ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
A non governmental organisation known as Idah Club 6575 in Idah Local Government Area of kogi state has called on the police and other security agencies to swiftly mopped up cache of arms and ammunitions in the hands of unauthorized persons across the state.
The call has become necessary to stem the rising tide of crimes and criminality as a fall out of the activities of political thugs in the recent general elections in Kogi State.
The club which is a duly registered association with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the part c of the company and allied matters registration category stated this in a letter addressed to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, copy of which was also made availlable to the Daily Independent on Monday.
The letter which was signed by the President of the Club Samuel Ogali and director of publicity and strategy Jibrin Sam urged the police commissioner Hameed Busari to do all within the ambit of the law to ensure the illicit arms are retrieved from the youths.
“If these youths are not dispossessed of these arms, the tendency to resort to criminal activities such as Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and cultism is high.
“Our prayer is for you to use your good office to nip this ugly trend in the bud in order to ensure peace and security for our people at home as well as to provide an enabling environment for our people in Diaspora to come home and contribute their quota to the development of our society.” The statement added.
It explained that their major objective is to promote the welfare and the wellbeing of their members and our society at large especially to curtail the spate of criminal activities in Idah and its environs .
While stressing the importance of the group, to the upliftment of the community said it has lined up activities for the overall development of the state.
The president ,however called on the state government and well meaning individuals to partner with her to rid the state of crimes and criminality.
“You will agree with us that no meaningful development can be attained in any society in the face of crime, criminality and insecurity. We are of the firm belief that peace and security is a panacea for unity and development.
The club acknowledged the effort of the state Government and security Agencies in tackling the menace of Kidnapping and cultism in recent times even as the clearing of the forest 10meters from both flanks of the road has curtailed activities of men of the underworld on our roads.
According to the statement” despite the gesture of the state government in providing logistics support to various security agencies and the reciprocal effort of the various agencies, kidnappers are again on the prowl along Idah Ajegwu road and other highways within the State.”
It cited the most recent victim of kidnap in the area to be Abdul Abaji from Idah who was picked along Idah Ajegwu road.