The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has restated his determination to name and shame politicians who are arming and supporting criminal elements in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, quoted Dickson as making the comment during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Yenagoa on Monday.
The governor, who commended the gallantry of the security forces and their contribution to the nation’s peace, security and development, lamented that some political leaders were engrossed in compromising security in the state.
Dickson charged the leaders of the various security outfits to show the requisite courage and professionalism to take decisive measures to enforce security in accordance with the express stipulations of the constitution.
He said that the officers and men of the military had a responsibility to identify and flush out criminal elements from the nooks and crannies of the state.
According to him, any failure and refusal to see crime fighting from a strictly professional perspective will amount to a display of lack of courage and cowardice which should not be the case.
Dickson said, “I call for robust partnership. In this state, I will continue to oppose political leaders who use their advantaged political positions to compromise national and state security instead of supporting security and stability in our communities, instead of supporting the growth and development of legitimate businesses.
“I will name and shame them; I will not hesitate to do so but I will also call on the security agencies themselves to eschew cowardice. This is because it is a partnership. While we create the enabling political environment for security agencies to function, I call on the security agents and their leaders to shun cowardice.
“If you see a criminal and you cannot call him a criminal, you are a coward. If you see a criminal and you cannot go after that criminal, you are an accomplice.”
He said that commanders of the security forces tending to be politically correct would only do a disservice to society. Rather he said they should go after the criminals across the state.
The governor stressed that any community that failed to organise itself to flush out criminal elements such as kidnappers and pirates would be held responsible for the actions of the hoodlums.
Dickson added that he would readily support security operatives to go after any person or group of persons found to have perpetrated acts inimical to peace, progress and stability of the state.