…Says perpetrators would be brought to book
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
Following the lingering alleged attacks by hoodlums on some People’s Democratic Party leaders in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello has condemned the ugly development and vowed that perpetrators of the heinous act would be brought to book.
The governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Onyegbule in Lokoja, directed relevant security agencies to ensure thorough investigation into the allegations and bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to justice irrespective of political parties or personalities involved.
The governor has since sent a high-powered delegation led by his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who also doubles as the Leader of appointed government officials from Kogi Central Senatorial District, Engr. (Dr.) Abubakar S. Ohere, to Okene in pursuance of lasting peace and tranquility in the land, and to reassure them of his commitment to ensure the safety of lives and property of every citizen of Kogi State.
Engr. Ohere visited the homes of the PDP Chieftains said to have been attacked and gave them the Governor’s assurances that their attackers will be apprehended and prosecuted.
Bello said: ”This government under my watch will not condone any form of crime or violence in any part of the state, the government is responsible for the security of lives and property of all citizens of Kogi irrespective of political affiliation; it is a core responsibility that shall never be compromised.
“Perpetrating violence, destruction of properties and disturbing the public peace and security that this government has invested so much to attain, all in the name of political support and thuggery is alien to our great party APC and especially to my government. We will therefore not condone any act of violence or attack against innocent persons who are law abiding.
“We are assuring the general public that appropriate actions would be taken by the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The governor appealed to the good people of Kogi state to embrace peace, unity, love of one another, be law abiding and go about their normal businesses.
Bello refuted the allegations by the opposition PDP, accusing the ruling party of masterminding such attacks, and advised the PDP to stop playing to the gallery.
He assured that his government would never indulge in political violence as well as playing politics with issues of security of lives and property.