A group of security personnel that will go after criminals in Bayelsa State has been re-instated by Governor Seriake Dickson.

The group, Operation Doo-Akpo, was initially created by Dickson in 2012, upon his assumption of office to help maintain law and order. 

Residents of the state said it had helped in sanitising the state of crime before it was disbanded on the orders of the former Inspector General of police, Mr Ibrahim ldris in October of 2018.

The relaunch, which took place at the Peace Park, had security agents, top government officials and some residents of the state in attendance.

"Doo - Akpo is back on our streets."

"Armed robbers and cultists, beware" Governor Dickson warned while giving his speech.

He subsequently handed over the vehicles and bikes to the state Co-ordinator, Operation Doo-Akpo, ACP Emmanuel Asufi, and urged him to ensure that peace and orderliness were restored and maintained in the state before, during and after the elections.

Mr Asufi assured Governor Dickson and residents that criminals would have no hiding place within the state and pleaded with residents, to always call their distress line - 0700-6464-644- and make useful information available to them.

Some persons who drove the vehicles to the venue were offered automatic employment by the Governor.

The ecstatic drivers waved in appreciation and shouts of "Talk na do Governor!" rend the air.

A police officer, Mr Kingdom Igekwe, told Bounce News that "Governor Dickson has made a good move, putting security first".

He said they were battle ready to tackle criminals.

Doo-Akpo security outfit in Bayelsa State

A vehicle of Operation Doo-Akpo stations at a strategic location in the capital city

"This relaunch will help us deal with bad gangs mercilessly during this election period," he stressed.

"Police Don Tie Wrapper"

Smiling, one of the drivers, Mr Maxwell Ekpo, who benefited from the automatic employment, expressed gratitude to the Governor for his kind gesture.

"I couldn't believe my ears when l heard the announcement.

"I am very happy and promise to work hard" he said.

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However, a civil servant, Mr Oyindoubra Owei, had a contrary opinion about the relaunch of the security outfit. 

"Is security our problem in this state?" he queried.

"Money used for this public show would have been used to empower our hungry, idle and angry youths.

"To prove themselves, these officers will slaughter our youths and term them criminals" he alleged.

An ljaw Youth Council (IYC) member, who would not want his name to be mentioned, expressed displeasure over relaunch of the security outfit.

Frowning, he said: "Security is good, but most of these bad boys are being sponsored by big politicians.

"Deal with the politicians and the boys will repent when they don't have godfather's again.

"My advise to the cult boys and thieves is for them to leave the state because, police don tie wrapper for their matter".

After the vehicles were handed over to the security personnel, some of them were seen positioned at strategic locations within the state capital.

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