Kwara State Police Commissioner Tuesday Assayomo has dismissed reports of an incursion of bandits and kidnappers in the state, particularly in the senatorial district of Kwara South.
He visited the South Kwara senatorial area on Tuesday to obtain first-hand information on the security situation in the region in response to the anxiety and concern expressed by the people of the state,
The visit also followed a statement attributed to Chief Gani Adams last week that kidnappers and bandits eventually settled in Kwara State.
Gani Adams specifically mentioned the senatorial district of Kwara South.
After touring the area, the police commissioner held meetings with the security community in Offa and Omuaran, where people including traditional leaders, religious leaders, vigilantes, local hunters and agencies of sisters security were present.
The police commissioner advised the population to join with the police and other security agencies to ensure that the existing peace and harmony in the state is maintained.
Speaking on Chief Gani Adams’ statement, the CP reiterated its determination to deal with criminals regardless of their names or group, while agreeing to work with any individual or group of people wishing to collaborate with the police to fight crime. .
The PC expressed its dissatisfaction with this statement, claiming that rather than encouraging the population, it increased the anxiety of the population.
He explained that there are better ways and channels through which sensitive information could be transmitted to the competent authorities if it becomes necessary.
“Kwara State is an integral part of Nigeria and, as such, is not completely immune to the security challenges that plague all other States, but the fact remains that the State de Kwara is one of the most peaceful states in the country, where the efforts of the people and the support of the government and other stakeholders has helped immensely in sustaining and maintaining the fragile peace in the state, ”he said. he added.
The commissioner assured the people of the state that there was no relocation of bandits or kidnappers in the state.
He said the state police command had successfully rescued the kidnapped victims and arrested many kidnappers recently, according to a statement from command spokesperson Okasanmi Ajayi in Ilorin on Tuesday.
“Therefore, the command will not stop doing whatever is necessary to maintain peace and quiet in the state, including by co-opting the Fulani and other ethnic groups into the self-defense service to strengthen security.” of our bushes, ”he said.
The PC reiterated that adequate security had been put in place and around the state, while the population would also begin to witness a visible police presence on all highways, exit and entry points of the state with the intelligence arm of the command also entirely on the ground.
The command also strengthened synergy between other security agencies, all with the aim of ensuring adequate dissemination of information in the state.
Citizens are therefore advised to go about their lawful occupations and to make information available to the police at all times as part of their civic responsibility.