Following the increase in criminal activities, particularly, kidnapping in Kogi State, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has deployed four units of mobile policemen and 32 special anti-robbery squad and a helicopter in the state to stem the tide.
Receiving the squad and the materials at the Government House, Lokoja, on Tuesday, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, warned criminals and their sponsors to relocate from the state or face the full wrath of the law.
The governor said the state government was ready to collaborate with security operatives to ensure that criminals are flushed out of the state.
“The state government is ever ready to give all the necessary support to security agents in the state to assist in tackling the menace of kidnapping, which he noted, had given the state a bad image,” he said.
“In my inauguration speech, I vowed to have a state where citizens will sleep with their two eyes closed, where people will do their legitimate businesses without hindrance, where travellers will pass through without any harassment or molestation by any criminal.
“But in recent time, the increase in crime wave is worrisome and as a result of that, I cried to the president of this country and the IGP and today, we are receiving four units of mobile policemen from IGP, including special anti- robbery squad and a helicopter. These men will face the criminals squarely until they bring them to their knees.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Yakubu Usman, said that the IGP deployed 32 special squad to the state and four unit of mobile policemen to get rid of kidnappers, who have been terrorising the people of the state