By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has sent a strong signal and warned armed robbers and kidnappers to leave the state or face the full wrath of the law.
Bello also reassured prospective investors that Kogi state is the safest part of the country where investment can thrive.
The Governor who gave this warning at Irepeni village along Lokoja -Okene highway when he visited the “Operation Cat Race” troops deployed part of the state by the Chief of Army staff General Yusuf Burat.
He explained that the rising cases of crimes and criminality in Benue, Kogi, Kaduna , Taraba and Nasarawa state made President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Chief of Army staff to deployed troops to those states to carry out military operation tagged “Operation Cat Race” aimed at flushing criminal elements out of the states.
“In the wisdom of Mr President, he directed the Chief of Army staff to deploy troops to carry out some operations in those areas where criminals are disturbing the citizens.
“The operations started in Benue state and it is also taking place in Kogi state. I am here today to visit the troops who are on the field and whose performances has impressed me so much. I met them in high morale and wish to have them in the state through out my duration as governor of Kogi,” the Governor said.
Governor Bello who commended the troops for their excellent job that has brought down the act of criminality in the state, assured investors that the state is safe for investment.
He however warned hoodlums to leave the state or face the full wrath of the law, noting that government will not relent in its efforts to make the state safe for the citizens.
Speaking, the leader of the troops, Major General Felix Agugo disclosed that the operation will last to the end of March, adding that they were in the state to fight every forms of criminality.