The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Delta State Governor on Security Matters, Comrade Ezekiel Daniel, has warned that criminals will not be allowed to operate in Delta and the neigbouring Ijaw communities of Edo State.
Daniel, who was referring to the activities of some people he described as nebulous elements, warned that the group, which term themselves as the Elders Council of Inikorogha in Ovia South West, Edo State, would not be allowed to carry out nefarious activities as they had come under the security watch of both the federal and state security agencies.
The SSA on Security to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday, warned that such elements should endeavour to be law abiding, warning that they would not be allowed a breathing space to operate.
According to him, no illegal organisation would be allowed to establish a criminal empire across the riverine communities, as the state and the communities needed peace for development to take place.
He therefore warned leaders of the group, who he identified as Robert Okubo, Derimor Omagbemi, Sam Ebiwana, Andrew Igere, Pepe Okubo, Israel Payabor, Kennth Ojuemi, Lee Benson, Victor Konwel, Ibas, Ebiye Eliton, Endurance/Bright Kalayolos, among others to desist from activities that would set the riverine Ijaw communities of Delta and Edo states on fire.
He stressed that the records of their activities had been brought to the notice of all the security agencies, both at the federal and state levels by his office, warning that he would not be intimidated to soft-pedal as no government would allowed anyone, no matter how highly placed, to defy the laws of the land because of crumbs they had been illegally acquiring.
Daniel stressed that these evil elements that had turned the riverine communities into militant camps, with the Inikorogha community as their hub, who had failed to honour various invitations from security agents, would have nowhere to hide as their hideouts would be visited by the police and other security agencies to ensure that they were brought to book.