Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
BAYELSA State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has hailed the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their services which culminated in the successful inauguration of his administration on February 14, 2020.
Diri made the commendation while speaking at the formal flag-off of the sixth edition of Operation Crocodile Smile at the Army Super Camp, Ema-Okenema in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, particularly thanked the men and officers of the Nigerian Army for the role it played to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the state.
Diri maintained that, but for the gallantry and professionalism of the Army, Bayelsa would have been thrown into chaos following the Supreme Court ruling on February 13, this year.
He also expressed gratitude to security agencies for being alive to their responsibilities during the EndSARS protest to forestall carnage in the state.
He said: “Your singular show of professionalism was able to nip in the bud the rascality and criminal activities that tried to rear up their ugly heads as a result of the Supreme Court decision that restored our mandate on the 13th of February 2020.
“If not for your effort, we believe that the carnage that took take place in the state would have gone beyond what we saw. So, we want to thank the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for the roles you all played in the events that led to our successful swearing-in on the 14th of February.