— We will resist desperate politicians who want to plunge the state into chaos.
IDRIS AHMED, LOKOJA.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has described Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a formidable and dependable ally in the fight against national insecurity.
IGP Baba who was in Kogi state on a visit on Monday stated in his speech that due to Governor Yahaya Bello’s dogged and unrelenting fight against crime, Kogi state has become unsafe for criminals.
He noted with satisfaction, the Governor’s quick responses to insecurity without raising alarms, a sign of his doggedness and capability to protect lives and properties under his watch.
He said, “The Kogi Governor was one governor that would never raise the alarm of not being in control of security in his state, and from what I have observed, the governor leads from the front”.
The IGP, therefore commended the Governor for being the “real Chief Executive Officer” in terms of security, noting that he is “a dependable ally in the battle against national insecurity.”
He said, “I’ve never heard him crying that he doesn’t have control of security in his state. That is because he can synergise and cooperate with all the security agencies as well as lead from the front. Security is everybody’s business. When you have a leader who is leading from the front, others will follow. That is what is happening in Kogi.
“Many of the crimes being committed by sons and daughters of Kogi are not even being committed in Kogi, but outside Kogi, because they have no place in Kogi State again.
“We have people like His Excellency who are supporting our cause. My sincere gratitude to His Excellency for being proactive about security. I can’t remember how many times he has visited the force headquarters, not for himself, because he has no reason to; but in his efforts to protect his people. I don’t know how many governors do this.”
Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in his address disclosed that his administration is determined and ready to resist attempts by some desperate politicians who want to draw back the progressing hands of the clock to plunge the state into the pre-2015 era of insecurity in the guise of playing politics.
He also disclosed that a credible intelligence report at the disposal of the state government had revealed that the actions of some politicians were capable of truncating the peace currently enjoyed in the state, stressing that his administration would not allow insecurity to be smuggled into Kogi through the “boot of politics”.
He seized the opportunity to appreciate and commend men of the Kogi State Police Command, currently under the command of CP Edward Chuka Egbuka, as well as those of the various security agencies operating in the state.
“They stand by day and by night to secure our lives and properties. We recognize their sacrifice and dedication and we do owe them a weight of gratitude for their service. Together they form a formidable wall of defence for my people and state.” Governor Bello stated.
Bello recalled that before the inception of the current administration, Kogi citizens lived in perpetual fear from rampaging insecurity of all kinds.
There were high rates of terrorism, kidnapping, bank robbery, violent political agitations, pipeline vandalism, herdsmen/farmers conflicts, inter- and intra-communal clashes, campus and other forms of cultism, amongst others.
“By the grace of God, over the last 7 years, my Administration has done its best to supply both the tools and the allied morale boosters that our officers need to excel. In our first year, we were able to buy and distribute over 200 patrol vans, over 500 motorcycles and thousands of communications and tactical equipment to the services. We also continue to provide regular maintenance and logistical support.
“In addition, we established a Joint Task Force, Operation Total Freedom, for them which allowed the Police, the Armed Forces and all the other Security Service