By Mohammed Ahmed Yabagi
The Elders Advisory Council (EAC) in the Central Senatorial District has hailed Governor Yahaya Bello over his determination to stamp out crime in the area.
The council, in a statement made available to our reporter in Lokoja against the backdrop of the success recorded in the ongoing military action to curtail crime code named “Operation Lion Roar” in the area.
The statement which was signed by the Chairman of the council, Alhaji Idris King, expressed joy that the operation made up of joint task security force was made up of the Army, Mobile Police, State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), has yielded excellent result.
The operation, which necessitated the imposition of 48 hours curfew, saw the security agents nab several suspected criminals in their hideouts across the area. The Advisory Council, which praised the doggedness of government to making the area crime free, stressed that the operation would nip the threat of crime in the bud and herald peace and unity in Ebiraland and Kogi state in general.
It said the ‘Operation Lion Roars’ would help in stamping out crimes like kidnapping, armed robbery and soft target assassination in the central. “We are impressed as it conformed to the highest standards of joint task security force and civil engagements and due respect for the human rights of the people, as soldiers only hunted and fished out these criminals from their hideouts.
“We have no doubt that this decision by the Governor Yahaya Bello led state government is not only germane but has become imperative in the Kogi central Senatorial District, because we are losing too many precious lives to these heartless groups tormenting our peace.
“Therefore, we perceive the second phase of the exercise should come up in no distance time as the continuation of the efforts at cleansing our besieged communities by ridding them of criminal gangs.
“We wholeheartedly support this initiative of the state government, as we pledge our total and unadulterated support as well as cooperation to the success of this mission,” he said.