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Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has expressed grieve over the death of Dr. Yima Sen that took place in Abuja on Tuesday October 06, 2020.
The forum in a Statement that was signed and issued by its National Publicity Secretary Dr Isuwa Dogo, said the news of the death
came to them as a rude shock.
“It brought feelings of grave loss as we reminisce about his active participation with other organisations and human rights bodies to emancipate ethnic nationalities from the bondage of injustice.

“We recall with melancholy Dr Sen’s indelible footprints in the activities of our Forum when he served as the National Secretary of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF).
“The unsurpassed energies he brought to bear in the daily discharge of his duties, in collaboration with other national officers, assisted tremendously in creating a separate identity for our ethnic nationalities that were and still victims of violence and various forms of discriminatory practices.

“As an academic of global repute and an activist of an insurmountable standing, Dr. Sen unleashed his inexhaustible intellectual energies in beaming constant searchlight on the myriad of forces working against the development of the Nigerian nation.”
The statement indicated that early in life, he was appointed the Special Assistant to Dr. Chuba Okadigbo who was then the Special Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari on Political Matters during the Second Republic.
“Apart from engaging in active politics, the Benue-born intellectual giant cum activist who, until his death was a senior academic with the Baze University, Abuja, was a well sought after speaker in various fora in recognition of his cerebral disposition.

“As an advocate for peace and development, our former scribe never left anyone in doubt of his commitment to national development and rallying people across ethnic, religious and religious divides for the common good.
“He saw government as a tool that could be deployed for the overall good of the greater majority.”
The communication specialist the statement indicated, was also involved in many organisations aimed at the resolution of issues in a bid to engender and promote peaceful co-existence.
All these he did while seeking to achieve the advancement of our communities in the Middle Belt Region it further stated.
Continuing, the statement said,
“Our Forum is profoundly pained by the death of Dr. Sen who was unwavering towards ensuring a new dawn for his nation that was and still under the yoke of underdevelopment and forces of injustice. In death, we are proud of his indelible and inspiring records as a consummate intellectual and illustrious son of the Middle Belt Region.

“During this period of grief, our prayers and thoughts are with members of his immediate family as we call on the Almighty God to grant them fortitude to bear the pains over this irreparable loss.
“The Forum wishes to express its condolences to the people and Government of Benue State under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom over this tragic loss.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor David Umahi to speak up over a viral picture of a multi-billion Naira hotel located in Rivers state, allegedly named after Osborn Umahi.

The association expressed concern that the governor had maintained the sealed lips since the images of the said Port-Harcourt Osborn La Palm Hotel went viral on the social media.

The hotel which is almost completed is said to be worth about N40 billion.

In a statement released to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, by its President, Amb Pascal Oluchukwu, urged the anti-graft agencies to begin to gather their facts and evidences in case of any fow play.

According to AESID, the said hotel is located in the heart of the oil-rich city of Port-Harcourt, Rivers state specifically at No. 3 Olaka Street, off Abacha Road, G.R.A, Port-Harcourt has a roof-top swimming pool and a Presidential Penthouse as one of its many special features.

The statement said: “The fact that the said hotel project started just in 2016 is even more worrisome for the indigenes of a state like Ebonyi where endemic and anthropogenic poverty is the order of the day, having been accurately ranked the poorest state in the entire Southern Nigeria and the 3rd poorest among the 36 States of the Nigerian Federation.

“Our position on this revelation is that Governor Umahi must speak up on this monumental allegations within 24 hours and the anti-graft agencies should begin to gather their facts and evidences aright and await the days of reckoning, knowing that immunity protects him from being prosecuted by the Nigerian government even at this point.”

The Ebonyi governance and accountability platform said: “We believe it should be wisdom for Governor Wike to revoke the land where the said hotel is situated especially if Umahi fails to open-up on these weighty allegations against his person.”

Reacting to the spate of insecurity in the state, AESID said its deeply worried that the political actors, have continued to heat up the polity by dispensing mindless violence, killing and maiming innocent and helpless Ebony citizens particularly those in opposition parties.

“To this end therefore, AESID, again calls on the Police and indeed, all heads of intelligent security agencies to uncover and nip these killings in the bud and bring all perpetrators of these heinous attacks to book no matter how highly placed.”

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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