The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Thursday in Offa urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to redouble efforts at ridding Kwara of rising cultism and criminality.
The Minister gave the charge at the commissioning of a N700 million ultra modern Mobile Police Force Squadron Base built by the Offa community and donated to the Nigeria Police Force.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the barracks consists of Administrative Block of 16 offices, computer rooms, guard house, communication room, 200 capacity conference room and a mini cell.
The barrack also comprises 3-bedroom Commandant quarters and Guard Residential quarter of 44 flats of 2 bedroom each for the rank and file.
Also in the barrack built through community efforts are: Armoury house, Guard house and post, communication room perimeter fence wall and gate, 500KVA generator and two boreholes
There was also a built-up epitaph in commemoration of the 33 victims of the April 5 armed robbery attack in the town.
In a remark, the minister said that Kwara, particularly at the run up to the 2019 general elections, had become notorious for criminality and cultism.
He, therefore, charged the IGP to reciprocate the efforts of Offa people by building the barracks, to return the state to its known safety haven.
“It is unfortunate that Kwara in recent times has become notorious for banditry, robbery and cultism.
“Those who witnessed what happened some days back will agree with me that hoodlums and cultists are still very active in Kwara.