Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reiterated his determination to ensure that every resident is well secured against the menace of kidnapping, robbery and other social vices.
A statement made available to Nigerian Pilot by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said Bello expressed shock at the rampant rate of kidnapping in the state, reiterating the readiness of his administration to wage war against those who are determined to give Kogi a bad name.
He said he is prepared to wage war against criminals and ensure adequate security for the people of the state.
“The lives of our people, those who do business here and thousands of passengers who ply our roads daily are precious to the people and Government of Kogi State. We will do everything within the precinct of law to protect lives and property.
“There is need to look into a number of probabilities. Political saboteurs might be stoking the fire of insecurity in the state to discredit the good job we are doing here. My government will take the fight to the criminals. We will take the fight to them because no defense is as effective as attack.”
The governor pledged his continued support to all security agencies in the state and commended them for their gallantry in bursting crime havens, as well as ensure that victims of kidnap are freed.
The governor promised an iron-cast political will against insecurity, saying he will provide logistics and incentives to enable security agents succeed in their onerous task of ensuring security in the state.
“Our security agents shall be adequately equipped to fight agents of insecurity. I have visited neighbouring states to understudy how they were able to solve their security challenges, as well as seek improved collaboration against crime.”
Governor Bello also pledged improved orientation to enlighten the people on their role in enthroning a secured Kogi State.
More importantly, he vowed to refocus the youths on societal responsibility through job creation, sports and empowerment seminars, so as to make them the bastion of hope for the future.
Bello urged residents to go about their businesses, saying there is no cause for panic and unnecessary tension, as his administration is on top of the situation, adding that with concerted efforts, the war on crime will surely be won.

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