By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, yesterday said his administration would continue to partner with the police and other security agencies to combat crimes in the state.
Governor Bello gave the assurance when the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police for Zone 8, (comprising of Kogi, Kwara and Ekiti states) Tijani Baba, paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Lokoja.
According to the governor, “The state government will not relent in its commitment to tackle the problem of insecurity in the state. We will derive maximum benefits from hosting the AIG among the rest states under the zone. My government will assist the zone to deliver in its services.”
Bello who expressed delight that the crime rate in the state had dropped drastically, said: “I’m happy to inform you that my administration has purchased over two hundred Police Patrol Vehicles to assist in combating crimes which by the grace of God will be lunched on the 27th of this month as part of the activities to mark the twenty-five years of creation of the state.”
He also drew the attention of the new AIG on the need to flush out some bad eggs in the police who always involve themselves in aiding and abetting crimes, “It has been discovered that when the patriotic volunteers gives useful information to the police, they lease it out to criminals; a development that is very unfortunate. I am glad that the state police command has been able to apprehend a lot of criminals across the state and wants the command to keep it up”.
Earlier, Tijani Baba had informed the governor that he was not happy with the unending cases of kidnapping, robbery and murder in the zone hence the need for the assessment tour of all the states under his jurisdiction with a view to providing solution to the security predicament.
He commended the Kogi state commissioner of police, Abdullahi Ibrahim for being able to identify black spots of criminal hide outs across the state, saying it is a giant step that will go a long way in finding lasting solution to the high level of insecurity facing the state.