maintain and improve on the prevailing security in the state.

He warned gunrunners and their sponsors who are bent on causing chaos and instability in communities to turn a new leaf, stressing that the government would not hesitate to wield the big stick against such criminals.

He said: "I want to tell everybody from Peretoru community that the capacity of the government should not be tested by any individual or group. I'm saying this because of the reports at our disposal.

"This government will not allow anybody to pile up arms in our communities for the purposes of destroying our communities. If anybody thinks he has some support from anywhere, we will move against that person and his sponsor.

"This government has that capacity. So, take this warning seriously. If you know you have one godfather or 'juju-father' anywhere that is encouraging you to stockpile firearms, we must come for you.

"The idea of people taking to arms at the slightest provocation has to stop. You must know that we are a government. If your rights are breached, you go to court."

The Amananaowei of Peretorugbene Federated Community, Chief Timi Odikeme and the President of its Welfare Association, Mr. Famous Daunemughan, narrated the remote and immediate causes of the crisis rocking the community.

Speaker after speaker, including the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Civil Service Commission, who is the former president of Peretorugbene Welfare Association, Dr. Peter Singabelle, thanked the government for its intervention and called for the deployment of security operatives in the community.

The meeting, which had representatives from the state command of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and Joint Task Force (JTF) in attendance, was adjourned till Thursday for the government to deliver its position on the conflict.

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