Kogi Governor Involved In Ghastly Car Crash

The Kogi state Governor, Idris Wada was on Friday seriously injured in an auto crash.

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The governor was initially rushed to the Emergency Ward of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja after the accident, which occurred on the bad Lokoja – Ajaokuta expressway, around Salem University.

Mr Wada and his convoy were returning from an official assignment and were close to Lokoja, the state capital before the accident occurred.

The governor’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC) died instantly at the scene of the accident.

Impeachments outside constitution is illegal – Lawyer

A legal practitioner, Wahab Shittu on Thursday said all parliaments have the right to impeach elected officials but that any impeachment done outside the constitution is illegal.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Shittu said impeachment is both a political and a legal decision.
The lawyer was answering questions on the controversial impeachment of the Speaker and principal officers of the Kogi State house of assembly on Tuesday.

Mr Shittu said: “Yes there are provisions for impeachment of certain categories of public officials in the constitution, but such impeachment must follow constitutional provision.

“In other words, for any impeachment to be valid, it must follow the prescription of constitutionality, must follow the rule of law, must follow due process, and above all must be in line with fair hearing provisions as prescribed under section 36.”

Red Cross International to raise N34m for flood victims in Nigeria

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have launched an Emergency Appeal Fund to help the Nigerian Red Cross assist 10,000 people affected by the flood as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the flood ravaging some parts of the country.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Disaster Management Coordinator of the Nigerian Red Cross, Mr Umarabdu-Mairiga says the sum of N34, 000,000 (Thity Four million naira) raised by the international arm of the humanitarian foundation will be used to assist victims in Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, Katsina, Cross River, Jigawa, Kogi, Benue and Edo states.

He added that the flood has claimed 148 lives and displaced 64, 000 persons in 21 states.

Also speaking at the occasion, the who described the flood situation as a disaster says the funds being raised by the federation will be used to support the ongoing relief efforts of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

Saraki visits flood ravaged-Kogi state

The Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology have expressed shock over the level of devastation of riverine communities in Kogi state by the flood.

The Chairman of the Committee, Bukola Saraki disclosed this in Kogi State Government House, Lokoja when he led Senators to commiserate with the state governor, Idris Wada over the flood which devasted parts of the state.

Mr Saraki said the committee was in Kogi state to assess the level of devastation and to sympathise with the victims who were affected by the flood.

He promised the governor that his committee would submit a comprehensive report on the floods. He believed that the report will bring about the needed assistance to the residents of the state.

He also promised the governor that the committee will intensify the release of ecology fund to the state to cushion the effect of the devastation.

Mr Wada, while thanking the committee members for the visit, described the incident as a great calamity to the state and a loss for most residents of the state.

The senate committee went for an on the spot assessment of the Ganaja Village where the floods have taken over the road and has made it impassable for commuters.

Mr Saraki assured the people taking refuge at the relief camp that the federal and state governments will intervene to take them out of their present state.




Over 10,000 people displaced in Kogi, Benue flood-NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed relief materials to the camps where over 10,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) from Kogi and Benue states are taking refuge after they were sacked from their homes with the ravaging flood across north central region of Nigeria.

A technical team from the agency visited areas devastated by the floods along the banks of Rivers Benue and Niger and their tributaries in states over the weekend to assess the damage and identify suitable intervention required to address the problem.

According to the team, most of the affected areas remained flooded with most of the displaced persons resorting to taking shelter in four camps.

The flood in Benue state is said to affect the communities in Makurdi, the state capital, along the river belt, while about nine local government areas were affected in Kogi State, with Ibaji Local Government Area almost submerged.

Other local government areas affected as Bassa, Ofu, Kogi, Omala, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Igalamela and Lokoja, where property, including hotels, residential buildings, offices and fishing communities along the confluence of Rivers Benue and Niger have all been submerged.

NEMA’s Director of Planning, Research and Forecasting, Charles Agbo, during a meeting with  Kogi State governor, Wada Idris, warned of prolonged flooding as more water would still be released from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon and Kainji Dam with the intensifying rains.

He also urged the state government to enforce the standard regulation on urban planning and development as well as permanently relocate communities in the flood plains to safer locations.

“Even after the flood, most of the submerged houses may become too weak and no longer be safe for habitation, in addition to the potential health hazards from the disaster,” he warned.

“Therefore, the states governments must to rise up to their responsibilities to the affected communities as the Federal Government, through NEMA, would provide necessary support the displaced persons.”

The governor expressed concern of the Federal Government towards the flood situation and requested support to reinforce the efforts by the state government to assist the displaced persons, while urging NEMA and other relevant organizations to identify measures to mitigate future occurrence of the flood.

Obi says Anambra owns disputed oil field

The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi on Thursday dismissed claims made by some groups and states over the ownership of the oil well discovered in the inland basin of Aguleri-Otu, Anambra East local government area.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi during the president's working visit to the state

Addressing the state in a special broadcast at the governor’s lodge, Awka, the governor said the financial commitments of the state in the oil project running in billions which other states and groups laying claims have not done.

Mr Obi said: “on August 30th 2012, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan – GCFR was in Anambra State on a one day working visit to commission the Orient Petroleum facilities among other projects.

“Since then some groups and states have been trying to lay claims to the ownership of the oil fields located in Anambra State.

“It is pertinent to recall that Orient Petroleum Resources Plc was formed during the government of Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju in 2001 and allocated oil fields domiciled in Anambra State.

“Though Dr Mbadinuju did not make any direct monetary contribution. Under Dr Chris Ngige, in 2002/2006, Anambra State government invested the sum of N100 million in the project. Under our government between 2006 and 2009, with the vision and the belief in the positive impact of the project on the economy of the state and the country, we invested directly and indirectly the sum of N4.4billion.

“This investment blustered the confidence of other investors to invest in the venture that made its commissioning a reality,” the governor said.

Mr Obi however, maintained that Anambra state will remain a good neighbour and will continue to pray for oil to be discovered in other states of the country in other that Nigeria will emerge an economic giant in the comity of nations in the world.

Moments after President Goodluck Jonathan opened the refinery built by Orient Petroleum and declared Anambra an oil producing state, the Kogi State, Idris Wada said “Kogi will be a major stake holder in the refinery, considering the fact the oil wells that will service the refinery are in Odeke Community in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.”

Mr Wada made this claim a day after a community group issued a public notice saying that the oil deposits claimed by Anambra State are within the Odeke community of Kogi State.

The Kogi State governor said he “is doing everything humanly possible to resolve the issues surrounding the location of the oil wells with the contending states and that he is confident that “Kogi State will soon join the league of oil producing states in the country.”

Police arrest two suspected suicide bombers; discover bomb factories in Kogi

The Kogi State police command has intercepted and arrested two persons who were suspected to be planning the bombing of a church and a mosque on Sallah day at Lokoja, the state capital.

The suspected suicide bombers where in a luxurious bus at the Murtala Mohammed bridge Lokoja on their way back from a northern state.

The state police commissioner, Mohammed Katsina disclosed this in Eika Adagun in central senatorial district in Kogi state, where another bomb factory has been discovered.

Mr Katsina said the suicide bombers were arrested through the deputy commissioner of police operations,  Mohammed Zanna.

He said the suspects were the people who lunched the attack at the Deeper Life Bible Church, which killed worshippers in Eika Adagun some weeks ago.

He  further said that during the arrest,  Improvise Explosive Device (IED) were found with them.

Similarly two bomb factories were discovered at two different local government areas in central senatorial district of the state.

The first visited was at Eika Adagun which is just a stone throw to the attacked deeper life church in Okehi local government council, while the second was an estate which is served as factory to Limit Nigeria Ltd, makers of Electricity Poles at Okene check point.

Some of the items recovered from the factories were two rocket lunchers ammunition, 4 AK47, two military type AK47, 696 rounds of ammunitions, 20 magazines, 20 meters of dyne cord, large quantity of empty milk cans, 3 locally made pistol, one pipe bomb casing amongst others.

Unknown gunmen kill banker in Maiduguri

Unknown gunmen killed a banker on Friday in Maiduguri, Borno state, north-east Nigeria.

The late banker identified as Yakubu Abdullahi was reported to have been gunned down while he was breaking his fast on Friday evening in the company of two of his friends.

One of them escaped unhurt while the other sustained injuries.

Eyewitness reports say two teenagers walked into the banker’s house with AK-47 rifles and opened fire on the banker.

The spokesman for the Borno state police command, Gideon Jibrin, confirmed the incident, saying investigations into the killing had begun.

Meanwhile the joint task force (JTF) in Maiduguri recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in an undisclosed location in the metropolis, following intelligence reports.

The recovered items include four Kalashnikov rifles, a general purpose machine gun, nine rapid propelled guns,  11 chargers, three AK 47 rifles, three wooden butts, and 1, 032 rounds of ammunition.

Displaying the arms and ammunitions at the JTF headquarters in Maiduguri, the field operation officer col. Victor Ebhaleme appealed to the people to continue to accord security forces the needed cooperation, and report suspected hideouts of terrorists to the JTF.

Nigeria is not helpless in fighting Boko Haram-Suleiman Yerima

The founder of the group, ‘Northern Friends of the South-South’ Suleiman Yerima, has claimed that the nation is not helpless with the growing insecurity plaguing the northern part of the country with fears that it might spread to the other regions. 

Yerima, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), noted that fighting insecurity is not totally a government issue, as he argued that every Nigerian has to play a vital role in the issue of security.

He made this known on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, where he discussed issues affecting the nation.

When asked the reason for naming the group as ‘Northern Friends of South-South’ and not ‘Northern Friends of Nigeria’ , Mr Yerima explained that it was during the regime of late Sani Abacha that the group was created.

According to him, there was a lot of problem between both regions, and he deemed it necessary to bring the parties together, hence the birth of the group.

He also traced the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, saying it came in gradually in stages as the initial phase was with local politicians and it graduated to the level of kidnapping and the third phase is what is now being experienced.

Enjoy the rest of the interview.


FRSC says bad attitudes/habit responsible for increasing road accident

The latest statistics from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) indicate over 20 percent increase in road accidents across the country in the first half of 2012.

Updating journalists in Abuja on road safety in Nigeria, the FRSC education officer, Jonas Agwu said road accidents increased from 2,235 in the second half of 2011 to 2,717 in 2012. Injured persons also increased from 8,487 to 9,181 but the death toll showed a slight decrease from 2,218 to 1,936.

“Looking at the figures for 2012, a total of 1, 936 were killed within the six months period compared to 2, 218 for the same period last year… yes there was increase in the number of crashes recorded in 2012 but the number of people killed reduced,” Mr Agwu said.

He said the month of April 2012 recorded the highest and worst rates of accidents noting the main flash points to be Kogi State, Lagos – Ibadan, Kano – Abuja and Abuja – Lokoja express-ways.

Mr Agwu said the major challenge and cause of recent road accidents has been bad attitudes and habits such as using the mobile phone while driving and reckless speeding.

On the issue of new number plates and drivers’ licenses, he said a new deadline of October 2013 has been announced for the transition following the lifting of the initial suspension by the National Assembly.

New Salary Scheme: NUT issues ultimatum to defaulting states

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed teachers in all the states that are yet to implement the enhanced salary structure to begin indefinite strike action as soon as the schools resume for a new session in September.

Addressing the media in Abuja, the President of NUT, Comrade Michael Olukoya said the teachers have ran out of patience, three years after an agreement  on the payment of the 27.5 per cent enhanced salary scale was signed between the union and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

The NUT president said the union has exhausted all efforts to convince the teachers that there was significant difference between the payment of Minimum Wage and the 27.5 per cent teachers’ enhanced allowances.

The affected states include Delta, Lagos, Cross River, Ogun, Katsina, Ekiti, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Nasarawa states.


Give us security, Northern elders tell Federal Government

Elders from the middle belt region of Nigeria have called on the federal government to fulfill their promise in providing security of lives and properties across the zones and the nation as a whole.

The president of the middle belt forum, Jerry Gana expressed concern on the rising tension in the region, in his visit to commensurate with the governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.

Mr Gana also made it clear that violence will lead to no result, recalling government’s efforts in providing a lasting solution.

Mr Gana, who was in company of  Bala Takaya, Zamani Lekwot, Joshua Dogonyaro, former deputy governors of Kogi and Nassarawa states and many others, expressed  solidarity with plateau state and the bereaved.

Mr Jang expressed concern on involvement of foreign mercenaries in the crises in spite of the government’s outcry.

The forum is a clarion call to the federal government in providing adequate security to all citizens across the nation, in order to avoid citizens losing confidence in government’s ability to fulfill its constitutional responsibility, which can resort to self-defense and path to anarchy as a stitch in time saves nine.