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  • Updated: May 18, 2024

Kogi: Ododo reaffirms commitment to tackling criminalities

Kogi: Ododo reaffirms commitment to tackling criminalities

The Governor of Kogi, Usman Ododo has reaffirmed his administration's commitment to tackling criminalities, including kidnapping in the state.

The Governor stated this on Saturday in a statement made available by the State Commissioner of Information, Kingsley Fanwo.

According to Fanwo, the governor noted that the North Central region was experiencing insecurity due to the dislodgement of insurgents in the Northeast.

He said: “My administration is rising to the challenge of defeating the torrent of criminality waged against our dear state in the last one month. We believe that the torrent of attacks on insurgents, bandits and kidnappers in the North-East has dislodged them and many of them are now trying to find their feet in the North-Central.

“All the same, the Kogi government is deploying an iron-cast approach to safeguarding the state from the fangs of these criminals."

The governor further noted that the recent success in the rescue of 21 out of 24 students recently kidnapped from the Confluence University of Science and Technology, CUSTECH, highlights the state government's commitment to addressing insecurity in the state.

He revealed that the State Government has equally received a rescue report of two women kidnapped from Yagba East and Yagba West Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Ododo while stressing his administration's commitment to security added that his administration has recorded successes in the rescue of several kidnapped persons from other states in the state's forests.

The governor partly said: “We are still searching frantically for the three remaining CUSTECH students yet to be rescued. This is because every citizen’s life is important to the government.

“Consequently, I have approved the immediate employment of thousands of local hunters across the 21 local government areas of the state.

“Their immediate task is going after the criminals and taking the fight to their camps and hideouts, which is already yielding positive results.

“Also, the Joint Forces of the army, police, DSS, NSCDC, Metropolitan Response Squad and hunters group are currently carrying our simultaneous operations in Lokoja as well as across the three senatorial districts, including our border communities.”

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