…targets zero kidnappings on Kogi East highways
In the bid to enforce zero incidents of kidnapping and related crimes on Kogi highways, Kogi East Political Leader and Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief (Dr.) Edward Onoja, on behalf of Kogi East elected Federal/State legislators and other government officials, has donated 6 operational vehicles to Executive Chairmen of Ankpa, Olamaboro, Ofu, Dekina and Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Areas of the State.
The concerted effort which was galvanized by the Deputy Governor came to fruition through donations by The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Alhaji Jibrin Isah Echocho, Members representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro, Idah and Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituencies, Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims, Hon. David Idris Zacharias and Alhaji Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa. Others were entire Kogi East members of the Kogi State House of Assembly led by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed.
Chief Onoja while presenting the vehicles to the Chairmen, said the gesture was in line with the New Direction policies of his principal, Governor Yahaya Bello to reduce crime to its barest minimum by boosting security formations and smoking out all criminal elements wherever they make take abode in the State.
“As we all know, His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello leads the charts in terms of keeping his territory safe and secured. Most interesting is that despite being bordered by 10 states which translates to more work, he has done his job of keeping Kogites safe as Chief Security Officer consistently in the last five years,” he said.
According to him, the isues of kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other related crime is near zero in the State courtesy of the laudable strategy and mechanisms put in place by the Governor to nip them in the bud.
He admonished the Chairmen to utilize the Vans for specific patrol functions around flash points linking communities in their various Areas, disclosing that plans are on ground to extend the gesture to partner with leaders in the Western and Central Senatorial districts subsequently.
While disclosing that the donation had come on the heels of advise from Governor Bello on the need for regions to be united in decisive goal against insecurity, Chief Onoja charged the chairmen to put the Vans into adequate use.
In addition, he added his effort at collaborating with the Kogi Central, Senator, Alhaji Yakubu Oseni and The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Mathew Kolawole to replicate same effort in their districts, revealing that a van for each district is already available, awaiting collaboration from others.
Prince Ishaq Okolo, Executive Chairman of Dekina Local Government in a Vote of Thanks on behalf of his colleagues, praised Governor Bello and his Deputy, Chief Onoja for the gesture. He said he and his counterparts are ready to maximize the Vans for improved sanity in their Areas as envisioned by the Governor’s zero resolve against insecurity.
Promise EmmanuelChief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
22nd March, 2021.