The Kogi State Government on Saturday vowed to rescue the three children kidnapped from their parents’ home in Ajaokuta vowing that conventional and non-conventional strategies were being mobilised to rescue the children alive from the kidnappers.
The government has also condemned the attack on Friday night of a ceramic factory in Ajaokuta as it insisted that the authorities would not give in to the reign of banditry over the state.
The State commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo in a statement made available to GreenWhiteGreen GWG said that Governor Yahaya Bello was personally coordinating the attack on the criminals.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the criminals had on Wednesday night kidnapped the three kids from their home inside Kaduna Estate, Ajaokuta Steel Township Complex.
Noting the effort of the state government, Fanwo said:
“Immediately the unfortunate report was brought to the attention of the State Government, our administration has spread our security net in working with the conventional security agencies and local vigilante groups to ensure the abducted children are rescued alive and the cowards who abducted them brought to book.
“In Kogi State, the life of everyone matters. The Governor and the Government of Kogi State understand that the number one responsibility of Government is the protection of the lives and property of the citizens. The Kogi State Government will never shirk such responsibility.
“In as much as we would not want to divulge everything about the current operations to rescue the children unhurt which we know will be achieved very soon, we wish to assure Kogi residents that Government will remain vigilant in protecting the people. We will continue to work with security agencies to retain our enviable position as the safest state in the country today.
“We urge the people of Ajaokuta and indeed, Kogi State in general to go about their normal businesses as we have put in place, stringent security measures to ensure the safety of all. Government will spare no resource to ensure our cherished children are rescued alive and unhurt. The Governor is personally coordinating the rescue efforts in collaboration with the security chiefs in the state as well as local vigilante groups. There is already a massive deployment to the area to achieve results.”
Reiterating the ban on nose masks and brothels, in the wake of the move to apprehend the kidnappers of the children and other criminals, the Kogi State Government said:
“The measure was to give criminals no hiding place in our dear state. Hotels have also been directed to properly profile their guests as failure to do that will attract severe penalties. Our Taskforce and Operation Total Freedom will intensify surveillance to keep our dear state safe. We also urge the Federal Government to resuscitate the Ajaokuta Steel Project as some of the abandoned facilities and structures in the town harbor criminal elements.”
Reacting to the attack on the ceramic factory, Fanwo added:
“As a Government, we have the capacity to rise to the challenge to defend our people. Security has been beefed up around the area and the affected company is cooperating with law enforcement agents to unravel the mystery behind the attack.
“We won’t succumb to the violence of criminals. We have been defeating the criminals before and we will defeat them again. Kogi is a no go area to criminals”.