Eight Killed, Two Injured In Kogi Road Accident

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kogi State Command has confirmed the death of eight persons in an accident that occurred in Ankpa, Kogi State.

Kogi FRSC Sector Commander, Stephen Dawulung who confirmed the incident said that a fuel tanker, three cars and three motorcycles were involved in the accident.

According to him , the accident occurred when a tanker loaded with fuel failed brake and crushed three vehicles, including three motorcycles before fallen into a bridge and caught fire.

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The commander further stated that the accident occurred around eleven thirty (11;30am) in the morning killed eight persons while two other persons are rescued alive and are taken to the hospital in Ankpa town for treatment.

He also disclosed that the eight corpses were recovered from the scene of the accident.

The sector commander urged fuel tanker drivers to install Safety valve in the vehicles to prevent spillage of fuel during mishaps

He also charged drivers to comply with the actual carrying capacity of the truck to avoid over loading and cautioned them against allowing their motor boys to drive the vehicle whenever it is loaded with fuel.

Online Agitation Not Grassroots Mobilisation, Gov Bello Faults Poll Favouring Obi

A photo combination of Peter Obi and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

Governor Yahaya Bello on Monday dismissed the Anap poll which favoured Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi, maintaining that online agitation is different from grassroots mobilisation. 

The poll result, released last week, indicated that the former Anambra governor is leading the race, way ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer Bola Tinubu.

But Bello, an APC chieftain, admitted that while Obi is doing great, the LP candidate’s support base is online, a development he says does not translate to grassroots mobilisation.

“Peter Obi –  I respect him. A gentleman, one-time governor; a businessman who everyone knows has engaged in several businesses including the importation of the majority of the products we consume today in the country,” the Kogi governor said during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“He is doing well in his own right but let me tell you: online agitation is different from grassroots movements and mobilisation.”

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‘Not On Ground’

Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with Yahaya Bello on June 10, 2022.
In this file photo, Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with Yahaya Bello on June 10, 2022.

 

The governor recalled that prior to his re-election in 2019, several polls conducted in the north-central state projected his failure in the exercise.

“I simply laughed because they are not on the ground. They fly in the sky. They don’t move by the road,” the 47-year-old maintained.

“They don’t have a connection at all with the people. I knew exactly what I had put on the ground and the connectivity I had on the ground and I won the election like never before in the history of Kogi State.”

He also dismissed claims that Obi has the backing of Nigerian youths going into next year’s poll.

“Well, during the contest before the presidential primaries of all political parties, the only person that commands the respect and control of Nigerian youths is Governor Yahaya Bello,” he said during the show.

Yahaya Bello’s Inciting Video Is An Act Of Terrorism, Says PDP

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is alarmed by the disturbing video of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State allegedly inciting his supporters, threatening to burn and unleash maximum violence on Nigerians during the 2023 general elections.

In the video, Governor Bello was reportedly heard issuing terrorism threats in which he said, “I will personally light a fierce fire in my hand whoever want it we shall use it to burn them, whoever survive it will thank God… Whoever is against us we will make him or her join my mother and lie with her (my mother) in grave.”


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The PDP said this brazen threat by Governor Yahaya Bello raises apprehensions in the public space of the existence of a killer squad established to inflict violence on Nigerians ahead of the 2023 general elections just because they have rejected the corrupt, divisive and rudderless All Progressives Congress (APC), which failure is most manifest by Yahaya Bello’s abysmal performance in Kogi State.

In establishing its claims, PDP spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, explained that by FBI definition, terrorism is the “unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”, hence, the reason Gov Bello’s statement can be classified as an act of terror.

“From his outburst, Nigerians now know the individuals who engineered the gruesome killing of many of our citizens including the PDP Woman Leader in Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Abu, who was burnt alive in her house in 2019.

“Also, Nigerians now have more insight into the disappearance of Hon. Adelabu Musa, the PDP Chairman in Okene Local Government Area for over three years now.

“Furthermore, the PDP recalls how the Bello-led Kogi State Government was accused of breeding and arming thugs as well as fake security operatives to harass and attack Nigerians in Kogi State during the 2019 general elections.

“This threat to violence and actual violence to Nigerians especially at this time have the capacity to cause a breach of public peace, truncate the 2023 electoral process and derail our democracy,” the PDP spokesman stated.

The PDP therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call Governor Yahaya Bello to order and place him and his supporters on security watch list as threat to democracy ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The opposition party also charged the Inspector General of Police to immediately commence a comprehensive investigation into the activities of Governor Bello with a view to nipping the ugly trend in the bud as well as prosecuting him at the end of his tenure as Governor of Kogi State.

PDP urged Nigerians, especially those in Kogi State not to be deterred by Yahaya Bello whose days in office are numbered but remain vigilant and continue to rally with the PDP in the determination to liberate the nation from the stranglehold of the APC and the likes of Yahaya Bello, come 2023.

Court Dismisses Suit Against Kogi Senate Candidate, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan

A file photo of Mrs Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan

 

Justice Peter Mallong of the Federal High Court on Friday dismissed a suit challenging the nomination of an Abuja based lawyer, Barrister Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan as the Senatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Kogi Central.

The Judge held that the legal action instituted by another contestant, Adamu Atta was grossly incompetent and incurably defective and thereby robbed the court jurisdiction to entertain it.

Atta had in his Originating Summons alleged that Akpoti-Uduaghan did not win the primary election of the PDP for Kogi Central Senatorial District for the 2023 General election and therefore her nomination should be nullified.

He claimed among others, that the May 25 primary election which produced Akpoti-Uduaghan was flawed and not validly conducted as required by law.

The plaintiff asked the court to void and set aside the primary election as well as the eventual nomination of the defendant.

However, Akpoti-Uduaghan through her counsel, Johnson Usman vehemently objected to hearing of the suit on the ground that the Originating Summon was not endorsed as required by law.

The senior in his preliminary objection against the legal action relied on section 97 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act to establish that the originating summon was incurably defective and incompetent having not been endorsed in line with provisions of the law.

Besides the incompetence of the originating summon, Akpoti-Uduaghan had in her counter affidavit averred that the primary election conducted on 25th May, 2022 was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that she validly won, attaching the result, delegates list and INEC report.

In his judgment, Justice Mallong agreed with Usman that the suit was improperly commenced and that the Court lacked jurisdiction to hear it and subsequently dismissed it in its entirety.

Gunmen Attack Ceramic Workers In Kogi, Kill Indian, Two Cops, Drivers

 

At least five persons died after gunmen attacked workers of Royal West Africa Ceramics Company in Ajaokuta on Friday.

The police in a statement said the attack took place at about 8pm.

One Indian expatriate, two police inspectors and two company drivers were said to have died in the attack.

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The police said the inspectors died “in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the Area Commander and a detachment of Military in the area reinforced to the scene of incident, and the attackers fled.

“The CP assures that the Command is committed to working in synergy with other security agencies as well as patriotic stakeholders to make the State a safe and secure place for all and sundry.

“He has further tasked the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to commence investigations into the unfortunate incident so as to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.”\

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Government, while reacting to the attack, described the killing as unfortunate.

In a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, the government said the police and other security agencies are currently combing the area to apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous act.

String of attacks

Last month, gunmen killed three policemen and five vigilantes in an ambush in the Ajaokuta area, prompting the Govenor Yahaya Bello to suspend a traditional ruler and question the district’s political administrator.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Kogi has seen an uptick in violence in recent months.

In June, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) jihadists, operating outside their usual base in the northeast, bombed a police station in Kogi’s Okehi district, killing a policeman and razing the facility.

In April, three policemen were killed when gunmen attacked a police station in the town of Adavi.

Both attacks were claimed by ISWAP which split from Boko Haram in 2016 to become a dominant jihadist group in the region.

The group was responsible for a recent jailbreak outside the Nigerian capital Abuja, freeing hundreds of inmates, including 64 jihadist commanders.

Ajaokuta Security Breach: Gov Bello Orders Immediate Suspension Of Traditional Ruler

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has directed the suspension of the Ohi of Eganyi and Chairman, Ajaokuta Traditional Area Council, HRH Alhaji Musa Isah Achuja with immediate effect.

In a letter to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi State, the governor also directed that the Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Hon Mustapha Aka’aba be queried over the breach and should reply within 24 hours.

The governor’s directive against the affected persons is in connection with the recent security breach in the area which led to the untimely deaths of some security personnel on their legitimate engagements of maintaining law and orders.

The governor strongly warned other traditional rulers across the state who may have connection in one way or the other with criminal elements in their domains to desist forthwith, saying that his administration will delt ruthlessly with anybody who romances with criminal elements no matter how highly placed they are.


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In the same vein, Governor Bello also directed that all unofficial movements of the local government council chairmen out of their territory and other journeys without due process are hereby restricted

The governor warned that no amount of connivance with criminals will deter him from his fundamental responsibility of protecting lives and property of the citizens and residents of the state.

The ambush

Some unidentified gunmen on Saturday afternoon ambushed security men at Jidda-Bassa community in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi state, killing three police officers and five vigilantes.

It was gathered from a reliable source who craved anonymity that some persons living in Jidda-Bassa community reported to the Divisional Police Officer that some unknown people had attacked their farms, carting away produce.

The source further stated that the DPO mobilised some of his men and the vigilantes to the scene, but before they could get to the farm, they were ambushed by some unknown gunmen.

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During the attack three policemen and five vigilantes were killed, the source said.

The source added that the bodies of the victims have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre’s mortuary.

Meanwhile, the Kogi state government has vowed to arrest those behind the killings.

Security Adviser to the Kogi state governor, Jerry Omodara made this known while confirming the attack on a telephone conversation with our correspondent in Lokoja.

He said the state government will take proactive steps to arrest the situation pointing out that all those involved in the killings will surely be apprehended.

Omodara added that the state government is doing its best to curb criminal elements in the state.

Gunmen Kill Three Policemen, Five Vigilantes In Kogi Ambush

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Some unidentified gunmen on Saturday afternoon ambushed security men at Jidda-Bassa community in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi state, killing three police officers and five vigilantes.

It was gathered from a reliable source who craved anonymity that some persons living in Jidda-Bassa community reported to the Divisional Police Officer that some unknown people had attacked their farms, carting away produce.

The source further stated that the DPO mobilised some of his men and the vigilantes to the scene, but before they could get to the farm, they were ambushed by some unknown gunmen.

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During the attack three policemen and five vigilantes were killed, the source said.

The source added that the bodies of the victims have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre’s mortuary.

Meanwhile, the Kogi state government has vowed to arrest those behind the killings.

Security Adviser to the Kogi state governor, Jerry Omodara made this known while confirming the attack on a telephone conversation with our correspondent in Lokoja.

He said the state government will take proactive steps to arrest the situation pointing out that all those involved in the killings will surely be apprehended.

Omodara added that the state government is doing its best to curb criminal elements in the state.

Gunmen Abduct Oil Mogul In Kogi

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Gunmen on Saturday abducted the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Always Petroleum and Energy Service Limited, Alhaji Mohammed Jamiu at his residence located at Idare quarters in Okene LGA of Kogi state.

According to an eye witness who pleaded anonymity, the kidnappers, numbering four, entered the house posing as business associates shortly after Mohammed Jamiu returned from Eid praying ground in Okene town.

He said the abductors forced their victim out of his residence at about noon and whisked him away in his car to an unknown destination.

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The Police Public Relation Officer of Kogi State Police Command, Williams Ayah who confirmed the incident, assured that arrangements are in place to rescue the victim.

Jamiu was also abducted in 2019 at one of his fuel station in Okene but was rescued by military officials after few days in captivity.

The military lost one of their officers while one of the kidnappers was also killed during the rescue operation.

Insecurity: Gunmen Abduct Catholic Priest In Kogi

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A Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Christopher Onotu has been kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Kogi State.

The abduction took place on Saturday night at Onotu’s church in Obangede, Okehi Local Government Area.

The abductors reportedly made their way into the Church’s vicarage at about 9pm on Saturday evening and burgled the window through which they entered the priest’s room and whisked him away.


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Onotu’s absence was not sensed till the following day when parishioners came to the church for the first morning mass.

A member of the Church disclosed that the hoodlums went away with the priest’s car and his sim cards but dropped his two phones.

Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Kogi Police Command, William Ayah stated that every thing is currently being done to rescue the priest from the enclaves of his abductors.

The police however, did not reveal what they know about the kidnappers and if any contact had been made with regards to a ransom.

Three Confirmed Dead As Lassa Fever Outbreak Hits Kogi Community

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
A map of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central.

 

The Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State has been hit by Lassa fever with three patients reportedly dead.

Also no fewer than 20 patients are currently being treated at the Iruah Teaching Hospital in neighbouring Edo State.

The situation has reportedly caused panic in the local government area where there is no functional hospital to take care of the disease resulting in their transfer to Iruah.

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The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, Abu Okikiri, said, “As of today, the cases of Lassa fever recorded for Ibaji LGA currently in care at Iruah Specialist Teaching Hospital are just three. However, it is an outbreak.”

A source from the local government area, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the number of people affected who are currently receiving treatment at the hospital was more than the figure the governor’s adviser disclosed.

A former Chairman, Ibaji Local Government Council, David Ogwu, and one-time member, Kogi State House of Assembly, said, “It is real that there is an incidence of Lassa fever in Aya and neighbouring communities in Ibaji Local Government of Kogi State.

“The first incident is that about four persons fell ill and died mysteriously without anybody diagnosing the disease or cause of death. After that, others who manifested similar symptoms were taken to Iruah Specialist Hospital, in Edo State.

He said about nine persons had been diagnosed with the disease in Iruah.

Police Deny Reported Kidnap Of 15 Passengers On Anyigba-Itobe Highway

A police officer wields a gun at a polling unit on November 6, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A police officer wields a gun at a polling unit on November 6, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Kogi State Police Command has debunked the news that 15 passengers were kidnapped on Anyigba-Itobe Highway Estate.

The police in a statement titled ‘Over 15 Passengers Missing As Kidnappers Stormed Anyigba-Itobe High Way’ said the news is totally false, malicious, and highly mischievous.

According to the statement, one Toyota bus conveying 16 passengers from Abuja heading to Benue State ran into kidnappers at Ojuwo-Ajebgo village along Anyigba road but the Commissioner of Police Edward Egbuka got the information and immediately moved to the scene and the passengers were rescued.

“On Wednesday 6/4/2022, the Command received a report that one Toyota bus with Registration Number Benue 192 XA driven by one Benard Ejeh conveying 16 passengers from Abuja heading to Benue State via ANKPA ran into kidnappers at Ojuwo-Ajebgo village of Ofu Local Government Area along Anyigba road.

“Immediately the operatives of Quick Response Unit stationed at Itobe promptly swung into action pursued the hoodlums into the bush and rescued 12 passengers including the driver while 4 other passengers are yet to be seen.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka who was on a visiting tour at Kogi East Senatorial Zone got the information while he was on his way to Ejule, immediately moved to the scene met with the rescued passengers, and ordered that they should be moved to Itobe Division for debriefing,” the statement signed by the police spokesperson in the state, William Aya read in part.

The statement added that the Commissioner of Police immediately deployed a tactical team to the area to continue trailing the hoodlums with a view to rescuing other victims.

The police, therefore, urged members of the public and social media handlers to always verify facts of incidents from the Police before publishing stories to guard against misinforming the general public.

APC Convention: All Concerns Have Been Addressed – Yahaya Bello

File photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said that all concerns regarding the outcome of the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) convention have been addressed appropriately.

Governor Bello stated this on Monday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Bello asserted that all rifts and displeasures within the ruling party have been ironed-out, adding that the APC remains united under the guidance of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, the outcome of the convention so far has put paid to all agitations before the meeting.

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“If the agitations were not laid to rest or the concerns were not laid to rest, or even addressed, you would have seen a rancorous convention,” Bello said.

“There are several concerns, agitations, and expectations and that should be expected from a large party like ours; of course today we have over 41 million members with their PVC as members of our great party and this is a party to beat.

“So, such concerns will always be expected but you can see the ways and manner in which we conducted ourselves at the convention, very joyously; elaborately we conducted the convention and everybody, those who needed to step down in the interest of the party in respect for our leader – President Muhammadu Buhari – stepped down and by the special grace of God, we had a very successful convention.”

The governor further assured that the APC is stronger than ever before, especially because of the kind of leadership that was selected over the weekend.

He described the new APC Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, as a father, one with requisite experience and knowledge to efficiently manage the affairs of the ruling party even as another election year draws near.