The new AIG in charge of Zone 8, Moses Ambakina Jitoboh has lauded Kogi State Governori, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for his dedication to ensuring the security of lives and property of the people of the state.
He made the commendation on Tuesday in Lokoja when he paid a courtesy visit on the Governor.
He said the Governor had done excellently in the area of security because the records he saw before did not give for good reading, but that Governor Bello had changed the tide.
Mr Jitoboh said he was aware of how armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of criminality were prevalent in the past, but the story was no longer the same since the assumption of office by the present administration.
He added that he had equally been briefed by the current police commissioner in the state, who gave the full details of how Alhaji Yahaya Bello had been assisting the force in the areas of logistics. The AIG therefore used the opportunity to express gratitude to the Governor and urged him to sustain the tempo.
Responding, the Governor expressed appreciation for the coming of the new AIG to the Zone and the state in particular, and reiterated his determination to deepen his relationship with the police.
He said only those who have never suffered insecurity that would not appreciate security, stressing that it was important for all development endeavour to take effect.
“Kogi State in the past was known for crimes. I have suffered from the pangs of insecurity before, it is only those who have never suffered it that would not appreciate it. My mother was in the hands of kidnappers for 93 days.”
He added that on his assumption of office, his intention was to ensure security of lives of every citizens of the state and expressed joy for the cooperation his government enjoyed with all the security agencies.
Governor Bello stressed that through the cooperation, the state security apparatus was in place, which led to the near zero level violence in the last election because the security agencies were proactive.
Going forward, the Governor said, whoever engaged thugs and other criminal elements in elections would be made to face the full wrath of the law, irrespective of his social or economic standing in the society.
He commended the current IGP who he said looked very gentle but is highly effective in the discharge of his responsibility.