- The Kogi government has sustained the war against criminals in the state
- No fewer than 28 criminals have been arrested at different locations in the last seven days across the state
- The criminals were arrested by the Joint Task Force of State Vigilante Service and the Neighbourhood Watch
The campaign to flush out criminal elements from Kogi received a boost recently as 4 kidnappers, 8 bandits and 16 cultists were arrested in the state recently.
The criminals were arrested by the Joint Task Force of State Vigilante Service and the Neighbourhood Watch in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the four kidnappers who confessed to be terrorizing the people of Dekina and Bassa local government areas.
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On the other hand, the cultists who are from Ankpa local government area were arrested in Olamaboro local government area where they were carrying out the initiation of new members.
The cult group also confessed to have carried out several armed robbery operations on Ankpa-Okpo-Otukpa road.
Similarly, an 8-man gang of miscreants who were involved in destabilizing the peace around Anyigba and Egume areas of Dekina local government area of the state were also apprehended by the security agencies.
They were said to have led masquerades into a mosque during Islamic congregational prayers in order to spark up religious crisis.
While handing over the suspected criminals to the police at Okpo division, the leaders of the security groups, Mr Usman Okoliko, the chairman of vigilante in Imane; and Mr Iliyasu Abubakar, chairman of the Neighbourhood watch, in their separate remarks, said that the activities of the group had gone beyond cultism as they were engaged in armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the areas.
Speaking, the senior special assistant to the governor, Dekina local government area, Hon Ishaq Shaibu, described the suspected criminals as miscreants who were bent on creating trouble in the local government area.
He restated the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello, to eradicating all forms of criminals from the state, warning that whoever found in any criminal activity would face the full wrath of the law.
Shaibu urged parents and guardians to report their wards who they knew was into any form of criminal activities.
He further reiterated the resolved and the unwavering determination of the governor to make Kogi a more safer and secured state.
He said that the arrested criminals will be charged to court for prosecution according to the criminal laws.
Recall that two months ago, Governor Bello warned that his administration would deal ruthlessly with all criminal elements in the state.
The governor added that he would not negotiate with bandits in the state under any guise.
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