From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Kogi State Security Adviser to the Governor, Retired Commander Jerry Omodara has reiterated the commitment of the state government to sustain its community policing policy to wage total war on criminality in the state.
Omodara gave this assurance when Stakeholders from Apaa and Agbede in Kabba/Bunu and Oshokoshoko in Lokoja Local Government Areas paid him courtesy visit in his office in Lokoja.
Commander Omodara said government has resolved to sustain the use of Local hunters for improved security of lives and property especially in gathering more intelligence information to ensure that the state is better secured from criminality.
“We have been using Hunters for Intelligence gathering and this has helped us greatly and that is why Government will continue to use them for the implementation of our community policing strategy.”
He directed Traditional Rulers across the state to henceforth liaise with the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs before accommodating strangers in their respective communities.
The Security Adviser warned that government will not hesitate to demolish any building housing criminals adding that landlords and hoteliers should be mindful of their tenants and guests.
According to him, Kogi is the safest state in the entire North Central, saying the feat could only be achieved through the support of Governor Yahaya Bello and other security stakeholders.
Earlier, the spokesman for the communities, Chief Samuel Omosayi said the visit was to congratulate Commander Jerry Omodara on his reappointment by Governor Yahaya Bello.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the proactive measure towards the establishment of Mobile Police squadron along Kabba-Obajana road and assured him of their unalloyed support and loyalty.