Kogi Govt to Resume Demolition of Houses Used for Criminal Activities

Following the resurgence of insecurity in Okun land, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has vowed to resume demolition of houses used by criminals to perform their evil acts.

Governor Bello in a message to an Emergency Security Meeting at Kabba on Monday while reading the riot act, warned Landlords against harboring criminals.

Represented by the State Security Advise, Retired Commander Jerry Omodara, the Governor said investigation has commenced to identify houses built with proceeds of criminal activities, saying such houses will be brought down.

The Governor noted that the move was part of the renewed effort of government in nipping in the bud upsurge of Insecurity in the Area.

He stated that security of lives and property remain priority of his administration, pointing out that his administration is committed to safeguarding the State.

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Governor Bello appealed to the people of the State to support Security Agencies with relevant information, saying that “Criminals are not spirits, they live among us, we know them and we must flush them out of our society.”

He sympathized with the ECWA Goodnews Church Gbeleko/Okedayo, family of the victims of the attack, traditional rulers and people of Kabba Bunu over the unfortunate incident and assured that the perpetrators would soon be brought to book.

The Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole on his part enjoined Local Government Chairmen in Okun land to collaborate with Security Agencies and Traditional Rulers to fight the increased insecurity in the Area.


Prince Kolawole also advised Local Government Legislative Councils to domesticate the State Anti Kidnapping Law in their respective Local Governments, urging security personnel to provide quick response whenever they are called upon.

The Commissioner of Police, Idris Dauda solicited the support of the people in getting rid of criminals from the state, assuring that the attackers will not go unpunished.

The delegation also visited ECWA Goodnews Church Gbeleko/Okedayo where one person was killed and three kidnapped during Sunday Service.

The Clergyman in charge of the Church, Pastor Mattew Femi Atteh described the incident as sad and painful and appealed to security agencies to be alive to their responsibility.

Unknown gun had on Sunday attacked the church during Sunday service killing one person and abducting three others.


Present at the meeting includes the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones, Kogi state ALGON Chairman, Alhaji Isah Taufiq, his counterparts in Kabba/Bunu, Moses Olorunleke, Mopamuro, Sunday Alumo, Yagba East, Asiru Ijagbemi, Yagba West, Pius Kolawole, while the traditional rulers was led by the Obaro of Kabba, HRM Oba Owoniyi, the Olujumu of Ijumu, HRM Oba Williams, Olukotun of Ife-Olukotun.

The Nigeria Army, DSS, Civil Defense Corp, Hunters and vigilant group were all represented

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