As Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-el Kabir, the Kogi State Police command yesterday disclosed that it had fortified all the nine borders that entered the state to ward off criminals during the Muslim festive period.
The Kogi State Police Commissioner, CP Ibrahim Chafe, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the preparation of the command before, during and after the Muslim festival.
According to him, efforts had been on to ensure welfare of the men posted to boost security in the state, stressing that since the state has borders with about nine states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, there was the need to ensure adequate security of lives and properties of the people of the state and that of travelers passing through.
He explained that the command had in the last few days doubled its efforts at bringing crime on its knee in the state, to the barest minimum in the 21 local government areas of the state.
The police commissioner noted that the command is particularly concerned about security on the highways in the state as many personalities would be travelling for the festivities and could be target of kidnappers.
Chafe however stated that there had been a huge reduction in criminal activities like kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.
He added that the state government recently improved the available logistic to the command with a donation of 25 Ford hilux vans that had been distributed for joint patrol, stop and search and nipping points across the state.
Meanwhile preparation for this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration seems to be poor when compared to previous years due to the current economic quagmire affecting the nation.
Despite the financial hardship experienced by people, the prices of ram is on a high side.
When LEADERSHIP went round the capital city of Lokoja yesterday informed sources revealed that people are scared of moving around of heavy presence of security operatives within the town.