Suspected Cult Members ‘Kill’ 13 Kogi Varsity Students

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
Map of Kogi State

  

No fewer than 13 students of the Kogi State University, Ayingba, have been killed by unidentified persons suspected to be members of a secret cult.

The killings according to eyewitnesses started last week Friday, when nine students, including a 200 level female student and her boyfriend, were hacked down on the campus and at different points.

Channels Television gathered that some of the victims were attacked on Stadium Road and Our Lady of Fatima’s Lodge where they were brutally murdered and their body dismembered by their assailants.

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They said it was a reprisal carried out by one of the cult groups whose leader, a student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, was murdered by another cult linked to the university.

The cult group was alleged to have threatened to kill 12 Kogi University students in retaliation.

Some of the injured students are currently receiving  treatment  in various hospitals in the state while the students community is gripped with fear. Many of the students have travelled out of town for safety.

Confirming the incident, Commissioner of police in the state, Hakeem Busari  however said only three students killed as at filling this report.

He added that no arrest has been made so far but detectives have been drafted into the institution to tackle the ugly situation.

Authorities of the institution are yet to release an official statement on the incident.

Governor Bello Names Kogi State University After Abubakar Audu

Yahaya Bello, Kogi, ProjectsGovernor Yahaya Bello has named the Kogi State University after Abubakar Audu, the late initial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the State’s governorship election of 2015.

Governor Bello renamed the university  “Prince Abubakar Audu University” in a broadcast on Friday to the people of the state at his office in Lokoja, the Kogi State’s capital in northern Nigeria.

He said the announcement was made as a mark of honour to immortalise the name of late Audu who died in November 2015, a day after the election which was later declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Late Audu was leading in the election.

After his death, he was substituted with Mr Bello who later won the election.
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No Victor, No Vanquish
Governor Bello’s victory was contested by the running mate of late Audu, Mr James Faleke, who said he was the candidate in line to take over from late Audu.

But an election Tribunal dismissed his petition.

In his address on Friday, Governor Bello described the judgement of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal as ‘no victor, no vanquish’.

He appealed to all the parties in the dispute to join hands with him and develop the state.

Bello’s declaration is sequel to his final confirmation as the validly elected Governor of Kogi State by the Tribunal in Abuja on Friday.

The petition filed by the running mate of late Audu made it the fifth case he won.

He noted that the Tribunal had consistently dismissed all petitions from June 6 – 10 on lack of merit.

Governor Bello expressed regret on the petition filed by Mr Falake who is a co-party member of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

He said the petition indeed polarised the APC in Kogi State, especially when the party was meant to unite after the death of the leader, Prince Audu.

The Governor also called on the members of the State Assembly, who had withdrawn involvement in the activities of the legislative arm, to return in the interest of the state.

Kogi Govt. Releases 30 Million Naira To Pay Students’ Bursary

kogi25,205 students of Kogi origin in various higher institutions have began to receive bursary payment from the state government.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Student Matters, Precious Matifo, disclosed this in Lokoja while briefing journalists on the advantages of the student web portal created recently.

She said that this was a practical demonstration of the Governor’s commitment in education.

The web portal which was created in July for Kogi State students in various institutions nationwide by the state government, is aimed at channeling students’ bursary payments straight into their various accounts.

This new initiative, Governor Idris Wada said, would lead to transparency, efficiency and accountability.

Kogi students nationwide have all registered online as directed and the first batch has began to get the alert for their bursary payments.

The SSA to the Governor, Precious Matifo, said that 100 million naira had been released to settle the backlog of Law students’ fees while 30 million was released for the first batch of about 25,000 students.

She added that 60,000 students would have gotten their bursary payment by the conclusion of the exercise.

According to the Executive Secretary, Kogi State Scholarship Board, Mrs Rebecca Acheneje, the aim of the portal was to make access easier for those that are eligible.

Terror Charge: Court Declines To Entertain Masked Witnesses

court_courtA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has turned down a motion filed by the federal government seeking to have its witnesses wear masks while giving testimony in the terrorism charge slammed against a Kogi State University lecturer, Dr Nazeef Yunus and two others.

At the resumed sitting, trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolwole said the court has no powers to shelter witnesses completely from court staff, “consequently the motion filed by the federal government on the 2nd of May 2014 is dismissed for lack of merit”.

Counsel to Dr Yunus at the last adjourned date, Hassan Liman, said the application by the prosecution would delay accelerated hearing of the case and asked the court to refuse it.

He argued that the first accused has been in detention since October 31, 2013 that he was arrested. The two other accused persons, Musa Umar and Salami Abdullah, through their lawyers aligned themselves with the submissions of the counsel to the first accused person.

The accused persons are currently facing trial for allegedly sponsoring the deadly activities of the Boko Haram sect.

Professor’s Son Gunned Down As Police Foil Robbery

policeA student of Kogi State University, Rumba Menebe, who is also the son of a renowned professor in the university, was shot dead by the Police during a robbery operation.

According to the State Police Commissioner, Sai’du Madawaki, who paraded the suspects, the deceased suspect with three others were alleged cultists and had gone to rob an occupant of a white house phase 11 lodge in Ayingba.

While speaking with journalists, the Commissioner, Sai’du Madawaki, said that the armed robbers engaged policemen in Ayingba and in the process one of them was shot dead.

20-year old suspect, Ugochukwu Rapheal, a 100 level student studying History and Jimoh Farouk, a 400 level student studying Mathematics claimed that they had gone out that night to buy food before the incident took place.

Another suspect, 23-year old, Babatunde Obaniro, a Mechanical Engineering student in the same university was paraded for breaking into a shop with his group to steal hand set, a crime he confessed to.

All the suspects, the Police said, will soon be charged to court after investigation.

 

Kogi Police Parade Illegal Merchant Navy School Commandant

Arrest Illegal Naval SchoolThe Police has paraded Commodore Allen Edema, the Proprietor and the Commandant of the illegal Nigerian Merchant Navy Maritime and Petroleum Security and Safety Corps Training School, located in Idah, Kogi State.

While parading the suspects at the State Police Headquarters, Lokoja, the Kogi State Police Commissioner, Sai’du Madawaki, said that the arrest was made possible owing to the continuation of security and crime prevention strategy of the Police in the state.

Briefing the media, Mr. Sai’du Madawaki said that all the suspects paraded would be charged to court after the completion of their investigation.

The suspect, who is the Proprietor and the Commandant of the said illegal school, was paraded in company of his deputy, Captain Reuben Maji Ojogbene. He told Channels Television how the training school started, insisting that the school was operating legally, and that what the Joint Task Force had done was illegal.

He said that the school’s top management had earlier held a meeting with the Minister for Transport on the instance of the Vice President.

The Police also paraded robbery suspects from the Kogi State University Ayingba, and other suspected robbers for allegedly involving in various criminal activities.

The Police said that they were all arrested the night they went out to rob, during which one of them was gun down by the Police.

At the Police B Division in Felele, the Police also paraded some suspects who were caught with a tanker truck of substance suspected to be crude oil. Ishaya Musa from Kaduna State, and Raphael Samson a mechanic from Anambra were caught with the truck.

 

FG Seeks Secret Trial Of Suspected Terrorists

Fasholaa Nazeef Yunus The Federal Government has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek an order to conduct a secret trial of Dr. Nazeef Yunus and two others who are suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Kogi State.

The suspects, Dr Yunus, an assistant lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kogi State University, Lokoja, Umar Musa and Salami Abdullahi were arraigned before the court for alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

The trial of Dr Nazeef Yunus and the two others had been fixed to begin on May 6, but the prosecutor told the court that the application became necessary in order to protect the identity of witnesses to be called in the case.

The application was, however, opposed by lawyer to the first accused person, Dr Nazeef Yunus. The lawyer, Hassan Liman, argued that a secret trial would jeopardize the rights of the accused person.

Lawyer to the other accused persons, James Ocholi, also opposed the application, saying it attempts to indict and label the accused persons as members of Boko Haram when they were yet to be convicted by a competent court.

The prosecutor, who declined to speak on camera, however insisted that a secret trial would not jeopardize the rights of the accused persons, as journalists would be allowed to cover the proceedings.

With the defendants teeming up to oppose the application, Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned the case to May 18 for ruling.

Suspected Terrorists Denied Bail

court_courtThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has refused to admit a lecturer of the Kogi State University, Dr. Nazeef Yunus and two others who are currently standing trial for allegedly being members of the Boko Haram sect in Kogi State to bail.

Dr. Nazeef Yunus, an assistant lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kogi State University, Lokoja, alongside Umar Musa and Salami Abdullahi were arraigned before the court over their alleged involvement in terrorism activities.

The accused persons had through their various counsels argued their bail application before the court.

Ruling on the bail application, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole refused the bail application of the accused persons saying it was the duty of the court to assist the state law enforcement agents in their coercive action against terrorism, while being mindful of the fundamental human rights of the accused.

The court further held that no reasonable court or tribunal would do otherwise, especially against the backdrop of insurgency in the North East, particularly in the last four to six weeks.

Justice Kolawole, instead ruled that there would be an accelerated trial of the accused persons and ordered that they be remanded in Kuje Prison pending the commencement of their trial on March 18 and 19.

NDLEA Arrests Graduate With Indian Hemp Weighing 89.3 Kg

The Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 300 level student of the Kogi State University in Ayingba with a substance suspected to be cannabis sativa weighing 89.3 kg.

The state commander of NDLEA, Mohammed Bello, who disclosed this while parading two other suspected drug dealers at the state headquarters of the command in Lokoja, also stated that illicit drugs dealers were on the increase in the state.

Kunle Awogbemila, a 300 level student studying Banking and Finance at the Kogi State University, from Ondo state, said he had been in the drug business since November 2013.

He told journalists that he had ventured into the illegal trade because his father divorced his mother and refused to take up his education bills.

Another suspect arrested for his involvement in the crime, Saliu Momoh, was the driver conveying the drugs to Ageva in Okene before he was arrested.

However, the NDLEA boss who said he was not buying their explanations told Channels Television how they were arrested.

He said that illicit drugs dealers were on the increase in the state and that over 6,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa were confiscated in 2013, while over 4,000 kilogrammes was destroyed in 2012.

He also paraded a partially blind man, Ezekiel Yerima who was once arrested for drug dealing but was later discharged by the court due to his disability.

 

DSS parades 5 Boko Haram Suspects

The Department of State Service has paraded a lecturer at the Kogi State University, Ayingba, Muhammad Nazeef and four others for allegedly running a Boko Haram cell in Kogi state.

The spokesperson of the service, Ms Marilyn Ogar, who briefed journalists, said four of the suspects were arrested in Zuba, on the outskirts of Abuja, the nation’s capital while the alleged Spiritual leader was traced to Jos, the Plateau state capital.

Ogar said the suspects were plotting to attack Igala land in Kogi state.

Factional ASUU Chairman Blames National Leadership For Local Chapter Crisis

The Chairman, ASUU Progressives, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) chapter, Professor Maduabuchi Dukor has accused the central leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities of keeping mum concerning the division between his faction of the association and ASUU NAU, over the university’s participation in the on-going strike.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he said that “since the inception of that ASUU NAU led executives, there has been crisis” and they have painted the picture that they want to oust the Vice Chancellor at all cost.

The recent bone of contention between the two factions lies in the nation-wide strike embarked upon ASUU which they seem not to agree if they should participate or not, owing to ongoing examinations.

Mr Dukor accused the ASUU NAU faction on insisting that the university join the strike despite the fact that there is a provision for institutions which are conducting examinations.

Practical examinations had commenced in the school “about a week before the declaration of ASUU strike” in June.

He said the ASUU progressive faction had opposed the cancellation of the exams after the declaration of strike but “this body of executives of ASUU NAU led by Professor Ike Odimegwu said no, that the university must join the strike”.

“We know that ASUU has a provision of making an arrangement for an ongoing exam”.

ASUU National remained silent on that. He said.

University of Ilorin, Imo state University, University of Nigeria (Nsukka), Kogi State University are institutions which have concluded their examinations in spite of the strike.

Mr Dukor also accused the NAU faction of trying to oust the Vice Chancellor by publishing libelous articles on the internet, accusing him of abuse of funds and administration and instigating crisis in the school.

“When they failed in that agenda, they moved over to the issue of the tenure of the vice chancellor.”

The Vice Chancellor was pressured to leave office after 4 years; however, he was in acting capacity for a year. Citing the case of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Dukor said “acting capacity is not counted anywhere”.

He said the declaration of ASUU strike has given leeway for fresh attacks against the university management.