Over 300 displaced persons return to Bayelsa. About 300 indigenes, who fled Peremabiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, two years ago, following outbreak of violence, returned to their community at the weekend.
Over 300 displaced persons return to Bayelsa
The crisis in Peremabiri community broke out because of the 2015 governorship election.
The Paramount Ruler of the community, Progress Never-Die, who was shot by hoodlums during the crisis, was flown abroad by the state government for adequate medical attention.
The internally displaced persons consisting of women and children were camped in Yenagoa by the state government after they were forced to flee their riverine community in 2015.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson said their safe return signaled the dawn of peace to the once troubled community.
He expressed gratitude to Governor Seriake Dickson for providing a safe place in Yenagoa for the displaced persons and picking up all their bills for almost two years.
He said the governor demonstrated the commitment of a leader who is passionate about the welfare of his people.
Iworiso-Markson also thanked security agents for restoring the peace in the community and charged them to maintain the peace.
Iworiso-Markson urged them not to allow their community to go through such a dark moment again because of the interest of few persons.
He said: “Now that the once displaced persons have safely returned to their community and are integrated, it is time for members of the community to work towards maintaining peace and stability. For us as a government we have done our part and we will continue to do the needful.
” We thank His Excellency, Governor Seriake Dickson for his support to the people and also security agents for the role they played leading to the return of the people. This government is all about peace, security and the welfare of our people”.