The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Konbowei Benson, has reportedly hired the services of a cleric, Pastor Uma Ukpai, to heal his constituency of crime and other vices.
The latest development by the lawmaker comes on the heels of increased incidence of criminal activities such as kidnappings, militancy, killings, illegal oil bunkering and other criminal activities.
The speaker was reported to have deployed the service of the popular cleric to his constituency, Southern Ijaw Constituency 4.
The Bayelsa speaker in a statement released on Thursday stated that it is expected that Rev. Uma Ukpai’s crusade in his constituency will heal and cleanse the region of crime and criminal activities and as well change the negative narratives of his community.
He stated in the statement: “Travelling to our once very peaceful environment is now done only with the presence of heavily armed military men, even traditional and social functions are not left out; an ugly trend that has made everyone a victim and vulnerable.
“It is worrisome that in the quest to acquire powers of invincibility, youths from the region have transported many idols, evil deities from other parts of the country to the region and entered into covenants with them without taking into account the effects on their spirituality and relationship with God.
“This has increased idolatry and unexplainable lifestyle in the land.”
Benson further stated that the reason behind his decision to contract the man of God, Uma Ukpai, who agreed to hold the crusade, was because he is determined to put a stop to all the criminal activities in the region by divine intervention.