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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.

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

By Ojochide Audu

In an effort to combat crime in the state, Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon. Teina Abdulmalik, presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles, to Security Agencies in the State to enhance their operational efficiency in the fight against crime and criminality in Kogi State..


Making the presentation to the benefiting Agencies in Government House, Lokoja the Chairman, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer, Mallam, Aliyu Abubakar Musa, aknowledged the immense efforts and contributions of the Security Agencies to stem criminality in the State.
According to the Chairman, ” Kogi State has witnessed its fair share of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, Cultism and communal crisis, but, our security agencies have been working round the clock to nip them in the bud.
” And with these vehicles, I know that they will do more in that regards. I urge them not to relent in their efforts in ridding the State of all forms of crime”
Abdulmalik, promised that, more operational vehicles would be procured for the security agencies and and appealing to them to ensure regular maintenance of the utility vehicles.
He thanked Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, for providing all the enablement to ensure the State Security Trust Fund achieve its mandates.
Speaking on behalf of the Security Agencies, the Comptroller of Correctional services, Kogi State Command Alhaji Ahmed Musa, lauded the proactive efforts of the Trust Fund, in curbing criminality in the State.
He reiterated the fact that they were motivated by the gesture to redouble their efforts in the fight against crime and pledged that, the vehicles would be maintained to help the government achieve the purpose for which they were meant for.

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

The Nigerian police Kogi State command has described as fake news reports that eighteen (18) traders from Kano travelling to Aba were kidnapped in Kogi State.

This was coming against the backdrop that the Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) had appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.
The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
He indicated that 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.
Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.
He said the kidnapped traders, were from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.
In a swift reaction the Kogi State Police Command indicated that no such incident occurred any where in Kogi State.
In a press statement that was signed by the command public relations officer DSP William Ovye Aya said the news of the purported kidnap of the 18 Kano traders in Kogi State is fake and capable of misleading the public on the Security situation in the State.
“It is pertinent to let the public know that, the Kogi State Police Command in collaboration with other Security agencies is determined to guarantee the protection of lives and property in the State.
“The Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba Ekpeji urges members of the Press as well as social media handlers to always find out the true nature of incident and its location before publishing the story so as not to misinform the general public and create mistrust among the good people of Kogi State and Nigeria in general.”


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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.

The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

No fewer than 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.

Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.

He said the kidnapped traders, were from from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.

“I am appealing to the government and security operatives to do everything possible to rescue our members unharmed.

“Though, the kidnappers have reached out to the families of the abductees demanding for N50 million ransom and they later came down to N27 million before they free all of them” he said (NAN)

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