Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
In his bid to tackle the rising wave of kidnapping in Kogi State, Governor Idris Wada yesterday in Lokoja announced a handsome reward of N5million for any citizen who could feed the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of abductors in the state.
The governor made the pronouncement while addressing Men of the State Police Command in Lokoja, the state capital in appreciation of their hard work to stamp out the ugly cases of abduction, armed robbery and cultism bedeviling the state.
Wada who commended the Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase for the deployment of 350 police officers to the state and provision of 31 Patrol Hilux Vans to assist the state police command in the fight against criminalities in the state also announced additional donation of 5 Hilux Vehicles to the police by the state government.
He equally announced the release of N2.4million by the state government to be used to pay death benefits to 12 police officers who lost their lives while on active service in the state saying that the families of each of the deceased police officers would receive N200, 000.00.
The governor further said that the state government would assist the police to carry out the renovation of the dilapidated A Division Police Barracks in Lokoja and allocation of lands to the state police command for the construction of its Secretariat, Police Nursery/Primary School and Police Housing Scheme.
The governor who lauded the extensive renovation work embarked upon by the state commissioner of police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi, promise that he would continue to provide conducive environment that would enhance quality and effective policing in the state.
Ealier, the state commissioner of police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi had appreciated the logistic support that the Police Command had enjoyed under Wada’s administration assuring that the command would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of crimes.