Tight security as Osinbajo takes peace mission to Bayelsa
Posted by News Express | 10 February 2017 | 2,064 times
Acting President Osinbajo.
Security has been beefed up in Yenagoa, following the visit, on Friday, to the Bayels State capital by Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in continuation of his fact-finding tour of the Niger Delta region.
Armed soldiers, policemen and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps personnel deployed for duties were visible on the streets and strategic parts of the Yenagoa.
Traffic was diverted from the roads leading to Bayelsa Government House, Ovom area, where Prof. Osinbajo held an interactive session with stakeholders on the ongoing peace process in the region. Pedestrians were, however, allowed to pass through the road after screening by security operatives.
The Bayelsa Police Command’s Spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, told NAN on Friday that the command was adequately prepared to make the visit hitch-free and warned miscreants to keep away from venue of the interactive session.
He said: “Attendance is strictly on invitation. The Command therefore advises all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful and legitimate businesses.
“The gathering of people not invited for the programme at any point within the state will not be tolerated, as adequate security measures have been put in place to curtail activities of miscreants.”
Part of the aim of the meeting with government officials and traditional rulers is to discuss how to achieve peace that would lead to the improvement in crude oil production and resolve the youth restiveness in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
This is the first visit of Prof Osinbajo as Acting President. The first time Prof. Osinbajo, who is leading a high level delegation of the Federal Government, held a similar meeting was at Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, where he told the people that the Federal Government feels the pain of Niger Delta people. (NAN/Channels TV)