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Insecurity: Ododo launches special squad

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Kogi State governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, has launched a security initiative aimed at taming the upsurge in criminal activities in Lokoja, the state capital and major towns in the state.

The special adviser on media to the governor, Ismaila Isah, said the operation code named, Metropolitan Quick Response, is in partnership with the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the joint task force of security agencies in the state.

At the flag-off of the initiative at the Government House in Lokoja, Governor Ododo restated the commitment of his administration to deal decisively with criminals in the state.

The governor noted that the safety and security of lives and property of the people of Kogi state remains a top priority for the administration, stressing that nothing will be spared to ensure that the people of the state sleep with their two eyes closed.

“Today, we are flagging off the Metropolitan Quick Response (MQR) to advance our efforts in the safety and security of lives and property in Lokoja Metropolis and beyond.

“The launch of the Metropolitan Quick Response operation is part of the evolving security measures to ensure we have a safe environment and to build on the solid foundation of our security architecture in the state. As a government, we are resolute in our determination to flush out criminal elements in every nook and cranny of Kogi State.

“Nothing will be spared to guarantee safety and security in every inch of the state and Kogi State will remain unsafe for criminal elements wherever they may be”, Governor Ododo assured.

The governor commended the gallantry and dedication of all security agencies in the state for their sacrifices in the line of duty, adding that the state government will continue to appreciate their efforts in keeping the state safe.

Governor Ododo called on citizens of the state to be proactive and remain vigilant and to provide credible and timely information to security agencies in the state.

The governor promised to continue to prioritize technological enablers to enhance capabilities in intelligence gathering to combat emerging security threats in the state.

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