Bayelsa state police command has planned to establish three additional Area Commands which is aimed at effectively policing the state as a whole.
The state commissioner of police, Mr. Asuguo Amba dropped this hint while chatting with newsmen in his office, Yenagoa, on Tuesday.
In addition to the planned establishment of three area commands, he further hinted that the state police command is working on new operational guidelines to police the state during this year’s ember months to checkmate criminality.
Although he admitted that there is upsurge of marine crimes recently in the state as security agents concentrated on the ocean where oil and gas infrastructures are protected which criminals take advantage to perpetrate atrocities at the creeks but his command will not rest on their oars to checkmate their activities.
According to him, marine police stations at the rural communities were easy targets of attacks by criminal gangs in the past, however, he promised to strengthen the capability of such police stations particularly the armories’ from unwarranted attacks by gunmen in the future.
Meanwhile, Mr. Asuguo said that he would review moribund marine curfew laws and reinforce them, adding that this is in line with a proposal to tackle insecurity in the creeks.
According to him, he is in touch with the Inspector-General of Police to increase the capability of the police in Bayelsa state.
On the issue of road block, Mr. Asuquo denied the presence of its existence in Bayelsa state but stop and search operations exist which is routine, adding that road blocks only exist on inter- state boundaries.