Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has enjoined members of the State Community Safety Corps to operate within the rules of engagement and not operate as tax collectors, settlers of land disputes or domestic issues but rather work with statutory security agencies to rid the state of criminals.
Governor Diri stated this when he inaugurated the first batch of six hundred and three trainees under the Corps in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The Corps came into existence in December twenty twenty-one when Governor Diri signed the bill establishing it into law.
It streamlines the operations of the state’s security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo, Bayelsa State Volunteers and Bayelsa Vigilante into an umbrella body.
The personnel are mandated to work closely with security agencies in the protection of lives and property.
He also urged security agencies to work in synergy with the corps as they would be invaluable in crime fighting in the rural areas.
Governor Diri also noted that its establishment was in line with his administration’s prosperity mantra, where Bayelsans and other residents would live and work without fear due to crime.
In an address, Chief Security Coordinator, Bayelsa Community Safety Corps, retired Brigadier-General Eric Angaye, said the bill establishing the Corps was signed into law in line with the state government’s commitment to fight crime in the state and the need to spread policing to the hinterlands.
He explained that the six hundred and three corps members were drawn from the one hundred and five wards of the state after a rigorous selection exercise and were subjected to nine weeks of training at the Sports Academy at Asoama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.
He said they were trained in intelligence gathering, driving, unarmed combat among others and will be deployed in various communities to collaborate with security agencies in protecting government assets and infrastructure as well as check criminal activities.
Highpoint of the ceremony was the inauguration of patrol vehicles and motorcycles for the use of the Corps by the governor.