Kogi Govt. Warns Those In Possession Of Illegal Arms To Surrender It

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has given seven days ultimatum to those in possession of fire arms and ammunition, in the central senatorial district of the state to surrender them to security agents or face the full wrath of the law.

Gov. Bello who gave the warning in Okene, the Headquarters of Central Senatorial District of Kogi state during a stakeholders meeting on the security challenges in the area, said the security and safety of Ebira land is pivotal to the security of the nation.

He also stressed that the geographical location of the district was enough for the government to take a decisive action in tackling insecurity in the area.

The insecurity challenges that as bedeviled the area which is made up of five Local Government Area is of top discussion.

The hall was filled to the capacity with the elder statesman, traditional ruler from various clan, National House of Assembly members, youths, top government functionaries all from Central Senatorial District are all in attendance.

Governor Bello, in his opening remark welcome the people to the town hall meeting, while he urged them to speak out their mind without fear, he said this will go a long way in saving the land from miscreant.

”Today we are here holding a town hall meeting with respect to security challenges not only in Kogi state,but in Central Senatorial District comprising of five local government, Okene, Okehi, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori-mangogo.

”These senatorial areas are dominantly by Ebira people, If I am not mistaken we are 90 percent of Ebira people in these Senatorial Districts”.

The Governor had recently ordered the demolition of over 15 buildings in Okene that had been identifed as kidnappers den discovered with arms.

“This is the first time the people will come together to brain storm on  how to tackle the insecurity situation which has been a daily event since the creation of the state, while previous government paid no attention.

One of the elder statesman, Dr. Tom Adaba, who spoke to Channels Television  lamented over the incessant criminal activities in the area which had brought disgrace to the land, while he appealed to the Governor not to spear any one in his quest to rid the district of criminal element.

“The governor is making an attempt in wiping them out which is the best thing to do and having started, it is only right and proper that he gets to hear what the people think about it” Dr. Adaba lamented.

Also speaking, the Asema of Ezuka CLAN, Momoh Sani Isa, while thanking the governor for fighting crime in the area, he identified politicians as the problem, he said they formed the habit of arming thugs to unleash terror on their opponent.

“What almost destroyed the effort of the traditional ruler in tackling crime is dirty politics you know when the time come for politicians to campaign most of them don’t even regard the traditional rulers as people because they know, this people have no voice at the top and in an effort to get supporters they will not do what is right at whatever level, Isa added.

The Governor while speaking with newsmen warned politicians in the district who armed thugs to retrieve the weapons and hand them over to the nearest police station, to avoid being caught by the law.

Governor Bello also said there will be no sacred cow in the fight against criminality in the state.

Gov. Bello Demolishes Four Kidnappers’ Dens In Okene

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has demolished buildings used by suspected kidnappers, terrorist and armed robbers in perpetrating their crime, in Okene central Senatorial district of the state.

Governor Bello, who was accompanied to the area by the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, and other security agencies in the state, has so far pulled down four structures, with a vow from the governor to implement the anti-kidnapping robbery and terrorism law in the state.

Recently, the central senatorial district witnessed a lot of criminality ranging from cultism, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Meanwhile, it was all celebration and jubilation by the large crowed of the people from that area who came watching as the building of the notorious kidnap Kingpin Tijanni Bakare situated at Oyunkoko ward in Okene LGA area, was pulled down by the bulldozer.

The building which was discovered to have his five cars, a tortoise, black dog, and a shrine in it was were kidnap victims were said to be paid.

Then enforcement team and the Governor also demolished the notorious Ahlui-Sunnah Mosque in Inike, Okene lga, which was reportedly hijacked in 2015 by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group and has been serving as operational base for their nefarious activities.

The last building demolished was at Adavi local government area, owned by 75-years old Aishetu Mohammed, who started crying as soon as the team arrived, her son was said to keep arms and ammunition ina  part of the house which was later discovered.

The government through the administrator of the local Government while demolishing the building, promised to build a four bedroom flat for her.

Kogi State Set To Become Hub Of Industrial Activities

Yahaya-Bello-Governor-Kogi-StateThe Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has expressed the determination of his administration to make the state a hub of industrial activities, because of its strategic location in Lokoja, the state capital.

Bello, made this known to journalists during his maiden visit to the Nigeria-Korean friendship Institute of Vocational and Advanced Technology (NKFI) in Lokoja.

The institute which is a technical/vocational school, is committed wholly to the training of youths, middle and skilled man power.

It was established in Lokoja in 2010, by the South Korean government in partnership with the government of Kogi state, aimed at deepening the bond of friendship between Nigeria and South Korea.

The Principal of the Institute, Gabriel Okewu, in his address of welcome, gave a rundown of the institute, including the challenges it has experienced; one of which he identified as land disputes with the state polytechnic.

“I wish to express the profound gratitude of the management and members of staff of this institute to your Excellency for the prompt response in granting the needed fund for the take-off of the institute.

“We remain deeply grateful for the noble gesture which will go a long way in paving way for eventual commencement of academics programme in the institute.

He further stated: “We have commenced the process of registration of the institute with the corporate affairs commission and as demanded by the note.

“Hopefully and by the grace of god, we shall collect the certificate soonest for onward transmission to note the head office for scheduling of the date for the resource inspection and accreditation of the Institute.

The governor in his reply lauded the Korean government initiative leading to the establishment of the institute, while he assured the management of his readiness to take the institute seriously.

“Kogi State is set to overtake every other states in Nigeria, we are ready to take our destiny into our hands, we have the political will to ensure that this Institute works well.

“We will make judicious use of it to impact knowledge and skills into our teeming youths to better their lives and contribute meaningfully to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.” Yahaya said.

At the end of the speeches the governor and some of his cabinet members present, were taken round each department of the institute.

Furthermore, Yahaya promised to resolve the lingering land dispute, and promised to fund the institute.

“Before our second year anniversary this institute is going to be assembling vehicles here and we shall have ‘Made in Kogi’ vehicles, machines, shoes, and ‘Made in Kogi’ almost everything.”

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor, on Multilateral Donor Agencies and special projects/focal person on social investment programmes, Adoga Ibrahim, told journalists that the institute would be used as a foundation for industrialization in the state.

“Part of the initiative is to invite automobile plant companies to see how they can establish a plant In Kogi state and begin to assemble vehicles.

“Kogi state has about 100 million in the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), which you have graciously approved and given directive for the establishment of cassava processing plant at Egbeda-Ega in Ijumu local Government Area.

“We have also brought Kogi indigenes who invented cassava processing plant which you are going to see in action today, and fish-drying machine fabricated by this institute.

“We have direct talk with Korean government through their embassy and we have gotten an invitation to host them in a couple of weeks in Abuja.

“To whom much is given much is expected,” Adoga Ibrahim added.

Governor Bello Celebrated In Lokoja After Supreme Court Judgement

 lokoja, supreme court judgement, bello,Despite the ban placed on jubilation after the Supreme Court judgement which validated Governor Yahaya Bello’s election was passed, the Governor has been given a grand welcome to Lokoja, the state capital.

In what could be described as a triumphant entry, a crowd of supporters followed the Governor from the Jamata bridge as everyone tried to catch a glimpse of him.

The crowd gradually built up into a large procession, causing heavy traffic jam for several hours.

The Governor had to alight from the vehicle and walked down to the government house, where a lot of other people had been waiting to receive him.

He finally arrived at the main entrance of the Luggard House, after which he gave his speech.

He was received by the State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, and his wife, following his victory at the Supreme Court.

 

 

A Better Kogi

Governor Bello, while addressing the crowd of supporters, called on the people to give him maximum support and cooperation to enable him develop the state and provide the dividends of democracy.

He said that he would have no cause not to perform, now that the apex court has upheld his election as the substantive governor of Kogi state.

While addressing past issues, the Governor said that the state had been in darkness for too long but that in a short while, the darkness would turn to light.

Furthermore, he called on the youths and women in the state to support his government, promising to empower them.

He also urged civil servants to be patient with him, stating that the ongoing screening exercise in the state would soon be completed.

With the Supreme Court judgement signifying the end of the litigation regarding the leadership of the state, the people of Kogi state have expressed hope that their expectations would be met as soon as possible.