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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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Femi Fani Kayode finally joins APC.

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The governor made the comment after he revalidated his APC membership in his country home in Kogi state.

Governor Yahaya Bello has officially confirmed that a former minister of aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Governor Bello confirmed the rumours ion a trending video seen by NoRM‘s known Media on Twitter.

The governor made the comment after he revalidated his APC membership in his country home in Kogi state.

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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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Arotile’s death: Kogi Gov, Top Military Officials pay ‘last respect’ | Photos

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The burial of Nigeria’s first female helicopter combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile, held Thursday at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Her remains arrived at the military cemetery on Airport Road in the early hours of the day and the funeral rites commenced thereafter.

Guests at the burial to pay final respects included Arotile’s friends, family, and colleagues.

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Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, were also sighted at the ceremony.

Other top officials present at the ceremony were the Minister of Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali.

Uninvited guests including unaccredited journalists were politely turned back at the entrance to the cemetery as only vehicles of senior officers and immediate family members of the deceased are allowed to drive in, Noble Reporters Media gathered.


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Bello, APC cannot run from Supreme Court – PDP

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has said that Governor Yahaya Bello and the All Progressives Congress can run, but cannot outrun the Supreme Court over alleged fraud perpetuated during the November 2019 governorship election in Kogi.

Kogi State Publicity Secretary of the party, Bode Ogunmola, stated this in a statement on Saturday while reacting to an Appeal Court judgement on the Kogi governorship election delivered on Saturday.

Ogunmola described the judgement as a travesty of justice and vowed to head for the Supreme Court.

“Gov. Yahaya Bello and the APC can run, but it cannot hide from the Supreme Court, where the blood of the innocent people killed in the Kogi election and the irregularities that characterized the election would be pointed out.”

Yahaya Bello; Kogi State Governor
Ogunmola urged PDP supporters to remain calm and be hopeful.

The PDP said the party would never give up until justice was delivered and Engr Musa Wada becomes the Governor of Kogi State, particularly that he was overwhelmingly voted for in the November governorship election.


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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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Obaseki coming back to APC with 10 PDP Governors – Bello

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has claimed that at least 10 of his counterparts elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will soon defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bello stated this while appearing on Channels Television on Friday.

When asked if APC will collapse when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves power in 2023, Bello insisted the ruling party will only get stronger.

“APC is getting stronger and like I said, it’s going to be proved in the next few days or the next few weeks to come in the election of Edo state, Ondo State, Anambra State, Ekiti State, Osun State.

“It’s unfortunate that our colleague, my brother and my in-law, Obaseki has left us, but as a party and a party-loyal man, we have to reclaim him.

“I can tell you that there are up to 10 PDP governors ready to join APC and that would happen very soon,” Bello said.


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EdoDecide’20: Incumbency will not assure Obaseki’s win – Bello says

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Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi said the power of incumbency will not guarantee victory for Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, who recently defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Bello stated this when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, in Abuja on Monday.

The meeting, which was presided over by Gambari, was attended by Governors of the North Central zone of the country.

According to Bello, Nigerians have witnessed incumbent leaders including former President Goodluck Jonathan losing elections.

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”We have seen those in power before that are dethroned, we have seen practically that President Muhammadu Buhari of APC dethroned PDP, the former President (Goodluck Jonathan) that was on seat.

“So, that is not any trouble at all. APC is going to win Edo State. But unfortunately, I really felt the leaving of my colleague, His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki in whatever circumstance to another political party.

”It is painful anyway, but as a political party we are going to take it back,” he added.

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On the agenda of the North Central Governors meeting with Gambari, the governor said that the meeting was to congratulate the Chief of Staff on his appointment.

Bello said: ”We came to congratulate him over the appointment and that we will continue to collaborate with him as North Central governors.

”We will continue to provide necessary data and information that will guide him in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities and to guide Mr President as far as the region is concerned. So basically that is what we came for.”

Bello, who was recently appointed as the head of a special committee on security set up by Northern Governors Forum, assured that governors across the federation had resolved to tackle all security challenges confronting the country to ensure the safety of lives and property.

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“Security is topmost priority of this administration and we are doing our best to ensure that the nation is secured. As Northern region Governors, we met and decided that we must tackle insecurity head-on.

“So basically, my committee is to liaise with the various security agencies and security operatives to ensure that the necessary security architecture is put in place and ensure that it is enforced and at the end of the day we get the best-secured region and nation at large,” he said.

On APC crisis, Bello disclosed that efforts had been intensified to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party.

He said: “Our party is one solid party. In a particularly big family like that, you won’t rule out any misunderstanding in one way or the other.

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”But I can assure you that our party is strong under the leadership of President Buhari and as a father, he is already looking into it and I can assure you that we are going to come out very strong.

”We are going to go to Edo State and we shall win Edo state election overwhelmingly for APC, we are going to go to Ondo state and win it overwhelmingly for APC.

”We will take Anambra State and record it as a second APC state from the South East and integrate our Igbo brothers into the fold and we are going to take Ekiti and Osun once again.

“So, we are going to continue to expand our coast. So, APC is strong we are not divided, we are only seeing one same point from a different angle and we are trying to make ourselves understand the points, that is just it, there is no misunderstanding.”


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Leaked: Yahaya Bello is 44, His mom dies at 101. (Check the pics to judge if she gave birth to him at 57. 😁


Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, has announced the death of his mother, Hauwau Oziohu.

In a statement on Monday, Bello said his mother died at the age of 101 after a brief illness.


Bello, who is said to be the youngest of six children, was born on June 18,1975. So his mother was 57 years at the time of his birth.

The 44-year-old governor said the matriarch will be buried on Monday in line with Islamic rites.

“With total submission to the will of Allah, on behalf of the family of Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi, we regret to announce the passing away of our matriarch, Hajia Hauwau Oziohu Bello who answered the call of Allah this evening after a brief illness,” he said.

“We are relieved that her passing was peaceful and painless. Her funeral will be held today at Her resident in Nagazi, Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State in accordance with Islamic rites.


“Until her death, she was aged 101 and survived by children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many adopted children.”

In December, 2015, TheCable analysed the puzzle on Bello’s age.

In his biography, the governor said: “He started his early education in 1984 in LGEA Primary School, Agassa in Okene LGA.”

But If he was born in June 1975, he would normally start his primary education in 1981 – as most of his age mates did. Pupils started primary school at five or six in the post-colonial era.

But the biography says he started his primary school in 1984 – which means he was at least three years behind schedule. By starting in 1984, he was nine years old, and would have been in class with his younger sibling had the parents not decided to make Yahaya the last born in a family of six.

The puzzle remains as Bello buries his 101-year-old mom who had him at 57.


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Breaking – INEC set to charge Gov. Yahaya Bello for double registration after his tenure

...affected officials suspended


The Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will be prosecuting Governor Yahaya Bello for double registration at the end of his tenure.

According to the National Commissioner and Chairman Voters Education and Information Committee Festus Okoye, Governor Yahaya Bello’s immunity clause is shielding him from prosecution.

He also revealed that the electoral commission decided to prosecute Yahaya Bello after an investigation which led to the dismissal of two of its staff and suspension of an Assistant Director.


Okoye said;

“The case of double registration against the Kogi State governor has not been abandoned but there is nothing the Commission can do now because he is still under immunity. But by the time the immunity expires, the Commission will meet and take a decision on the next line of action.

“We started with our Staff who were implicated in the double registration first, while we have to wait until the governor ceases to enjoy immunity, which protects him against prosecution”.

Governor Yahaya Bello


On if the Kogi Governor was indicted in its investigation, the INEC Commissioner said;

“There are various stages involved, you have to investigate, prosecute and convict or acquitt, you can not just conclude that one is guilty or innocent without exhausting the entire process. So when we get to that bridge we cross it”.


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