Against the backdrop of widespread insecurity across the country which prompted the Security Agencies to launch various operationsal codes, the kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has assured the military of his needed support to ensures total eradication of criminals and criminality from the state.
Bello gave the assurance at a Flagg off ceremony for the commencement of a Field Training Exercise, tagged: ”EX AYEM AKPATUMA 11”, which has commenced from 1st November to December 23, 2019.
The Governor,said that his administration will not hesitate to support all the Security Initiatives that will guarantee peace, law and order in the State.
He commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for authorising the conduct of the exercise, assuring that his administration remained committed to ensuring the security of lives and property of the people of the state.
The governor, therefore, assured that the state government would continue to give its maximum cooperation and all the needed support as the chief security officer of the state to ensure that the exercise would have a lasting impact in the lives of the people of Kogi.
He noted that his administration had achieved a lot in reducing the trend of insecurity across the state to the barest minimum.
He said his administration had invested a lot into the security architectures including the establishment of SecurityTrust Fund, Vigilante Services of about 4000 personnel, and provision of over 120 hillux vans as operational vehicles to various security agencies in the state.
He added that the government under his leadership had also made provision for life Ansurance of personnel against death , accidents and other life threatening health challenges.
He stressed that the all important military exercise would go along way to preparing the state for a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming election.
He commended the military for the structures and facilities on the ground at the camp, saying the exercise would give opportunity to the military and other security agencies to tackle all the emerging security threats across the state.
He recalled that the gains of the conduct of the first phase of the exercise, Ayem Akpatuma 1, were far reaching to the development of the state.
”It is my belief that this exercise would be a game changer in the security architecture of the state. I give my full support to the conduct of this exercise.
”While wishing you a rewarding exercise period, I urge you to be professional and committed to the vision and mission of the exercise as expected by the Army Headquarters.
Earlier, Major Nick Ejeh, the Intelligence Officer, Command Army Records (CARs), said the exercise was introduced to fish out criminals from their various hideouts to ensure safety of lives and property in Kogi and other north central States.
He added that the exercise which involved the military and all other security agencies, would last from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23, 2019 across the 21 local government areas of Kogi.
According to him, information confirmed there were importation of thugs into Kogi State for the purpose of disrupting the November governorship election by the political parties, candidate and their agitators.
He, therefore, stressed that the exercise would help to fish out kidnappers, arm banditry and all other criminals from their various hideouts to ensure safety of lives and property especially before, during and after the election in the state