By Nathan Nwakamma
The Bilabiri community in the Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa called on state and federal governments to help restore normalcy following the dismissal of residents by criminals.
Mr. David Bazigha, Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC) of Bilabiri 1, coastal settlement, made the appeal during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Yenagoa on Saturday.
Bazigha said the appeal had become imminent following a rise in criminal activity in the region which had resulted in the death of a former council president.
“The development is forcing residents to flee the region. We call on the state and the federal government to save the kingdom of Bilabiri from the criminal elements that dominate the region and attack the inhabitants.
“We have lost the former president, Aliebiri Rural Development Authourity, Bilabiri Hon. Frank Seide and two others, which led the entire colony to take refuge elsewhere, leaving the area desolate.
“The leaders of the community as we speak are all in exile and the criminals have driven out the residents while they carried out their nefarious activities, which is why we are issuing a distress appeal to the government.
“We had raised concerns earlier about the activities of these disbelievers in a letter that the CDC presidents of Bilabiri 1 and 2 wrote alongside the monarch to the security agencies on March 19,” he said. .
The president said the community has called on security agencies to enter the area and disinfect the area helping to remove unwanted items from among them as things have escalated.
“The loss of life would have been avoided and now those of us who fought to end crime have become our targets and we must flee,” Bazigha said.
He recalled that community leaders on March 19 wrote a letter to the security agencies urging them to flush out the criminals from his fold.
The letter was signed by Chief Peter Pinne, Amananawei (Supreme Chief) to Bilabiri 1 and Chief Minna Fun, Amananawei from Bilabiri 2.
The other signatories are Mr. David Bazigha, chair of the Community Development Committee (CDC), Bilabiri 1 and Mr. Esau Joshua, chair of CDC Bilabiri 2.
The letter said community leaders resolved to rid the area of pirates, activists, oil thieves and kidnappers who discredited the name of the area.
“He added that the development is an expression of the people of Bilabiri to support the efforts of the government to maintain a peaceful atmosphere for legitimate economic activities,” Bazigha said.
When contacted, state police command spokesperson SP Asinim Butwat said he was awaiting details of the incident.
However, the Joint Task Force Yenagoa Headquarters declined comment and said only the Defense Headquarters had the mandate to comment on its operations. (NOPE)
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