The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has vowed never to negotiate with criminals operating in the state.
Bello spoke on Friday at a valedictory court session in honour of the late Justice Shuaib Yakubu, Justice of the Appeal Court.
He said rather than negotiate with criminals, his administration would fight them.
“We are living witnesses to pockets of crime being perpetrated in parts of the state. I want to assure you and every citizen in the state that my administration will take the war against them right into their den anywhere in the state.
“My administration will never negotiate with them; rather, we will be taking the war to them wherever they may be hiding; never again will we allow any kidnapping in the state, every citizen is assured and their safety guaranteed.
The governor showered encomium on the late judge whom he described as an impeccable character that left his footprints in the sand of times.
Also speaking at the valedictory session, a Senior Advocate Nigeria, Dr Alex Iziyon, said the bench had lost a rare gem that would be difficult to replace.
“His love for humanity was legendary, his philanthropic spirit was second to none, so also his dedication to duty will remain evergreen in the minds of all that have had encounter with him at one time or the other,” Iziyon noted.
Justice Yakubu died on December 24, 2019.