BAYELSA GOVT READS RIOT ACT TO PARENTS, INSISTS IYC PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT HAS CASE TO ANSWER

3 Jul

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03/07/2013
Bayelsa State Government has threatened that any parent caught in the
act of promoting violence in any related criminal activities through
their children or wards will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
This is just as it insists that a leader of a notorious cult group;
Mr. Nengi Ikiba presently in the custody of the State Police Command
has a criminal case to answer.
Noting the disposition of the present administration to crimes and
criminality and the enactment of anti-cultism law, the State Governor,
Hon. Seriake Dickson said that whoever caught aiding and abetting
crimes, no matter how highly placed will be dealt with in accordance
with the law.
Ikiba, a leader of a notorious cult group is being investigated for
his alleged involvement in the killing of innocent souls in the State
and if found guilty will face the music.
He said, as the Chief Security Officer, my constitutional
responsibilities include; the protection of lives and property. I will
not fold my arms and allow one disgruntled element to derail our fast
moving developmental train”
“During the signing of the anti-cultism bill into law, I made it known
in my address that as parents we have a role to play, especially in
the training of our children. This administration will not tolerate
any act of indiscipline in whatever forms.
“For somebody to have made a confessional statement to the police on
his alleged role in the killing of innocent people in the state and
some people for reasons best known to them are now weeping up
sentiments, all in the name of politics. It portends danger for the
future of the state.
‘If we allow this particular case to be swept under the carpet, what
moral lesson are we passing on to upcoming generations? I have said it
at different fora that you can play politics with any other things but
not with human lives.
‘Let me use this opportunity to warn parents, this administration will
not condone any act of indiscipline. Any person caught, irrespective
of ages or status promoting violence through any means will be made to
face music.
‘Bayelsa is no longer haven for criminals. That era is gone. Our
dragnet is everywhere. You can no longer commit crime and go scot free
again in Bayelsa”
The State Police Command on Tuesday paraded ikiba before newsmen for
his alleged involvement in the killings of innocent souls in some
parts of the State.
The Bayelsa Police Commissioner, Mr. Tonye Ebitibituwa said the nature
and gravity of the alleged crime of the suspect is such that the he
cannot be arraigned in Court within the time frame except gone through
the process of first filling information before the Court.
According to him, ‘it is not in our character in the Bayelsa State
Police Command to flout any order of a Court of competent
jurisdiction. The Police and the Judiciary in the State have had
robust relationship which cannot be broken. In compliance with the
Federal High Court, the Police have initiated the process of his
arraignment in the Court by filing information which has been served
on the suspect since Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

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