Bayelsa Assembly bans security outfit, Darlon for ‘sponsoring crimes’


The Bayelsa State House of Assembly, has banned the state security outit, Darlon Security Services.

Colonel Bernard Kenebai (rtd), a member of the House, explained the decision of the legislators.

Kenebai, who sponsored the motion that led to the resolution, said it became imperative following some security reports that the company‎ was engaged in illegal activities.

According to him, the company which was commissioned to tackle issues such as oil theft, illegal bunkering and other sundry crimes had now turned around to be the chief sponsors of those crimes.

The former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Goverment said there was nothing political about the resolution as the assembly was clearly acting on its mandate of ensuring that the state remains safe and peaceful.

The lawmaker stated that communities such as Ondewari, Korokoresi, amongst others have been under series of attack from operatives of the company’s taskforce.

Kenebai said, “Darlon Security Services has gone out of their original mandate and have started inflicting pains, hardship and sorrow to people of Southern Ijaw and other areas of their operation. Their activities have become‎ a recipe for chaos which needs to be stemmed immediately.

“As an assembly we have received complaints of the illegal activities of the Taskforce of Darlong Security Services.‎ They have done more harm than good. So upon the presentation of the motion, the assembly resolved as follows: To call on the Governor of Bayelsa State as Chief Security Officer of the state to intervene and call them to order.

“Also mandated the House committee on security and special duties to further investigate the issue and report back to the House. And finally we called on our members at the National Assembly to raise the issue on the floor of the National Assemmbly”.

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