Today22 January, 2022

Police Command react to Gani Adams’ claim that bandits relocation to kwara

Kwara State police command has debunked the claim by Are Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, Chief Gani Adams that bandits have relocated to the State.

The Command also reaffirmed its commitment to sustaining the peace and tranquility enjoyed in the state.

SP. Okasanmi Ajayi, the Command Spokesman, made this known in a press statement on Wednesday in Ilorin.

Ajayi said Kwara state is an integral part of Nigeria and as such, not completely immune from the security challenges bedeviling the country.

The statement reads in part, “This is a response to the anxiety and concern raised by the people of the State, as an aftermath of the alarming statement credited to one Chief Gani Adams sometimes last week.

“To the effect that kidnappers and bandits have finally relocated to Kwara, where specific mention of Kwara South was made.

“The State has succeeded in rescuing kidnapped victims and has arrested many kidnappers in the past.

“Therefore, the Command will not relent in doing all that is necessary to sustain the peace and tranquility in the state including, coopting the Fulani people and other ethnic groups in the vigilante service to enhance the security of our bushes,” Ajayi said.

He added: “Following the concerns raised by Adams, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Tuesday Assayomo, has embarked on a tour of Kwara South to have first hand information about the security situation in the area.

“After going round the zone, the Commissioner, held meetings with security community both in Offa and Omu-Aran where the people comprising traditional rulers, religious leaders, vigilante, local hunters and sister security agencies were in attendance.

“The people were advised to join hands with the Police and other security agencies in ensuring that the existing peace and harmony in the state is sustained.

”The CP reiterated his determination to deal with criminals irrespective of names or groups they belong.

“While also accepting to work with any individual or group of people who are interested in collaborating with the police to fight crime.

“The CP expressed his displeasure over Adams’ statement which rather than encourage the people was seen to have heightened the anxiety of the people.

“There are better ways and channels by which sensitive information could be passed to relevant authorities if there was need for such.

”The fact remains that Kwara is one of the most peaceful states in the country, where efforts by the people and the support by the government and other stakeholders has helped tremendously in sustaining and maintaining the fragile peace in the state.”

Meanwhile, residents of the state were advised to go about their lawful businesses and make information available to the police at all times as part of their civic responsibility.


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