Kogi State Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed traditional rulers in the state to immediately identify and hand over those perpetrating crimes in their domains to government for prosecution.
Bello gave this directive on Wednesday in Kabba and Okene while unveiling government’s new initiative on community policing in response to the rising wave of crimes in the state.
He said that youths and herbalists were many among those arrested in connection with recent kidnappings, armed robberies and cultism in the state.
The governor stressed the need for traditional rulers to identify criminal elements in their domains for appropriate action.
Bello, who expressed concern on the security situation in the state, said traditional rulers would be encouraged to take full responsibility for the security of their domains.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Security, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), Bello said that youths, hunters and vigilante groups would be incorporated into the new initiative.
According to him, traditional rulers would henceforth be required to provide information on the people and their movement in and out of their domains.
Bello also urged religious leaders in the state to key into the new initiative, urging them to monitor the movement of their adherents.