Against the assertion that bandits and kidnappers have relocated to Kwara and Kogi states from northwestern states of the country, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, has said the assertion is false.
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, while speaking during the celebration of the annual Oya festival in Ira, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State on Saturday, said that some bandits who escaped from Zamfara, Kaduna and other states in the North-West have relocated into the forest in Kogi and Kwara state.
But in a statement by the Commissioner of Police in Ilorin on Tuesday after a tour of Kwara South Senatorial District, the police boss said that Kwara State remained one of the most peaceful states in the country.
“The Command wishes to assure the good people of the state that there was no relocation of bandits or kidnappers into the state. The state has succeeded in rescuing kidnapped victims and has arrested many kidnappers in the past. Therefore, the command will not relent in doing all that is necessary to sustain the peace and tranquillity in the state including, co-opting the Fulani and other ethnic groups in the vigilante service to enhance the security of our bushes.
Assayomo reiterated that “adequate security has been emplaced in and around the state. The people would also begin to witness visible police presence on all the highways, entry and exit points of the state while the command’s intelligence arm is also fully on ground.
“The Command has also strengthened the synergy between the command and other security agencies all in a bid to ensure adequate information dissemination in the state.
“The people are therefore advised to go about their lawful businesses and make information available to the police at all times as part of their civic responsibility.
“Kwara State is an integral part of Nigeria, and as such, was not completely immune from the security challenges bedeviling all other states, but the fact remains that Kwara State is one of the most peaceful states in the country, where efforts by the people and the support by the government and other stakeholders has helped tremendously in sustaining and maintaining the fragile peace in the state,” he said.
Speaking on the statement by Chief Gani Adams, the CP reiterated his determination to deal with criminals irrespective of names or group they belong to, while also accepting to work with any individual or group of people who are interested in collaborating with the police to fight crime.
Assayomo expressed his displeasure over a statement that rather than encourage the people was seen to have heightened the anxiety of the people, stating also that there are better ways and channels by which sensitive information could be passed to the relevant authorities if there was a need for such.