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Update: Uche Elendu react, after Nigerians blast Destiny Etiko.

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Actress Destiny Etiko was dragged on social media on Friday, February 19 for her choice of outfit to meet with Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello.

Some Nigerians were of the opinion that her outfit was inappropriate for a meeting with a government official. Read here.

Destiny couldn’t withstand the heat that she had to lock her comment section.

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Her friend and colleague, Uche Elendu, has come out to defend her as well as give an explanation for her choice of outfit.

According to Uche, Destiny and others were on their way to the airport when the governor called for them to meet with him in his office.

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Actress Destiny Etiko in trouble amid her outfit to visit Kogi Gov, Bello.

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Nigerians have slammed Destiny Etiko for the choice of outfit she wore to visit Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

The actress took to her Instagram account to share a photo of herself wearing a clinging jumpsuit while with Governor Yahaya Bello in his office.

Followers accused her of dressing inappropriately for the occasion.

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Destiny Etiko slammed for outfit she wore to visit Governor Yahaya Bello
She had to block followers from posting comments on the post but that didn’t deter them. They took to her other posts to leave comments criticising her.

Destiny Etiko slammed for outfit she wore to visit Governor Yahaya Bello

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Storyline: I insist Education, Health my priority – Gov Bello.

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Bello said that the over N2 billion, estimated to facilitate the establishment of the College of Medicine as indicated in the committee’s report, would be sourced.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, has said health and education remain a priority for his administration, promising to make available funds to ensure that the state’s health and education institutions are among the best in Nigeria.

Governor Bello made this known on Monday in Lokoja while receiving a report on the take-off of the College of Medicine at the Confluence University of Technology (CUSTECH), Osara, and other related matters.

Bello said that the over N2 billion, estimated to facilitate the establishment of the College of Medicine as indicated in the committee’s report, would be sourced.

He noted that the funds would be committed to the project which is far important than the Covid-19 expenditure

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“Such funds would be sourced out in multiples, and will be committed to other education and health institutions in the state.

“Although some of these tasks might seem huge, but are achievable with a strong will.

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“The Institution which had already commenced with three faculties has already gulped much more than N2 billion.

“But I am assuring that the institution, under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor and management, has the full support of this administration to implement all the listed recommendations,” Bello said.

Bello thanked the committee for their services and contributions to the growth and development of the education sector in the state.

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He noted that the implementation committee would now transit to become a Standing and Advisory committee for CUSTECH as they would work together with the institutions management for the next one year.

Presenting the report earlier, Prof. Mohammad Salihu Audu, Chairman of the new Standing and Advisory Committee, CUSTECH, expressed gratitude to the state government for the opportunity to serve.

Audu said that the proposed commencement date for the College of Medicine would be the 2021/2022 Academic calendar.

He said that the estimated sum of above N2 billion would be needed for the establishment of the College of Medicine to meet academic requirements and standard functioning of the institution.

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He added that although there were existing infrastructures with some still under construction, the estimated fund would help to further put other needed structures in place to ease take off.

He advised that the implementation of the report should commence soon, noting that the issue of Manpower recruitment should also be promptly looked into.

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Kogi: Buhari mourns prominent RMAFC Commissioner

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The President also commiserates with the Chairman and members of the Commission on the demise of the Federal Commissioner, who was sworn in June, 2019.

A commissioner representing Kogi State in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Suleiman Abdul, is dead.

His death was announced in a statement by a presidential aide, Garba Shehu, on Sunday.

Mr Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari also mourned the deceased, who is a former federal lawmaker.

Read the full statement by Mr Shehu below.

President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on the passing of Hon. Suleiman Kokori Abdul, Federal Commissioner representing Kogi State in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

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As a home-bred politician and former member representing Okene/Ogori-Magogo constituency in the sixth National Assembly (2007-2011), President Buhari avers that Hon. Abdul understood the place of dedication and compassion in public service; and this earned him admiration and respect in politics as well as among his people.

The President recognizes the contributions of the late Federal Commissioner to the administration’s drive to mobilise revenue from the non-oil sector, and hopes that his dedication to duty will continue to inspire the work of the RMAFC.

President Buhari says his thoughts are with the Abdul family during this time of mourning even as he prays almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and bless him with Al-janah Firdaus.


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Breaking: Kogi Gov, Bello speaks on bread loaf tax

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The Kogi state chapter of the Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has began moves to meet with the consultant the state charged with collecting the fee.

Nigerians have been left shocked after the Kogi state government introduced a tax on every loaf of bread baked in the state.

Kogi govt introduces tax on every loaf of bread

Bakers are against the new levy, though the state government claims the move is aimed at improving the internally generated revenue of the state.

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The ministry made the introduction on November 9, through a memo signed by the Commissioner’s Permanent Secretary, Usman Ibrahim.

The memo was addressed to the chairperson, Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Kogi State branch. The collection of the levy will start from November 16, 2020. The memo read;

“We write to introduce the above mentioned as the Consultant appointed by the Kogi State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to collect the above-mentioned levy from all Master Bakers and Caterers doing business in and across Kogi State.

“You are, therefore, required to avail them all necessary cooperation to enable them to carry out their assignment.

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“The above-mentioned levy is to be paid per loaf of bread or other confectioneries products produced per day.

“Please do comply with this policy to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State for the provision of better services and good governance.

“The collection of this levy shall take effect seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this letter. You are expected to communicate this information to all your members.

“Have the assurance of our esteemed regards.”

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An executive member of the association simply identified as Godfirst said;

“The letter was sent to us that a consultant has been given the job to generate fund from bakery to state government; to generate revenue to (for the) state government,” he said.

“We are trying to meet with the consultant but we have not been able to meet with him. We want to meet with him to give us more explanation.”

“We are not happy about it, presently there is no market. We are facing different types of challenges, and if they are now asking us to pay another tax, we don’t know how we can cope.”


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Kogi: Court uphold Bello’s election as Governor

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– 11:18 AM –

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

In its Judgement delivered on Monday, the Apex Court disagreed with the appeal filed on five grounds by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada.

Mr Wada claimed that the election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions; rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello didn’t secure the highest vote.

Aside from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, other members of the panel include Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji.

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Storyline: Buhari mourns Igala leader. [Nigeria]

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commiserated with family, friends, and associates of His Royal Majesty, Attah Igala, Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, over the transition of the Paramount Ruler of Igala Kingdom and President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs.

The President’s condolence was contained in a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu.

Extending his condolence to the Kogi State Government, Buhari noted that “the 27th Attah Igala will be greatly missed for his wise counsels and reputation for honesty, urging the people of his domain to sustain his achievements during his eight-year rule,” the statement said.

“The President prays that God will console the family of the revered foremost traditional ruler and all those who mourn him, and grant his soul eternal rest.”


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Kogi Election: Court dates August 31 for Musa Wada’s appeal.

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Supreme Court sitting in Abuja has fixed August 31, 2020, for the judgement in the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Musa Wada.

Mr. Wada is challenging the election victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

His party (PDP) insisted that its candidate won the November 16, 2019 governorship election while Mr. Wada claims that the election that brought in Mr. Bello as governor of the state was riddled with serious electoral infractions.

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In May, Mr. Wada lost his petition at the election tribunal which sat in Abuja

In the judgment of two to one, delivered by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, the tribunal held that the petitioner had failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of one million naira to be paid by the petitioners, PDP and Musa Wada to INEC, Yahaya Bello, and APC who are the respondents.

Thereafter, Mr. Wada lost his appeal before the Court of Appeal, being dissatisfied with the judgement, he approached the Apex Court.


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Kogi gunmen attack: 14 lose to death. [Video]

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Gunmen on Wednesday invaded Agbudu community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing 14 persons with six others injured.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ede Ayuba, confirmed the attack to journalists in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the dead victims include 13 members of the same family and one other person.

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“Fourteen people were killed and six people were fatally injured. The sad thing is that out of these 14 dead bodies that were brought out, 13 are from one family,” the police commissioner said.

He added, “But in the interim, I want to give you that assurance that we are not going to relent in our efforts.

The scene of the attack in Kogi State on July 29, 2020.

“We will make sure that we get to the root of anything that is behind the killings around that zone.”

Ayuba said as soon as he got wind of the situation, he quickly dispatched a team of police operatives, including the Divisional Police Officer in the area to the community.

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He, however, explained that the gunmen fled the area before the arrival of security personnel.

Residents of Agbudu community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, have been thrown into mourning following the killing of 14 persons on July 29, 2020.

Ayuba pledged that the State Police Command would not relent in its efforts to tracking the perpetrators of the crime.

The commissioner said that the police had carried out some preliminary investigations and discovered that there had been long-standing communal feud in the community.

He noted that the police authorities are investigating the attack, adding that the paramount ruler adding that the real cause of the violence will be revealed soon.


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Kogi West: Appeal Court dissolves Dino Melaye’s suit against Adeyemi

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Senator Dino Melaye has lost the bid to return to the Senate, about eight months after he was defeated in the Kogi West senatorial district election.

He contested the November 2019 poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Melaye had filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgement of the Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed the election of Senator Adeyemi.

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He asked the court to upturn the decision of the Tribunal that declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the election.

A three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, however, dismissed the suit in its judgement delivered on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

L-R: A photo combination of Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi.

Melaye Fined
Justice Ibrahim Saulawa who led the other judges and delivered the judgement held that the appeal filed by Melaye was incompetent.

He added that all seven issues raised in the appeal were resolved against the appellant with a cost of N50,000 awarded against him.

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The Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by Melaye for lacking in merit in its judgement delivered in Abuja on June 10, 2020.

It held that the witnesses presented by Melaye failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, unlawful votes, and the various electoral infractions listed in the petition.

Two weeks after the people of Kogi West senatorial district went to the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the November 16, 2019 election.

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The APC candidate polled 88,373 votes to beat his PDP rival who scored 62,133 votes.

A screengrab of the result of the Kogi West Senatorial District election released by INEC.

Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes and was trailed by John Olabode and Adeyemi Taiwo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP who) garnered 262 and 119 votes respectively.

Following his victory at the poll, Adeyemi was inducted into the Senate and replaced Melaye as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation.


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Just in: Gunmen waste Naval officer, house wife in Kogi

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Two persons, including a naval officer, were on Thursday shot dead by unknown gunmen on Okene -Lokoja road in Kogi State.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayuba Ede, confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja, saying that the incident occurred around 6p.m.

According to him, the officer, a man and a woman were travelling in a Toyota Sienna car when they were shot by yet to be identified gunmen.

He said that the naval officer was in uniform while the woman was in mufti.

The Commissioner said that the two of them died on the spot.

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Ayuba who spoke on phone said he could not give further details, saying that detectives had been despatched to the scene to gather full information.

“Yes, I heard about it and I have dispatched my men there to bring me the details of how and when it happened,” he said.

It would be recalled that an army officer Capt. GSM Abubakar, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on the same route on July 5.

Abubakar was travelling in his Honda car with his wife and mother when gunmen opened fire on them. He died on the spot.


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Court uphold Bello’s election as Kogi governor

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division on Saturday affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as the duly elected governor of Kogi State.

The appellate court, in separate unanimous judgements by a five-member panel of justices of the court, led by Justice Adamu Jauro, dismissed four appeals challenging the victory of Governor Bello in the November 16, 2019 governorship election held in Kogi State.

The appellate court held that the appeals, which sought to upturn the earlier judgements of Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship contest, lacked merit.

The court said it found no reason to dislodge the judgment of the tribunal as the petitioners failed to prove their case to warrant the nullification of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s declaration that Governor Bello garnered the highest number of valid votes cast at the election.

Yahaya Bello

The panel of justices that sat on the matter agreed with the respondents that the petitioners failed o substantiate their allegations of electoral malpractice before the tribunal.

The Appeal Court consequently dismissed the four appeals that were filed against INEC, Governor Bello and APC, by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Actions People’s Party (APP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), along with their governorship candidates in the election.


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News+: Stakeholders urge kogi to meet with benchmark

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Stakeholders at a one-day Consultative Meeting on Public Financing of Agriculture have called on Kogi government to ensure its annual budget for the Agriculture sector met Maputo Declaration benchmark of 10 per cent minimum.

The stakeholders made the call in a communique issued at the end of the meeting, organised by the Public Financing of Agriculture (PFA) Committee of ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) on Wednesday in Lokoja.

The communique was signed by Mathias Okpanachi, chairman of PFA; Hajiya Safiya Yahaya, State Coordinator, SWOFON and Halima Sadiq, Executive Director, PIBCID.

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They observed that budgetary allocation to the Agriculture sector had not met the Maputo Declaration benchmark since its ratification and adoption by Nigeria in 2003.

“There is need for budget developers to ensure that Kogi State Public Sector Agriculture Budget meets the Maputo Declaration benchmark of 10 per cent minimum

“There is also need for the Ministry of Agriculture to adopt innovative revenue generation strategies and block resource leakages in its bureaucratic processes, and as well, improve capacity and attitudes of public service workers on quality service delivery”, they suggested.

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The stakeholders insisted that there must be an agreed participatory public sector policy on agriculture value chain development, while emphasising the need for government to off-take Agriculture produce from farmers.

They also urged increased partnership and collaboration between government and citizens on improving public sector funding for Agriculture, just as they advocated increased transparency and accountability in the sector to engender confidence.

They noted that the top-bottom approach to Public Sector Agriculture budget development was still a major challenge in ensuring participatory development in the sector.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Civil Society, Media, Kogi House of Assembly, Smallholder Women Farmers, Agriculture Financial Institutions, the state Agriculture Development Project (ADP) and Ministry of Agriculture representatives.


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Kogi FMC Attack: Police launch Manhunt

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The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Ede Ayuba, has ordered detectives to go after armed hoodlums that launched a violent attack on facilities at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Ayuba, who gave the order on Wednesday during a visit to the centre to assess the extent of damage, said that the perpetrators believed to be sponsored political thugs would not go unpunished.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, DSP Aya Williams, said the commissioner had directed his deputy in charge of the Criminal Investigation Depratment to head the team of investigators.

He assured the staff of the hospital of the police to guarantee the safety of their lives and property.

Ayuba enjoined members of the public to go about their lawful activities and supply any information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.


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Kogi FMC COVID-19 briefing in disrupt amid gunmen attack

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The Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi State, has been attacked by unidentified gunmen.

The gunmen disrupted a press briefing which was to demand a COVID-19 screening center in Kogi.

Shots were fired in the air to disperse the people on the ground who were present to discuss challenges medical professionals are facing in the coronavirus pandemic.

Laptops, phones, and other valuables were carted away by the gunmen who assault anyone who stood in their way


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Kogi Chief Judge dies after slight illness.

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The death of the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has been announced.

Ajanah died after at the age of 62 after suffering from a brief illness.

This comes barley a week after the death of the President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state, Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga.

This is confirmed in a statement issued by the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo.

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The statement reads “The Kogi State Government wishes to announce the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana. Until his death, Nasir Ajana was the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

“The passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the Government and people of Kogi State for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

“He will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a colossus in the noble profession of law.

“The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill. May God forgive all his shortcomings and grant him eternal life.”


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Kogi Lawmaker, John Abah found dead

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The Kogi State House of Assembly has lost one of its members, John Abah, who was a lawmaker representing Ibaji Constituency in the Assembly where he was serving a second term.

Abah died on Wednesday in an Abuja hospital after a protracted illness.

Governor Yahaya Bello has expressed sadness over the death of the lawmaker.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, the Speaker expressed sadness over the death.

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He sympathised with the immediate family and the people of Ibaji Constituency, noting that the deceased would be greatly missed.

He said,

”It is very sad and painful to lose a breadwinner of a family”, stressing that his demise has created “a great vacuum that will be hard to fill”.

He noted that “death is an expected end of every mortal, hence, he enjoined his family to “take solace in the words of God which say everything under the sun has time, a time to be born, and time to die”.


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News+: Kogi Robberies – Hangover from last Election – Ehindero

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Dr Kayode Ehindero, the Executive Director, Nigerian Workforce Strategy and Enlightenment Centre (NIWOSEC), has described the incessant robberies and kidnappings in Kogi as a hangover from the last election.


Ehindero, who was reacting to the June 4 Isanlu robbery, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Monday that the election was characterised by terror and hooliganism.

He said that the last election in Kogi was pathetic and should not be used as a reference point for young people in Nigeria.

“It is time electoral processes in Nigeria are devoid of violence and hooliganism.

“I enjoin young people, especially those who live in states, where elections are underway, not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to achieve their aims because they will be dumped eventually.

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“I also encourage young people to look inward and join hands with great Nigerian workers to build the nation,” he said.

According to the executive director, joblessness thrives because the nation lacks creative leaders, who can translate Nigerian’s numerous needs into job creation.

He charged students to seek positive mentorship as an alternative to schooling during the lockdown of education centres due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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KogiDecide’20: Civil Rights beg for transparency.

The group in a letter to the Acting President of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Monica B. Dongban-Mensem, asked for transparency and sense of justice in constituting members of the panel that will adjudicate in the case.


A called for transparency in the constitution of membership of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Appeal Panel.

The group in a letter to the Acting President of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Monica B. Dongban-Mensem, asked for transparency and sense of justice in constituting members of the panel that will adjudicate in the case.

In the letter dated May 26 and signed by its National Coordinator, Kayode Esan, NIM said extra-judicial murder of innocent citizens during the November 2019 gubernatorial election in state should as well not be ignored.

The group said, “The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered its split judgment on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Two members of the panel, Justices Kashim G. Kaigama from Yobe State and Baraka Wali from Katsina State ruled in favour of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of All Progressives Congress while Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele from Edo State stood against the above. The details of the judgment is in the public domain.

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“As a result of the above, the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the election, Musa Wada, have vowed to approach the Court of Appeal for enduring justice to be served.

“In the light of this, the Nigeria Integrity Movement, a non-partisan and non-political civil society group, hereby appeals to the leadership of the Court of Appeal to exercise due diligence, transparency and sense of justice in constituting members of the Appeal Panel that will adjudicate in the case.”


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[Nigeria] Court of Appeal return Wada as Kogi PDP governorship candidate


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja Tuesday returned Musa Wada as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election held in Kogi State.

Delivering judgment in the suit between Musa Wada and Abubakar Mohammed Ibrahim Idris and others, the court held that “it is crooked colt of discretion for a court to raise an issue suo motu (raising issues that were not raised by any of the parties in the litigation) and determine same without hearing parties.”

The three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad Saulawa and comprising Justices Joseph E. Ekanen and Yasir Nimpar also set aside every order made by the trial court to the effect that there was no primary election by PDP in the state and that the appellant was not a candidate in the election.

“Every order made by the trial court that there was no primary election and that the appellant was not a candidate in the election is hereby set aside,” the court held.

Abubakar Idris, also of the PDP had on September 27, 2019, approached Kogi State High Court to challenge the outcome of the primary election conducted on September 3 and 4, 2019 in the state in which Musa Wada won, on the ground that he, Abubakar Idris won the primary instead.

The trial court presiding Judge, Justice R O Olorunfemi, dismissed the claim and held that he did not substantiate his claim.

The trial judge proceeded to hold that the PDP did not have a candidate in the last election in Kogi State.

Aggrieved by the decision of the court, Wada filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal through his lawyer, Jibrin S. Okutepa (SAN), challenging the judgment on the ground that the trial judge did not have jurisprudence to grant reliefs not sought before him.

The court, however, allowed the appeal which sought to prove that PDP presented a candidate in the last election in the state in the person of Wada.


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COVID-19: Kogi commune cancel yearly ‘Ogori Ovia Osese’ cultural festival. (Nigeria)


Less than three weeks to the 2020 edition of Ogori Ovia Osese Cultural Festival, the Coronavirus global pandemic has forced the National Executive Committee of Ogori Descendants’ Union, ODU, to outrightly cancel the event.

The body, arose from an emergency meeting called by the ODU, announcing the cancellation of the event which had been scheduled to hold between April 19 and 26, 2020.


In a 9-point communique, the body said, “in view of the global health challenges posed by coronavirus, Ogori Ovia Osese festival being an international tourist event that attracts tourists from around the globe…is no longer feasible and advisable.”

On the strength of this, the body said, “we resolved to cancel the celebration of the 2020 Ovia Osese Festival and its ancillary events and advise members of the community to key into the directive of the State Government on public gatherings because it is in our best interest.”


It further maintained that by the cancellation of the festival, no tradition has been contravened, adding that its decision was in the overall interest of the community and public health.

It reiterated that it was expedient for the community to align itself with the ongoing efforts at the state and national levels on how best to contain the coronavirus pandemic.


ODU assured families that had registered their wards to participate in the 2020 edition of the festival, that they would be taken care of in the 2021 edition.

While calling for sustained prayers to overcome the global pandemic, the ODU appreciated security operatives in the area for bracing up to the security challenges in the area.


“We commend the effort of security agencies which recently resulted in the arrest of some kidnap suspects and we call for more security consciousness among our people because security should be everybody’s business”, it stressed.

Meanwhile, the League of Professors in Ogori, last Saturday, launched a task team on COVID-19 and according to the chairman of the League, Professor Olugbemiro Jegede said given the rapidity of the spread of the pandemic, it could spread to every nook and crannies of Nigeria, wreaking unimaginable havoc on citizens.

The task team, he explained, is to amongst other things, develop a simple strategic plan for preparedness and response to future epidemics in the community, evolve a workable plan for strict isolation of confirmed cases, build and strategise on how to deploy and use, response capacities and capabilities to COVID-19.

On his part, the leader of the 10-member task team, Professor Alexander Odaibo, said the committee would go a long way in helping Ogori community in preventing the spread of the pandemic and assured that no stone would be left unturned to make a success of the assignment.


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COVID-19: Civil servants in kogi, Nigeria to work from home.


Kogi State Government has directed civil servants on Grade Level 1 – 13 to stay off offices for 14 days as from Monday, March 23 as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to the state.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, made the announcement in a statement on Monday in Lokoja.


Fanwo said: “Only workers from GL 1 to 13 are affected by the directive to stay at home while GL 14 and above are to report at their offices.

“Those rendering essential services are to continue to go to their work places as they are not affected by the work from the home directive,” Fanwo said.


According to Fanwo, the decision, a preventive measure is subject to review after the first week beginning from March 23.

The state is yet to record a single case of the deadly disease.


Fanwo, however, said that civil servants on critical duties will be communicated by the state Head of Service on how to keep the system running.

He explained that Gov. Yahaya Bello approved the measure to ensure prevention and contain the spread of the virus through contacts at government offices across the state.

“The state government is leaving no stone un-turned to ensure the virus do not find its way to the state and if it does, the government is prepared to control and manage it,” the statement said.

The commissioner urged residents to ensure adherence to health instructions released by the state’s Ministry of Health on how to prevent the disease as well as ensure personal hygiene.


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Gospel singer, Esther Osaji wants to empower 500 youths in Kogi


About 500 youths in Kogi state are expected to benefit from the empowerment scheme of popular gospel artist, Esther Osaji.

The artist said she would use her mega musical concert themed “worship untamed” to unveil her plans for youths in the state.


The concert will hold in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, its Host, Dr. Tobi Bello, said in a statement in Abuja.

The concert is being organised in collaboration with Pastor Alfred Owoyemi-led youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kogi State Chapter.


According to the statement, the musician-turned philanthropist will unveil her empowerment program that will serve as a means to an end.

Osaji noted that evangelism had gone beyond preaching the word alone to empowering people.


Bello said it was important for youths in the country to be usefully engaged.

The statement reads: “When you pray for God’s blessings, it is important for you to be actively engaged in one thing or the other. The Bible said that God will bless the work of your hands. What we plan to do is to ensure that 500 youths are equipped with different skills.


“With the skills, they can work and fend for themselves and God will then be able to bless the work of their hand. It is important to worship and praise God.”

Bello also said the concert would provide opportunity for Kogi people to link up and have a good time with their creator.

“It is time to praise God again in a grand style. This is going to be the biggest gospel concert Kogi has ever seen. Come and worship God,” he added.

Other gospel artists who will be ministering at the concert are: Lord Bishop, David G, Jonas Dan, Yohanna and TAP, Joshua Kings and many others.


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