The newly deployed Commissioner of Police to Kogi State Police Command CP Ede Ekpeji has advised armed robbers and those with predatory tendencies to relocate from the state or be ready to face the fire powers of the police.
He assured the people that he will make the state too harsh for the criminals to ply their nefarious activities adding that the police is committed to protecting lives and properties of the citizens.
The Commissioner of police Ede Ekpeji gave the assurance on Tuesday in Lokoja while taking over the mantle of leadership of the command from the former Commissioner, Hameed Bushari who retired from the force .
The CP assured the people that he will modify and improve on the robust crime fighting apparatus put in place by his predecessor to fight and get rid of intruders that are giving the state sleepless night.
"It behove on us to ensure that there is adequate security of life and property. I am sure that officers and men of the command will cooperate with me to achieve the task ahead of us to make the state a crime free society.
"I am not unaware of the high rate of kidnapping in the state , we are equal to the task and we will fight them to stand still. I believe the criminals are not from the state because no indigene of the state will be happy to create sleepless night for his people"
On the issue of proliferation of arms and ammunitions in the hands of unauthorized persons in the state, the new Commissioner disclosed that there is a programme on ground in some states through which arms were recovered from unauthorized persons, promising to replicate that in Kogi state to mop up all forms of arms in the custody of people who are not security agents.
He solicited the cooperation and support of the media houses to partner with him in the fight against criminals to make the state a safe society for all.
The new CP holds a Bachelor Degree in English Language from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and last served as Commissioner of Police in charge of welfare in the department of finance and administration force headquarters Abuja before his recent deployment to Kogi state as Commissioner of the state.