Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Bayelsa Accuses Failed Politicians of Sponsoring Kidnappings

Bayelsa State Government, yesterday, accused those it described as failed politicians of sponsoring kidnapping of innocent citizens in the state.

Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, in a statement, yesterday, said: "From the facts at our disposal, it is clear that some failed politicians, especially the arrow heads of those who lost out in the power equation in the state, are working hard behind the scene with some forces outside the state to sponsor kidnapping of innocent citizens in the state.

"Their aim is not only to scare away investors and stall development, but also to make the state ungovernable and give the impression that the government of the day is incapable of securing the lives and property of citizens.

"The government of Mr. Seriake Dickson has not only given top priority to security, it has also shown enough political will to protect lives and property in the state. Indeed, it is clear to all that this government had been able to turn around Bayelsa State from a haven of cultism, violence and criminality to a state that is clearly adjudged as one of the most peaceful states in the country."

Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, in a statement, yesterday, said: "From the facts at our disposal, it is clear that some failed politicians, especially the arrow heads of those who lost out in the power equation in the state, are working hard behind the scene with some forces outside the state to sponsor kidnapping of innocent citizens in the state.

"Their aim is not only to scare away investors and stall development, but also to make the state ungovernable and give the impression that the government of the day is incapable of securing the lives and property of citizens.

"The government of Mr. Seriake Dickson has not only given top priority to security, it has also shown enough political will to protect lives and property in the state. Indeed, it is clear to all that this government had been able to turn around Bayelsa State from a haven of cultism, violence and criminality to a state that is clearly adjudged as one of the most peaceful states in the country."

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