Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has described Kogi state as one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Governor Bello made this known last week, at the University of Abuja at a Two-day colloquium organised by The Sultan Maccido Institute for Peace, Leadership and Developments Studies (SMIPLDS) where he featured as a keynote speaker on issues bothering curbing insurgency and insecurity in the country.
The Governor who was represented by his State Security Adviser, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, explained that in the past the State featured as the epicenter of insecurity, due to sheer laxity, corruption and non-commitment of resources over the years to security infrastructure and man-power in Kogi State stating that the security agencies found themselves trailing the highly mobile and logistically superior criminal francize which affected the State.
The Governor further noted that despite the chaotic security apparatus he inherited in the State, his administration has made the Confluence State safe for citizens, residents, travelers, investors and tourists in the State.
According to him, such statement should not be received on face value but derived from verifiable national data coming out of credible institutions.
He also explained that under previous administration evil and criminal vices which included killing, Bank robberies, jail break by Boko Haram insurgents, attack of offices of security agencies, kidnapping and other forms of criminality were perpetuated in the state because of the lack of political will and opacity in the use of security votes.
The Governor affirmed that as against the claims made by the most immediate Governor of the State in an interview, where he stated that Kogi under his dispensation was a model of peaceful tranquility where citizens could sleep with their two eyes closed, records showed that the former governor presided over one of the most terrifying periods of extended and unrelenting insecurity the state has ever witnessed since inception.
He pointed out that Kogi under his watch was in April 2018, ranked as the 2nd most peaceful state in the country after Osun and the most peaceful in the North of Nigeria by the Nigerian Peace Index.
The State was also ranked as the State with the second lowest crime statistics in the country after Kebbi by the National Bureau of Statistics, he noted.