A security firm known as Darlon Security and Guards weekend faulted the resolution passed by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly over accusation of complicity in alleged criminal acts in its operations in swamp areas of the state.
According to the security firm, though the firm considered the allegation of the State House of Assembly as “ill-conceived, malicious, unfounded and politically motivated, the operation of the security company is guarded with the nation’s security forces including the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe.
The management of the security firm, in a statement issued at the weekend and signed by its Public Relations and Security Coordinator, Mr Preye Oseke, stated that instead of the false claims made against the company, the personnel of the security outfit do not bear arms, but that they work with conventional security such as the JTF (Operation Delta Safe), noting that suspects arrested in the course of its duty are handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
According to the statement, the security firm stated: “rather than condemning the activities of Darlon Security and Guards, the House should have commended the company for combating the menace posed by oil thieves in the state, stressing that its operations in the last couple of years have changed the narrative in the entire swamp area which hitherto was the hotbed of crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and illegal refineries.”
Oseke stated: “Today, the state revenue has increased sharply with more funds coming to the government coffers through the 13% derivation as a result of increase in crude oil production due to our operations in conjunction with the security agencies in the swamp area.
“In addition, over over 4000 jobless youths have been taken off our creeks and streets through our efforts by engaging them on surveillance jobs and also helping to curb illegal refining of stolen crude oil and the attendant destruction of the environment and aquatic lives.
“Also, medical outreaches have been organized at different times for the rural folks in the swamp area, while women also are being empowered as part of our corporate social responsibilities. It is also an established fact, that multinational oil companies have commenced projects in communities due to the drastic reduction of oil theft in the general area.
“To this end, we consider the motion as sponsored by Hon. Kenebai as ill-conceived, malicious, unfounded and politically motivated all in an attempt to cast aspersion on our genuine efforts to secure the nation’s critical oil and gas assets and discredit us in the public domain.
“The management of Darlon Security and Guard is unperturbed and will not be distracted and is focused on its core mandate of eliminating all forms of criminality against oil and gas facilities in the swamp area.”
It would be recalled that the member representing Sagbama constituency 2 in the State House of Assembly, Bernard Kenebai, had, in a motion raised and adopted last week on the floor of the House, accused the security firm of wrong doing in its operations along the creeks and waterways of Bayelsa state.