The Bayelsa state Commandant of Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Desmond Agu has appealed to the public to maintain law and order during this year Christian Easter celebrations.
Mr. Agu who made this remark with newsmen in Yenagoa said there is nobody above the law as his men and officers is prepared to patrol the state 24hrs to make it safe from miscreants, adding that people should go about with their normal business during and after the Easter festivities.
On the recent arrest of some of his officers involved in oil bunkering, he responded that the issue is a closed matter but rather he urged Niger Deltans to embrace peace and allow the Federal government to develop them and stop the vandalization of oil pipelines and operation of illegal refineries.
According to him, the Niger Delta region is blessed with abundant oil and gas resources by God which could make them to live the good life therefore he appealed to them to give the Federal Government a chance to develop the people region.
For instance, the recent pronouncement to build modular refineries in place of the illegal refineries operated by disgruntled youths in the region is a welcome development, adding that it has showed the federal government preparedness to make life better for them.
Also speaking on the clashes between his men and police, he is of the view that it normal for brothers and sisters to quarrel, although the police are their elder brother, and he said it is a healthy development as they are all working for the federal government.
Meanwhile, Mr. Agu disclosed that 29 illegal refineries were dismantled by NSCDC located in communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, saying that 11 of them were arrested.
They are Nelly E, Woyengimiebi B, Lucky T. Anomotimifagha O, Michael W, Michael B, Mathias T, Ngozi B, Matthew T, Peter A and Sam A.
According to him, he has secured 19 convictions while 17 others are at various stages in court and hope to secure more convictions therefore he appealed to members of the public to assist the NSCDC to stamp out illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism and sabotage of public infrastructure by giving them useful information and that would be treated with the highest level of confidentiality as they will not rest on their oars to reduce the activities of such criminals to the barest minimum.