The Ebira People's Association (EPA) has decried the incessant threat to lives and properties in Kogi Central and have called for the replacement of officers that have served for too long in the area to douse the high rate of kidnappings and violent crimes in the state.
Speaking at an interactive forum hosted by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau in Abuja, on the spate of kidnappings and other violent crimes in Kogi state, the President of EPA Dr. Adeiza Abdulrahman, lamented that people of the area no longer have trust in security agents that have stayed long in the area, and also called for the deployment of more personnel to Kogi Central.
"You may wish to note that no single captive was ever rescued, as those lucky enough to regain their freedom paid heavy ransoms, while many others unluckily lost their lives for their inability to meet the demands of their captors," Dr. Abdulrahman lamented.
He also raised alarm over the increasing large numbers of foreigners, especially in worship centres across Kogi state and called on the federal government to place them under surveillance.
"We recently noticed the presence of several foreigners in a number of worship centers in our land and we have genuine concerns about their intentions and activities which may already be targeted at indoctrinating unsuspecting residents. They are usually seen with children and teenagers. We humbly request that these foreigners be investigated”.
Responding, Minister of Interior assured the association that he will do everything possible to attend to their request, stressing that the issue of security in the state is of great importance due to its strategic location. He assured that no stone will be left unurned towards ensuring that the lives of the citizens are protected adding that the newly launched “2017 NIS Regulation” will check the activities of foreigners with criminal intentions.