Kogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, has declared a total war on the kidnappers and cultists that have laid siege on the state.
The Governor’s decision was contained in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Abdulkarim Abdullahi.
The Governor’s declaration followed the abduction of the traditional ruler of Elete community, Aminu Ahmed Aku, in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state in northern Nigeria by yet to be identified persons.
Receiving the sad news like others in recent times, he decried the incident which was on the increase even though his efforts to reduce crime rate in the state from what it was before he was inaugurated have been yielding positive result.
Governor Bello vowed to ensure that those behind the recent immoral acts were fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.
He said the kidnap of the monarch ranked among the high profile cases of such acts in a very short time.
The statement further stated that the Governor had donated 12 operational vehicles to the law enforcement agencies in the state to combat crimes while he urged them to step up action by embarking on aggressive man hunt on criminals in the state who have constituted themselves as a threat to lives through kidnapping.
Meanwhile, some kidnap cases were recorded in Kogi State in the last few months in which some victims are still under the custody of the kidnappers who are demanding for ransom before they are released.