Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday, stormed some property in Okene Local Government Area of the state belonging to suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.
Bello, who was accompanied by the State Police Commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu and heads of other security agencies, particularly brought down a mosque used by suspected kidnappers, Boko Haram terrorists and armed robbers in Okene in the Central Senatorial District of the state.
The two buildings destroyed by the officers belonged to a suspected kidnap kingpin popularly known as Alhaji Tijani Bakare in Oyunkoko Ward in Okene while the second building levelled to the ground by the machines was the notorious Ahlul-Sunnah Mosque in Inike, Okene LGA which was reportedly hijacked in 2015 by members of the Boko Haram sect.
Speaking shortly after the exercise, the Governor said he had no sympathy for anyone engaging in dubious acts, as he would implement to the letter the law against anti-kidnapping, robbery and terrorism.
He said, “For those who are in the habit of harbouring criminals in their houses, we will fish them out and mete out serious punishment to them as if they are criminals themselves,” the governor warned.
The also governor warned that more property of criminals would be demolished.
Kogi State Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, said it would no longer be business as usual for criminal elements operating in any part of the state.
According to him,the action was to send a strong message to kidnappers and hoodlums that they must change their ways.
Inalegwu said, “They should work hard and earn a decent living. We want to make Kogi safe so that those living here or travelling through Kogi will not have fear of being kidnapped.”
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