MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Charles Nwabardi
Bayelsa State government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on its waterways as way of curbing piracy, kidnapping and other criminal vices.
The curfew on water transportation, which takes immediate effect, is between 7pm and 6am. The State Government has also imposed a ban on the use of 200- horsepower speed boats.
These measures were announced at the end of the 12th state security council meeting presided over by Governor Douye Diri in Government House, Yenagoa on Tuesday.
Briefing reporters on the outcome of the meeting, the Special Adviser on Security Matters 1, Mr. Akpoebi Agberebi, said henceforth no permit would be granted for use of 200-horsepower engines, warning that violators would face the full weight of the law.
He, however, said there would be concession for emergency movement during the curfew hours, calling on Bayelsans to feel free to report perpetrators to the state security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo, on its dedicated phone line 07006464644.
Agberebi also said the council resolved that communities whose lands had been acquired by the State Government should desist from any form of protests.
He stated that some communities still parading as landlords had been constituting
nuisance by taking the laws into their hands and depriving other citizens of freedom of movement.