Suspected Thugs Attack FMC Lokoja

 

There are conflicting reports trailing the attack on the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Some suspected thugs were said to have invaded the facility armed with dangerous weapons on Wednesday.

Channels Television learnt that the thugs scared the doctors and nurses on duty before destroying items worth millions of naira.

One of the health workers who spoke off-camera explained that their union had earlier intended to stage a protest over lack of Personal Protective Equipment against COVID-19.

But an eyewitness says the attack was carried out by angry relatives of a woman in labour who was reportedly denied by medical personnel at the hospital.

See photos below: 

Buhari Flags Off Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline Project

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally flagged off the construction of the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, said to be the largest of its kind in the nation.

The President who performed the ceremony virtually from the State House on Tuesday, called on governors of states on the path of the pipeline route to create an enabling environment for the success of the project.

The AKK project is a section of the trans-Nigeria gas pipeline with a capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day and will be fed from the existing domestic gas infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai also flagged off the Kaduna end of the pipeline with a proclamation that the project will bring about rapid economic development in the northwest zone and the entire country.

El-Rufai was accompanied at the flag-off ceremony by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Speaking during the ceremony at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the governor said the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano project, will add 3,600MW of electricity to the grid when completed and also supply industrial clusters with constant power.

Chief Judge Of Kogi State, Justice Ajanah Dies

 

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah has died.

Justice Ajanah died in Abuja in the early hours of Sunday.

Ajanah who hails from Okehi local government area of Kogi State died after a brief illness at the age of 64 years.

His death comes few days after the Kogi State Government lost the President of the Customary Court of Appeal Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga after a brief illness also.

READ ALSO: Ajimobi’s Burial: This Wicked Lie Must Stop – Makinde

Reacting to Ajanah’s death, the State Government said the passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the government and people of Kogi State.

In a communique by Hon. Kingsley Fanwo – the Commissioner for Information and Communications, the government said the Chief Judge will be remembered for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

The statement further noted that the late Justice 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 statement partly read.

While assuring that it will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial, the state government said Ajanah’s shoes will be impossible to fill.

Kogi Gov Primary: Supreme Court Affirms Musa Wada As PDP Candidate

 

The Supreme Court has affirmed Musa Wada as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Kogi State.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed dismissed the appeal filed by Abubakar Ibrahim challenging Wada’s candidacy.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Amina Augie, the apex court affirmed the candidacy of Wada on the ground that Ibrahim failed woefully to prove the allegation of illegal thumb printing of 600 ballot papers.

READ ALSO: Conflicting Court Orders Leave Us In An Impossible Position – INEC

The court further held that beyond failing to prove his case, the appeal filed by Ibrahim is grossly lacking in merit and has become a mere academic exercise aimed at wasting the time of the court.

Reacting, the lawyer to Wada, Jibrin Okutepa applauded the verdict of the court.

He, however, vowed to continue the suit challenging the victory of Mr Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi State.

Bello Lifts Lockdown In Kabba-Bunu, Insists Kogi Is COVID-19 Free

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

The Kogi State government has lifted the lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state over suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Governor Yahaya Bello announced this on Friday at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

He explained that the decision became necessary after the result of all the samples taken and subjected to tests by the health workers in the local government came out negative.

Following the outcome, the governor insisted that Kogi has remained a COVID-19-free state.

He, however, urged the people of the state to adhere to the protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of the disease.

Governor Bello had ordered a 14-day total lockdown in Kabba-Bubu in a state broadcast on Monday.

He restricted the movement of residents and directed the house-to-house distribution of palliatives to residents within the local government.

The governor also directed that contact tracing should be carried out from one house to another to identify those who might have made contact with the persons said to be the COVID-19 index cases in the state – the Chief Imam of Kabba and his son.

He had also urged health workers who might have made contact with the suspected index cases to go into self-isolation.

‘Who Are We Fooling?’: Again, Kogi Rejects NCDC Results

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
An image of Kogi’s state location in central Nigeria.

 

Kogi state has, once again, responded to the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control’s reporting of COVID-19 within its territory.

READ ALSO: NMA Says Kogi’s Response To COVID-19 Is ‘Irresponsible’, Asks Buhari To Intervene

In a statement released by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu, on Saturday, the state rejected NCDC’s reporting while describing it as “fictitious”.

 

Read the statement below:

THE PURPORTED COVID-19 CASES REPORTED FOR KOGI STATE:
THE TRUTH AS WE KNOW IT.

● Nigerians are in the know of the stand off between Kogi State and NCDC that has been on for a while now, which is not unconnected to our stance to resist the ascription of fictitious confirmed cases of Covid-19 to our Dear State to suit a preformed narrative we believe is the agenda of NCDC, which is to claim every State in Nigeria has Covid-19.

● In the heat of this stand off, we woke up one morning to hear that NCDC has recorded two cases of Covid-19 for Kogi State. Your suspicion will be as good as ours hence we set out to investigate the claim and here are our findings.

1. That NCDC claims a 62 year old man and his son from Kabba LGA of Kogi State tested positive to Covid-19. According to the son, his father, who is a Hypertensive/Diabetic had attended a burial ceremony where he was stung by bees. He then developed facial problems from the sting and was taken to the Hospital. The facial swellings subsided but the body weakness persisted where eventually the managing Doctor discovered he had High Blood Sugar, which the Doctor continued to manage.

2. The Doctor confirmed that there was no time the patient presented with fever, cough or difficulty in breathing. The only complaint was that of general body weakness.

3. The Doctor had no reason to refer the patient to FMC Lokoja except on the insistence of the patient because they felt he was not getting better.

4. On reaching FMC on the 24th of May 2020, FMC claimed the patient was referred to them on account of 1week history of fever, cough and difficulty in breathing with high suspicion of Covid-19, a claim the referring Doctor has vehemently refuted.

5. The ideal thing to do, if there are no hidden agenda, is for the State’s Covid-19 management
team to be invited to pick up the patient to the the State’s holding area for testing and onward management.

6. According to Management of FMC Lokoja, the patient declined the intervention of the state case management team and was said to have left for Abuja for further treatment by 6am the following morning. However the letter the Kogi State Epidemiologist eventually received from NCDC informing the State of the fictitious claim showed that the patient was referred to Abuja from FMC using FMC’s ambulance.

7. On reaching Abuja, a Covid-19 test was hurriedly conducted and returned positive within 3hours! Ridiculous right?

OUR WORRIES:

● One needs not dig deeper to see the handwritting clearly written on the wall at how desperate NCDC is to nail Kogi State with a Covid-19 case and there is no telling how low they are willing to stoop to do so.

● The patient they claimed to be positive for SARS-COV2 (on the 25/05/2020) wasn’t taken to an Isolation centre untill yesterday 29/05/2020 after they suddenly discovered they needed to cover up their many lies.

● His son who was also purported to be positive was asked to go home! He remained with his father in the Hospital running errands going even as far as Suleja, in Niger State. Who are we fooling?

● It should be mentioned also that the patient’s relation initially cried out to us to help evacuate them from the National Hospital but on ariving there to evacuate them, and conduct a confirmatory test using a private molecular laboratory as well as Kogi State Rapid test kits, the patient eventually denied us the opportunity to get it done, siting fear of receiving punishment from the Federal Government (NCDC). Being able to carry out this independent verification will have put to rest this matter once and for all.

● We also wish to categorically state that though NCDC has consistently refused to support Kogi State in her fight against Covid-19, WHO had been part of our team till date. Though NCDC refused to follow their own protocols on visiting the State, WHO staff who travelled out of our State and returned have always obeyed the rule of self isolation for 14 days.

● Despite the fact that we do not accept the fictitious cases, we have gone ahead to do contact tracing to identify all those who came in contact with them, tested them and they all came back negative. They will be retested in the next 14 days post first contact.

● The normal NCDC protocol is to collect samples through the State Ministries of Health where an Epid. form (Epidemiological form) will be filled by the State epidemiologist and a sample number called an epid number attached to accompany the sample to the laboratory for onward testing. In this case, who filled the form? Where is the sample’s Epid. no.? Is it the FCT state epidemologist that filled the form and took samples at the same time? If that is the case then they should have recorded the cases for FCT and not bother us with their ruse.

● Nigerians need to start asking NCDC what they stand to gain by manufacturing fictitious claims and attaching them to States and how eager they are to announce confirmed cases, a situation that has had them coming out to apologise publicly.

● We will let the public be the Judge having laid down all these facts. We as a State have nothing to hide, but we continue to insist that we will not be a part of any fictitious scheme by a Federal body upon whom Nigerians put so much trust.
This will also serve as our clarification for those who have been asking.

●We have both video and audio evidences for all claims mentioned here, however for good reasons we are holding on to them till it becomes a necessity to share them to the public.

Thank You.

Dr Saka Haruna Audu
Honourable Commissioner for Health
Kogi State

NMA Says Kogi’s Response To COVID-19 Is ‘Irresponsible’, Asks Buhari To Intervene

A file photo of NMA President, Francis Faduyile

 

The National Medical Association has described the attitude of the Kogi state government on COVID-19 issues in the state as “both ignorantly meddlesome and irresponsible.”

The state government has contended that it has no COVID-19 cases despite the reporting of two cases by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday.

In an appearance on Channels Television Politics Today on Thursday, Kogi state’s Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, described the NCDC reporting process as fraudulent.

READ ALSO:  ‘COVID-19 Has Found Its Way Into Kogi’ – Family Of Index Case

In a statement on Friday co-signed by the NMA President, Francis Faduyile, the NMA said it was disturbed by the Commissioner’s comments which cast aspersions on frontline health workers and the NCDC on live television.

“His use of profane words is capable of demoralising the exemplary gold-winning health workers and the untiring NCDC, which possibly can lead to a national catastrophe,” the statement read.

The medical association appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the situation and call the state government to order as “we believe” COVID-19 “is gaining a serious foothold in the State.”

“This order may include citing testing facilities in the Army Barracks or any secured location free from the encumbrances posed by the State government,” the NMA said.

 

Read the NMA’s full statement here:

Greetings from the NMA National Secretariat, Abuja.

Find below and attached Press Release from the NMA.

Many thanks

SAVE KOGI PEOPLE NOW TO AVERT AN AVOIDABLE CATASTROPHE: AN SOS TO THE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI GCFR CONCERNING KOGI STATE’S HANDLING OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

The COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the entire world has necessitated several extreme measures instituted to prevent and contain the outbreak. On Wednesday, May 27th 2020, the disease was confirmed on two indigenes of Kogi State. One of the patients said to be a known community, and religious leader referred from the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the National Hospital Abuja.

It is not in doubt that Coronavirus disease is in Nigeria. As at Thursday, May 28th 2020, a total of 8915 Nigerians have contracted the disease diagnosed through a standardised testing process while 259 died, yet some people are still in doubt that COVID-19 is real.

The Nigerian Medical Association has repeatedly called on all Nigerians to avail the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) an agency of government established by an Act of the National Assembly unimpeded access and assistance to render its duties. The Kogi State government stoutly resisted this advisory to the dismay of our Association. The State government need reminding that the NCDC is empowered to “prevent, detect, monitor and control” activities and programs for the national response against infectious disease epidemics and other public health emergencies; and also, to “lead, develop, coordinate” these activities in the country.

Kogi State government especially has hardened its heart and ensured that the Kogi people remain in the dark, untested. The people are therefore undiagnosed and untreated even though COVID-19 epidemiologic pattern has 80% of cases that present with none or very mild symptoms yet shedding the virus in their airway and innocently infecting others who may become sicker and die. The identification of these cases is through testing, according to standardised protocols.

We are incredibly disturbed by the response of the Kogi State government through the State Commissioner of Information. The Commissioner not only described the process of arriving at the diagnosis as fraudulent, but he also went on to smear the frontline Health workers and the NCDC on live national television. His use of profane words is capable of demoralising the exemplary gold-winning health workers and the untiring NCDC, which possibly can lead to a national catastrophe.

The implied consequences of these unbecoming actions are what the Nigerian Medical Association condemns. The attitude of the Kogi State government is both ignorantly meddlesome and irresponsible. It is a demonstration of undisguised hatred against the people it swore to protect and nurture.

The Association, therefore, appeals to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the State Governor and his officials to order immediately. He may issue an order granting unfettered access and protection to NCDC officials into Kogi State and do all that is necessary to contain COVID-19 which we believe is gaining a serious foothold in the State. This order may include citing testing facilities in the Army Barracks or any secured location free from the encumbrances posed by the State government.

This advisory has become necessary even as the nation is considering the further easing of the lockdown given the fact that Kogi State borders eleven (11) other states of the Federation and Lokoja, the State capital, a significant road transport interchange. We remind Nigerian citizens to take personal responsibility for their safety and protection from COVID-19 now than ever before.

We restate that on no account should healthcare professionals at any health facility in Kogi state or elsewhere be harassed or intimidated on account of rendering avowed services as it relates to appropriate management of COVID-19 patients. We call on our time tested colleagues and other health workers to continue to perform their functions, and strongly advise them to protect themselves first before treating and saving others.

Signed:
DR. Francis A. Faduyile Dr. Odusote P. Olumuyiwa

President Secretary General

Akpa .E. Chukwuemeka, B.A (Hons), ICDL, MIPHF, AJHU (Cert, UK), MNIM, MPA (Nig)

Head of Administration

Nigerian Medical Association
8 Benghazi Street, Off Addis Ababa Crescent,
Wuse Zone 4,
Abuja

‘COVID-19 Has Found Its Way Into Kogi’ – Family Of Index Case

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
An image of Kogi state’s location in central Nigeria.

 

The family of Kogi state’s coronavirus index case has asked the state government not “to deny the obvious” about the presence of COVID-19 in the state.

The Kogi state government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have recently differed on whether the state has recorded a COVID-19 case.

READ ALSO: Kogi Rejects Two COVID-19 Cases Announced By NCDC

While the NCDC reported two cases on Wednesday for the state, the government maintained the results were “fraudulent”.

In a statement released on Friday, the Ejibunu family confirmed that the index case is the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu.

“The family would have come out to speak on the matter, but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government,” the statement, signed by Chief Tai Ejibunu, the Obatebise of Oweland, said.

“The family is concerned about the well being of other Owes and we wish to confirm that Covid-19 has found its way sadly to our community and the State,” the statement added. “Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious.”

Read the family’s full statement below:

The COVID-19 Case Infection: Matters Arising
Our attention has been drawn to the series of discussions going on, on this Platform concerning Covid-19 index case in Kabba and the identity of the index case.

I wish to affirm, on behalf of Ejibunu family, that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, was down with flu some few days back and he had to be hospitalised at the Specialist Hospital in Kabba. Further medical attention was sought at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja as the flu did not abate after some days.

At the FMC, he was referred to the National Hospital in Abuja and the text conducted on him by the NCDC showed that he was Covid-19 positive.

The test conducted on one of his sons who had been with him since, came out negative.

The family would have come out to speak on the matter, but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government.

The family is concerned about the well being of other Owes and we wish to confirm that Covid-19 has found its way sadly to our community and the State. Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious. We would like to stress that the Chief Imam, of recent, had never ventured outside Kogi State by way of travelling outside the State. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.

We wish to advise our people to please abide by the protocols emplaced by the NCDC and play safe.

The family is cooperating with the Kogi State Government and the NCDC to stem the spread. This evening, contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had began.

What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views.

May God save Oweland and her people in particular and the state in general.
Sincerely,

Chief Tai Ejibunu (Obatebise of Oweland)
For: Ejibunu Family

Kogi Rejects Two COVID-19 Cases Announced By NCDC

 

The Kogi state government has rejected the two COVID-19 positive cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In its daily report of new cases on Wednesday, the NCDC said Kogi had recorded its first two cases.

Kogi State and Cross River were previously the only states not to have recorded any case of the virus.

However, during his appearance on Politics Today on Thursday, Kogi state’s Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, described the NCDC reporting process as fraudulent.

“We are completely rejecting such declarations because they do not even conform to the protocols set by the NCDC itself.

“When you look at the history of the cases they declared, the patient was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja for symptoms that were far from COVID-19 symptoms. But they were not attended to there and the next thing was to bring them to the National Hospital in Abuja. And within a few hours, they were tested, and under 24 hours, the man was declared COVID-19 positive.

“It is fraudulent as far we are concerned and we are rejecting them in its entirety.”

Meanwhile, the NCDC had earlier maintained that due process was followed in recording the Kogi cases.

At the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, the Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the Kogi index case was a referral from the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.

“There is actually no dilemma in the two cases,” he said. “They followed absolutely normal practice.

“A patient that was referred from the Federal Medical Centre to the National Hospital. This is a normal referral pathway when you have a case.

“The physicians in the National Hospital, I don’t have any influence over the work that they do. They suspected COVID-19 based on the clinical symptoms of the patient, asked for a test, and the test came out positive.

“The individual lives in Kogi state. And public health response is based on where you live because that’s where your contacts are.

“So this is not controversial in any way. Standard practice was followed. Once the results came out, the state’s Epidemiologist was informed that he has to do contact-tracing around this patient. It is the state’s responsibility to do that contact-tracing. So we hope they do it. There is nothing actually controversial in any way about this.”

On whether the NCDC was willing to subject its test for validation, Ihekweazu said, “we are a public health organisation, everything we do is open to the Nigerian people.”

Kogi Joins List As COVID-19 Spreads To 35 States In Nigeria

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Kogi State on Wednesday joined the list of states with confirmed COVID-19 infectious, as two fresh cases were recorded in the state.

COVID-19 has therefore spread to 35 states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

This was revealed in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) daily statistics released on Wednesday night.

The two cases in Kogi were part of the 389 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the country.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Reports 389 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Hit 8,733

According to the NCDC, the total number of confirmed infections in the country now stands at 8,733 with 254 deaths recorded.

“On the 27th of May 2020, 389 new confirmed cases and five deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“One new state (Kogi) has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 8733 cases have been confirmed, 2501 cases have been discharged and 254 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 389 new cases are reported from 22 states- Lagos (256), Katsina (23), Edo (22), Rivers (14), Kano(13), Adamawa (11), Akwa Ibom (11), Kaduna(7), Kwara (6), Nasarawa (6), Gombe (2), Plateau (2), Abia (2), Delta (2), Benue (2), Niger (2), Kogi (2), Oyo (2), Imo (1), Borno (1), Ogun (1), Anambra (1),” NCDC revealed on its official website.

Find below, the table showing the breakdown of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by state:

Kogi Govt Purchases 5,000 Testing Kits To Maintain Zero Cases Of COVID-19

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others

 

The Kogi State Government has acquired over 5,000 testing kits to ensure the state maintains its zero cases in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communication Kingsley Fanwo who represented governor Yahaya Bello at Iyara in Ijumu Local Government Area of the state during the second phase of the distribution of 1000 bags of rice and beans as palliatives sponsored by the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

The governor noted that his administration has procured materials for the protection of the front-line health workers against coronavirus in the state, adding that the hazard allowance of the medical officers has been increased.

He urged the people of the state to always take all the necessary precaution against the dreaded disease appealed to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to commend Kogi State for not having any case of COVID-19 since its outbreak in Nigeria.

Addressing the beneficiaries of the palliatives, Senator Smart Adeyemi called on Nigerians to invest in agriculture to avert impending hunger that will soon surface as a result of sharp falls in the price of crude oil.

 

Tribunal Victory, An Act Of God – Yahaya Bello

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

 

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has commended the judgement of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which upheld his re-election.

He described his victory at the Tribunal as an act of God and a testament to the popular votes cast in his favour by the people of the state.

Governor Bello stated this on Sunday shortly after he observed the Eid prayer at the Lokoja Township Stadium to mark the Eid-El-Fitr in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the electorate re-elected him during the November 2019 governorship election to enable him to consolidate on the achievement recorded in his first tenure.

The governor insisted that his victory which was affirmed on Saturday by the judges of the Tribunal did not come to him as a surprise, as the electorate came out in large numbers to vote for him and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

READ ALSO: Nigeria Marks Eid-El-Fitr Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

He stated that the victory has posed a challenge to him and assured the people that he would continue to do his best to ensure that they get good governance in the state.

Governor Bello made the remarks a day after the Kogi Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Mr Musa Wada, and his party.

In a judgment of two to one, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, held that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumbprinting, and voter intimidation, among other electoral malpractices against the governor.

He also awarded a cost of N1 million to be paid by the petitioners to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Bello, and the APC who were the respondents.

Governor Bello’s re-election was, however, nullified by Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele who gave a dissenting judgment.

Justice Ovbiagele, therefore, ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections in seven local government areas where the petitioners proved their allegations of over-voting, thuggery, voter intimidation, massive thumb printing, and other electoral malpractices.