Politicians patronising criminals worsening insecurity –Diri

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has declared that the patronage of criminals by politicians to perpetrate electoral
malpractices is one of the greatest security challenges in Nigeria.

He said this during the presentation of a report by the Policy Advocacy Committee of Niger Delta Dialogue, led by a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Tonye Isenah, at the Government House, Yenagoa.

Diri called on the political class to desist from arming other people’s children with hard drugs and ammunition for the purpose of achieving their political ambitions.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said, “As a government, we abhor political patronage of criminals.

“I advise politicians to stop using other people’s children by equipping them with AK-47 rifles and introducing them to hard drugs to actualise their political interests rather than providing them with sound education.”

The governor advocated legislation to curb the trend, which he noted was traceable to most criminal activities in the state.

He also recommended that the jail term for kidnappers should be a minimum of 10 years.

“We need to tinker with that piece of legislation bordering on kidnapping in the state and amend it. The jail term should be a minimum of 10 years to serve as a deterrent to others,” Diri said.

The chairman of the Policy Advocacy Committee of Niger Delta Dialogue, Mr Tonye Isenah, said the body in conjunction with the European Union was carrying out a study on security issues across the states of the Niger Delta region with a view to proffering solutions.

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