How Kogi handles security challenges — Gov. Yahaya Bello reveals

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said his administration has succeeded in providing adequate security in the state by enhancing citizens’ involvement in the fight against insecurity.

Bello said this at the Annual Lecture/Fellow’s Night 2021 of the Institute of Security and Strategic Studies on Saturday in Abuja where he was represented by the state Deputy Governor Edward Onoja.

“Some of the measures taken by the government to tackle insecurity include clearing of highway bushes, equipping security agencies, engagement of youths in vigilance groups and incorporation of hunters into anti-kidnapping squad,” he said.

He noted that his administration also involved citizens in the fight against insecurity through the involvement of local government chairmen and traditional rulers in the security arrangement of the state.

“Upon my assumption of office as the executive governor of Kogi, I saw it as a divine opportunity among others to rid the state of all crimes and criminality.

“To achieve this goal, we decided to take simple steps to frontally tackle crime in our society.

“Some of which is highway vegetation control by clearing six metres in either side of the highway across the state.

“This simple initiative improved visibility for travellers and eliminated high impulse of kidnappers that usually pound on unsuspecting travellers around blind spots of the highways to execute their nefarious activities,” he said.

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