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Onukaba: More tributes from Tom Adaba, Senator Kadiri and former Kogi acting Governor

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Onukaba: More tributes from Tom Adaba, Senator Kadiri and former Kogi acting Governor

Veteran broadcaster Tom Adaba and Senator Alex Kadiri could not conceal their emotion yesterday when they paid glowing tributes to the late ex-MD of Daily Times who they both described as associate and close confidant of more than two decades.
While Adaba in an emotion laden voice regretted that he had to die at a time he was expecting him to edit the new book he was putting together senator Kadiri amidst intermittent sobs said he was broken down since the news of the death of his friend filtered in on Monday.
According to Adaba they have come a long way right from when he was in the US and he returned to Nigeria.
“He was quite a prolific writer, a poet, a dramatist and editor. That shows you how much he is into various forms of arts and he has been so dedicated to each and everyone of these, he was multi talented and it was such a shame that we are losing him at this material time but God alone knows so we surrender everything to him.
“He is been so wonderful and as a matter of fact the book I am writing now he is the one I chose as my editor but I was so shocked when I heard of it yesterday that he was gone and to an accident for that matter.”
He said Nigerian roads are consuming too many human lives, saying the death of a great professional, great writer, prolific editor such as Ojo was not particularly funny.
“This is a serious indictment on us as a people in this country that until now we are still battling with roads, battling with road blocks, we are still battling with armed robbers.
“If the roads were good what business do armed robbers have being on the road, it would have been a free flow of traffic, but we don’t have that and it is such a great shame, it is an indictment on our security apparatus but what do we do.”
Senator Kadiri said he was a very personal friend adding that he is one of the people from Kogi who will tell a story that anyone can believe.
“I talk with him a lot and there is no week we don’t talk. He is one of the front line politicians in Kogi State and he even participated in the last APC primary election as an aspirant and we have been discussing our State and whoever he is now he will be turning in his grave.
“I know that he had a stake in the creation of Kogi State. I have not been myself since yesterday when the news of his death broke out, I have not been to work, I have not been able to do anything.”
Looking at the scenario of his death and the security situation, he said there was no point over flogging the issue if security as it is very bad across the country.
“There is no State I can tell you now that is safe and secure. I think that is what President Buhari has been trying to fight but there have been so many devils on the ground for him to step on.
“People are fighting back, corruption is fighting back and they are increasing in number. I don’t think that is the proper way for OnukabaOjo to die but God knows best.”
Senator Kadiri said he knew him for more than 20 years and related closely with him for at least 10years.
“If we have to honor people of integrity who are hard working, if we have to honor people who are incorrigible then Onukaba should be one of them not this idea of naming one school or college and so on after people who have done nothing except stealing Government money and making noise all over the place.
“I don’t want him to be put in that bracket please. All he had wanted for Kogi is for the State to develop as it is in other States with the right calibre of staff and personal. Kogi could be compared to Osun State, Ekiti, Gombe, these are States that were created at the same time with Kogi.”
He said they are States that collect about the same amount of money from the federation account and the same amount of Internally Generated Revenue.
“When you go to these States and you return to Lokoja or Kogi you will be ashamed, the fact that Onukaba was not able to make any change and died under this circumstance he must be turning in his grave.”

A former acting Governor of the State who was also a speaker of the State House of Assembly Abdullahi Bello said his death is a big loss to the Ebira Nation, Kogi State and Nigeria at large, we are going to miss him a lot.
He said based on his principle of a free and egalitarian society to herald a common sense of unity and purpose, his demise has truncated that vision because he is man with that vision.
However he said it is left for those who are at the helm of affairs now whether they have such vision or plans.
“Security is one of the greatest challenges since the advent of this current democratic dispensation. It is very worrisome that since 1999 the country has been unable to evolve a security package that could have taken care of issues like this.”
“If the transportation system were very effective he would have taken a flight from Abuja to Abeokuta and returned through the same mode but having decided to follow the road transport definitely this type of unfortunate happening is expected.”
He challenged the Government of the day on their need to look into the security situation, social welfare package to keep the criminals busy and off the roads.
Bello pointed out that when people are engaged definitely they would not take up arms against their fellow citizens.

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions.
The president in a recorded national broadcast told the youths that their voice has been heard loud and clear and his administration is responding.
He therefore called for calm amidst the arsons and clashes that have ended the peaceful street protests of young Nigerians protesting against police brutality.
“I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,”
The President however, downplayed the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos as he failed to mention the episode in his speech.
The government security forces, including the army, alledgelly fired live ammunition on protesters in Lekki toll-gate on Tuesday with fatalities.

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Corruption allegations against the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir are false, blatant lies being orchestrated by his political enemies, the Bauchi State Coalition Against Financial Crimes and Injustice (BACAFCI) has said.

The National Chairman of BACAFCI Mallam Bibi Dogo stated this on Sunday while fielding questions from newsmen in Bauchi in reaction to the recent petition  filed by alleged stakeholders from Bauchi State.
The group had accused the Governor of corruptly enriching himself and mal administration in the State as reported in some media.
Dogo indicated that the coalition received a copy of the petition which it has studied but found no tangible evidence but blatant lies with the sole aim of bringing the government to disrepute out of envy of his track records and successes.

Dogo who brought dozens of documents in defense of Governor Bala said the anti graft group BACAFCI cleared Bala on all the allegations after they studied the petitions filed by the socalled stakeholders before the Economic Financial Crime Commission EFCC.
Dogo explained further that the allegations of loans for the Purchase of 3.5bn official vehicles for the Political office holders are unfounded as all due processes were followed in the award of the contract.
He said the contract for their purchase was approved by the State House of Assembly through House resolution via a letter sent by the government and duly signed by the clerk of the House Umar Yusuf Gital with reference number BASHA/POL/S/13/VOL.XIX/203 dated 17/July/2019.
He said  the contract was awarded to an indigene of the State after it followed the normal scrutiny where certificate of no objection was issued to the company before it was awarded the contract.
Dogo observed that from their findings, all cars were supplied and put to use by the beneficiaries in the best interest of the State.

He said the allegations that Governor Bala is a director in one of the companies which Bauchi Government patronized is not true as the Governor had resigned his position in the company on 1st May 2019 adding that he was not a Governor at that time because he had not taken the oath of office.
He said their findings were confirmed through Corporate Affairs Commission CAC form no 51180 on the particulars of Directors.

The Chairman also indicated that allegations of awarding road contracts, Building of Palaces, Workshops, assistance to pilgrims, supply of School Uniforms to out of School children, children meals by the government, are all genuine projects that everyone with sincere mind can see.
“Where anyone is in doubt he can go to the relevant government agencies to confirm and verify.
On the issue of School Uniforms and meals for out of school children he said the contract for the supply of uniforms was awarded to the indigenes of the State after due process and the uniforms was supplied.
Dogo indicated that the project was aimed at reducing the number of out of School children, while the Workshop was carried out in the best interest of the state at minimal cost. 

Even the issue of ghost workers, he pointed out that it was Governor Bala who held a public hearing with all stake holders on the issue he is working hard to bring sanity to the system to free some resources and employ more people in to the state Civil Service. 

He said the petitioners were either ignorant of how government operates or it was born outof malice.
“They just decided to paint the governor black due to the large number of physical projects he has execute that has developed the state.

Bibi Dogo said many of the allegations are not directly linked to the Governor but some Civil Servants whom the petitioners didn’t care to accused but the Governor that is making effort to rebuild the State through the provision of genuine infrastructures.

He advised them to always cross check their facts and offer only constructive criticisms not blatant lies.

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