15 Killed In Kogi Road Accident

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

 

About 15 persons have been killed in an accident along Lokoja Okene Abuja road.

The Kogi State Police, Commissioner Ede Ayuba confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

The commissioner of police disclosed this at Irepeni in Okene Abuja road when he led some other security agencies to the scene of the accident.

He said the road mishaps could have been avoided if motorists adhere to road regulation and maintain the stipulated speed limit, attributing the accident to wrongful overtaking and sleeping while driving.

He advised commercial drivers to desist from night journey and ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before embarking on a long journey during this yuletide period.

According to him the impact of the luxury bus had pushed the haise bus off the road into the bush where it somersaulted several times. Fifteen (15) of the passengers from the haise bus were said to have died on the spot while the passengers in the luxury bus are all saved.

The bus was travelling to Auchi Edo state while the luxurious bus was coming from Okene axis.

Although in an earlier press release from the Kogi State Sector Command about 522 personnel are said to have been deployed on the road to ensure a free flow of traffic during the festive season.

APC Wins All Chairmanship, Councillorship Seats In Kogi LG Polls

A flag of the APC.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the chairmanship and councillorship seats in the just concluded local government elections in Kogi State.

Chairman of the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC), Mr Mammam Eri, disclosed this on Sunday in Lokoja, the state capital.

While officially declaring the results of the election, he noted that the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) swept to victory in all polls for the 21 chairmanship and 239 councillorship seats in the state.

“The State Independent Electoral Commission has received all results as released from the 239 wards and the 21 Local Government Areas of the state,” Eri said.

He added, “The Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission has, therefore, ratified and adopted these results.”

Apart from the APC, other political parties that participated in the election included the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).

KOSIEC chairman, Mammam Eri, announces the results of the local government elections in Kogi State.

 

The KOSIEC chairman stated that Joseph Salami of the APC polled 70,815 votes to defeat his PDP rival, Ibrahim Yakubu, who scored 2,216 votes in the chairmanship election for Adavi LGA.

In Dekina LGA, PDP’s Agagu Samuel gathered 4,464 votes to come second behind Shuaibu Isiaka of the APC who garnered 103,607 polls.

Other LGAs where the elections held were Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Ibaji, Idah, Igalamela-Odolu, Ijumu, Kabba-Bunu, Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Ofu, Ogori-Magongo, Okehi, Okene, Olamaboro, Omala, Yagba East, and Yagba West.

Moses David who contested the Mopa-Muro LGA chairmanship election on the APC platform polled 6,248 votes to beat Oludoyin Michael of the PDP who scored 110 votes.

Before the results were declared, Eri commended the people of the state for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner while the elections took place.

He also thanked the political actors and other stakeholders in state, including the security agencies and media for their support to ensure the elections were successfully conducted.

Kogi Govt Declares December 11 Work-Free Day

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.

 

The Kogi State Government has declared Friday 11th December 2020 as a work-free day to enable Civil Servants to travel to their towns and villages for December 12, 2020, Local Government election in the State.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo says the directive was given to enable civil servants to exercise their right to vote and participate in the political determination of how their Local Government Areas are governed.

This is a further confirmation of the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration to deepening democratic practice and tenets.

The State Government has already charged the State Independent Electoral Commission to ensure free, fair, and credible poll. Security agencies have also been urged to ensure strict adherence to constitutionalism, before, during, and after the election.

“To us as a Government, the franchise is a festival of freedom. Let us all come out en masse to determine those who will govern our grassroots Government for the next three years”.

Kogi Govt Asks Traditional Rulers To Support Efforts In Tackling Insecurity

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

 

 

The Kogi State government has asked traditional rulers to support efforts in tackling insecurity in the state.  

The commissioner in charge of the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Salami Ozigi made the appeal at a meeting of the Council of Chiefs which was held in Lokoja the state capital.

He commended the traditional rulers in the state for the roles they have been playing in ensuring that there is maximum security of lives and properties in their domain.

The commissioner said that the government alone can not provide adequate security without a synergy from the relevant stakeholders like the traditional rulers which is why they are here for deliberation.

He noted that the crime rate in the country at present is alarming assuring them that through a concerted effort of the state government and the commitment of the traditional rulers’ criminal element in the state will be defeated.

The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, who now occupies the position as the acting president of Kogi state council of chiefs in his acceptance speech promised that the traditional rulers will work in synergy with security agencies to wipe out crime in the state.

The traditional rulers unanimously passed a vote of confidence on Governor Yahaya Bello, thereby calling on everyone to support his administration.

Kogi Governor Presents N130.5bn Budget For 2021

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has presented N130.5 billion naira as the 2021 budget to the state house of assembly for approval.

The governor while presenting the budget tagged ‘’ budget of accelerated recovery’’ said the budget is divided into the recurrent expenditure of N70.04 billion representing N56.72 percent and capital expenditure of N56.49 billion representing N43.28 percent.

He said that the total estimated recurrent revenue of the budget was N82.4 billion consisting of N20.9 billion which will be realized from internal sources, while N45.4 billion comes from the federation account.

Speaking further the governor said a total of N13.5 billion revenue is expected from Value-Added Tax (VAT) as N120 million from excess crude and N1 billion from exchange differentials.

He stated that the fiscal strategy of the government was anchored on the on-going Public Financial Management reform. (PFM).

He stated that the state government fiscal policy is directed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of spending to achieve a better balance between capital and recurrent expenditure and also achieving greater control of the wage bill.

On the objectives and target of the 2021 budget, the governor said the specific financial objectives of Kogi state government is effective allocation of scarce resources to identified critical programmes and projects.

He noted that the 2021 budget would follow major targets to improve the quality and affordability of education in order to produce the articulate and skilled manpower required for economic transformation of the state.

Governor Bello who also stated that the budget will improve quality and access to healthcare assured that the effort will lead to an improvement in the efficiency of the healthcare delivery system.

He also mentioned that the 2021 budget will ensure gainful employment for the youths, create entrepreneurship opportunities, especially in agriculture and infotech.

Governor Bello assured that the budget will improve the road network in the state through continued construction of new roads and bridges and rehabilitation of existing ones in both urban and rural areas.

Bread Tax Is Evil, We Are Investigating Those Behind It – Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has vowed to investigate and punish those behind the imposition of bread tax in the northcentral state, describing the development as evil. 

“The particular incident of bread tax is being looked into as I speak, we are investigating those that are behind this,” the governor, 45, said while briefing the press after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday.

“It is evil and it is unaccepted, to say the least. I have ordered the Head of Service to issue queries to those that are responsible and they will face the law accordingly.”

Governor Bello while explaining that he held the meeting with the Nigerian leader to inform him about the challenges the state is facing, and the developments recorded so far, noted that security agencies are working with local vigilante groups to curb crime.

“The law enforcement agencies, to say the little, they are doing their best. From the Police to the Army, to the Civil Defence to the DSS, they are collaborating with the local vigilantes and the local hunters to ensure that our ways, our highways, our bushes and forests, our communities are safe,” he explained.

He also credited his grassroots leadership style for restricting lootings in the Confluence State in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

“So, whenever there is any uprising or any threats whatsoever, they raise an alarm,” governor Bello added. “The locals exactly know who they are, they know the criminals among them. They know the strangers and intruders among them and they immediately swing into action by ensuring law enforcement agencies swing into action and the issues were contained amicably.”

Kogi Govt Queries Permanent Secretary Over Bread Levy

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

The Kogi State Government queried the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Usman Ibrahim for official misconduct over bread levy.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola, who described as embarrassing the recent widely spread report of bread levy allegedly introduced by the state government.

Ogunmola said the Perm Sec had on November 9 written a letter to the bakers in the state “introducing an identified consulting company and levies on bread to all bakers and caterers doing business In and across the state.”

She explained that “investigation revealed that the official acted without obtaining the approval of the Honourable Commissioner of the ministry and could not provide any file documenting the approval for the dissemination of such information.”

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KGSG QUERIES PERM. SEC RESPONSIBLE FOR BREAD LEVY EMBARRASSMENT FOR OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT

The Kogi State Government has served an official query to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Usman A. Ibrahim for official misconduct over the recent widely spread report of bread levy allegedly introduced by the state government.

In a letter signed by the Head of Service, Kogi State Government, Mrs. Deborah Ogunmola, the affected official was directed to respond within 24 hours to exculpate himself on why disciplinary action should not be taken for gross misconduct.

The HOS stated that the concerned official on the 9th of November, 2020 signed a letter addressed to the Chairman, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) Kogi state branch on the subject of introducing an identified consulting company and levies on bread to all bakers and caterers doing business In and across the state.

Mrs. Ogunmola added that investigation revealed that the official acted without obtaining the approval of the Honourable Commissioner of the ministry and could not provide any file documenting the approval for the dissemination of such information.

The HOS stipulated that despite the official’s denial, his actions contravened the provisions of Public Service Rules, Section 4 – 030402 (1), (N) and (o) which might lead to his dismissal from the service.

‘We Must End Rampant Carnage On Our Roads’: Lawan Mourns Kogi Explosion Victims

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

 

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has sent his condolences to the families of the tanker explosion victims calling for an end to rampant carnage on the roads.

Lawan in a statement by his Special Adviser, Ola Awoniyi expressed grief over the gruesome accident in which more than a score of people, including school children, were reported to have lost their lives or property.

“It is sad and totally unacceptable that such tragedy keeps recurring on our roads despite ample road safety regulations and enforcement personnel.

“While we mourn those who have so unfortunately lost their lives and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured, the incident underscores the need for constant review of our road safety strategy and mechanism with a view to making them more effective in preventing carnage on our roads.

“Significantly improving road safety in Nigeria is an urgent challenge for the relevant authorities and other stakeholders in our transport sector. We have to bring an end to the rampant carnage on our roads,” Lawan said.

The Senate President also extended his condolences to the government and people of Kogi State over the tragic incident.

Kogi Governor Reacts To Tanker Explosion, Sympathises With Victims

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello has expressed shock over the unfortunate fatal tanker explosion which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, around the Felele area of the Lokoja metropolis.

Governor Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed expressed sadness over the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, properties, and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire.

The governor condoled with the family of those affected by the ugly incident.

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While describing it as an unfortunate development, the governor said “this is sadly the greatest tragedy the state has witnessed in recent times”.

The Governor also urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he equally shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.

Despite COVID-19, Kogi Still Pays Salaries, Repays Loans – Governor Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, speaks after the Supreme Court affirmed his election as governor of the state.

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State says despite the dwindling resources occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the state still pays workers’ salaries while gradually offsetting its debts.

The governor disclosed this on Monday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Governor Bello, his administration has been prudent with the management of the state resources to the benefit of the people.

He explained that critics of the state government should commend efforts made in addressing the numerous challenges facing the state.

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“In this COVID-19 regime, we are paying salaries, projects are ongoing, all our obligations and the indebtedness that we inherited, we are paying steadily.

“We are not going to take more than N1billion per month. That is financial prudence that in this era that resources are dwindling, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has nosedived, inflows from the federation account has really nosedived.

“We are paying back our loans; we are paying all other loans. Yet we are meeting up with all our obligations and projects are ongoing,” he said.

 

When asked why some Kogi workers still receive part payment of their salaries, the governor neither confirmed nor denied it.

He simply replied: “I am not aware of anybody that is being paid percentage of their salaries. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other organised labours are there.

“On a monthly basis, we are meeting up with our financials, our salary obligations and other contractual agreements are being met on a monthly basis.”

His remarks followed the Supreme Court verdict which upheld his electoral victory in November 2019.

Speaking further, Governor Bello asked his opponent to join hands in building a better state.

No Victor, No Vanquished, Says Gov Bello After Supreme Court Victory

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State speaks to journalists after the Supreme Court upheld his victory in the November 16, 2019 Governorship election on Monday.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said that there is no victor and no vanquished in the Supreme Court judgement which pronounced him the winner in the November 16, 2019 Governorship election.

Reacting shortly after the apex court upheld his election as the Governor of Kogi State, Mr Bello who said the victory means a lot to him, thanked God and the people of the State for giving him a mandate for another four years.

“I thank the people of Kogi State who turned out en masse and trusted me and gave us their mandate for another four years. I appreciate Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari, and all the party leaders of the All Progressives Congress at all levels.

“This wonderful resounding statement from God almighty through the justices of the Supreme Court means a lot to me and the people of Kogi State.

“By the special grace of God, we will continue to do more for our people in the area of security, infrastructure, fighting corruption, and to ensure that we lead with the fear of God,” he promised.

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The Governor stressed that his administration will need the support of everyone as he seeks to push a united State, which he said, has not been united over the years.

“I will continue to do my best to ensure that across the party line, we continue to unite Kogi State and the people will continue to benefit and feel the dividends of democracy irrespective of your religion or the senatorial district you come from.

“In this particular pronouncement of the Supreme Court, I state that there is no victor and there is no vanquished, we only tested what the law and fact is before the court; they have spoken and I know you will join me in making sure that we unite the state.

“I call on my brothers and sisters, those who contested with me, the victory is all ours because we are citizens of Kogi State. We all have the interest of the state at heart, but today, the people spoke; God almighty has really affirmed this assertion by the people.”

The apex court, in its judgement led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed the appeals filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada.

The panel also dismissed the seven grounds of appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate, Natasha Akpoti, which includes an allegation of age falsification against the Kogi State Deputy Governor.

Supreme Court Set To Deliver Judgement In Kogi Governorship Appeal

A file photo of a courtroom at the Supreme Court complex in Abuja. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Supreme Court will on Monday, deliver judgement in the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, and its candidate in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada, challenging the election and victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

Last week, A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed heard the appeal filed by Mr Wada and fixed August 31 to deliver judgement.

Mr Wada who lost his appeal at the Election Petition Tribunal claimed that the Kogi election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions, when he approached the Supreme Court after his petition was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on July 4th, 2020 with a split decision of two to one.

A five-man panel of justices of the appeal court upheld Governor Bello’s election and ordered Mr Wada to pay a sum of N100,000 each to Governor Bello, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and INEC, who were listed as respondents in the appeal.

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The apex court will also give a verdict in the appeal filed by the Social Democratic Party and its candidate, Natasha Akpoti.

Lawyer to Governor Bello, Joseph Daudu, and that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Alex Izinyon, urged the court to dismiss the appeal filed by Mr Wada through his lawyer, Jibrin Okutepa, for lacking in merit.

Mr Daudu asked the apex Court to toe the line of the Court of Appeal and the election petition tribunal which gave concurrent decisions by dismissing Mr Wada’s petition.

Meanwhile, the second appeal filed by the SDP and its candidate asked the apex Court to set aside the findings of the Court of Appeal and the Tribunal and allow their appeal to succeed.

The Appeal Court had held that Akpoti could not prove the allegations of corruption and voter intimidation against Governor Bello.

On November 18, 2019, INEC returned Bello as the duly elected governor having scored the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

He polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Wada who scored 189,704 votes and Akpoti who garnered a total of 9,482 votes.