Groups wants IGP to retrieve illegal arms from youths in in Kogi
Two groups, Save Kogi Movement (SKM), and Idah Club 6575, have called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to retrieve arms illegally possessed by youths in the state.
In separate appeals yesterday in Lokoja, they claimed that the just concluded general elections provided a fertile ground for unscrupulous politicians to recruit and arm the youths for selfish ends.
The groups regretted that with the polls over, the dangerous weapons were being deployed for kidnapping, robbery and other criminal activities.
SKM’s acting president, Commodore Daniel Folorunsho, stressed that the dangerous weapons needed to be retrieved to free the state from what he termed ‘siege’ owing to the prevalence of vices in parts of Kogi.
Describing security as all encompassing and multifaceted, he stated that it was unfortunate that government was placing emphasis on physical security, abandoning other issues that form the whole mix.
He said the Movement is a committee of like minds coming together to look at the position of Kogi State.
In his words, “We are calling on the Inspector General of Police to make sure he retrieves all illegal arms because in Kogi State during the last election there were too many arms in circulation, illegal arms”.
Commodore Daniels described security as all encompassing and multifaceted, saying that it is unfortunate that government is placing emphasis on physical security, abandoning other issues of securities that come together to form the composite security.
“If food security is not addressed you can be sure that all these structures they thought they are putting in places would not work. A hungry man is an angry man. If you push somebody who is starving to the wall there is nothing he would not do to feed himself.
“These people, when you arm them and they are hungry after election they would go into robbery, Kidnapping and all kinds of vices. So we are calling on all security agencies especially the commissioner of police in Kogi State, the Inspector General of Police, to come to the aid of the State because another election is coming because if these arms and ammunitions are not retrieved we are in trouble.”
In the same vein the Idah Club 6575 said the proliferation of light weapons came about as part of the fallout of recent general election in Kogi State.
The club which is a duly registered association with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the part c of the company and allied matters registration category stated this in a letter addressed to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, copy of which was also made availlable to the Guardian in Lokoja yesterday.
The letter which was signed by the President of the Club Samuel Ogali and director of publicity and strategy Jibrin Sam respectively wants the police commissioner to do all within the ambit of the law to ensure the arms are retrieved from the youths.
“If these youths are not dispossessed of these arms, the tendency to resort to criminal activities such as Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and cultism is high.
“Our prayer is for you to use your good office to nip this ugly trend in the bud in order to ensure peace and security for our people at home as well as to provide an enabling environment for our people in Diaspora to accesses home and contribute their quota to the development of our society.
It stated further that their major objective is to promote the welfare and the wellbeing of their members and our society at large especially to ensure the spate of criminal activities in Idah and environs are curtailed.
It explained that as part of their activities, they have lined up avalanche of programs geared towards the overall development of their society as a way of complimenting efforts of Government at various levels.
“You will agree with us that no meaningful development can be attained in any society in the face of crime, criminality and insecurity. We are of the firm belief that peace and security is a panacea for unity and development.
The club acknowledged the effort of the state Government and security Agencies in tackling the menace of Kidnapping and cultism in recent times.
Worthy of note is the clearing of the forest 10meters from both flanks of the road for ease of visibility for Travellers.
He said “Despite the gesture of the state government in providing logistic support to various security agencies and the reciprocal effort of the various agencies, kidnappers are again on the prowl along Idah Ajegwu road and other highways within the State.”
It cited the most recent victim of kidnap in the area to be Abdul Abaji from Idah who was picked along Idah Ajegwu road.
Aregbesola challenges paramilitary agencies to be proactive on grassroots intelligence against insecurity
Paramilitary agencies under the Ministry of Interior have been given the marching order to up their ante in intelligence gathering especially in the grassroots and border communities to combat rising insecurity.
The minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, gave the charge during the decoration of senior personnel of the agencies from the ranks of Assistant Controller-Generals, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-General, (ACGs), to the ranks of Deputy Controller-General, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-Generals, (DCGs), held in Abuja, yesterday.
Intelligence gathering the minister said is instructive and expedient as key ingredients in tackling the security challenges facing the country at moment.
Hence he said the need for the renewed efforts at gathering relevant information, especially at the grassroots is now.
He said “Whenever there is a national discussion on internal security, the interior ministry shiuld be at the centre of it. “Therefore we must maximize grassroots penetration for intelligence gathering.
“At the centre of this grassroots penetration is the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC)because they are well-positioned in our communities and among civilians.”
The minister who said that it is difficult to believe that kidnappers and bandits are able to successfully move large numbers of people into the bushes without anyone noticing, also called on the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), to protect and guard the territorial integrity of Nigeria’s borders.
He further reiterated that the Nigeria Correctional Service has been declared a red zone and all who threaten to break in or out of the prisons are considered as security threats and would be ruthlessly dealt with.
The chairman of the board of the agencies, Mrs. Aisha Ahmed, in her remarks said the promotion process was rigorous and only those that merited the ranks, were promoted.
Eight officers were promoted across the agencies; four DCGs in immigration, three DCGs in corrections service and one DCG in the NSCDC.
Kogi police Commissioner denies knowledge of any ransome paid for release of abducted council boss
The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Edeh has said he is not aware any ransome was paid to secure the release of Hon. Pius Kolawole, Yagba West Council Chairman who wad abducted at the weekend.
He spoke while confirming his release.
CP Edeh said the Council Chairman regained his freedom through the combined efforts of the Police other sister agencies, hunters and vigilant men.
According to him, technology was deployed in the rescue operation as well as unrelenting pressure mounted through continued search in the forests.
Edeh indicated that the search which commenced on Saturday, saw his men and the team working round the clock until the Chairman was rescued.
He added that, ” I’m however not in the picture of any ransom payment.
The abducted Council Chairman of Yagba West LGA in Kogi State, Hon. Pius Kolawole regained his freedom from his abductors Wednesday
He was abducted on Saturday evening while returning to Kogi State from Ilorin, Kwara State.
A family source said the Chairman was welcomed and received by jubilant supporters and Family members in his hometown Egbe.
The Council Chairman it was gathered is hale and hearty and has reunited with his family and terming supporters.
Pro- Buhari group threatens to expose Govs, others who sponsor insecurity, banditry
A pro Buhari group, #ISTANDWITTBUHARI has threatened to name all the Governors, other sponsors of violent campaigns that are bent on bringing down President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government and cause ethnic war.
The group gave one month ultimatum within which they expect such evil people to refrain from their activities of causing insecurity in the country or face outright exposure.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja spokesperson of the group honorable Ifeanyi Nonso Ogadimma claimed the group have in their possession some classified information on details of some of the plans put in place by members of the opposition to further politicize the security situation in the country so as to score cheap political goals.
“We also have a list of their names from state governors down to political influencers, youth organizations and clandestine organizations under their payroll through which they wish to unleash more terror in some volatile states especially in the south.”
Ogadinma said have their identity as well as theur residential addresses down to their villages.
“We are therefore giving you until the end of the month the opportunity to immediately disband your private militia groups and henceforth discontinue your sponsorship of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria
“If you refuse to immediately arrest the situation in your respective areas by the end of the month, we will not only expose your identities to the world but also embark in mass action against you in your respective locations.”
Ogadimma said that they would have gone public with the information in their possession but for the security agencies working on it.
The group which stands with Buhari said they will wait till the end of month to take action.
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