Kogi Security Operatives on Saturday rescued 21 kidnap victims 48 hours after their abduction on Thursday along Ajaokuta – Itobe road of the state
Gov Yahaya Bello, who lauded the effort of the security operatives reiterated zero tolerance for criminal activities in the state.
A statement issued byStste governor’s Media Aide, Onogwu Muhammed, said that a joint team of security operatives, comprising personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, Civil Defence and local vigilantes effected the rescue.
The victims, predominantly travelers, had been whisked away to an unknown destination within the dense forest around the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.
But Bello, upon receiving report of the distressing incident,, promptly issued directives to both security agencies and local vigilantes to embark on immediate action to free the captives and arrest the perpetrators of this reprehensible act.
“This directive underscored Governor Bello’s unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of the citizens/residents under his charge.
“The determined efforts of the combined security forces yielded results within 48 hours, leading to successful release of the 21 captives.
“Furthermore, the operation led to the apprehension of some of the kidnappers while those still at large are being trailed, ” the statement read.
Bello, who commended the security operatives for their rapid and effective response, emphasised the importance of maintaining peace and security within Kogi.
“This administration is committed to leaving no stone unturned in its relentless pursuit of keeping Kogi as one of the safest states in the country.
“He seized the opportunity to issue a stern warning to those with nefarious intentions and warned criminals against migrating to Kogi for illicit activities.
“This is because Kogi is a no-go area for all forms of criminalities, therefore this administration will spare no effort in safeguarding the peace and security of the state.
“The successful rescue operation stands as a testament to the coordinated and decisive efforts of the security apparatus in Kogi State under the guidance of Gov Bello, ” it stated
It added that the unwavering commitment to the safety of citizens, coupled with a resolute stance against criminal elements, reflects the dedication of the administration to creating an environment where residents can live without fear.