By Alex Adeiza (EbiraReporters.com)
To crown the visit of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai to Kogi state, the Governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Wednesday, extended the courtesy to the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Dr Ado Ibrahim.
The visit which was geared towards addressing the alarming nature of criminal activities in the state was graced by key traditional rulers and stakeholders across the central senatorial district of the state.
Buratai stated that his visit to Kogi state was part of the movement to know the state of affairs of the headquarters, Command Army Records in the state, hence providing solutions to their challenges.
“We are not unmindful of the challenges being faced here in Kogi State in terms of logistics and movements. We are going to make sure that the state is rid of the elements operating,” he said.
He reiterated that Special Forces would be deployed to the state in earnest, adding that they would go after criminals wherever they are hiding.
Buratai sought for the cooperation of the Ohinoyi and the council of Chiefs, promising more presence of the army in crime ridden areas of the state.
While speaking, Yahaya Bello noted that Kogi central senatorial district is blessed to have for the second time, the presence of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, identifying the first as Retired Gen. Ibrahim.
“We have been able to put our heads together with the army and all other security agencies to root out all the criminals,” he said.
He sought for the support and cooperation of all and sundry in providing credible information to security agencies, adding that the time where disclosers of security information are victimized has passed.
He added that henceforth, any building where kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers are apprehended will be clamped down.
“I want to further warn the criminals in the Kogi state, and those who harbor and abate them, those who conceal them that they have come to the end of the road.
“There is a law in place to cater for those aiding and abetting criminals in the state. If other leaders did not enforce it, I will.”
On his part, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land commended the efforts of the army in bearing what he described as the pains of Nigerians, saying that they are saviours.
He pleaded with the Chief of Army Staff to return the withdrawn military detachments in the Central Senatorial District of the state.