As the security challenges facing the country continue, the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta has announced a dust-to-dawn curfew on all vehicular movement in Bayelsa State waterways.
This was announced by the Head of the JTF, General Emmanuel Atewe, who was represented by Air Commodore I.H Ekpa at a one day security summit organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital at the weekend.
He said: “We want to seize this opportunity to please announce to you this issue, that the Bayelsa State government has directed us to stop all forms of sea robbery and by that stop all movement from 6pm.
“Please, let me say it here because it is an auspicious occasion for us; please movement on waters by night should stop henceforth because we are recording fatalities. There are lots of sea robberies these days and we want to prevent that at least for now and if you see anyone of our operatives on the waterways, please cooperate and identify yourself ”.
He said the curfew became necessary as a result of the ongoing sea robberies in the waterways and to enable his men police Nigeria waters effectively in the face of recent threats in the waterways including oil theft and illegal bunkering.
Ekpa, who commended the commandant of the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, for organising the summit, equally thanked the NSCDC for the synergy that exist between the outfit and other security agencies in the state.
Earlier in his welcome, the Chief Host and Commandant of the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, said the summit would not have come at a better time than now that the nation is facing serious security challenges especially the Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, oil theft and illegal bunkering.
He said there was the need for all hands to be on deck to face the present situation as there will be no meaningful development in the face of the present security challenges, adding that it was important and fundamental that every facet of the society should be well informed about their individual and collective responsibilities to security threats.
Also speaking, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Edmund Allison Oturu, said insecurity is giving both the Nigeria government and even the international community a sleepless night, and commended NSCDC for taking the challenge of organising the summit.
He said the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson inherited a very bad security situation but said they have been able to keep it under control by the various reforms and proactive action of the governor.