In a bid to aid proper identification of people in Kogi State, the State Governor, Yahaya Bello has directed that no person should henceforth be seen wearing facemasks in public places.
The governor gave the directive during an emergency security meeting yesterday at the state capital, Lokoja.
Addressing first and second-class traditional rulers, including local government council chairmen who were all present at the meeting, Governor Bello warned the leaders to secure their domain and ensure all the nooks and crannies of their areas are cleansed.
“Ensuring peaceful coexistence in your domain is your exclusive responsibility. You have the exclusive responsibility to ensure that all nooks and crannies of your areas are free from criminality of all sorts,” the Governor said.
Bello, also during the meeting, directed the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Local Government Chairmen, union leaders, and security agencies to meet with tricycle and motorcycle riders for proper documentation.
The governor also ordered the closure of all brothels harbouring prostitutes, just as he ordered the removal and demolition of shanties in Lokoja, Osara, Zango, Itobe, Obajana, and all other areas of the state.
Bello warned politicians in the state not to interfere or get involved in anything that could disrupt the peace of the people and the security they presently enjoy.
“Let me sound a note of warning to all politicians irrespective of political persuasions to desist from anything that could disrupt the peace we are currently enjoying in the state,” Vanguard quoted the state leader as saying.