MEND militants running security

Perfect case of poachers turned gamekeepers.

Governor Dickson Of Bayelsa Outsources Maritime Security To Former Militant ‘Boy Loaf’

In a seeming indication that he is overwhelmed by rising insecurity and violent crimes in Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson has set up an 11-member task force to tackle issues of maritime insecurity in his state. The governor appointed Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, an ex-militant and leader of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), to head the task force charged with securing the state’s creeks and waterways against violent criminals. The ex-militant is popularly known as “Boy Loaf.”

Bayelsa State has been plagued recently by a spate of high-profile abductions and homicidal attacks by pirates. Among recent kidnap victims were the 90-year-old mother of a senator from Bayelsa State as well as a brother of the speaker of the state assembly. Both victims have since been released.

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