The Chairman of the Brass Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State,Hon. Bello Bina weekend exonerated the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and his Delta State counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa from the activities of Militant groups led by the Niger Delta Avengers,saying both Governors are not sponsors of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region.
Hon. Bello Bina,whose Brass Local Government Council play host to oil facilities and platforms owned by major Oil multinationals, said though the activities of the New Militants are affecting Delta and Bayelsa States, the claims that the Governors of Bayelsa and Delta are involved with the Niger Delta Avenger is false and a political lie fabricated by aggrieved politicians.
The Chairman of Brass Local Government Council,Hon. Bello Bina, who made this position known on Sunday in Yenagoa while reacting to recent cases of attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the area,said the council has discovered that most of the attacks and frivolous claims are sponsored to discredit the Governors,”No Governor is involved in bombing of pipelines.If pipelines are attacked,it affects the state as much as it affects the Federal Government.”
” Why would a state government undo himself in terms funding needed for development.The Two Governors are known to have zero tolerance to crime and criminality. The advice to the APC led Federal Government is that only dialogue can resolve the issues with new militants.”
“The other day,some persons claiming to be militants threatened to attack Bayelsa Governors over payment of 50 per cent salary to workers in the state. These are not statement from true Ijaw people. What a true Ijaw man does is to support the state Governor to succeed and not discredit him.Those who issued the threats are not militants but sponsored youths.”
Hon. Bello Bina, who was also a former Member of the State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee,said investigations conducted by the Security unit of Council showed that most of the Bomb attacks purportedly claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers were false, ” 80 percent of the attacks were carried out by criminals and not Niger Delta Avengers.”
” As we know about the ones carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers,we know about the once bombed by criminals out to discredit the state government. We will fish them out. These criminals are attacking the oil pipes because of political differences . “
Bina hinted that the surveillance report submitted to the council leadership has revealed the identity of the criminals involved in the attacks,” we have placed them under security surveillance and their identity will be revealed soon.”