Kogi: Bello inaugurates 441 special constabulary police

Governor Bello

Kogi state government has trained 441  Special Constabulary Police expected to assist the conventional police in information gathering and crime prevention across the 21 local government areas of the state.

The Special Constabulary Police programme was organised at the instance of the federal government to curb the rising crimes at the grassroots across the country.

Inspecting the personnel in  Lokoja on Saturday after their successful training at the Nigerian Police Training College, Ilorin, Kwara state, Governor Yahaya Bello admonished them to use the knowledge gained from the training to  strengthen the security architecture of the state by cooperating and  supporting  all the security agencies in the state.

Governor Bello, who noted that when he took over the mantle of leadership of Kogi state in 2016 , the state was the hub of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and herdsmen, farmers’ crises, stated that through the concerted effort of his administration on security, the state has become the safest in the country.

He charged the newly recruited constabulary to double their effort in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities, urging them to abide by all the ethics, law and regulations of the Nigeria police force.

He warned that whoever exhibits any behaviour that is inimical to the law will face its full weight.

“I will ensure that your remuneration and welfare remains a front line charge to enable you discharge your duties effectively and sincerely.

“I will equally urge you to ensure that every part of your local government is secured. 

You have been selected carefully and you are expected to go back to your communities and gather information that will lead to arrest and prosecution of criminals in your communities.

“You should cooperate with local government, traditional rulers, all the security agents to ensure that no criminal enter your community to cause mayhem of the people . If you secure your local government, Kogi state will be secured.

“If you exhibit any behaviour that are inimical to the law, the full wrath of the law will be meted on you and as such you should be a good ambassador of your community,” he warned

He promised to sort the permission of the president, the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission for the training and retraining to improve their efficiency toward combating crimes at the grassroots.

Presenting the personnel to the governor, Kogi state Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Adeh, explained that the presidency as part of the efforts to curb crimes, initiated the Special Constabulary Police programme and ordered that 16 persons of unquestionable characters be trained under the programme for grassroots policing in each local government.

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