The Bayelsa State Vigilante Service has again warned armed robbers, kidnappers and those involved in other criminal activities in the state capital Yenagoa and its environs to either turn a new leaf, leave the state or face the full weight of the law.
He said the state governor, Senator Douye Diri, is solidly behind all local vigilante groups across the state in their effort to maintain security in their communities and its environ and charged them to do more.
According to Alagba: “Ologi community is surrounded by water and we all know that most of the kidnappers after kidnapping their victims ply this route for escape and that has necessitated me to come down today to perform this inauguration so our coming is deliberate and strategic.”
He said security is everybody’s business and not government’s alone, adding that “security should be extended to the interiors, that is what we call community policing. We are going to support you in any way that you will need our assistance in synergy”.
Alagba went further to say that: “The vigilante cannot perform without support, information is very important to them, they should not derail from their job, or connive with criminals to terrorize the people they are expected to protect.
“The Bayelsa State Vigilante will not take it lightly with anyone of them caught doing that, the fact that you are a member of the vigilante should not be a reason to shield your brother or relation who is a criminal.
“The only hitch we have is the sabotage that may come, from you, no amount of money can buy you, as long as you are on the right path, we are with you, we believe that before any kidnapper or criminal plies this your river or route, there must be an accomplice within the area, that is why you all must be vigilante and give us signal when necessary.”
Speaking on behalf the of the Ologi Community Chiefs Council, the Deputy Paramount Ruler of the community, Chief Oruwari Eluan, commended the Bayelsa State Vigilante team for the timely inauguration of the group, to ensure security of lives and properties.
“I will want to urge the State Vigilante Service and government to set up a security base in our community, owing the recent alarming rate of kidnapping in the state. Most of the kidnappers escapes through this river in our community.
“The Ologi Vigilante Group have the full support of the Chiefs Council in our community and that we can assure you”, he said.
Chairman of the Ologi Community Vigilante Group, Simon Aruobebh, said, “Following the recent high incidents of criminal activities in the area, our community has taken measures to bring sanity to the community.
“We don’t want our river to be perceived to be escape route for kidnappers and their cohorts and we will make sure that we change the narrative, henceforth.”
The Ogbia LGA Cordinator of Bayelsa Vigilante Security Service, Hon. Isaac Amakuro, who also spoke at the occasion, said the inauguration of the Ologi Community Vigilante Group became very necessary owing to the fact that, the area has been spotted out as escape route to kidnappers and criminals.
He added that with the Ologi Vigilante Group on watch, the state vigilante will always interface, synergize and work in closely with the group for effective security of lives and properties.