The new police boss in Bayelsa State, Austin Iwar from Benue State, has settled in and new war strategies have been unveiled against vice merchants in the state, especially armed robbers and cultists, who are almost always the same.
Now, the police said the move is coming just as the activities of cultists and armed robbers have caused serious security lapses which have affected economic activities and night life within the Yenagoa metropolis.
In some instances, victims have been robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight with people who withdraw large sums of money from some commercial banks as some of the most vulnerable in recent weeks.
A police statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, said seven tactical teams have been charged with dealing with cultists and armed robbers following reports of increasing cases of both and their effects on public safety.
Iwar gave the charge to the seven specialised units headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Department of Operations would carry out sporadic and targeted operations in flash points within the Yenagoa metropolis.
Already, “operatives have been dispatched to hot spots on intelligence gathering and surveillance on such miscreants,” the police statement said while warning cultists to renounce their membership as the command would decisively deal with any act of criminality.
The state police command commended all stakeholders including vigilantes and other spirited individuals for their cooperation and participation in policing in the state thus far.
The command appealed to members of the public to volunteer useful information about activities of suspected cultists and to utilise their distress telephone numbers when in distress.
According to the statement, the distress telephone numbers are 07034578208, 08075390597 and 08028925040.