The State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd) has reiterated the avowed determination of Kogi state government to rid the state of criminal elements.
Speaking with news in Lokoja on Tuesday, Omodara said the state government policy on demolition of houses used for criminal acts is still in place.
He added that to nip crimes in the bud, government must be decisive in dealing with issues of security.
The Security Adviser stated that with the swift intervention of Governor Yahaya Bello, the insecurity upsurge in Ajaokuta local government area of the state has been brought under control.
He added that the state government is planning to set up a taskforce to enforce Governor Yahaya Bello’s directive on demolition of shanties used for harbouring criminals.
Commander Omodara said the taskforce, which will soon be inaugurated, will commence removal of all shanties across the state.
According to the State Security Adviser, government has gathered enough evidence that indicate that the shanties are being used by criminals to perpetrate their nefarious activities.
He explained that many arrest of criminals have been made at various shanties in the state, while arms were also recovered.
The Security Adviser noted that the decision was in the best safety of the citizens of the State, saying the taskforce will move into action with immediate effect.
Commander Omodara called on company owners in Kogi to support the effort of government by partnering with the State Security Trust Fund through provision of logistics such as patrol vehicles, motorcycles and others.