Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has disclosed that his aggressive strategy in fighting armed robbery and kidnappings which hitherto made the state dreadful to travelers and motorists have been decimated since he assumed office in 2016.
According to him, Kogi state recorded over 50 percent of total kidnap cases in Nigeria between 2015 and 2016. Bello made the disclosure during the commissioning of operational base constructed by the state government to the Nigerian Army in Lokoja.
Bello, stressed that the facility donated to the military if effectively used will lead to zero incidence of armed robbery kidnapping, communal clashes and farmer versus herdsmen faceoff.
The Governor added that a total of N204, 668,000 was expended on the constructed forward operational base.
The chief of Army staff who was represented by Major General R.O Yusuf, the Director, Training and Doctrine command, said that no meaningful socio economic activities could take place in the atmosphere of criminality.
He added that Nigerian Army will continue to be grateful to the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for making security a top priority in his new direction agenda.
While promising that the Army will put the facility to good use, he also called for cooperation in the area of providing useful information that would help in combating crimes in the state.