Dickson Warns Politicians Against Politicising Security Funding
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has asked politicians to stop playing politics with funds and equipment allocated to the military and other security agencies.
He described as paramount, the support and provision of necessary equipment for military and security services saying such gestures should be devoid of politics.
Dickson said that it was the responsibility of government to place priority on security to be able to develop the society.
Dickson spoke during his tour of military and security formations in Yenagoa at the weekend when he visited the headquarters of the 16th Brigade, and the Police Officers Mess to felicitate with the officers and men on Christmas and to encourage them to do more in combating crime in Bayelsa and the country.
He called on the political leadership to support the military and security agencies whose efforts were required to realize the objective of developing the society.
He said: “I want to assure you that under my leadership, the issue of security and stability will continue to be on the front burner. The first responsibility of any administration is to encourage the work for peace and stability. You can’t have development without security.
“There should be no partisanship, no brinkmanship, no showmanship when it comes to the issue of giving necessary support and equipment to our men and women in uniform who are the only people that have volunteered to serve our nation at the risk of their life lives.”
Commissioner of Police Amba Asuquo commended the governor for his support to police operations in the state.
The commissioner said 72 suspects arrested after a show of force in Yenagoa at the weekend were being screened.
He added that a suspect, who robbed a manager of a new generation bank and another robber, who shot his colleagues while attempting to shoot a victim were also in police custody.
Commander, 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Kelvin Aligbe,who also hosted Dickson thanked the governor for providing the brigade with resources that aided the realization of its operational objectives.