Gov Umar Bago orders security agencies to rid state of hoodlums
Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, has given a marching order to the state Commissioner of Police to go after hoodlums and bring them to book.
He also ordered that anyone who was found selling drugs would have his building confiscated and demolished.
The governor handed down the orders when he donated 20 operational vehicles to security operatives to curb crimes in Minna metropolis.
Governor Umaru Bago, who handed over the vehicles at Government House, Minna, expressed concern over the security challenges faced in the state capital and said he was optimistic that the vehicles would help curb the menace.
The governor directed the Commissioner of Police (CP), Niger State Command, Ogundele Ayodeji, to make effective use of the vehicles to address insecurity within Minna metropolis.
"I am giving you a matching order from this point to go after the hoodlums and bring them to book".
"This is intended to flush out the hoodlums and criminal elements within the metropolis in particular and the state as a whole, and again, we have realised that a lot of drug trafficking and drug-related issues are happening in Minna, and therefore anybody that is keeping or selling drugs on his premises is at his own risk", he warned.
In a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mal. Bologi Ibrahim, and made available to Newsline, the governor emphasised that his administration will have zero tolerance for drugs and other forms of criminality.
While responding, CP Ogundele Ayodeji, who commended the governor for providing the operational vehicles to aid their work in ensuring the safety of lives and property of the citizenry, assured that the people of the state will breathe a sigh of relief as his men and other sister security agencies will swing into action immediately.
Governor Umaru Bago made a symbolic presentation of the keys to the commissioner of police for onward distribution to other sister agencies.
Out of the 20 operational vehicles branded "Operation Flush", 12 were given to the Nigeria Police, while the State Security Service (SSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) will have two each. The Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Hunters Group, and the Anti Drug Committee (ADC) received one each.