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Bayelsa poll: I would not bleed blood to keep my government seat says Diri



Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has vowed not to pour blood in order to keep his position ahead of the state’s governorship election on November 11.

He spoke in Ogbolomabiri on the weekend after assessing the security situation in neighbouring Bassambiri in the state’s Nembe Local Government Area.

On the orders of the acting Inspector General of Police, men from the police Strategic Weapons and Tactical, SWAT, squad and several non-state actors dressed in military camouflage stormed the Bassambiri community on August 12.

As a result of the invasion, some people were shot and many others were relocated.

The governor told the displaced Bassambiri indigenes at Ogbolomabiri’s King Koko Square that anyone who sacrifices people’s lives for political power does not deserve to rule the state.

Diri expressed concern for the health and wellbeing of the displaced people in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, saying that every life in Bassambiri or Ogbolomabiri was vital to him.

He promised them that his administration will do everything in its power to bring peace and order back to the Nembe communities.

“I will not jeopardise one life to keep my office because every life is important to me,” he stated.

Anyone who aspires to be governor should not be willing to sacrifice any of you.

“Bassambiri issues are either political, chieftaincy-related, or economic in nature.” Anyone seeking oil company benefits should not sacrifice others in order to obtain cash.

“You cannot commit suicide if you are from Bassambiri, Ogbolomabiri, Brass, or Odioma.” All of you are Nembe. All of you are Ijaw. As a result, I urge the Nembe-Se Congress to do more to bring the people of Nembe together.

“As a government, we will continue to work to unite the people and develop the area.”

“That’s why your government began the massive Nembe-Brass road project, which is a Federal Government road.”

Diri asked the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to give additional assistance goods to the displaced Bassambiri people as soon as possible.

He went on to say that his administration’s approach to people’s well-being was to promote empowerment and skill acquisition rather than arming them to kill.

Diri met with the leader of the SWAT unit in Bassambiri.

He warned the police squad against using intimidation and discriminating force in the neighbourhood.

He also asked the team to focus on preserving lives and maintaining law and order rather than becoming involved in local politics.

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