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Melaye ordeal: Embattled Kogi Senator appreciates Nigerians for standing by him

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The Senator representing Kogi West Dino Melaye has expressed profound appreciation to all Nigerians who stood by him during his ordeal in the hands of the police over trumped up charges that kept him in hospital detention for about two weeks.
He said he was at the rock bottom of a solid ground and a dead-end street.
The senator is standing trial for allegation on gunrunning and conspiracy to cause mischief in the 2019 general election along with two others who named him as their sponsors.
According to him it was a turning around point for him.
In his words, “In the last few weeks, I have been taken to the good solid ground at the rock bottom and they couldn’t go further. I have been brought to the dead-end street but with you standing by my side, I have turned around and bounced back to the chagrin of those who sought to seal my lips from speaking out against tyranny, politics of oppression and blackmail.” “They, unleashed an endless barrage of physical, psychological, metaphysical and emotional torture and assault on me, but, through the power of the Most High, and you the good people of Nigeria, we have once again, seen the triumph of truth over lies and good over evil.”
The senator quoted Edmund Burke saying that when bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, … in a contemptible struggle.
“I am of all men, a blessed man, to have courageous and dependable people like you as my fellow soldiers in the struggle to free us from the shackles of political strongholds and tyranny.
“It is to you and my most wonderful and ever knowledgeable people of Kogi State, especially Kogi West, that I owe my deepest gratitude.”

He said Nigerians stood by him against the state and tgeir own ‘best political self-interest’.
Continuing he said, the state unleashed its raw power on him and released a 200 man-strong fully armed policemen – on him without any weapon.
He said his sin that he spoke against injustice and called it by its name as he insiated there must be accountability.
“For this they sought to break my spirit and destroy me permanently. In their moment of reign, I was fully shackled.
“With my hands tied to my back, and hurled into a dark solitary confinement waiting for the butchers knife, you, my people stood by me.” Melaye indicated that Nigerians that stood by him did that against a raging fire and stood up against tyranny, lies, filthy lucre, injustice, persecution and greed.
“While in the dark and unable to fight for myself, they sought to take my mandate, which you had freely given to me. But you answered back and quenched deceit in its wake.
“You stood resolute and unflinching and defended your mandate to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
He said in their attempt to break him, they have made him stronger.
The senator extoled the senate President irremovable President as a true fighter for the enthronement of true democracy and the rule of law.
For the speaker of the House of representatives he described as fearless He thanked them both for their steadfastness in the defence of the Nigerian Constitution and the enthronement of the Rule of Law, justice and equity and the emasculation of anti-democratic forces and tyranny everywhere in Nigeria.
“To the entire National Assembly Membership, especially my colleagues in the Senate, I am eternally indebted to you for not playing politics but standing courageously against oppression and terror. You have shown yourself leaders on whom Nigeria’s hope for tomorrow can be assured.
He also lauded the governors, ministers, the Okun people and leaders, the National Chairman and Kogi State Executive of the PDP, leaders of the Diplomatic Corps, opinion leaders, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, Chief Ricky Tarfa SAN, human rights lawyers and activists, and all his well-wishers and lovers of democracy in Nigeria.

Others he extolled included the Christians and Muslim Communities, that visited him in the National Hospital, after he was injured and subsequently detained at the hospital.
“I thank you all for your steadfastness in the defence of due process and the rule of law. I also thank you for your courage and solidarity.”
The civil society leadership Our ever foresighted and courageous civil society leadership, the media, leaders of thought across the country, the hard working youth were not left out as he praised them for their courage and steadfastness.
He said he remain unbowed as they have only strengthened his resolve and hardened his flesh against those who seek to devour and make meat of him.

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Kogi mourns death of first class chief, Okwutachi

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first class chief, Okwutachi

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has expressed shock over the passage of a First Class paramount ruler of Abocho in Dekina Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Tijani Okutachi.

The Royal Father passed on to the great beyond  on the 28 November,2020 at the age of 61 following an illness.

Governor Bello in a condelence message issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed described the the Royal Father as a great promoter of peace and unity amongst his subjects.

According to him, the passage of the paramount ruler happening months after that of the Attah Igala, Dr Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, was one tragedy too many for the Igala kingdom in particular and Kogi State as a whole.

He said the 20-year reign of the paramount ruler on the throne, has no doubt attracted significant developments and progress to his people.

Bello said the paramount ruler would be greatly missed for his royal counsels, fatherly guidance and various contributions for the overall good of the state.

He prayed God to grant his soul Aljannah firdaus and fortitude for his family to bear the loss.

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Senator Abbo eulogises Nuhu Ribadu as a worthy mentor at 60

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Senator Abbo eulogises  Nuhu Ribadu as a worthy mentor at 60

By Joseph Sunday

The senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district Elisha Abbo has taken to his facebook page to Eulogise Nuhu Ribadu describing him as a worthy boss as he celebrates his 60th birthday.
The senate who described the former EFCC boss as a detribalized NIgerian said Nigeria is Lucky to have him.
He recalled his own personal political trajectory which he said had a lot in connection  with the former presidential candidate of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) whom he served as personal assistant, special assistant and more of personal Confidant.

“In 2010, I resigned my appointment as Special Adviser to the Governor of Adamawa state to join your team as a volunteer.

“Eventually I became your personal assistant (PA) then Special Assistant (SA) and much more  – personal confidant (PC).

“Infact a day before you came back from exile, I met Mr. Falana Falana SAN in his Ikeja Office, three of us received you in the Airport in Lagos that’s your elder brother (Dan Galadima), your younger brother Ismaila and myself.
“Since your Hotel room key was with me, I took you to your room in Protea Hotel Ikeja, Lagos. “The next day we went to Babcock University where you were Honored with a  Doctorate Degree ( Honoris Causa)”
Abbo said he was so close to him that he holds his phones, drive with him in the same cars, organize his diary, fly in the same plane with him sometimes private jets borrowed from his friends like Alhaji Dangote, Senator Andy Uba, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu among others. 
He said against the wish of Ribadu he Police Details and Security on him in 2011 when he met the then Commissioner of Police of FCT ( Mr Sinaba) and requested for police protection.

“I remembered how you tongue lashed me for three days for bringing police to your house without your authorization.”

The senate said he lived an honest simple life adding that he always committed his life in the hands of God Almighty. “You are one of the most connected and respected Nigerians alive. What a man!!!”

“Few days ago we met on a flight to Yola and also met the next day in the Church in Mubi during the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Ambassador @Kevinpeter where you delivered a powerful speech about love Unity and Trust.”
He said the thought provoking admonition held the church spell bound when his words changed a lot that day. 

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Activist calls for removal of Kogi HOS, NLC says continued stay illegal

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Activist calls for removal of Kogi HOS, NLC says continued stay illegal


By Friday Idachaba
Human Rights activist, Mr Idris Miliki, has called on Kogi Government to immediately remove Mrs Deborah Ogunmola as the state Head of Service (HOS) for perpetuating herself in office for two years after retirement.

Miliki who is also the Executive Director of Kogi-based Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lokoja.

The activist described the continued stay in office of the Head of Service as “fraudulent, illegal, unconstitutional, immoral, an abuse of office and unjustifiable.”

He called on Kogi state government which he described as “a product judicial process”, to immediately remove the HOS as every action carried out by her since the expiration of her tenure amounted to illegality.

Miliki also called on the the Organised Labour to ignore forthwith, in all ramifications, her directives and actions as the occupant of that office as doing otherwise would amount to perpetuating illegality.

In similar vein, Mr Onuh Edoka, chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said Mrs Ogunmola had exceeded the statutory 35 years of service.

Edoka pointed out that it was ironical for Ogunmola to set aside the same circular she signed prohibiting contract appointments saying, “No retired civil servant would be given contract appointment.”

According to him, the HOS signed the circular herself and had now turned around to perpetuate herself in office claiming to be on contract appointment, an abnormality she sought to correct in the state civil service.

The labour leader therefore, appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to appoint a new Head of Service to supervise the activities of the state civil service.

He explained that keeping Ogunmola in office, “when she would have retired two years ago” amounted to disservice to qualified and hardworking staff whose elevation her continued stay in office had hindered.

Edoka said Kogi state civil servants could no longer be ruled by a retired HOS saying, “There are many Permanent Secretaries and other qualified civil servants who can do the job even better.

“What we are saying is for the government to see reason with workers and do the needful by allowing her to commence her retirement”, Edoka added. (NAN)

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