Recently, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello stormed Okene to demolish buildings used by suspected kidnappers, terrorists and robbers to perpetrate their crime.
The governor was accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, and heads of other security agencies.
Two of such structures have so far been demolished – one in Oyunkoko, Okene council, belonging to a suspected kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Tijanni Bakare, and the notorious Ahlul-Sunnah Mosque in Inike, which was reportedly hijacked in 2015 by Boko Haram members and used as an operational base.
At the demolition, Bello vowed to implement the Anti-kidnapping, Robbery and Terrorism Law to the latter. He warned those harbouring criminals to repent or have their structures pulled down.
CP Inalegwu said it would no longer be business as usual for criminals operating in any part of the state.
“This is a strong message to kidnappers and hoodlums to change their ways; they should work hard and earn a decent living.
“We want to make Kogi safe so that residents and travellers will not have the fear of being kidnapped,” he said.
Governor Bello has been described as “well prepared for 21st century leadership” as he strives to become the best governor ever in the history of the state.