From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Following the rising cases of kidnapping of innocent citizens of Kogi state in recent times, the State government has put in place necessary measures to tackle the menace headlong in order to guarantee the security of lives and property of the people.
The government while assuring residents and travelers across the state of safety environment said that efforts has been made to step up patrol operations in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
The state commissioner of Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo who gave the assurance in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja on Wednesday, vowed to sustain the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The commissioner said that the Governor has directed the State Security Adviser to coordinate security operations that would facilitate quick apprehension of criminals terrorising the innocent citizens as well as ensuring that the flash points are well covered to guarantee safety of lives and property across the State.
The commissioner also said that government will not relent in its task to retain its ratings as the second most committed to security, as the lives of our citizens and those of travelers within our territories are important to us.
Fanwo noted that as a Government, “we are not prepared to negotiate with any criminal. We will dismantle their gathering storm with the Operation Total Freedom that has the capacity to ensure we retain the confidence of our people in the area of securing them and their property.
“The situation doesn’t call for the red button as it is firmly under control. The Governor will remain resolutely committed to his iron-cast security approach.
“Kogi people and travelers within Kogi territories should go about their lawful businesses without fear as the crime-flash has been doused.