Governor Bello Recruits 6,000 Security Vigilantes in Kogi
NEWS DIGEST – The Kogi State government has recruited about 6,000 vigilante security personnel to enhance in the state.
This was revealed by Mr Onogwu Muhammed, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Yahaya Bello, in a chat with the News Digest.
He noted that the security situation in the state has since improved due to the deliberate reforms and policy actions introduced by the Governor to arrest the tide of insecurity.
“Before the advent of this government, Kogi State was the hotbed for all sort of crises, and crimes.
“There was no day incidences of kidnapping were not recorded in the State. It became worse that a serving Commissioner, under the then led PDP administration, was kidnapped.
“The kidnappers did not also spare our traditional rulers. They were responsible for the murder of a prominent Igala traditional leader in 2014.
“But presently, teeming residents of the State now sleep without being apprehensive of criminal elements attacking them or invading their homes, either in broad daylight or at night.
“Securing lives and properties is the most fundamental responsibility of any government. And that, exactly is what the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration is doing in Kogi State.
“The streams of successes recorded in the area of security have attracted accolades and commendations for the State Government, from prominent persons and institutions across the country.
“The State Government has spent a lot on security in the last three years. We procured and distributed over 155 patrol vans, together with motorcycles to various security outfits. Governor Yahaya Bello has also enhanced the allowances of various security personnel serving in the State. These are strategies that have helped to boost Intelligence gathering,” he said.
Speaking further, the Governor’s spokesman, explained that the 6,000 vigilantee members each received a motorcycle, and have been mandated to interact with people in rural communities, so as to gather vital information for analysis and prompt response by mainstream security agencies.