Surveillance Contracts Fuelling N’Delta Crisis – Police


Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

The police on Wednesday revealed that intelligence reports available to the force have shown that the award of surveillance contracts to non-indigenes by oil companies was partly responsible for the renewed Niger Delta crisis.

The Bayelsa State Deputy Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukah, who represented the Commissioner of Police, Mr Peter Ogunyanwo, said during a meeting with the state governor, Seriake Dickson and multinational oil companies that many communities were unhappy with the development.

The police noted that they have recently started to engage various communities in the region in dialogues in order to put an end to the recent upsurge in criminal activities.

Security findings, according to him, revealed that some oil producing communities are not happy with the award of the surveillance contract by the oil companies to non-indigenes. He said that the development was causing tension.

Mukah disclosed that the issue was discussed at the meeting and it was resolved that the chairmen of the affected Community Development Committees and the youths would be engaged so as to find a permanent solution to the problem.

During the meeting, the governor called for concerted efforts to arrest the insecurity in the region, noting that the killing of security personnel, innocent citizens and the vandalism of the oil installations by the Niger Delta Avengers, was not only criminal, but an act of economic sabotage.