Breach of Peace: Gov Ododo Vows To Deal Decisively With Criminal Elements


…Distributes protective kits to over 1000 hunters

Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo has declared his administration’s commitment to deal decisively with criminal elements who may wish to cause any breach of peace and security across the State.

Ododo, who stated this on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at a ceremony for the distribution of protective gadgets to 1,050 recently recruited hunters at the Government House in Lokoja, urged the newly recruited hunters to exhibit high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

Governor Ododo gave the charge on Thursday

The Governor stressed that the State will not be turned into a breeding ground for criminals and called for collective efforts to wipe out criminals in the state and therefore charged the hunters to remain professional by assisting other security agencies in combating crimes in the State.

He said; “As Kogites, we must protect ourselves. If we don’t do it, nobody will do it for us. Kogi State is not a free zone for criminals.

“Our faith in people-led security approach as a new strategy to combat crime is clear manifestation of our determination to recalibrate our security architecture,” the Governor said.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner of Police for Kogi State command, CP Bertrand Onuoha said that the recruitment of the local hunters and the provision of the protective items will assist conventional security agencies in the State to combat insecurity.

While expressing appreciation to the Governor for his foresight in securing lives and property, the Police Commissioner called for synergy between security agencies and the hunters, adding that their knowledge of the local communities will complement the role of the conventional security agencies in the State.

CP Onuoha directed Area Commanders in the state to make use of the vigilantes and hunters in intelligence gathering.

In his remarks, the State Security Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodara (rtd) applauded the state government for the community-based approach in fighting crime.

Omodara noted that the recruitment of hunters to provide local intelligence based on their understanding of the communities where they will be deployed to serve is a game changer in the war against crime and criminalities in the state.

A statement by Ismaila Isah, Special Adviser on Media to the Kogi State Governor, stated that the State House of Assembly approved the recruitment of 1,050 hunters with 50 hunters from each of the 21 local government areas on June 19, 2024.

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