The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Douye Diri, has alleged the influx of foreign herders into the country through land borders.
Naija News reports that Diri while lamenting the increasing proliferation of arms and worsening insecurity across the states, urged the federal government to take a holistic approach in dealing with the incessant killings in the nation, especially in the Northern region.
Diri spoke when the Theatre Commander of Operation Restore Peace in the South-South and South-East, DIG Moses Jitoboh, led a delegation of senior officers to pay him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Yenagoa, at the weekend.
Represented by his deputy, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, governor Diri noted that although peace was being threatened in all geopolitical zones of the country, there is a need for special attention to the North.
The governor raised alarm on the issues of porous borders, the influx of foreign herders and the unabated farmers-herders clashes.
He said: “The arms that are being circulated, we don’t know where they are coming from. So, we want to request that this same effort you are making here should go around the country so that there will be peace everywhere in the country.
“We will be happier if the entire country is peaceful rather than having peace only in our state. So, we want to use this opportunity to call on the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the police to do something about what is happening in the North.”
On his part, Jitoboh explained that he was in the state to inaugurate the task force set up by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to combat insecurity in the South-South and South-East regions.
He acknowledged that Bayelsa was the most peaceful in the region and thanked the state government for its continued support to the police.