By Rotimi Odofin

Kogi State Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has launched a security initiative to tame the upsurge in emerging criminal activities in Lokoja, the state capital, and major towns in Kogi State.

According to Ismaila Isah, Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, the operation code-named Metropolitan Quick Response is in partnership with the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police and the state’s joint task force of security agencies.

At the initiative’s flag-off at the government house in Lokoja, Governor Ododo restated the commitment of his administration to deal decisively with criminals in the state.

The governor noted that the safety and security of the lives and property of the people of Kogi State remain a top priority for the administration, stressing that nothing will be spared to ensure that the people of the state sleep with their two eyes closed.

“Today, we are flagging off the Metropolitan Quick Response (MQR) to advance our efforts in protecting lives and property in Lokoja Metropolis and beyond.

The flag-off of the Metropolitan Quick Response operation is part of the evolving security measures to ensure a safe environment and build on the solid foundation of our security architecture in the state.

As a government, we are determined to flush out criminal elements in every corner of Kogi State.

“Nothing will be spared to guarantee safety and security in every inch of the state, and Kogi State will remain unsafe for criminal elements wherever they may be,” Governor Ododo assured.

The Governor commended the gallantry and dedication of all security agencies in the state for their sacrifices in the line of duty, adding that the state government will continue to appreciate their efforts in keeping the state safe.

Governor Ododo called on citizens of the state to be proactive, remain vigilant, and provide credible and timely information to security agencies in the state.

The governor promised to continue prioritising technological enablers to enhance intelligence-gathering capabilities and combat emerging security threats in the state.

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