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Politicians behind Kabba prison break, other security breaches — Kogi govt

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Kogi State Government has accused politicians of being responsible for some security breaches in the state, including the recent attack at the Kabba Correctional Centre.

The state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, stated this on Friday while briefing journalists in Lagos on the security situation in the state.

Mr Fanwo said that Governor Yaya Bello of Kogi had put in place security architectures to ensure the safety of the people, stressing that some politicians were trying to thwart such plans.

He pointed out that before the administration of Gov. Bello, the state was known as the headquarters of kidnappers and armed robbers, as security agencies in the state then were without patrol vehicles for their operations.

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The commissioner said that about 240 patrol vehicles and security gadgets were procured and distributed to all security agencies in the state, making the state safer in recent times.

Mr Fanwo said the governor activated the Kogi vigilatee group, constabulary, security whistle blowers, local hunters group as part of measures to keep the people safe in all parts of the state.

The commissioner said the state government refused to tag any ethnic group as the criminals, noting that every group was carried along as part of the security architectures in Kogi.

“It may interest you to know that when the Correctional Centre at Kabba was attacked, the Fulani security group arrested some of the escaping inmates and called the security agents to pick them,” he said.

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On the attack of the Correctional Centre at Kabba, Fanwo said about 126 inmates were brought back to the centre, calling on the Federal Government to strengthen the security agencies in the state with a view to avoiding similar occurrence in future.

He said particular security attention should be given to correctional centres where Boko Haram and other harden criminals were kept.

On politics, the commissioner lauded the recent defection of Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress, APC, describing him as a progressive personality.

He said that his coming to the party was for the progress of the party and the nation at large.

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