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Kogi Govt Mounts Road Block, Stops Natasha, senator Melaye From Entering Kogi

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Twenty four hours to the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections, candidates of opposition parties in Kogi state have been prevented from entering the state.

As early as 10 am on Friday, Governor Yahaya Bello’s ADC, CSP Usman Shugaba led over 100 security personnel and some unidentified civilians to mount a road block at Banda village, along Lokoja-Abuja highway. The security personnel have been busy arresting and detaining personal securities attached to opposition party leaders.

A source in the entourage of senatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Kogi Central, Barr. Natasha Akpoti disclosed that the plan of the governor is to plant arms in one of the cars and arrest the senatorial candidate.

He informed that Natasha and the senatorial candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye have been blocked from entering Kogi State.

“Let the whole world know that Yahaya Bello has declared war on our people in Kogi State,” he said.

A source from Melaye’s camp disclosed that the illegal roadblock was aimed at assassinating the vocal lawmaker.

He stated that key appointees of the state government are on ground to supervise the plot.

“As I speak, Barrister Natasha Akpoti, Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Ahmed Ogembe, a former governor of the state and a host of PDP leaders are held down between Koton Karfe and Lokoja by APC sponsored thugs.

“This is an election, not war and if anything happen to our leaders, we know who to hold.

“I can confirm to you that security details legally attached to former Governor Ibrahim Idris and member representing Okehi-Adavi in the House of Representatives, Honourable Kabiru Muhammed Ajanah have been withdrawn in Lokoja by the powers that be in the State,” he said.

Recounting her experience, a supporter of the senatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Kogi East, Safiya Musa confirmed that Governor Bello’s ADC is supervising the roadblock on the Federal highway.

“So I passed serious stop and search check point mounted after Koton Karfe. My car was checked twice. Dunno why but suspect it’s because I am wearing a DVAA TShirt. They kept signaling themselves to check my car before I got to where Shugaba was and realized it’s Government House Team.

“Many men in various security outfits led by the Governor’s ADC himself. I had a little chat with the ADC after my chat with a dude wearing UNAMSIL uniform (wondered why and asked what’s he doing wearing a UNAMSIL uniform in 2019 on a Kogi Road in Nigeria. Dude was fidgeting).

“I suspect their main target is Dino Melaye⁩. Saw Melaye’s convoy waiting at the Military check point in Abaji. Apparently he had gotten wind of their intentions. Dino, I wish you well my bro,” she narrated.

In a related development, the ADC senatorial candidate for Kogi East, Dr. Victor Adoji escaped a kidnap attempt at Agbeji in the early hours of Friday.

Thugs, numbering eight, waylaid one of his cars around Agbeji, abducting the driver in the process. Adoji was, however, not in the car.

According to a chieftain of ADC, Hassan Abdullahi; “Adoji’s guy was abducted today in a failed kidnap/assassination attempt at Agbeji. The gunmen, 8 of them with AK47 and Pump Action rifles, thought Dr. Victor Adoji was in his decoy car. The thugs were led by Ismaila Yakubu Omagba. The driver has been released with warning,” he said.

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COAS, PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders brainstorm to tackle security

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By Aminci Faith Audu

Chief of Army staff Lieutenant General Yusufu Tukur Buratai in a meeting with PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders on Monday held a brainstorm on how to tackle insecurity in the country

At the meeting they reiterated their commitment to ensuring democratic stability in the country.

The COAS who was represented by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Connell Sagir Musa, disclosed this during a press briefing at the Army Headquarters in Abuja. He made it clear that there will be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, the best system of government is democracy, and with his subordinates, they will ensure that Nigeria’s democracy remain stable and steady.
The Army, he said will not allow any force, elements or destabilising agents in or outside the country to set the country on fire.

The COAS indicated that a group of individuals and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful protest #ENDSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country.
This he said has led to the imposition of curfew in several states, adding that the Nigerian Army is aware of the grand design by the sponsors of ENDSARS protest to draw into crisis.

Buratai further stated that the Nigerian Army will continue to assist the federal government to bring an end to the insecurity across the country and to prevent miscreants and criminals from hijacking the ENDSARS protest nation wide.

He urged all the PSOs GOCs and field commanders to remain loyal and unwavering in ensuring the unity, stability of the country

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FG will ensure justice is done over death of protesters -Lawan

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President of the senate Ahmad Lawan, has called on all Nigerians to be calm as he assured that the Federal Government will ensure justice for all over the deaths of protesters across the country
He said the National Assembly is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency.
Lawan in a statement re-assured youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police.
“In spite of the unfortunate hijack of the protests against police brutality by hoodlums to unleash horrifying violence, arson, looting and wanton destruction of public and private property on the country, we will ensure that government fulfils the commitment it has made to the well-meaning agitators for police reform and good governance.” Lawan stressed.
“As we seek a path out of this regrettable crisis, my heart goes out to the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the Supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property.”

“Now that the mindless carnage has distorted the purpose of the protests, I urge the youths to join hands with the authorities in bringing an urgent cessation to the violence.”

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#ENDSARS: Oriolowo’s Houses, farms properties also vandalised

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#ENDSARS: Oriolowo’s Houses, farms properties also vandalised

As senators have become soft targets for hoodlums after the #ENDSARS protest was hijacked senator Adelere Oriolowo also got his share of the attacks.
The senators Houses, farms were vandalised and properties were also carted away after futike search for COVID-19 parliatives by hoodlums

This was contained in a statement issued by his senior legislative aid Adam Adedimeji in Abuja yesterday.
Adedineji said as early as by 7 am on Saturday morning 24th October, 2020, hoodlums invaded the personal houses of Senator Adelere Oriolowo in Iwo and Osogbo where his properties and personal belongings worth several millions of naira were either carted away or vandalized.

“His agricultural farms located at Odo-Oba and Alagbede, both in Iwo, Osun state were equally looted, vandalized and destroyed.

“Preliminary information gathered was that the hoodlums came in search of palliatives and COVID-19 relief materials purportedly stored in the Senator’s house.”
He said the dastardly act was very unfortunate and unwarranted he condemned it. condemnable by peace loving people of Iwo and Osun state in general.

“Those who carried out this condemnable act should be told that Senator Oriolowo was never at any time involved in any government palliative distribution and is not a member of the Osun state committee saddled with the responsibility of sharing COVID-19 relief items to the people of the state.

“Senator Oriolowo only got to know about the one found in Cocoa Industry Facility in Ede on Friday, October 23rd through the news like everybody else.”
“It should be recalled that at the peak of the Coronavirus when the whole country was on lockdown, Senator Oriolowo distributed several food items comprising rice, beans, chicken, eggs and yam to the people of his constituency from his own personal purse.
“At no time was relief items given to him by the FG or state government for distribution to the people.
Food items distributed by the senator was his own initiative and it was done to ease the suffering of his constituents as a result of the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the gesture was spearheaded by him alone and from his personal purse.
“To think he is hoarding a certain number of palliatives at his home or anywhere else was nothing but the highest form of ignorance fueled by the desire of a number of disgruntled elements with intention to steal and destroy an innocent man’s properties.
He said when the they could not find illusory palliative itemsofthe hoodlums resorted to barefaced stealing and destruction of the Senator’s houses and farms, his personal investments of more than three decades.

“How does stealing of cows, pigs, fouls, eggs, and several other farm produce and equipments amounts to palliatives or relief items this hoodlums claim they were searching for?

“For the record, Senator Oriolowo has been actively involved in the farming business since 1982 and the farm that was looted and vandalised has been in existence ever before the Senator ventured into politics less than two years ago. “
Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, also got their doses of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

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