Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has issued a stern warning to criminals, declaring that his administration will utilize every available means to drive them out of the state.

He made this declaration on Tuesday during a reception for officers and men of the Ogun State Police Command who successfully rescued a Nigerian and three Indian nationals abducted at Ilisan along the Sagamu-Benin Expressway last week.

Commending the gallantry of the police in rescuing the kidnapped victims, Governor Abiodun emphasized that stringent measures have been put in place to make Ogun State inhospitable for criminals.

“Last week, there were reports of over 20 people kidnapped in this particular incident.

The police clarified that only four were abducted, not 20 as widely circulated,” Governor Abiodun stated. “Through innovative and resourceful methods, our State Police Command swiftly tracked and apprehended the kidnappers. They have been decisively dealt with.”

Addressing criminals directly, Abiodun asserted, “I want to send a clear message that Ogun State is off-limits for criminal activities. This is just the beginning; our State Police Command has more in store for criminals.

If you challenge our resolve, we will pursue you, apprehend you, and neutralize you.”

The governor praised the police for their numerous successes throughout the year, stressing that enhanced security is crucial for fostering an environment where investors and residents feel secure to live and invest.

“As Nigeria’s industrial hub, any threat to our peace and security is unacceptable.

We continue to provide unwavering support to our law enforcement agencies, understanding that peace and security are indispensable for economic development,” he affirmed.

Abiodun also highlighted his recent recognition as ‘Governor of the Year in State Security,’ underscoring the effectiveness of his administration’s security initiatives and investments.

Expressing gratitude to the officers involved in the rescue operation, Abiodun personally acknowledged their bravery and commitment to protecting the state. “I insisted on meeting with these officers to express my gratitude and assure them of our collective appreciation.

They work tirelessly to ensure our safety, often risking their lives,” he said.

He further disclosed discussions with President Bola Tinubu regarding the deplorable conditions of the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway, a notorious hotspot for criminal activities.

President Tinubu has directed the Minister of Works to promptly address these concerns.

Earlier, State Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alamutu introduced the officers involved in the operation, detailing a fierce gun battle between the kidnappers and the Command’s Anti-kidnapping Squad.

Recovered items included firearms and ammunition.

Alamutu reiterated the commitment of the state’s security architecture to safeguarding lives and property, particularly in vulnerable areas.

He appreciated the state government for its steadfast support to the police.

The operation underscores Ogun State’s determination to maintain peace and security, ensuring a conducive environment for all residents and investors.