edited January 7 in Politics

Senator Moses Cleopas, representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has called on the people of Peremabiri in Southern Ijaw local government area to cooperate with the state government in order to bring lasting peace to the community.

The community had been under siege by unidentified armed assailants that attacked residents and destroyed property on Christmas Day and on January 3.

The home of a well-known former militant leader, Paul Eris alias General Ogunbos and other buildings were reportedly burnt while valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed in the Christmas day attack.

The lawmaker, who also hails from Southern Ijaw, sued for peace in the community, saying it is the sine qua non for development and general wellbeing of the people.

Cleopas commended the state government for taking decisive steps to restore calm in the community.

"I'm aware of the steps already taken by Governor Douye Diri to restore calm in Peremabiri community and I commend the state government for its quick intervention.

"I urge the people to cooperate with the government so that the community can enjoy peace. Without peace, no community, state or nation can develop. Peace is the panacea for development," he said.

The legislator, who wished people of the senatorial district a prosperous new year, also called on them to cooperate with the state government.

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