Kidnappers, armed robbers and other criminals have been using this hideout for years.

But on Wednesday, the buildings were pulled down courtesy the Kogi State government.

18 houses that have been serving as hideouts for these criminals were demolished.

Jerry Omodara (retired), Special Adviser to the governor on security, said on Thursday in Lokoja that the houses were destroyed in line with the provisions of the state’s law on kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes.

He said that 17 of the houses were demolished in Kogi central senatorial district while one, an estate, was demolished in Kogi East senatorial district.

Omodara said that more houses were being identified, adding that any house where arms and ammunition were recovered, would be pulled down.