The Bayelsa State government has warned politicians against engaging sponsoring violence in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso Markson, said it was condemnable for politicians, who should be role models, to perpetrate violence.
Speaking at the ongoing inter-ministerial briefings in Yenagoa, Iworiso-Markson asked such politicians to turn a new leaf.
“Any politician that takes over the mantle of leadership should desist from violence and there is need to begin to change the narrative because we do not need to win an election through the barrel of the gun,” he said.
Briefing the crowd of people, who attended the event, the Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Chief Boma Spero-Jack, said the government has zero tolerance to crime and criminality.
He said the state security outfit codenamed: Operation Doo Akpo, arrested 8,500 suspects in six years for various crimes.
He said the feat was achieved in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Police Command and security infrastructures built by the governor.
Spero-Jack said the government has concluded arrangements to procure additional gunboats to check the activities of pirates on the waterways.
He said the state was ranked above other cities with advanced security technological installations such as Lagos, Abuja, and Johannesburg in South Africa.
He said 16 patrol boats were acquired in 2012 to fight crimes, adding that the security outfit received 39,000 distress calls and 109 commendation calls.