The Kogi State Government has destroyed a property allegedly owned by a suspected leader of an interstate kidnap syndicate, Zakari Yau.
The state Governor, Yahaya Bello, ordered the demolition of the premises located in Odu, a Kogi countryside.
This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Petra Onyegbule.
According to him, the said property, which had allegedly served as criminal hideouts for years, had at least 12 gates leading into it.
The destruction came six months after Mr. Yau, 30, was arrested by the police, alongside other suspected members of his ring, during a raid on the compound.
Apart from Kogi, they were accused of also terrorising residents in several states across the north-central, including Benue, Nasarawa and Niger.
The demolition of Mr. Yau’s alleged property was part of an ongoing exercise aimed at smashing all suspected criminal hideouts in the state.
Similar hideouts hard been torn down in other parts of the state, including Okenne, the statement said.
Mr. Bello gave all suspected criminals across the state until April 20, 2017, to hand in their arms and ammunition and embrace an ongoing amnesty.
The statement said the demolition was carried out in accordance with the state’s Anti-Kidnapping, Robbery and Terrorism Law which was enacted by the immediate past governor, Idris Wada.