- Governor Yahaya Bello says he will ensure the onslaught on criminal elements in Kogi state continues
- According to the governor, he will lead security agents in the coming days to smoke out criminals from their hideouts
- Governor Bello had earlier warned that his administration would not negotiate with bandits under any guise
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has vowed that the current onslaught on criminal elements in the state will be sustained until they are crushed completely.
The governor gave the reassurance on Friday, July 31 while speaking to journalists at the Eid ground in Agasa, Okene local government area of the state.
According to the governor, he will lead security agents in the coming days to smoke out criminals from their hideouts.
Governor Bello said his administration would not rest on its oars until all criminal elements operating along the Lokoja-Abuja as well as Okene-Lokoja highways are crushed and eliminated.
His words: “The bandits are spilling into the state especially on Abuja-Lokoja highway carrying out attacks on commuters recently.
“We are not going to fold our hands and watch neither thinking of negotiating with any criminal gangs; we know what to do and they are aware of what we can do.
“In the days ahead, I will lead security agents into their hideouts and smoke them out.”
Bello said those who have refused to take the opportunity of the various government empowerment programmes to be self-reliant would not be allowed to unleash terror on innocent citizens.
“The federal and state governments have lofty empowerment programmes for different categories of persons to engage themselves meaningfully. Those who want to engage in illicit endeavours such as armed robbery, kidnapping and banditry will be crushed,” he said.
Governor Bello also urged people of the state to remain law-abiding and engage themselves in productive endeavours.
Recall that two suspected kidnappers were recently gunned down and two armed robbers arrested in Kogi as the state government intensifies onslaught on criminal activities in the state.
A security report made available to journalists revealed that a combined team of security operatives patrolling the Ajegu-Idah road on Tuesday, July 28 foiled a kidnapping operation during which two of the kidnappers were gunned down as a result of the exchange of fire between the security men and the criminals.
Senior special assistant to the governor on security, Idah local government, Abu Odoma, who confirmed the incident, stated that the kidnap gang has been terrorizing road users along the road for years.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Bello warned that his administration would deal ruthlessly with all criminal elements in the state, adding that he would not negotiate with bandits under any guise.
The governor made the statement at the North-central Security Summit held in Lafia, Nasarawa state earlier this year.
Governor Bello said with the cooperation of the security agencies, traditional rulers and citizens of the state, the Kogi government dealt with insecurity which was commonplace before his administration came on board and it will continue to rout out criminals.
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