Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, on Monday in Yenagoa asked security agencies to apprehend and prosecute political leaders who sponsor criminals. A statement by his special adviser on media, Fidelis Soriwei, said Dickson spoke during a courtesy call on him by the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Abubakar Alhassan. The Governor said, “It is our position in this state that crime is crime and security agencies should arrest and treat political leaders who are sponsoring criminals as common criminals because that is what they are.”
Dickson called on the Naval authorities to intensify efforts to improve maritime security in the waters of Bayelsa. He enjoined them to rise to the challenge of sea piracy, kidnapping, oil theft, vandalism and related maritime crimes. “I count on you to combat and bring down to the barest minimum, the cases of piracy in the waters, cases of kidnapping, the oil theft, the vandalism of Strategic national assets and so forth”.