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Seriake Dickson, the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State and Senator representing Bayelsa West, has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks and killings of police officers and other security personnel in various parts of the country.
Dickson urged the perpetrators of the heinous act to avoid the heinous attacks on operatives deployed to carry out their constitutional duty of protecting the country.
The Senator spoke during a solidarity visit to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Alkali, and the top leadership of the Force at the Louis Edet House Police Headquarters, Abuja, on Friday.
The former Governor solidarised with with the IGP and his team and also called for better funding of the police.
He said, “This is a very trying period in the life of our country and particularly for the police and I thought that I should be here as the policeman that I always will be, to show support, to show concern and to join in condemning these acts of aggression visited on law-abiding people doing their best to protect citizens of our country.
“I want to also use this opportunity to call for a cessation of all such attacks on police formations, officers and men that are going on in some parts of our country and to tell everybody that the police are not your problem, the police are not your enemies.
“Police officers and men are your brothers and sisters from all parts of our country. I was also one of them so I consider it as something that could have happened to me too.”
The Senator advocated for more police spending in order to place the department in a position to acquire vehicles and organise regular training for their officers to insure peak efficiency.
Dickson said that the police remained the most important frontline law enforcement and intelligence service with the most widespread coverage across the country in the fight against crime, and that they needed more support.
According to him, “Any country where the police are undermined and neglected, where the police are not funded, where the police officers are not trained properly, where the police officers have no equipment to work with, where the police officers have low morale, cannot have security.”
Dickson, while commending the IG and his team for doing a wonderful job in this trying period, assured them that the nation was with them in the goal of securing the nation.
“Once again, I appreciate the IG, his officers and men for trying their best at this very difficult circumstances and I also use this opportunity to remind our nation and all of us who are in leadership that the sooner we go back to funding of the police as it was in those days, the better for everybody.
“This is because the police is the only institution that has presence in all our communities and yet their vehicles cannot run, they do not even have vehicles. Where they have vehicles, they cannot fuel or maintain them and they have low morale. They have no money to train and equip them. You cannot have security in a nation like that,” the Senator noted.