By Boluwatife Ezekiel Olaleye
Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson has re-affirmed his position to expose and bring to book political leaders who are bent on supporting criminals in the state.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the commissioner for information and orientation, in his statement said that the governor made this comment at the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Yenagoa on Monday, January 15.
The governor praised the bravery of security forces for doing their utmost to ensure peace, unity and security across the state. He condemned some politicians who connive with criminals to compromise the security of the state.
He admonished top figures of several security bodies to demonstrate courage and unity of purpose in taking measures to maintain security in Bayelsa in accordance with the constitution of the country.
Dickson noted: “I call for robust partnership. In this state, I will continue to oppose political leaders who use their advantaged political positions to compromise national and state security instead of supporting security and stability in our communities, instead of supporting the growth and development of legitimate businesses.
“I will name and shame them; I will not hesitate to do so but I will also call on the security agencies themselves to eschew cowardice. This is because it is a partnership. While we create the enabling political environment for security agencies to function, I call on the security agents and their leaders to shun cowardice.
“If you see a criminal and you cannot call him a criminal, you are a coward. If you see a criminal and you cannot go after that criminal, you are an accomplice.”