The Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered the closure of all brothels harbouring prostitutes in the state, as well as banned the wearing of facemasks in public places to ensure the proper identification of persons in the state.
The decision follows series of security breaches being experienced in the state in recent times.
Bello gave the order on Tuesday in Lokoja during a meeting with all first and second-class traditional rulers, including local government council chairmen in the state.
He equally ordered the removal and demolition of shanties in Lokoja, Osara, Zango, Itobe, Obajana, and all other areas in the state.
He urged 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.
Governor Bello also urged all traditional rulers to guard their domain and ensured 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.
He also sympathized with the family of the killed security agents in Ajaojuta Local Government Area last Saturday.
While admonishing all local government council chairmen and security agencies to continue to do their jobs without fear or favour, Bello sent a strong warning to politicians not to be involved in anything that could disrupt the peace of the people and the security they presently enjoy.
“Let me sound a note of warnings to all politicians irrespective of political persuations to desist from anything that could disrupt the peace we are currently enjoying in the state,” he added.