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Helicopter crash; Minister at thanksgiving says it was second escape in 26 years

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Helicopter crash; Minister at thanksgiving says it was second escape in 26 years

The minister for State Labour and Employment professor Stephen Ocieni has described his miraculous escape along with the vice President Yemi Osibanjo and 7 other in the ill fated helicopter crash as the handiwork of God.
The crash was happening barely 2years and half after his predecessor James Ocholi who he replaced died along with his wife and first son on 6th, March 2016 in an auto crash along Kaduna/Abuja high way.
Speaking at a thanksgiving service at the cathedral church of Our Lady of Mercy, in Idah, the minister said it was not the first time he was escaping death in an accident.
Professor Ocieni recalled that in 1993 he also escaped death in an auto crash that claimed 6 lives adding he was among the only three survivors.
He said he cannot thank God enough, as he thanked God for saving him and that of Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Vice President and seven others of his crew in the ill-fated crash that crashed at Kabba.
He said it was not in the plan of the enemy for them to be alive but because of the mercy of God they were in the church celebrating the Thanksgiving.
He prayed for the church that non of the members will witness accident.
“I believe in the word of God which has been seeing me through not without challenges. This is not the first of its kind, that is why I have every course to continue to pray and give more devotion to the service of God.
“Right from first experience in 1993 when I was involved in a very fatal accident when 6 lives were lost and only 3 of us survived that accident. That is why I made a vow that I will continue to serve God in my life.
I want to say here in the course of my duty as Minister or as a member of this church if I have offended any persob please forgive me.
“When you see me going wrong in any aspect of my life draw my attention, give me a call or send me a text.”
“The world is a very small place, it is the grace of God that is seeing us through. Sometimes when we seat down we plan for five years, ten years without recoursse to God who is the only one that can determine a person’s life in the next 10 minites.”
Professor Ocheni also thanked Nigerians, and indeed the people of Kogi State for their concern and prayers.
The Catholic Bishop of Idah Diocese , the Most Reverend Anthony Adaji tasked Politicians to serve humanity and their creator with sincerity and deep commitment
Speaking during the homily at a special Thanksgiving service for the Hon Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Professor Steven Ocheni Bishop Adaji noted that it is wrong for politicians to be arrogant and care less for those they are supposed to serve diligently and selflessly.

The Catholic Bishop remarked that the miraculous survival of the Minister in the recent helicopter crash in Kabba was an act of God and also due to the generosity of Professor Ocheni to the less privilege in the society.

Bishop Adaji therefore charged the Minister to sustain his commitment to the Catholic faith and service to humanity.

While thanking God for the life of the Minister and others in the ill_fated helicopter crash, the Bishop admonished Christians to always make positive impact on the society.

The thanksgiving mass attracted personalities from within and outside the state, including the Secratary to the State Government Mrs Folashade Ayoade, a former Minister, Chief Gabriel Aduku, politician’s, the Academia, traditional and religious leaders.

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor David Umahi to speak up over a viral picture of a multi-billion Naira hotel located in Rivers state, allegedly named after Osborn Umahi.

The association expressed concern that the governor had maintained the sealed lips since the images of the said Port-Harcourt Osborn La Palm Hotel went viral on the social media.

The hotel which is almost completed is said to be worth about N40 billion.

In a statement released to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, by its President, Amb Pascal Oluchukwu, urged the anti-graft agencies to begin to gather their facts and evidences in case of any fow play.

According to AESID, the said hotel is located in the heart of the oil-rich city of Port-Harcourt, Rivers state specifically at No. 3 Olaka Street, off Abacha Road, G.R.A, Port-Harcourt has a roof-top swimming pool and a Presidential Penthouse as one of its many special features.

The statement said: “The fact that the said hotel project started just in 2016 is even more worrisome for the indigenes of a state like Ebonyi where endemic and anthropogenic poverty is the order of the day, having been accurately ranked the poorest state in the entire Southern Nigeria and the 3rd poorest among the 36 States of the Nigerian Federation.

“Our position on this revelation is that Governor Umahi must speak up on this monumental allegations within 24 hours and the anti-graft agencies should begin to gather their facts and evidences aright and await the days of reckoning, knowing that immunity protects him from being prosecuted by the Nigerian government even at this point.”

The Ebonyi governance and accountability platform said: “We believe it should be wisdom for Governor Wike to revoke the land where the said hotel is situated especially if Umahi fails to open-up on these weighty allegations against his person.”

Reacting to the spate of insecurity in the state, AESID said its deeply worried that the political actors, have continued to heat up the polity by dispensing mindless violence, killing and maiming innocent and helpless Ebony citizens particularly those in opposition parties.

“To this end therefore, AESID, again calls on the Police and indeed, all heads of intelligent security agencies to uncover and nip these killings in the bud and bring all perpetrators of these heinous attacks to book no matter how highly placed.”

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague


Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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