Miyetti Allah Chairman In Kogi Was Arrested, Not Kidnapped – Group

A file photo of MACBAN Chairman In Kogi State, Wakili Damina.

 

The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kogi State, Wakili Damina, was arrested and not kidnapped.

Adamu Abubakar, who is the secretary of the association, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday in Lokoja, the state capital.

Barely one week after the whereabouts of the group’s chairman became unknown, Abubakar disclosed that Damina returned on Friday last week.

He explained that said it was not a kidnap as earlier speculated, noting that Damina was picked up from his house by some men in military uniform without explanation to members of the association or the state government as to why he was arrested.

According to the secretary, the national body of the association has taken up the matter for a thorough investigation to ascertain why the branch chairman was whisked away in such a manner.

He stated that the action of the security operatives was in violation of Damina’s fundamental human right, adding that the manner he was taken away made members think it was an abduction.

Abubakar, however, expressed the gratitude of the association to the state government and the police, among others for their support concern during the period.

He had informed reporters in Lokoja on Tuesday last week that the group’s chairman was taken away from his house in a white bus by eight men dressed in military camouflage.

The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Ede Ayuba, also confirmed the release of the MACBAN state chairman to Channels Television.

Like Abubakar, Ayuba stated that Damina was arrested and not abducted as it was initially speculated.

The police commissioner said the group’s chairman told him during a telephone chat that some persons who wanted to set him up falsely reported him to some security operatives who came to his house and whisked him away.

He added that Damina was already receiving treatment and promised to visit him soon to explain what happened to him in detail.

Yahaya Bello Appoints Speech-Impaired Ex-Cleaner As Aide

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has appointed a speech-impaired young man, Peter Aliyu, as his Special Assistant on Sanitation.

Aliyu, a former cleaner under the Geemoney Cleaning Scheme in Government House in Lokoja, continued his cleaning work without pay even when the company was said to have laid off all its staff.

He was among the 47 new appointees of the government whose appointments were announced on Wednesday last week in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade.

According to the government, Aliyu’s appointment was borne out of the governor’s observation of his consistency, diligence, and dedication to work on daily basis at the Government House in the state capital.

Governor Bello, on the other hand, was said to have considered the appointee’s impairment to serve in his government as a means to enlist him and prove that there was ability in disability.

Recently, the governor gave special considerations to people with disabilities by engaging them actively in his government and signed bills that would enhance their welfare in the state.

Gunmen ‘Wearing Army Uniform’ Abduct Kogi Miyetti Allah Leader

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

Gunmen have abducted the Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kogi State.

Confirming the kidnap in Lokoja on Tuesday, MACBAN Secretary, Adamu Abubakar, said the victim, Wakili Damina, was abducted on April 30 by gunmen wearing military uniforms at Chikara village in the Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the kidnappers numbering about eight, drove in a white bus and entered the victim’s residence at about 12 noon and “forcefully” take away the victim from his house.

Abubakar said that he was informed of the incident about an hour later by the victim’s younger brother, who claimed to have witnessed the incident.

He also stated that he immediately called the phone number of the missing Chairman, but it rang out and was immediately switched off when he repeated the call about an hour later.

The Secretary stated that he and some members of the association visited the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja, to know if Damina was in their custody but they said no.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, CP Ede Ayuba spoke to Channels Television on the kidnap via the telephone today.

He said some armed men dressed in army camouflage went to the Chairman’s house at Chikara village and whisked him away to unspecified destination.

The Commissioner said that immediately he was informed of the incident, he called Damina’s phone severally but there was no response, saying

Ayuba said the command since then has been making frantic  efforts to know his were about while promising his prompt rescue.

APC Has Performed Beyond PDP’s 16-Year Achievements – Yahaya Bello

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Tuesday said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has performed beyond the 16-year achievement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Bello, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said his party has delivered good governance to Nigerians.

“Largely, APC has performed beyond what PDP has achieved in their 16 years of governance in Nigeria,” Bello spoke from the Kogi State Government House in Lokoja.

“APC’s successes today within six years outweigh the successes of 16 years that they ruled. The statistics are there. We will remind Nigerians of where APC inherited Nigeria and where we are today.”

Since the return to democratic rule in 1999, the PDP has held sway at the helms of affairs, until 2015 when it was sacked by the APC.

The then APC presidential candidate and incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari had swept to power on three cardinal promises – Fighting insecurity, fixing the economy and tackling corruption.

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Following the messages of hope six years ago, Nigerians massively voted for the APC government with the belief that things will get better.

File photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

The governor also spoke about the worsening insecurity in the country, calling on all Nigerians to collaborate in tackling the issue rather than politicising the security challenges.

While noting that banditry had been an issue in Nigeria even before the emergence of the APC-led Federal Government, Bello said his party is doing its best in ending the menace of bandits’ activities.

On the security situation in Kogi State, the governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to flushing out criminal elements.

According to him, Kogi remains the safest state in Nigeria, notwithstanding the recent attack that claimed the life of a commissioner and the abduction of a local government area in the north-central state.

He said, “I will reiterate that Kogi State is the safest state in Nigeria today. It doesn’t mean that there are no pockets of issues that we are grappling with.

“Like I always say, they will come in their numbers but they will never return back, especially the criminals. Yes, there are some notorious spots in the state.”

 

Kogi Govt Confirms Commissioner’s Killing, Says LG Chairman’s Whereabouts Unknown

A photo combination showing the slain Pension Board Commissioner, Solomon Adebayo and the abducted LG Chairman, Pius Kolawole.

 

The Kogi State Government has confirmed the killing of the Pension Board Commissioner, Solomon Adebayo by gunmen.

The government in a statement issued on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, said the slain commissioner was coming back to the state from neighbouring Kwara alongside the Chairman of Yagba West Local Government Area, Pius Kolawole.

Although gunmen attacked the government officials, the local government chairman was abducted with the captors reaching his family on Sunday to demand ₦ 100m before releasing the victim.

“We can confirm authoritatively that the unfortunate incident happened shortly after Eruku, Ekiti Local Government, Kwara State. Hon. Adebayo died as a result of gun wounds sustained from the sad incident,” the government’s spokesman said.

“The whereabouts of Hon. Pius Kolawole, Chairman of Yagba West LGA is still unknown but security agencies in Kwara and Kogi State, as well as local security services, are working hard to ensure the safe return of the Chairman.”

Despite the unfortunate killing and kidnapping of the government officials, the Commissioner explained that the “Kogi State Government has been circumspect in making official statements in order not to do anything to throw into jeopardy, the efforts of security agencies on the matter.”

He however reiterated the people of the state of getting rid of criminal elements, noting that Yahaya Bello’s administration will spare nothing to ensuring that Kogi remains the safest state in the country.

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While warning some people against making statements capable of undermining the security of the state, the government’s spokesman called for the cooperation of all Nigerians in tackling the numerous security challenges.

According to him, the state government is determined to make Kogi peaceful and safe, adding that Governor Bello is working closely with security agencies to keep residents of the state safe.

Fanwo added, “We commiserate with the family of late Hon. Solomon Adebayo, the people of Yagba West and the entire Kogi State Pension Commission over the demise of a hardworking and patriotic gentleman who contributed immensely to our Pension Administration Revolution in the State. He will be sorely missed.

“The Kogi State Government wishes to assure the family of Hon. Pius Kolawole and the people of Yagba West of our commitment to ensure the release of the Council Chairman.

“We thank all good-spirited agencies and private individuals who have stood with us in this dark time. As a Government, we will recommit ourselves to collaborating with neighboring States to ensure the security of lives and property.”

Abductors Of Kogi LG Chairman Demand ₦100m

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

 

The abductors of the Chairman of Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, Pius Kolawole, have demanded a ransom of one hundred million Naira.

Kolawole and some others were kidnapped on Saturday on his way from Ilorin to his hometown of Egbe, the border town between Kogi and Kwara State.

He was said to be in the company of the state Commissioner for Pension Board Honourable Adebayo Solomon, who was shot dead by the gunmen.

Channels Television gathered that the abductors contacted one of the family members of the chairman on Sunday night to demand the ransom.

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A family source on Monday said the abductors promised to call back by this morning to continue with the negotiation.

The source further said the kidnappers had also contacted the Kogi State Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Mr. Taofik Isah who doubled as the Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the family, council area and ALGON had now agreed that only the ALGON Chairman should continue with the negotiation with the kidnappers.

Two days ago, the kidnappers did not touch the four-year-old son of late Solomon who was in the vehicle at the time of the attack.

While the police orderly to the chairman took to his heels, the driver of the vehicle was badly wounded and shot at by the abductors and only regained consciousness the second day at the Egbe Hospital.

Gunmen Kill Kogi Commissioner, Abduct LG Chairman

The Commissioner for Pension Board in Kogi State, Honourable Adebayo Solomon.

 

Gunmen have killed the Pension Board Commissioner in Kogi State, police authorities confirmed to Channels Television on Sunday.

It was gathered that the commissioner, Honourable Adebayo Solomon was killed on Saturday, while the Chairman of Yagba East Local Government, Pius Kolawole and some others were kidnapped.

The slain commissioner was said to be travelling from Ilorin to Kabba when his vehicle was said to have been shot at Eruku village a few kilometres to Egbe the border town between Kwara and Kogi state by some gunmen.

His remains had been deposited at ECWA Hospital, Egbe, while the whereabouts of Kolawole remained unknown.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Ede, said an intensive investigation is in progress to unravel the perpetrators of the heinous act.

The abduction of the council chairman may not be unconnected with his concerted efforts to rid his local government area of hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen terrorising the council.

Kogi State has been experiencing cases of kidnapping and robberies, with many blaming the criminal activities on the deplorable section of the roads.

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In recent times, several armed robbery attacks and kidnapping cases have been reported across the three senatorial districts of the state.

Just last week Sunday,  police operatives attached to Ajaokuta Division rescued two kidnapped victims who spent four days in the kidnappers’ den.

Few days ago, the Senator representing Edo Central in the National Assembly, Clifford Ordia, was twice attacked on Okene-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads by bandits in Kogi State on his way to Abuja.

Ordia, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, narrated his ordeal to reporters on April 28 in Abuja.

He said he was travelling along the Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads on Monday when the daredevil bandits opened fire on his convoy while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.

The lawmaker noted that during the exchange of fire between the criminals and the security operatives attached to him, three policemen sustained gun wounds.

He explained that one of the wounded policemen was in a critical condition but responding to treatment in one of the hospitals in Abuja.

How I Escaped Attack By Bandits Twice In A Day – Senator Ordia

A file photo of guns displayed on a table.

 

The lawmaker representing Edo Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Clifford Ordia, has narrated how he escaped attack twice by bandits.

Ordia, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, narrated his ordeal to reporters on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said he was travelling along the Okenne-Lokoja and Lokoja-Abaji roads on Monday when the daredevil bandits opened fire on his convoy while returning to Abuja from his hometown in Edo State.

The lawmaker noted that during the exchange of fire between the criminals and the security operatives attached to him, three policemen sustained gun wounds.

He explained that one of the wounded policemen was in a critical condition but responding to treatment in one of the hospitals in Abuja.

“I am seriously traumatised by the experience,” said Ordia who noted that his personal vehicle was riddled with bullets, although he was lucky to have escaped unhurt.

“We were coming from Edo State, somewhere between Okenne and Lokoja, when we met these suspected bandits. They opened fire on my convoy. The gallant policemen had to immediately return fire.

“The other security vehicle behind had to immediately join them and they were able to repel the suspected bandits,” he narrated.

The senator added, “I had to immediately put a call across the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja to be on standby. One of the policemen had a bullet lodged close to his liver. We met another setback around Abaji.

“There was traffic because of the incident and because we had to save the lives of the wounded policemen, we decided to make a move. They opened fire on us. Some vigilantes had to join the policemen and they (the bandits) were chased into the bush. That was how I survived that attack.

“If you see all my vehicles, you will see how the bullets damaged them. But I am glad that we all survived. I must salute the gallantry of our policemen. If given the right equipment, they can do a lot and protect Nigerians.”

The lawmaker called on the Federal Government to immediately initiate moves to restructure the security architecture of the country, warning that no one was safe anymore.

He stressed that something urgent must be done to restore order to every part of the country and protect the lives of every Nigerian.

Kogi Begins Vaccination One Month After Nigeria Launched Exercise

A combination of photos showing the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Haruna Saka, and other government officials at the flag-off of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the state on April 6, 2021.

 

The Kogi State government has finally commenced the vaccination of residents against COVID-19 in the state.

This comes one month after the Nigerian government launched the exercise with the vaccination of four frontline healthcare workers in Abuja on March 5, 2021.

Kogi is the last of the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to commence the vaccination exercise.

Speaking at an event to flag-off of the exercise on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Health in Kogi, Haruna Saka, assured the residents that nobody would be deprived of taking the vaccine jab.

He stated that the state government has resolved not to compel any individual in Kogi to take the vaccine, stressing that it would only be administered at individual’s request.

A file photo of a medical doctor receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the National Hospital in Abuja on March 5, 2021.

 

The commissioner disclosed that the state government received about 16,900 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, adding that another batch of 16,900 doses were expected to be delivered to the state in a couple of weeks.

He commended the state governor, Yahaya Bello, for his proactive measures towards protecting the lives of the people and thanked him for making the vaccines available to people of the state.

The event was attended by some top government officials in the state who took the vaccine jabs.

Among those who received the vaccine was Dr Abubakar Yakubu, the Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA).

The Kogi State government took delivery of the first set of 16,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday night.

Dr Yakubu led a team of officials of KSPHCDA and the Kogi State Ministry of Health to receive the vaccines at the National Programme on Immunisation Unit of the State Central Medical Store in Lokoja, the state capital.

Kogi Excluded As 513,626 Eligible People Take Vaccine Jabs In Nigeria

In this file photo, a vial containing the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca and a syringe are seen on a table. AFP
In this file photo, a vial containing the COVID-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca and a syringe are seen on a table. AFP

 

More people have continued to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine across all states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), except in Kogi State where nobody has taken the jab.

A total of 513,626 eligible people have taken their first dose of the vaccine as of March 28, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said.

The figure indicated in the latest update on the vaccination exercise shows that Nigeria has attained 25.5 per cent proportion of those vaccinated.

A breakdown of the figure reveals that Lagos has the highest number of eligible people who have taken the vaccine jabs with a total of 110,042.

 

The south-west state, which is described as the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria, is the only state to have surpassed the 100,000 mark.

It is trailed by Ogun, Kaduna, and Bauchi States where 47,507; 38,063; and 32,482 eligible people have been vaccinated, respectively.

Other states are Katsina – 28,918; Kwara – 26,473; Jigawa – 23,089; Kano – 18,951; FCT – 18,080; Ondo – 18,368; Osun – 17,202; Yobe – 14,748; Adamawa – 14,094; Edo – 12,495; and Nasarawa – 11,509.

According to the NPHCDA, the figures were compiled from the system dashboard of the Electronic Management of Immunisation Data (EMID).

 

The first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on March 2 via an Emirates airplane from India.

Three days later, Nigeria commenced the exercise with the vaccination of four frontline healthcare workers in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors, as well as members of the Federal Executive Council, are among those who have received their first dose of the vaccine.

Speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 held on Monday last week, the PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, hinted that the government took delivery of 300,000 additional doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

Kogi Govt Signs Agreement To Boost Food Security, Improve Local Economy

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

 

The Kogi State Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Mukadam Asiwaju Asiru Idris had signed two separate subsidiary loan agreements on behalf of the Kogi State Government, with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Bank yesterday in Abuja.

The World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development loans of $62m and $10m respectively signed by the Kogi State Government is for Rural Roads, Agriculture Market and Value Chain Development

The IFAD assisted Value Chain Development Programme is an agricultural initiative aimed at reducing rural poverty, enhance food security among the poor households and promote economic growth on a sustainable basis.

The programme is essentially on the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava in targeted LGAs in the state.

The programme is made up of three basic components which are:
Agricultural Market development, to support value addition, market linkages and support to market infrastructure and to build a very strong agro-business and value chain orientation to farmers in rural communities.

The other component is a Smaller productivity enhancement while the third programme is management and coordination.

The World Bank loan for Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project(RAAMP) will upgrade over 500kilometres of rural roads, improve agro-logistics centres as well as enhance connectivity and access to local markets and agribusiness services in the State.

The project is to be jointly funded by the World Bank, French Development Agency and the Government of Nigeria.

Kogi United Players Protest At Govt House, Threaten To Boycott League Games

Some of the protesting players take to the Kogi State Govt House in Lokoja alleging non-payment of fees.

 

Players of Kogi United have organised a peaceful protest at the Kogi State Government House to demand payment of their unpaid sign-on-fees for two years.

The players, dressed in their club jerseys took their grievance to Governor Yahaya Bello who recently approved the release of the sum of N3,980,000,000 to implement projects in the first quarter as provided in the budget.

They blocked the entrance of the Government House told the media that they are determined to continue the protest until they receive payments for all their outstanding entitlements.

The frustrated players have also threatened to adopt other options, which includes boycotting the 2020/21 Nigeria National League matches.

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“We want to be paid our two years sign-on-fees as we have people that look up to us for survival,” said one of the players.

“They promised to pay our entitlements but it did not happen.”

“We are tired of empty promises from Kogi State Government. We don’t think playing league games will be a good option for us.”

The players also claimed that increment in salaries, which was promised by the State Government, has not been implemented.