To combat pipeline vandalism, cultism, illegal oil refining, kidnapping, and other crimes in Bayelsa, the Nigerian Army has initiated a security operation known as Exercise Still Waters III. The official launch of the exercise took place in Otuokpoti, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa commended the military’s involvement in the operation and stressed the importance of security for good governance. He noted that Bayelsa was preparing for an off-cycle governorship election as the holiday season approached. Diri praised the military’s efforts in making the state safer and encouraged them to maintain their proactive approach. He assured security agencies of the state government’s support in maintaining peace in Bayelsa.
His words: “In our state, as we all know, the ember months are a time when crime is more prevalent.
“In order to stop criminal activity, as well as, more importantly, for the governorship election, it is necessary to put the necessary machinery in place.
“Since taking office, I have prioritized our citizens’ security, as this is the foundation of good governance. The two eyes of our people’s sleep are closed, as I have made sure.
He continued, “I appreciate the sacrifices and commitment of our brave forces, which have helped lower crime in our state.
The General Officer Commander (GOC) of the Nigerian Army’s 6th Division, Maj. -Gen. Jamal Abdussalam, explained that the exercise would address cyber warfare, focusing on countering false information spread on social media. It would also tackle various security issues that typically arise towards the end of the year.
Commanders from other security formations received recognition for their contributions to maintaining peace and security in the state.
The launch of the exercise included a gunboat display to demonstrate the military’s readiness to counter security threats. Additionally, there was a free medical outreach for residents of Otuokpoti.
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