The Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed his gratitude to the president, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Nigeria Police High Command as well as the Police Service Commission, for establishing the Zone 16 Police Headquarters in the capital city of the Niger Delta state, Yenagoa. While receiving the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, of the Zone 16, Austin Agbonlahan, at the Government House complex, Governor Diri said that the establishment of the Zone Headquarters will help achieve his government’s principle of zero tolerance to crime.
He said, “With the coming of this zonal command, it’s a signal that there is no hiding place for criminal elements in the state. Therefore, they should have a change of heart and join the government in promoting peaceful co-existence in Yenagoa and its environs.”
He also noted that the new police formation will enhance the safety status of the state in the security framework of Nigeria.
The riverine communities of the State are often confronted with pirate activities, armed banditry, and illegal bunkering and even cultist groups. Before now, the police-to-population ratio of the State was among the poorest in the country. The establishment of this headquarters will improve security of life and property and also improve governance.
Governor Diri of PDP, who became the substantive governor after the winner of the gubernatorial election in the State, David Lyon, was disqualified by the court because his choice of deputy had contradictory names in the certificate presented to the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
In a most recent development, the governor is said to have rejected the congratulation from David Lyon on his victory at the court which upheld his declaration as governor of Bayelsa State. The rejection had led many people to assume that the governor may be governing with lots of bitterness.
However, the commendations to the president, who is of the rival APC, does not appear to portray the governor as a person nursing bitterness.