Abiodun Reads Riot Act To Criminals, Commends Police For Rescuing Victims

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From Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has warned criminals, especially kidnapers that tough times await them, as his administration is ready to flush them out of the state.

The governor gave the warning on Tuesday when he received officers and men of the State Police Command who rescued a Nigerian and three Indian nationals kidnapped at Ilisan along Sagamu-Benin Expressway last week.

Abiodun, who acknowledged the gallant efforts of the policemen in rescuing the kidnapped victims, said his administration had put in place security measures that would make the state too hot for criminals to operate.

He said: “Sometime last week, it was reported that over 20 people were kidnapped in this particular instance that we are describing. Of course, the police immediately clarified that it was only four and not 20 as widely circulated and sensationalised. 

“A few days afterwards, through various creative and ingenious means, men of the State Police Command were able to bring the kidnappers to book. In the course of tracking and arresting, all of them were neutralised.

“I want to sound a note of warning to criminals that Ogun State is a no-go area. I want to assure them that we are just beginning and this is a sample of what the state police command has in stock for criminals.

“If you test our will, we will come after you, we will smoke you out, we will find and neutralise you.”

The governor, while commending the police for the string of successes recorded since the beginning of the year, said this would give investors and residents, the confidence they need to live and invest in the state, as peace and security is the key enabler of socio-economic development of a society.

“As the industrial capital of Nigeria, we take serious offence at any attempt to breach the peace and security that we enjoy as a state. To this extent, we will continue to give the needed support to all our law enforcement architecture, appreciating the fact that any disruption of peace will affect investors’ confidence and the ease of doing business in our state,” he noted.

He said the recent award as ‘Governor of the Year in State Security’ underscores the fact that his administration’s initiatives, investments and support for security agencies are being acknowledged.

“I am glad that our support for the police is manifesting in different ways positively. I want to thank the commissioner of police for doing a very good job by motivating his men, collaborating and cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in the state including the Department of State Service, DSS, army among others,” he stressed

He thanked the security personnel involved in the rescue operation for putting their lives on the line for the peace of the state. 

Prince Abiodun said he had to request that they be brought to his office for him to personally thank them.

The governor also disclosed that he had discussed the terrible state of the bad spots on Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway, which hoodlums are taking advantage of to ambush travellers with President Bola Tinubu, adding that the president has directed the minister of works to swing into action and repair the bad portions.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alamutu, while introducing the men who took part in the operation, revealed that the kidnappers engaged in a fierce gun battle with members of the command’s Anti-kidnapping Squad led by an officer who was recently transferred to the state from Oyo State.

The commissioner said items recovered from the scene include five AK-47 rifles, 109 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, eight AK 47 magazines and two cell phones.

Alamutu reiterated that the state’s security architecture is working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry, especially along the axis where the incident took place. 

He thanked the state government for the support given to the command so far.

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