A surveillance security firm working for an oil multinational in Bayelsa State, Darlon Security and Guards Ltd, has denied allegations of “engaging in acts of terrorism” leveled against it by the Bayelsa state government.
In a statement yesterday in Yenagoa by the firm’s Head of Operations, Mr. Wilson Clifford, described the state government allegations against the chairman of the firm, Mr David Lyon of engaging in acts of terrorism as well as running a parallel government in the state as “corporeal and shows the height of desperation on the state government’s frantic bid to pull down Mr Lyon, whose only crime is being a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress ,APC.”
Clifford said: “For the records, we’d like to emphatically state that, Darlon Security and Guards Ltd, is a law abiding organization, that operates strictly within the confines of its contractual terms, which is the protection of oil pipelines in parts of the state. The diligence with which we execute our operations in line with our terms of reference, has seen the earnings of the state improve tremendously, as well as eliminate criminal activities from our creeks.
“It is an established fact that the entire Swamp Area, with a notoriety for crude oil theft, illegal refineries and pipeline vandalism in the past, is now a haven of peace, thanks to the operations of Darlon Security and Guards Ltd. We therefore take exception to Gov. Dickson’s phantom allegations against us.
“If the about 5000 persons employed by Darlon Security and Guards Ltd, is what Gov. Dickson considers as running a parallel government, then we plead guilty to providing livelihood for thousands of Bayelsans. We’d like to state unequivocally, that our chairman, Hon. David Lyon is a peace loving man, who has never engaged in any act of terrorism, and would never engage in such an act.
“Darlon Security and Guards Ltd will continue to work within the ambit of the laws of the land as always. We pledge to continually remain law abiding in our dearly beloved state and nation, and will strive continuously, to protect our before-now ravaged environment, and improve on the livelihood of our people,” he said.