Governor Dickson hires ex-militant, Boyloaf, others to secure Bayelsa

In order to check the worsening insecurity in Bayelsa that has led to increased kidnappings in the state, Governor Seriake Dickson on Monday constituted an 11-member task force to police the numerous creeks and waterways across the state and to safeguard lives and property.

The governor appointed ex-militant and leader of the a defunct faction of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND),Ebikabowei Victor, popularly known as Boyloaf, to head the task force.

The constitution of the task force comes few days after the coalition of ex-militant leaders in the state assisted in securing the release of three high profile victims including Madam Florentina, 90-year-old mother of Senator Emmanuel Paulker, and Iniokpoemi Benson, younger brother of the Speaker of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson.

The task force has Osei Clever as Vice Chairman, and Tony Ekisa, Reuben Wilson, Ayibatari Odio, and Alalebo West, as members.

Other members are Ibarakumo Otobo, Daubiri Samba, Chiefson Chiefson, Etai Daniel, and Pius Wariyai.

The task force follows the constitution of the marine branch of Bayelsa’s special security outfit, christened Operation Doo Akpor-Marine.

A statement signed by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor, said the task force is aimed at stemming the tide of kidnappings, sea piracy, illegal bunkering and oil pipeline vandalism that have been on the increase in recent times in the state.

Mr. Iworiso-Markson explained that the task force is expected to liaise with the Operation Doo Akpor-Marine, which is to be headed by a Naval Officer.

According to the statement, Mr. Dickson expressed deep concern over the rising cases of insecurity in the waterways.

He called on community leaders, youth and the general public to be vigilant and cooperate with the special task force as well as the various security agencies to flush out the perpetrators of criminal activities in the creeks.

According to the statement, the special task force and the leadership of Operation Doo Akpor Marine will both be coordinated by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Bernard Kenebai, a retired colonel.


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  • Joseph Williams

    Those who believe GMB is too old to lead this country should as well read the following folk-tale. Folk-tales, we all know, are the ingredients for building a stable and an all inclusive nation.

    Once upon a time, there lived a King in a far away
    village.One day, the King sent out a message through the town crier that the
    youth be gathered at the village square the next evening to listen to what the King
    has to say. At the meeting, the King told the youth to kill their fathers
    because they were old and constituted a nuisance and that the kingdom
    expend so much resources for their upkeep, for been unproductive

    The young men killed their fathers but one of them refused to heed
    the King’s advice and hid his own father. Not long after this, the King came up
    with other shenanigan. This time, he asked the young men to bring to the palace
    within 24 hours a bottle of liquid, not half full and not not empty. He
    continued “it shouldn’t be half full and shouldn’t be half empty”.The King
    added that, failure to produce the said
    liquid would attract the death penalty. The entire village was thrown into
    total confusión as they have never heard or seen anything like that before. The
    D-day was fast approaching and the young men had already prepared themselves
    for the máximum penalty but the boy who hid his father decided to consult him.
    His father told him to tell the King that the product which he wanted in the
    palace indeed exist, but the problem was that no living thing is allowed to
    either touch it or carry it.

    The day of
    judgement finally arrived. The first person that the King asked to present the
    article was the boy who had hidden his own father. He told the King that he has
    the liquid the he has requested for, but that, that no living thing is allowed
    to either touch or carry it to the
    palace. The King meditated on the wisdom
    exhibited by the young lad and then pronounced
    him the next King of the kingdom. Before then, the Young man asked him to
    permit him to reveal the source of his wisdom. The boy revealed to the audence
    that when the King gave the order to kill their parents, he decided the ideal
    thing to do was to hide his his father.
    He added that it was he who gave him the idea of what to tell the King.
    Therefore, he implored the King to crown his father as the next King of the
    village. Without much ado, the King crowned the boy’s father as the King.

    Thus, the wisdom
    behind the folktale is simple. A country without old, wise people to guide and
    direct it is a visionless nation,Nigeria should rather let an old stabe, wise.meditative and incorruptible man to lead it than letting an intellectual, but clueless young man to lead it.

    • Olaolu Oke

      Not just that, his old age is without accomplishments!

  • cutemuyi

    Ohimai is a personal friend and for the first time since we met in French Village Badagry in 2006, he disappointed me. I understand the fact that he must of course defend his party and what brings food on his table, but i am disappointed in the fact that he can write about supporting incompetent, clueless, weak leader like GEJ. sillence would have been the best strategy for him. the first time i will hear him sound so unintelligent, far from objectivity.