Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has accused the Nigerian Agip Oil Company of outsourcing terrorism in Bayelsa through pipeline security and surveillance contracts, noting that Chief David Lyon, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is one of its contractors.
The governor said that the oil firm is giving out surveillance contracts to outlaws in the oil producing communities created and sustained by them.
He made the comment while speaking with some editors on political happenings especially the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State in Lagos on Friday.
He said that the oil firm was exhibiting a mafia like grip on the oil producing communities in the state in order to brutally crush any likeness of resistance to their activities from the communities.
According to him, the surveillance contractors some of who earn as high as one billion naira per month have been operating in the state as if they are a parallel government.
Governor Dickson said that the contractors’ main duty was to engage criminal minded individuals to perpetrate heinous acts against the oil bearing communities including maiming and killing of those who disagree with them and their activities.
The governor noted that the activities of the surveillance contractors were quite disturbing as they run militia groups with thousands of armed young men working under them to inflict terror on the society.
Governor Dickson added that the surveillance contractors were being paid to carry out criminal acts of repression against the producing communities since Agip couldn’t carry out those illegal activities directly.
“What has happened is that the oil company is giving surveillance contracts to these young boys most of who are outlaws that they are creating, and I have said it several times that they are working towards having a mafia-like hold in our communities, particularly in Bayelsa”, he said.
He said that several innocent people have been maimed and killed in a grisly manner by the outlaws operating as oil surveillance contractors just to instill fear in the local communities in the guise of protecting oil facilities in the state.
He also said that David Lyon signified Agip’s boldest land grab through a political attempt to control a strategic state like Bayelsa, which, according to him, should be of concern to the country.
He described David Lyon as a political rookie who lacks the capacity to preside over the affairs of a state like Bayelsa.
The governor who also commented on the candidate of the PDP in the November 16, 2019 election, Senator Douye Diri, described him as a distinguished Nigerian with a robust record of public service.
He said that Diri had served in the Ijaw National Movement as the pioneer National Organising Secretary of the Ijaw National Congress; Executive Secretary of Centre for Youth Development under Alamieseigha; Commissioner for Youth under Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as governor of Bayelsa; Principal Private Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff under him, and member, House of Reps, and currently a senator.