Bandits not occupying Kwara forests, says CP Assayomo


Mr Tuesday Assayomo, Kwara State Commissioner of Police

By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo

The Kwara Police Command has warned criminals and bandits to keep off as the state is not their base.

SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the command’s spokesperson, served the warning in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday.

It dismissed as fake the alleged report circulating on several social media platforms that claimed that some forest reserves in parts of Kwara had been taken over by bandits.

According to the fake reports, bandits were ready to use the forests to launch attacks on Kwara and some neighbouring states.

“The command wishes to state categorically that Kwara is safe and secure, and no part of Kwara is occupied by bandits or terrorists.”

“The writers and sharers of that fake intelligence report are mischievous, desirous of sowing a seed of distrust and fear in the minds of the good people of Kwara in particular and Nigeria in general.”

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“This is an attempt to create panic in the minds of peace-loving Kwarans, but they have failed,” it said.

The Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, has renewed police and other security agencies’ commitment and alertness to the protection and defence of the lives and property of residents.

“Aggressive and extensive patrols have been emplaced in the state, while vigilante groups and hunters have been coopted in patrolling the forests and bushes.

“Consequently, the good people of the state are advised to give information to the police whenever anything negative or sinister is being suspected in their vicinity,” it urged.

Residents are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses without fear of attack or intimidation.


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