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Politicization Of Security Agencies, Threat To Nigeria’s Stability – Dickson, Clark

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Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, and the Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, have raised the alarm over the increasing abuse of security agencies by the ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress, and the federal government.

A statement by the special adviser to the governor on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Governor Dickson and the elder statesman as raising the concern when Pa Clark paid the governor a condolence visit on the death of his mother, Goldcoast Dickson, in Abuja, on Friday.

The governor said Nigerians were deeply worried about the conduct of the security agencies across in the country. And according to him, the security agencies were disturbingly metamorphosing into an extension of the ruling party, the APC, ahead of the 2019 general election.

Governor Dickson also condemned the recent assassination attempt on the deputy Senate President, Prof Ike Ekweremadu, and the police invasion of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

He described the action of the police authorities, who sealed off the House of Assembly, as an assault on the democratic order, which he said should not be encouraged.

Dickson stated further that the recent posting of eight police commissioners to Bayelsa State within a shockingly short period of three months only showed a sinister plot to destabilise the peace, security and stability of the state, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He called on the relevant authorities and the security agencies to conduct themselves in a way that would promote the nation’s democracy rather than putting it in jeopardy.

Speaking also, Pa E.K Clark condemned the erratic transfer of eight police commissioners to Bayelsa State in three months. He said that he was not surprised at the conduct of the police as they recently invaded his house in Abuja even at his age of 91 in a purported search for arms.

He cautioned a former governor of Bayelsa, who is a Chieftain of the APC, who he accused of being behind the instigation of the politics in police postings to the state to stop making himself a laughing stock.



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