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Security operatives attached to the Kogi state government house on Wednesday allegedly brutalised another journalist with Daily Post an on line media publication.
This was coming after similar episode that played out when the Channels Television Cameraman was also brutalised and detained in the Government detention cell more than one month ago.
Mr Wale Odunsi, an editor with an online publication; Daily Post said he was in Lokoja on the invitation of the online media team of the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello headed by Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Joel Odaodu Minister for an online summit held yesterday in Lokoja.
Mr Odunsi said that when he got to the government house gate, security prevented him from gaining access even after disclosing his mission.
At that point, Odunsi explained, “I called Odaudu who came to intervene but this infuriated them the more and one of them by name Ilya Ali slapped him, brought out his gun and threatened to shoot him if he did not leave the gate area.
According him, “I got an invitation from the senior special assistant to the Governor on new media, Odaudu Joel Minister for a social media summit, it was supposed to hold in August but it was rescheduled today being Wednesday October 11, 2017. So when I got the invite on my WhatsApp I confirmed I would be around.
When I came in I called him and he told me.the hotel to check into and I checked in.”
He said yesterday morning the same Odaudu told me to move to Government house where everyone was converging and the rest is the story.
When Contacted, the Senior speecial Assistant to the Governor on new media, Joel Odaodu Minister said that it was not true that Mr Odunsi was brutalised in his presence.
Minister explained that it was true that Mr Odunsi was stopped at the gate for a routine check and that he came to the gate to identify him and pleaded with the security men to allow him but that he Mr Odunsi was abusive.
He also denied that Mr Odunse was ever slapped or threatened to bee shot at.

“I came down to the gate immediately he called me and I witnessed the whole drama,at no time was he threatened, and he was not locked up any where, he did not even entered talk less of being locked up.What annoyed me was the way he was abusing the security men even when I was trying to intervene”Minister explained.

The Kogi State Social Media Summit which was rescheduled for this week, between Wednesday 11 and Thursday October 12, 2017, was taking place major indigenous bloggers were denied invitation.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Sunday in Lokoja indicated that attendance would be “strictly on invitation”, while gatecrashers would be not be allowed access to the venue of the event.
About a 100 social media promoters and bloggers were invited yet most of the 10 bloggers resident in the State were left out of the summit for reasons best known to the organizers.

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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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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

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AIG passes on to the great beyond 14 days to retirement

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 8,Lokoja, Kogi state, Mr Yunana Yukubu Babas has passed on to the great beynd barely 14 days to his retirement.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), for the zone, Inspector Ruth Awi, made the disclosure to newsmwn in Lokoja on Friday.

She indicated that Babas was hail and hearty on Wednesday when he reported in Office and was preparing for his retirement which would have come up in two weeks.
Awi explained further that on getting home, he took ill, adding that when the ailment did not abate, Babas was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre,(FMC), Lokoja for proper medical attention where he gave up the ghost at about 10.30 a.m on Thursday.
It would be recalled that two other police officers attach to the police command in the state, who were on a mission to convey the body of their late colleague from the state to Adamawa state lost their lives in an auto crash.

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Niger Government debunks report of plan to recruit 4,000 Youths to fight insecurity

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The Niger state government has described as baseless and untrue reports in some online media that the state government has concluded plans to recruit about 4,000 youths across the 25 local government areas of the state to fight the security challenge bedeviling the state.

The purported report was credited to the Commissioner for local government, community development and Chieftaincy affairs, Mallam Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji.
However, while dissociating himself from the story through a statement in Minna on Friday, Sarkin Daji said, the report trending in some social media is nothing but fake news adding that it is the imagination of the reporter.
The commissioner said the publication was the creation of the reporter, pointing out that he has not granted any interview or made any public statement to that effect in any forum.
He wondered where the reporter got his facts from.
Sarkin Daji who admitted that the state is faced with serious security challenges, occasioned by the activities of the armed bandits, said the government has no any immediate plan to engage the youths in the fight against armed bandits.
According to Sarkin Daji, while the state government welcomes the idea of the state policing to compliment the efforts of security agencies who have remained committed to the fight against armed bandits and other criminal elements across the state, the government has not approved the engagement of youths to fight insecurity.
The commissioner who expressed the commitment of the government to ending the activities of the armed bandits in the state, disclosed that over 2,000 local vigilantes have been mobilized across the state to compliment the efforts of the security joint TaskForce combating armed Banditry in the state.
He therefore urged the public to disregard the said publication, stressing that the state government will continue to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state to enable them win the war against armed bandits and other form of criminalities in the state.

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