From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has given the newly appointed Senior Special Assistants on security matters in the 21 local government areas in the state eight weeks to get rid of every criminals.
Bello gave the marching order while inaugurating the appointees at the Lugard house seat of Kogi state government in Lokoja at the weekend.
He said that the new direction government could no longer stand and look as criminal elements such as kidnappers, armed robbers and other criminals have field days terrorising the people.
“We are experiencing some pockets of crimes such as armed robberies, kidnapping, armed banditry and others. This is an acid test for each and every one of you should not spear anyone. Anyone carrying guns in the bushes are all criminals and should be treated as such” Bello said.
He said that the SSA have 8 weeks to chase the criminals away and return the state to its position as the most secured state in the country.
He also cautioned all political thugs to have a rethink as the long arm would be extended to them if caught perpetrating any act of criminality.
He urged the SSA to work closely with the police and all other relevant security agencies and report directly to him through the Chief of Staff to the governor, Jamiu Asuku.