June 18, 2024

Community policing: Gov Ododo to unveil new security vehicles

Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, will unveil a set of new security vehicles on Friday to enhance the efficiency of community policing in all local government areas in the state.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Ismaila Isah, noted that the new set of security vehicles to be distributed to all 21 local government areas in the state is aimed at boosting the community policing initiative of the administration of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo through the Kogi State vigilante service.

The statement added that the new set of vehicles is also part of measures to lay the foundation for a new template for community policing as part of the security architecture in Kogi State.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has commended the recent onslaught by security agencies in Kogi East against criminals operating in the area.

The governor praised the efforts of the caretaker chairman of Dekina Local Government Area, John Urah Ikani, over the arrest of a gang of kidnappers who were allegedly invited to Ochaja from a state in the North West by a kidnap kingpin who has been at large.

The suspected kidnappers who have been assisting security agencies with useful information, the statement noted, were arrested by members of the vigilante group around Ochaja area while on routine patrol and they have since confessed to working for the notorious kidnapping kingpin, who is said to have been terrorising victims in communities between Dekina and Ankpa local government areas.

The governor urged all caretaker chairmen of local government areas in the state to prioritise the security of lives and property in their respective council areas, stressing that it is better to prevent crime than go after criminals when the crime has taken place.

Governor Ododo promised that the state government would continue to provide the necessary support to ensure the security of lives and property in all parts of Kogi State.

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