Extra-Judicial Killings: Tension In Bayelsa As Assembly, Security Firm Clash

Seriake Dickson

LAGOS JULY 17TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Tension is brewing in Bayelsa State as the State House of Assembly is at loggerheads with a security company, Darlon Security, and Guards, over allegations of extra-judicial killings in the state, particularly in the creeks.
Already, a group of agitators, the Order of Egbesu Brotherhood, has warned of an imminent resumption of violent agitations and escalation of tension if DSG were disengaged from its duty of protecting oil installations belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company.
Also, leaders and stakeholders of the Ijaw Youth Council representing the various clans in Southern Ijaw, have thrown its weight behind the security firm, warning those castigating it (security outfit) because of politics to stop in their own interest.
A member of the House of Assembly and former Special Adviser to Governor on Security, Lt. Col. Bernard Kenebai (retd.), had on July 2, 2018, sponsored a motion accusing employees of Darlon of perpetrating extra-judicial killings, among other heinous crimes.
The lawmaker, with the support of other members, allegedly passed a resolution to check the activities of Darlon Security Services, stressing that there were security reports that the company‎ was engaged in illegal activities.
He explained that the company, which was established to tackle issues such as oil theft, illegal bunkering, and other sundry crimes had now turned around to be the chief sponsors of those crimes.
The lawmaker stated that communities such as Ondewari, Korokoresi, among others, had been under a series of attack from operatives of the company’s taskforce.
But the management of the security firm, in a statement in Yenagoa on Tuesday, by its Public Relations Manager and Security Coordinator, Mr. Preye Oseke, dismissed the allegations that the company was involved in criminal and illegal acts in its operations in swamp areas of the state.
The outfit described the allegations from Kenebai, as “ill-conceived, malicious, unfounded and politically motivated”, and wondered why the lawmaker, a security professional was playing politics with security.
It said that going by the experience of the lawmaker, he ought to know that his allegations were frivolous and are far from the truth.
It maintained that as a responsible and law-abiding firm, it operates within the limits of the law, saying that its operations had created jobs to more than 4,000 youths hitherto engaged in oil theft and sundry crimes in the creeks of Bayelsa.

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