Kogi State Government on Sunday attributed the rising wave of armed robbery and kidnapping in the state to criminal elements that just infiltrated the state. Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communication Strategy, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, made this known in a statement in Lokoja, the state capital. He said: “The few flashes of attacks witnessed some weeks ago were traced to criminals who entered the state to foment trouble. The special adviser was, however, not specific about measures being put in place to curtail the crimes, which had been on the increase since the November 16 governorship election in the state. He assured residents and commuters travelling for holidays through the state of their safety, saying that measures had been put in place to ensure their security. “The state government will not soft-pedal in its decision to ensure security of lives and property,’’ Fanwo said.