LOKOJA – Kogi State government has called on people of the state to stop putting the blame of insecurity resurgence in the State on tbe doorstep of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, bit rather view insecurity as everyone’s business that requires all hands to be on deck to tackles.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo who made the clarification on Thursday in Lokoja spoke on the backdrop of the Okun Development Association’s position that the worsening security situation in the State was due to Governor Bello’s open invitation to herdsmen into the state last year.
Fanwo said, “The Governor has invested heavily on security with both facilities and man power as well as deploying technology to fight crime.
“The position of the Okun Development Association, ODA, doesn’t capture the real picture of efforts and actions of the Governor at combating crimes in our society. Criminality doesn’t recognize tribe or race. The effect of it affects all. It is no time for the blame game but conscious action at restoring confidence in the security architecture of the state.
“Yesterday, the State Executive Council approved the procurement of modern security equipment to effectively police the entire Kogi State and those equipment will be delivered soon. When delivered, criminal acts like kidnapping and armed robbery will be effectively stamped out. For his efforts and sacrifices, we should commend the Governor rather than trading blames.
“The interest of the Government and leaders across the state is security. There are Kogites all over the country doing well in businesses and in other endeavors. We want them to be protected and treated the way we treat those who are not indigenes of Kogi State but do business with us here.
“We will not tolerate criminality either by our people or non-Kogites. And the Governor has made it clear he would not negotiate with criminals.”