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Hunters arrest three kidnappers, recover guns, other items in Kogi

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Hunters from Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State on Monday nabbed two kidnappers suspected to be terrorizing the area while security operatives recovered three guns from the arrested criminals

The chairman of Okehi Local Government Area Hon Abdulraheem Ohiare Ozovehe who led the operation to the kidnapper’s hideout in Arima, Ijumu LGA said exhibits they recovered were two (2) guns from Murne Beji, a locally made medium barrelled Revolver using AK 47 bullets and a locally made long-barrelled gun.

He stated that the two other members of the kidnap gang who were at large before, Kadi Abdullahi and Rabiu Muhammadu (Rabe) were also arrested and a locally made pistol recovered from them.

The chairman inducated that the suspects have been remanded in custody and helping the Security Agencies with useful information that would help in the arrest of others.

The Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Muhammed Onogwu while commenting on the issue said the state’s security architecture has continued to stand the test of time adding that it has recorded successes against several intricacies by criminal elements

He opined that the results they were recording were maily due to the boost in the morale and support by the Hovernor to security operatives

Onogwu commended security agencies in the state for their effort in ensuring there is peace in the state.
The chief press Secretary noted that the effort of the Kogi State Government to keep the momentum as the safest state in the country is yielding good results.
He noted that the Governor has at various fora made commitment to securing the lives and property of the citizens and make the state a no go zone for criminal elements

He reiterated that Government at all levels would continue to sustain the drive for a peaceful Kogi state by making every nooks and cranny of the state unsafe for criminal elements and their sponsors

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NGO rallies media support in fight against pneumonia to save children

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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The Save the Children International, (SCI) a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) has solicited the corporation and support of the media in the project of eliminating pneumonia that is massively killing children in the country.

The chief of party of the Intergrated Sustainable Childhood Pneumonia and Infectious Diseases Reduction (INSPIRING) project, Dr Isah Adamu made the appeal while delivering a welcome address at a workshop organized for media practioners on the Role of the Media in Tackling Childhood Pneumonia in Nigeria.

The workshop was organised by the Save the Children International (SCI) supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Adamu said, “The role of the media is very crucial in achieving the aims and objectives of the project of reducing pneumonia and diarrhea among the children in the country.

According to him “Working with the media on this project (INSPIRING) is a necessity as the organizations (SCI, GSK and Media) have a common mission and vision of service to humanity”.

He said “Pneumonia is a hidden
major childhood killer disease that needs collective and urgent attention by stakeholders at all levels”.

Dr Adamu maintained that a recent survey indicated that 132 in 1000 children under five die of pneumonia.
The chief of party said the INSPIRING is now operating in two states of Lagos and Jigawa states being sponsored by Save the Children International and GlaxoSmithKline.

The representative of GlaxoSmithKline Dr Abba expressed appreciation on the cooperation being received from the state government and media.

Dr Abba reaffirmed his organization commitment to saving lives and that of the children in particular, “Base on this we will continue to give our contribution to Government and non Governmental Organizations to achieve the set objective”.

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Kogi NUJ charges stakeholders on credible elections, good governance

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By Friday Idachaba

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi State Council, has charged stakeholders i the democratic processes in the country to entrench viable and smooth electoral processes, to enhance good governance in Nigeria.

Chairman of the council, Alhaji Adeiza Momojimoh, made the call at a press conference preceding the 2021 Press Week at the NUJ Press Centre on Monday in Lokoja.

Momojimoh described good governance as a product or by product of good election saying: “When election is not well conducted, you can’t expect to have anything coming out of it to be desirable.

“Possibly, one of the very reasons why we are still battling with the issue of bad governance is that we have not been able to get our electoral system right.

“That’s why we believe that the process of evolving or bringing about another leadership in Nigeria should be holistic and be given serious commitment so that at the end of the day whatever comes out of it would be desirable.”

The NUJ Council chairman commended the efforts of the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act and urged all Nigerians to accord it support.

“It may interest us to know that as a body, we had already chosen to talk on the topic: ‘Electoral Act and the Future of Nigeria’s Democracy’ as theme for the 2021 Press Week before the bill was even considered and passed in the National Assembly.

“This is in view of the importance journalists in the state attached to the concept of democracy, good governance and the the general well-being of Nigerians,” MomohJimoh said.

According to the chairman, Sen. Kabir Gaya, Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, will give the key note address at the occasion, while Prof. John Alabi of Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba, will be lead paper presenter.

He expressed optimism that deliberation on the theme would go along way in providing meaningful solutions to the myriad of problems besetting the course of social, economic and political development of Nigeria, among other benefits.

He said Hon. Leke Abejide, representing Yagba Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, would chair the event, adding that, five persons who had made positive impact in the society at various levels had been slated for awards.

He said Gaya would be given an award as Icon of Democracy; Abejide, Icon of Grassroots Education and the state Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Ohere, would be honoured for his impact in infrastructural development of Kogi state, among others awardees.

Adeiza called on the state government to implement the weigh-in allowance for the members of staff of its media houses, to boost their productivity and morale.

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THISDAY alerts general public of a fake Friday digital edition on social media

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THISDAY has alerted the general public of a fake version of ts digital edition of Friday, 27th, August on some social media platforms.
The fake version is being circulated on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms.
Managing Director of the newspaper Eniola Bello in a statement said the fake edition was captioned: ‘Uzodinma declares Free Marriage Between Fulani Settlers and Imo Ladies”

“We wish to state that THISDAY at no time published the said story. Our lead story on Friday, August 27 was, “Buhari Elated as NNPC Breaks Jinx, Declares N287bn Profit, First in 44 Years”.

“Sadly, these merchants of fake news have chosen to leverage on the credibility and integrity of THISDAY to ply their trade.

“We completely reject this poor attempt by some unscrupulous people at impersonating our brand and identity in pursuit of whatever agenda they may have, by seeking to disseminate fake news to members of the public as emanating from THISDAY.

“For the avoidance of doubt, readers can easily verify our Friday publication from the print edition, or online (www.thisdaylive.com). We therefore call on members of the public who may have unwittingly fell for the cloned digital copy to disregard it and treat it with the utmost contempt it deserves.

“We also use this opportunity to call on security agencies to help unmask the counterfeiters behind this forgery and bring them to book.

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