Richard Elesho/ Lokoja
Kogi State Government has restated it’s commitment to the safety of travellers on highways in the State. Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo gave the assurance in a statement on the recent killings by unknown Gunmen in the State.
It would be recalled that on Monday, 6th July, bandits killed an army Captain and abducted his wife and mother while tracelling on Okene – Lokoja Road. Three days later a seaman and daughter of Retired Commodore were also gunned down on the road.
Fanwo’s statement reads in part: “Latest onslaught against our state and our people have been unfortunate and sad. We stand with the families that lost their loved ones and breadwinners to the cowards in the garbs of criminals. They won’t lose their lives in vain.
“The State Government wishes to also allay the fears of travellers on our roads. Our style is not different from the global standards which stipulate that security strategies do not become a public product. But we are doing everything a responsible Government should do to ensure security of lives and property of the people.
“We sympathize with the armed forces for the personnel lost to the men of the underworld. The losses won’t bend our resolve to make Kogi State a hard place for criminals to perpetrate their heinous crimes.
“It is no time for anyone to spread rumours and trade blames or release travel directories that could drive fears into our people. The administration under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello will change the narrative in a couple of days.
‘High level security plans and strategies have been put in place to reappraise the situation and devise new security architecture to address the ugly trend Our security agents have the capacity to stamp the pockets of criminal activities out of the state. We are winning the war.
“We urge all Kogites to support our efforts, plans and security agencies in order to reestablish our capacity to ensure security across the State.
To our people, Government is with you. Our roads are safe as security personnel have been deployed to handle the emerging threats and for effective intelligence gathering to ensure our people are safe while travelling on our roads.