The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has deployed an helicopter, 35 Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squads and four detachments of Mobile Police men to Kogi State to flush out kidnappers and robbers operating freely in the state.
The action which commenced Sunday has led to the arrest of several suspected kidnappers while others were reportedly killed in their various hideouts during a gun battle with the Special Force.
State Police Commissioner, Usman Yakubu stated this yesterday at the government House in Lokoja while presenting the helicopter and the special Squads to the state governor, Yahaya Bello.
Yakubu said, “On behalf of the state governor, my office approached the Inspector General of Police, IG Solomon Arase of the need to beef up the security following frequent kidnapping of people in the state. The IG graciously approved my request and gave directive that one helicopter should be stationed in Lokoja, the state capital for urgent security operation.”
He said since the arrival of the team, it had arrested some suspected kidnappers from their camps in the state adding that the team would continue to bombard hideouts until the state was free from the criminals’ claw.
“With this helicopter, we can easily track down either kidnappers or robbers operating in the state,” he said.
The area view gives us full details of the suspected criminal while operating” he said.
Responding, governor Yahaya Bello thanked the IGP for his prompt respond stressing that he would do everything possible to assist the police to free the state from criminals.