The Bayelsa state government on Friday called on fleeing residents of Ndoro community in Ekeremor local government area of the state to return home, assuring that everything was under control.
The panicky residents had deserted their homes for fear of invasion by security agents following alleged beheading of a security operative, said to be negotiating with militants in Ndoro to lay down their arms.
However, the Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa, Daniel Iworiso-Markson said the state governor, Seriake Dickson had held a meeting with security chiefs, officials of the military high command, and leaders of the community over the incident.
He disclosed that the member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Fred Agbedi, also attended the meeting.
Iworiso-Markson, who spoke in a statement, disclosed that the meeting resolved that the military should move into the community to return normalcy, while the government begins a peace process.
The statement reads in part, “his Excellency Governor Seriake Dickson met with very senior security chiefs and the military high command as well as leaders and key stakeholders to decide on the steps to take and it was agreed that the military will move in to provide the needed peace.
“So we call on all those who have fled the community to return. There is no cause to be scared as government has intervened to ensure that the situation is brought under control.”
Assuring residents that they could go about their normal businesses with the presence of the military residents, the Bayelsa government expressed regret over the incident but maintained that the situation had been brought under control by the state government’s quick intervention.