Ogun State Nabs 3 Suspected Members Of Godogodo’s Gang

The Ogun police command has arrested three members of a 10 man armed robbery gang, formerly led by Godogodo, a notorious robber who was arrested by the Lagos Command several months ago.

The gang allegedly terrorised the south west states, including Kogi, Kwara and Benin republic.

The three suspects were arrested at Obele area of Ogun state, a boundary town between Nigeria and Cotonou.

Suspected members of the gang led by 32 year old Adegoke Kasali the second in command to Godogodo, confessed to have participated in the killing of five police men in Abeokuta and other crimes in the south west region of Nigeria.

According to the police commissioner, Ikemefuna Okoye, an exchange of gun fire between the Police command and the alleged robbers led to the death of three members while one sustained injuries and currently receiving treatment in a hospital.

Items which included two Ak-47 riffles, two cut to size double barrel guns, fifty live cartridges, charms and two packets of lexamil tablets.

The suspects confessed to have participated in the killing of five police men in Abeokuta last year, killing of former VIO commander, four vigilante members, snatching of a bullion van which led to the death of three police men.

Meanwhile, the Ogun state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, led by Bala Faggae, has destroyed 30 hectares of land on which substance suspected to be Indian hemp is grown, while five suspects have been arrested in connection with the cultivation of the illicit drug.

The state police command also arrested a 35 year old man who defiled a five year old girl in Sagamu area of the state as well as a gang of robbers who snatched cable wire with market value of about N25 million.


Ogun Police Arrest Notorious South West Armed Robbers

Police vanThe Ogun State Police Command has arrested 3 members of a gang of robbers believed to be members of Godogodo, a notorious armed robber terrorizing the South West states, including Kogi, Kwara and Benin Republic  who was arrested by the Lagos Police Command some months back.

According to the Police Commissioner, the suspects are believed to be members of the notorious gang terrorizing the South West states and beyond.

In the ensued exchange of gun fire, three members of the gang were killed, while items such as 2 AK 47 riffles, 2 cut to size double barrel, 2 live cartridges, charms and two packets of Lexomil tablets were recovered by the police.

Members of the gang, led by 32 year old  Adegoke Kasali  have however confessed to having participated in the killing of 5 policemen in Abeokuta last year, killing of former VIO commander, 4 vigilante members, and snatching of bullion van which led to the death of 3 policemen.

The 3 suspects were arrested at Obele area of Ogun State, a boundary town between Nigeria and Cotonou.

Kogi Govt Re-affirms Commitment To Polio Eradication

The Kogi state government has restated its commitment to polio eradication in the state. The governor, Idris Wada stated that his government is doing everything possible to safeguard the health of its citizens with particular attention to children.


The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

Wada, who disclosed this while speaking at a meeting with members of the Kogi state Task Force on polio eradication routing immunization and primary health care services, also stated that the state government will continue to create an enabling environment to ensure effective service delivery of both prospective and amateur services of the people of Kogi state .

While delivering his opening speech, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Idris Omede told the governor that the task force is expected to review activities in the quarter and to identify best practices, challenges, and to also proffer solutions and recommendations that will ensure permanent polio eradication and attainment of high quality immunization in the state.

The state Epidemiologist, Dr. Funmi Balogun, who highlighted some of the challenges of the task force as low financial commitment to routine immunization and surveillance by the local government chairmen also noted that the state has made achievements in making the state polio free as there are no cases of measles outbreak so far.

Wada assured the people that his administration will continue to implement healthcare policies that will address the health needs of the people.He also promised that his government will continue to fund the free medical services programme for rural dwellers in the state.

In view of the achievement they have recorded so far, the governor called on organizations in the state to support the federation and also run similar healthcare programmes in the state for the benefit of the poor rural dwellers.

Aliyu Urges Aggrieved PDP Members To Sheath Swords

The Niger state governor, Babangida Aliyu, has called on warring factions in the Peoples’ Democratic Party to sheath their swords as efforts are being intensified towards the resolution of the crisis rocking the party.

Governor Aliyu made the plea after a meeting between the seven aggrieved governors of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan and other leasers of the party.

The seven governors as well as former vice president, Atiku Abubakar broke away from the party during the special convention which was held at the Eagles Square, in Abuja.

The meeting hosted by the President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa was in a bid to resolve the crisis which has snowballed into  a major crisis as it has started affecting some PDP states. The meeting lasted for several hours, beginning from 5:30 pm until 10:30pm.

The Niger governor assured that the meeting had been cordial and there is commitment on all sides to resolve the issues.

Governor Aliyu announced that the next meeting has been scheduled for Monday October, 17th 2013.

In attendance were the governors of Adamawa, Niger, Rivers, Kwara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Akwa Ibom, Kogi and Kano states.

Also present were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, and the PDP BoT chairman, Tony Anenih.

Wada Wins Bill Gates Award For Eradication of Polio In Kogi

Kogi state governor Idris Wada has been honored as the best performing governor for his contribution to the fight for the total eradication of polio in Kogi state.

Presenting the governor with the Nigeria Governor Immunization Leadership Challenge/Bill and Melinda Gates award in Lokoja, the director, National Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Mohammed, who represented the Minister for Heath said Governor Idris Wada has performed well in terms of routing immunization in Kogi state.

While delivering his opening speech, the Commissioner for Health in Kogi state Idris Omede, commended the governor for his commitment towards repositioning health care service delivery in the state and re-echoed the administration’s resolve to sustain the current polio free status in the state

The Commissioner while presenting the award to Mr Wada congratulated the governor for his feat, reiterating the federal government’s resolve towards ensuring the lives of children and mothers are protected from preventable diseases and cases.

The Governor described the award as a wakeup call for his administration to intensify efforts as he attributed the success to the collective effort of all stake holders in the health sector and residents of the state.

He thanked Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for supporting the polio challenge globally with their resources while promising not to rest until Kogi state becomes the model for primary health care delivery.

The program which took place at the banquet hall of the government house had in attendance medical practitioners, government officials and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the state.

Nigerian Government Recovers Ajeokuta Steel From Indian Firm

After years of litigation, the Federal Government of Nigeria has recovered the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Kogi State.

Speaking in an interview with journalists at the National Assembly complex, a Senator lawmaker representing Kogi state, Smart Adeyemi said the federal government is also in the process of negotiating the return of the Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe, also the state.

The Federal Government has been locked in arbitration with Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL) and Global Infrastructure Limited at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London, for the return of Ajaokuta since 2007.

The legal tussle started in 2008 when Global Steel dragged the federal government before the ICC.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo during his administration concessioned the complex to (GSHL) in 2005, despite criticisms from steel workers and labour leaders.

The Indian firm was allegedly accused of going against the concessional agreement, which led to a faceoff between the firm and the company’s workers. The agreement was terminated in 2008 by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua , who set up an Interim management Committee (IMC) to oversee it.

I’m Back On My Feet, Wada Declares As He Resumes Work

The Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, has returned to Lokoja, the state capital after spending about 60 days in a hospital in Abuja, following a motor accident, which led to him sustaining varying degrees of injuries and the death of his then Aide-de-Camp (ADC).

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

Arriving Lokoja at about in a long motorcade, accompanied by his wife, Alima, his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, Mr. Wada was received at the Jamata bridge end of the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, by an enthusiastic crowd.

Addressing the crowd at the gate of the Lugard Hall Lodge, in Lokoja, the governor expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their show of support and love towards him and his administration during the period he was convalescing in Abuja.

“I am back on my two feet now, looking forward to work and move forward our state to the next level,” he said.

The governor added: “My own dear people, let me express my deepest and sincere appreciation to God and you people for your prayers. God has indeed heard your prayers. Let me assure you all that I shall dedicate myself totally to the services of the state.”

Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the Kogi State branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hassan Sallauh, commended the Deputy Governor, Mr. Awoniyi for keeping faith with the governor and the party by holding forth while the governor was away.

He said the deputy governor had shown exemplary courage, candour and loyalty by his responsible conduct during the period.

Police AIG Charges Officers To Imbibe Maintenance Culture

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Jonathan Johnson, has called on policemen living in barracks to imbibe maintenance culture and take proper care of the facilities.

The police boss who oversees Ekiti, Kogi and Kwara States, while briefing journalists in the Kwara State capital, Ilorin, noted that though some of the police barracks are in good condition, he lamented the poor state of the others which he attributed to the nonchalant attitude of the inhabitants of the barracks.

He wondered why it is difficult for policemen to effect constant minor repairs on their abode instead waiting for government to rehabilitate and renovate later.

Explaining the difficulties faced by the police in reducing armed robbery in the country, he appealed to the citizens to always cooperate with the police by providing information that would lead to the arrest of criminals, adding that though it might be difficult to match the criminals in terms of sophisticated weapons, the change of attitude from the public will go a long way in reducing crimes to the barest minimum.



Suspected Militants Kill Military Personnel In Kogi

Suspected militants this morning attacked some Army personnel at Itakpe in Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, killing at least two of the soldiers.

Eye witness say the militants who apparently got information about the movement of the troops, planted explosive devices on the road, which went off as soon as the soldiers got to the scene.

Confirming the incident, the Kogi police command disclosed that the soldiers were on their way to Kaduna, North West Nigeria, from the South when they ran into the ambush.

Adding that investigation is on, to unravel those behind the attack.

Wada’s Condition Is Stable – Doctor

The Kogi State governor, Idris Wada is responding to treatment following a car crash he was involved in on Friday, doctor said.

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 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.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Felix Ogedegbe, the Medical Director of Cedarcrest Hospital, where Mr Wada is receiving treatment, confirmed that the governor was received at the hospital at about 8pm on Friday in a stable condition.

Mr Ogedegbe also confirmed that the governor had a fracture in his thigh bone though it has been fixed.

He said the governor did not suffer any life threatening injuries and that there will be no need to fly him abroad for further treatment, though his recuperation period is yet to be ascertained.

The special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi also confirmed that the driver of the crashed vehicle, Isah Jubril is responding to treatment.

The governor’s Aide de Camp, Idris Mohamed, an Assistant Superintendent of Police died on the spot of the accident.

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.”