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

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

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Idris and member representing Okehi-Adavi in the House of Representatives, Honourable Kabiru Muhammed Ajanah have been withdrawn in Lokoja by the powers that be in the State,” he said.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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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

By Ojochide Audu

In an effort to combat crime in the state, Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon. Teina Abdulmalik, presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles, to Security Agencies in the State to enhance their operational efficiency in the fight against crime and criminality in Kogi State..


Making the presentation to the benefiting Agencies in Government House, Lokoja the Chairman, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer, Mallam, Aliyu Abubakar Musa, aknowledged the immense efforts and contributions of the Security Agencies to stem criminality in the State.
According to the Chairman, ” Kogi State has witnessed its fair share of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, Cultism and communal crisis, but, our security agencies have been working round the clock to nip them in the bud.
” And with these vehicles, I know that they will do more in that regards. I urge them not to relent in their efforts in ridding the State of all forms of crime”
Abdulmalik, promised that, more operational vehicles would be procured for the security agencies and and appealing to them to ensure regular maintenance of the utility vehicles.
He thanked Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, for providing all the enablement to ensure the State Security Trust Fund achieve its mandates.
Speaking on behalf of the Security Agencies, the Comptroller of Correctional services, Kogi State Command Alhaji Ahmed Musa, lauded the proactive efforts of the Trust Fund, in curbing criminality in the State.
He reiterated the fact that they were motivated by the gesture to redouble their efforts in the fight against crime and pledged that, the vehicles would be maintained to help the government achieve the purpose for which they were meant for.

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

The Nigerian police Kogi State command has described as fake news reports that eighteen (18) traders from Kano travelling to Aba were kidnapped in Kogi State.

This was coming against the backdrop that the Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) had appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.
The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
He indicated that 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.
Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.
He said the kidnapped traders, were from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.
In a swift reaction the Kogi State Police Command indicated that no such incident occurred any where in Kogi State.
In a press statement that was signed by the command public relations officer DSP William Ovye Aya said the news of the purported kidnap of the 18 Kano traders in Kogi State is fake and capable of misleading the public on the Security situation in the State.
“It is pertinent to let the public know that, the Kogi State Police Command in collaboration with other Security agencies is determined to guarantee the protection of lives and property in the State.
“The Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba Ekpeji urges members of the Press as well as social media handlers to always find out the true nature of incident and its location before publishing the story so as not to misinform the general public and create mistrust among the good people of Kogi State and Nigeria in general.”


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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.

The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

No fewer than 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.

Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.

He said the kidnapped traders, were from from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.

“I am appealing to the government and security operatives to do everything possible to rescue our members unharmed.

“Though, the kidnappers have reached out to the families of the abductees demanding for N50 million ransom and they later came down to N27 million before they free all of them” he said (NAN)

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