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My life is in danger Kogi Deputy Governor raises alarm

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My life is in danger Kogi Deputy Governor raises alarm

By John Akubo

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State elder Simon Achuba has raised alarm over his safety as he appealed to the Inspector General of Police to wade into his ordeal at the moment whereby his ADC, police orderly and other police aids have been withdrawn without any cogent reason.
Governor Yahaya Bello and his deputy who emerged by Providence after the sudden death of late Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC Governorship candidate for the 2015 election in the state have since been at loggerheads leading to the severance of some of his deputy’s benefits.
Speaking at a press conference at his official residence in Lokoja by the Government house yesterday Achuba alleged that his security details were summoned to Government House for security briefing just as he was about to travel to his village for the botched election.
According to him, while he tried to reach out to them the ADC to the Governor also summoned his own ADC and his police Orderly.
Having waited in vain for them to return he said he put a call through only to discover their lines were not reachable.
According to him he later learnt that they were detained and being interrogated on some gunrunning charges to which they were asked to make statements at the OC SARS office in Government House.
He explained that since that Friday he has not seen them adding that they have been in detention.
Achuba said he called the Commissioner of Police to inform him of what was going on, and he promised he was going to attend to it.
“I called at About 3pm he stopped picking my calls. So I forwarded a text to him and I told him that if anything happens to me or any member of my family or aids he is aware of it because I know for sure that police are not under the authority of any Governor or his deputy.
“It is an organization set up by the Nigerian nation under the constitution to ensure safety of lives and property
“I traveled home and I came back yesterday, this morning I also called the commissioner of police to let him know that my police aids were not on duty and he asked if I was sure adding that he was going to call the ADC to find out.
“All that I believe he was pretending because for sure the police aids of the Governor and his deputy are under the authority of the CP.
“As I am talking to you I am not sure if he instructed the ADC to return them. I want to suspect that all my police aids are in Government house, whether they are in detention not I cannot say sincerely but they are not here as you can see now.
He use the opportunity to call on the IG of police to ensure that law and order is seen to be followed in Kogi State.
The deputy Governor charged the IG to ensure that his right to security is in place, to ensure that harrassment of innocent citizens in Kogi State is stopoed, that the peace needed in the land is sustained.
“When God gives to any man the previllege to lead a people such privilleges should not be taken for granted. The people should not be hunted as if they are your game that you have the right to terminate their lives as at when you like.
“As I am speaking my life is in danger because I cannot understand why my security personel can be withdrawn on the eve of an election.
“As a member of the APC what level of division or misunderstanding can lead to that. I have been in Kogi State political terrain for the past 22 years from the Local Government to becoming a Deputy Governor I have never seen this type.”
“This is worrisome, this is very disturbing, this is not the Kogi of our dream. My advise is that security agents should not succumb to individual political interest.
“There is no man that can be a force on the people, God is the one that can enthrone and dethrone. If you force yourself upon the throne definitely you will be dethroned.
“So when we have the favor to be enthroned let us have the fear God and love the people and care for them and do the will of the people because if we do the will of the people we will have no fear as to what the people will do against us.
“All that we need for them to follow us is to demonstrate love towards all and when there is no love there would be a rejection or desertation.
“If you do things and you are wrong it is important that you appologise”
Achuba also made reference to the fact that electricity and water sources to his residence have since been severed, his salaries allowances and impress withheld for more than one year.
The commissioner of police CP Hakeem Busari in reaction said Achuba contacted him and he told him he was going to look into the matter adding that he was working on it to know what to do.
“I want to contact the ADC to the Governor why the deputy governor’s details were withdrawn. I spoke to the deputy governor I think this morning that I was going to do something about.
“There’s no problem. He requested for two extra policemen prior to the withdrawal of his details. I don’t know if those two were given to him before the withdrawal of his details.”
“We post policemen to Government House but I think it’s the ADC to Governor who is the person in charge of security at the Government House. He posts them. There is no problem.
“We will send two policemen there pending when the issue will be resolved.”

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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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