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KONGONET urges Kogi govt to end violence against children, enforce laws

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By Friday Idachaba


Kogi Non-Governmental Organisations Network (KONGONET) has called on the Kogi government to end all forms of violence against children and commence enforcement of relevant child protection laws in the state.

The Network which made the call on at its 2nd Quarter 2020 Press Statement on Saturday in Lokoja said the state had witnessed tremendous political, Health, Social and Economic issues between April and June, 2020, this year.

Signed by its chairman, Idris Ozovehe Muraina, the statement said that the Network was a coalition of Civil Society Organisations championing the promotion of participatory democracy, good governance and network coordination for the well-being of Kogites.

The Network urged the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to partner with Ministry of Justice to establish Sex Offenders Register in Kogi State.

It commended the Christian missionaries in Iyale, Dekina Local Government Area, for their efforts in setting up school for the physically challenged.

“We encourage the state government to replicate same across the three senatorial districts of the state to cater for the physical and psychological needs of special persons amongst us.”

On Agriculture, KONGONET noted that the Analysis of the 2020 Agriculture Budget by the Public Financing of Agriculture (PFA) Committee with support from PIBCID/ActionAid Nigeria showed a consistent decline in financial allocations over the years.

The Network regretted that lots of activities planned for the year in the 2020 budget were yet to be implemented even With the the rains at advanced stage saying, “This will pose serious challenge for the State in terms of Food Security and well-being of the citizens.”

On Education, the Network said the State Education Sector had been grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated the need for introduction of a State Education Policy to guide the sector “now, more than ever.”

It said there must be a true, free basic and quality education for children adding that the state school feeding programme must be scaled up and redesigned for better coverage and result.

“However, we appreciate the ingenuity of the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology for launching the e-learning program through state owned radio station”, it added.

On security, the network condemned what it called the senseless attack on Nigerian Police Force out post in Isanlu killing eight (8) police officers including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and three civilians.

It also decried the killing of a well-known business tycoon in the state, Nicholas Ofodile (Chuks Supermarket) by highway robbers as well as the increased reports of rape cases, child abuse/molestations and theft.

The coalition commiserated with the Nigeria Police Force for the loss of its officers and families of the victims who lost their lives in the attack and expressed optimism that the recently launched Community Policing Strategies would address some of the challenges. (NAN)

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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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