The Commissioner of Police, Kogi state, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has given commercial operating in the State an ultimatum to register with the appropriate authorities or face the wrath of the law as part of measure to checkmate criminality in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police who gave this warning while speaking at a stakeholders meeting with the executive members of Motorcycles and Tricycles Association which was held at the command headquarters Lokoja, stated that within few days in office he has received four cases of armed robbery involving the members of the association.
The level of criminality in Kogi State in the last one year has been on a high side, about 90 per cent has been traced to the motorcyclist operating within the State. This, the Commissioner said it was unacceptable to his command and in a bid to curb the activities of this hoodlum was the reasons for this stake holders meeting, which brought together the Military, Navy, DSS, Police, Road Safety, members of the Motorcyclist Association, members of the public and journalist.
On his key note address on the reasons for the meeting, Ogunjemilusi, called on the Motorcyclist Association to put its house in order by ensuring that criminals don’t mingle in their operation, he urged them to put appropriate mechanism in place so as to fish out those masquerading as members using it to commit crime.
In his response, the chairman of the association, Olaniyan Bamidele while giving a run down of their rules and regulation also criteria that would enable one to be a member of the motorcyclist association, he further appealed to the commissioner of police to power the association to declare as criminal any member caught on duty without his identification jacket.
Mr Salawudeen Salami, the chairman of the Motorcyclist Association from Central Senatorial District of the State also explained some of the challenges the association is facing which may be the reasons why hoodlum had penetrated them.
Mohammed Ismaila, one of the members of the association, at the end of the meeting spoke to Channels TV outside and urged the police to be more responsive and fair in dealing with the public.
The Commissioner of Police also shed more light on the reasons for the meeting, and some of the measures his command will take to checkmate criminal activities in Kogi state.
The state Commissioner of Police stated that within few days in office he had received four cases of armed robbery involving the members of the association.