Bayelsa State Government has warned that traditional rulers in the state who fail to open registers to profile visitors and non-indigenes engaged in business and other socio-economic activities in their areas will face its wrath.

Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo gave the warning during the second round of local government by local government meetings with traditional rulers across the state, beginning with Ekeremor council at his office in Yenagoa.

Ewhrudjakpo, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, yesterday explained that the state government had earlier directed the traditional rulers to carry out the profiling in its previous meetings with them in which securty topped the agenda.

Making reference to a recent policy announcement by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, he maintained that the issue of profiling had become compulsory in view of the current security situation in the country.

The deputy governor described the situation where most communities in Bayelsa do not know the number and kinds of people carrying out all sorts of activities in their forests, farmlands and rivers, as “no longer acceptable to government.”

Ewhrudjakpo, who lamented that Bayelsans had left their traditional fishing and farming occupations to strangers, reiterated his call on the royal fathers to expedite action on the opening of registers and close monitoring of visitors in their various communities.

In their separate remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Michael Ogbere, and the Chairman, House Committee on Youth and Sports, Tari Porri expressed concern over the rising tide of piracy in the area.

They called on the traditional rulers to provide useful information to the security agencies to curb the menace.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Chief Thompson Amule, enjoined the royal fathers to always be on the same page with government to promote unity and peaceful coexistence in their communities.

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