Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has handed down stern warning to the perpetrators of communal crises in Biroko and Kpanche communities in Bassa Local government area of the state.
The Governor, who cautioned the trouble makers at the Government House Lokoja on Thursday when he met with some political and traditional leaders from the local council, said they should desist or face the full wrath of the law.
The Governor said a peace process had been put in place to ensure return of displaced persons from the communities, He therefore directed the police and DSS to deal decisively with anyone or group that decides otherwise on the process.
Bello charged the Police and other Security agencies to thoroughly identify and mop up arms that are in the hands of unauthorized individuals that have been threatening citizen’s right to life and association.
Kogi State Police Commissioner, Edeh Ayuba called on every stakeholder in Bassa Local government area to be committed to the peace process and avoid hostilities.
It would be recalled that Bassa komu and their Egbira neighbours have been in a long standing hostilities that resulted in loss of lives and property worth millions of naira.
The government has set up committees to resolve the crisis, but on several occasions the combatants after agreement, resumed hostilities.
The Kogi state government has therefore taken stance to resolve whatever problem that is tearing the neighbours apart and to forestall future occurrence in other communities.