The Bayelsa State Government has condemned in very strong terms the activities of some criminally-minded persons in the state who are bent on tarnishing the good image of the present administration by their unwholesome activities.
The condemnation came on the heels of reports of the vandalisation of an oil pipeline located at Otuasega axis of Ogbia Local Government Area by some youths in the state on Monday night in a bid to siphon the product from it.
The State Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Deacon Markson Fefegha, who made the condemnation, said it was regrettable that in spite of government’s efforts at re-branding the state and attracting investors to the state, some persons have decided to continue to frustrate the good intentions of government by engaging in acts capable of tarnishing its good image.
He warned that the law will take its full course on anyone caught perpetrating crime in the state, pointing out that that present administration has a zero tolerance posture against crime.
The special police anti-crime squad, code-named “Operation Doo Akpo” on Monday night prevented an attempt by some hoodlums in the state to siphon oil from a vandalised pipeline located at Otuasega.
The hoodlums, on sighting the team reportedly took to their heels, leaving the hydrocarbon gushing out of the pipeline.
The team was said to have immediately informed the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the area to avoid the scooping of fuel by residents in the area, which could lead to possible fire outbreak.