Bayelsa government orders registration of boats to curb kidnapping, piracy
The Bayelsa State government has ordered that all speed boats with engine capacity of 200 horsepower a and a pwer should be registered as part measures seeking to curb the uptick in kidnapping and sundry crimes in the state.
The governement’s directive followed the decisions reached at the 32nd State Security Council meeting held in Yenagoa, the capital of state on Sunday.
Governor Seriake Dickson, in his opening remarks, vowed not to allow perpetrators of crime and violence use the state as a launch path to truncate the prevailing peace and stability in the Niger Delta Region.
After the meeting opened, reporters were asked to leave the meeting to enable the security agencies effectively map out ways to end the spate of kidnapping in the state.
After the meeting, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Okafor, briefed reporters on decisions reached.
Mr Okafor reiterated the determination of the State Police Command and other security agencies to combat crime and criminality, with a renewed vigour, especially as the date for the state governorship election is approaching.
He further expressed optimism that registering such boats for easy identification would help to check the menace.
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