From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Acting IGP Adamu
A non- governmental organisation known as Idah Club 6575 in Idah Local Government Area of kogi state has raised the alarm over the growing illegal possession of arms and ammunitions in the hands of unauthorized persons across the state with a call on the police and other security agencies to swiftly clamp down on the perpetrators.
The call has become necessary to stem the rising tide of crimes and criminality as a fall out of the activities of political thugs in the recent general elections in Kogi State.
The club, stated this in a letter addressed to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, copy of which was also made availlable to Journalists in Lokoja.
The letter which was signed by the President of the Club, Samuel Ogali and director of publicity and strategy, Jibrin Sam, urged the police commissioner, Hameed Busari to do all within the ambit of the law to ensure the illicit arms are retrieved from the youths
It explained that their major objective is to promote the welfare and the wellbeing of their members and our society at large especially to curtail the spate of criminal activities in Idah and its environs .
While stressing the importance of the group, to the uplift of the community said it has lined up activities for the overall development of the state.
The president called on the state government and well meaning individuals to partner with her to rid the state of crimes and criminality.
“You will agree with us that no meaningful development can be attained in any society in the face of crime, criminality and insecurity. We are of the firm belief that peace and security is a panacea for unity and development.
The club acknowledged the effort of the state Government and security agencies in tackling the menace of kidnapping and cultism in recent times even as the clearing of the forest 10meters from both flanks of the road has curtailed activities of men of the underworld on our roads
It cited the most recent victim of kidnap in the area to be Abdul Abaji from Idah who was picked along Idah Ajegwu road.