- Governor Yahaya Bello has revealed how his mother spent 93 days in the hands of kidnappers
- The governor made the revelation when newly appointed AIG Moses Ambakina Jitoboh visited him on Tuesday, April 16
- The AIG lauded Governor Bello for his dedication to ensuring the security of lives and property of the people of the state
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has revealed how his mother spent 93 days in the hands of kidnappers.
The governor made the revelation when the newly appointed AIG n charge of Zone 8, Moses Ambakina Jitoboh, visited him on Tuesday, April 16 at his office in Government House Lokoja, the state capital.
The AIG had earlier lauded Governor Bello his dedication to ensuring the security of lives and property of the people of Kogi state since he assumed office.
“Kogi state in the past was known for crimes. I have suffered from the pangs of insecurity before, it is only those who have never suffered it that would not appreciate it. My mother was in the hands of kidnappers for 93 days,” the governor said.
He added that on his assumption of office, his intention was to ensure security of lives of every citizens of the state and expressed joy for the cooperation his government enjoyed with all the security agencies.
He stressed that through the cooperation, the state security apparatus was in place, which led to the near zero level violence in the last election because the security agencies were proactive.
Going forward, the governor said, whoever engaged thugs and other criminal elements in elections would be made to face the full wrath of the law, irrespective of his social or economic standing in the society.
He commended the current IGP who he said looked very gentle but is highly effective in the discharge of his responsibility.
Earlier, AIG Jitoboh, said the governor had done excellently in the area of security because the records he saw before did not give for good reading, but that Governor Bello had changed the tide.
Jitoboh said he was aware of how armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of criminality were prevalent in the past, but the story was no longer the same since the assumption of office by the present administration.
He added that he had equally been briefed by the current police commissioner in the state, who gave the full details of how Governor Bello had been assisting the force in the areas of logistics.
The AIG, therefore, used the opportunity to express gratitude to the governor and urged him to sustain the tempo.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reiterated its commitment to support the Nigeria Police, DSS and other security agencies with real time geospatial and imagery intelligence whilst making available its air assets for the conduct of tactical air support missions and increasing the frequency of air reconnaissance along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari axis.
The move is part of inter-agency cooperation to address security challenges in the country, especially the issue of kidnapping and armed banditry along the route.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, disclosed this on Wednesday, April 3, while playing host to the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, and the Director General DSS, Yusuf Bichi, at Headquarters NAF, Abuja.
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