Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday received the 9thCommissioner of Police posted to the state within 3 months, expressing his administration’s readiness to work with any security officer for the maintenance of law and order in the state.
Governor Dickson who stated this during a courtesy call by the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aminu Saleh, in Government House, Yenagoa, warned political actors across the country who do not have the capacity to win elections to desist from manipulating the security agencies.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the Governor as saying that the government and people of Bayelsa would support every legitimate law enforcement activity towards promoting peace and stability particularly as the general election draw closer.
Governor Dickson who charged Mr. Saleh to lead the State Command to perform its duties in a professional and credible manner, emphasized that crime and criminality have no partisan colour.
The Governor said no individual, group or political party should be above the law, adding that anybody found culpable should be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the country.
Assuring the Police Force of his administration’s continued support in fighting crime, Governor Dickson noted that the state government would soon launch a Security Trust Fund as no country makes progress without adequate funding, equipment and training of security personnel.
His words: “This state is so comfortable that we have had a very quick turnover of Commissioners of Police because it is a very serene place that so many people want to visit and work.
That is the only reason I can give for the fact that in a space of 3 months you are the 9th commissioner of Police. I hope that I won’t have cause in the next couple of days, weeks or months to receive another Commissioner of Police; I won’t be surprised.
“Once again that is a record that we are creating but you have seen that our state is hospitable and stable. One of the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
“I want to thank and appreciate the officers and men, my friends and colleagues in the law enforcement community particularly the Police for the role they are playing in working with the government to make this state safe.
“As far as your relationship with our state is concerned, our state stands to support any lawful and legitimate law enforcement action that the Police command under your leadership will embark upon.