The Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello has approved the appointment of Elder Friday Sanni as the Director General, Special Task Force on Illegal Smuggling of Firearms to Kogi State.

The appointment was conveyed via a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. (Mrs) Folashade Arike Ayoade, dated 8th May 2023.

The Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Femi Fanwo, said: “The decision of the State Government to set up the Special Task Force is part of recalibration efforts in the security architecture of the state to ensure that firearms are not illegally smuggled into the state to perpetrate the nefarious activities of criminal elements as Government is committed to ensuring criminality is reduced to the near-zero level in the state.

“We recognise an increase in proliferation of arms in the state and cannot afford a situation where firearms are in the hands of people who are neither licensed nor trained to handle them. The Taskforce will also allow those already possessing firearms illegally to submit them voluntarily.”

Elder Friday Sanni was a former Kogi State House of Assembly member with vast knowledge of security studies.

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