Kogi Election: Monitoring Group Alleges Movement Of Arms

kogiThe Police might have assured Nigerians that it has made adequate security ahead of the Kogi polls, but there are fears that some unscrupulous people have plans to make things difficult for them.

The Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group, Zikiru Llahi Ibrahim, said that the group has information that lends credence to this troubling development.

Speaking to Channels TV Correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, live from Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Mr Ibrahim said that in Ofu Local Government, TMG observers noticed the movement of light arms which they reported to security agents.

He said that the security agencies have assured the group that they had swung into action and their men were on ground to prevent any lawless acts.

He noted that asides this development in Ofu, the state has remained peaceful with heavy presence of security operatives, and based on their observation there is no cause for alarm as no local government has been identified as volatile.

The Transition Monitoring Group has over 300 men in Kogi State for the election.


Kogi Election: Wada Promises Social Amenities

wadaKogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has promised to provide more social amenities in the local government areas if elected for second term in office.

Governor Wada made the pledge at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign rally organised by Igalamela/Odolu and Ofu chapter of the party.

The Governor said it is only the PDP administration that would continue to impact positively on local governments in the state.

He called on the people to vote en masse for him come November 21, to enable him consolidate on his free health for rural dwellers program and the provision of potable water.


Police Arrests Councillor Over Death of 17-year Old Girl in Kogi

The Kogi state police command has arrested a serving councilor and three others for allegedly beheading a 17 years old girl for rituals.

The state commissioner of police Mr. Hilary Opara who disclosed this to journalists at the state police headquarters, Lokoja, while parading a 13 man gang of suspects terrorizing the state in there various localities said that his command is battle ready to rid criminals out of the state.

Items recovered from some of the bandits are double barrel guns, one locally made pistol fake dollars cartages, wrist watches and some amount of money.

Mr. Hilary Opara said on the 13th of June, Hon. Yahaya Isa who is a serving councilor in Aloji ward in Ofu local government area of kogi state contracted Suleiman Yunusa, Isiaka John, and Alifa Maha to get him the head of a 17 years old girl called Igbere Ogbadu, promising to pay them some amount of money.

The police boss stated further that on 21st June 2013 the decomposing body of the lady was later found between Achigili and Ofoja village in Ofu local government area with the head cut off and some parts of her body removed.

The suspects who were paraded owned up to the allegation that they were sent by the serving councilor who was yet to pay them until they were arrested by the police.

Other paraded suspects were a five man gang alleged to have kidnapped the paramount ruler of Ejule chief Simon Shaibu on the suspicion that he gave the police information that led to the arrest of their gang member Mudi Ibrahim, who was arrested at the Chari Megumeri barracks Lokoja were he appeared to be recruited into the Nigeria army.

The police boss thanked the government and the people who assisted them with information that led to the arrest of the paraded criminals. He also solicited for better partnership with other various communities towards reducing crime in the 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.