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Prominent Kogi Lawyer’s wife escapes assassination in Bassa as he raises alarm over threats to his life

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Prominent Kogi Lawyer’s wife escapes assassination in Bassa as he raises alarm over threats to his life

A Prominent lawyer from Kogi State but based in Abuja, Barrister James Onoja has raised alarm over an assassination attempt on his wife Mrs Rosemary Onoja, a chartered accountant. 

He also disclosed that there have been series of threats to his personal life even though he is not a politician aspiring to any office in the State.

The incidence happened at Bassa, along Shintaku -Lokoja-road, after the vehicle conveying her and her police escort was shot at severally by suspected gunmen on Friday evening.

Chief Onoja had in a petition earlier to the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu alleged threat to his life making him to write a petition to the Inspector General of Police on the 8th of April, to address his security situation while visiting the state.

The wife’s Police detail was hurt and wounded by the gunshots. The matter has however been reported at Anyigba Police Station.

James Onoja, a legal practitioner, has been involved in a series philanthropic activities to better the welfare of his people and immediate community.

In a chat with the legal icon, he expressed shock at the attack on his family, saying the matter is however before the state command of the Nigerian Police.

In a message to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police Hamid Busari which was made availlable to the NationalUpdate in Lokoja today he indicated that his wife, driver and the police escort were attacked around Bassa Area on their way from Abuja to attend wedding. 

“The police was wounded and the car was riddled with bullets and not knowing the area very well they ran all the way to the area command Anyigba. 

“The commander and his men refused to attend to them on the ground that it was outside their jurisdiction. No assistance was rendered to the injured police colleague.”

He said the area commander asked his traumatized wife to drive back that night to Bassa police station to report which was like sending them back to the scene to be robbed.

“My wife had to run away as it was obvious the police were not ready to render assistance.”

He said they had to go into hiding due to fear his officers were reluctant to protect them.

“Thank you for your intervention and they are not happy because we reported them. I will make a formal petition to you on this because this has to do with lives here. 

He said he has been receiving several threats even though he is not into politics.

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Aregbesola challenges paramilitary agencies to be proactive on grassroots intelligence against insecurity

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Paramilitary agencies under the Ministry of Interior have been given the marching order to up their ante in intelligence gathering especially in the grassroots and border communities to combat rising insecurity.

The minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, gave the charge during the decoration of senior personnel of the agencies from the ranks of Assistant Controller-Generals, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-General, (ACGs), to the ranks of Deputy Controller-General, Comptroller-Generals and Commandant-Generals, (DCGs), held in Abuja, yesterday.
Intelligence gathering the minister said is instructive and expedient as key ingredients in tackling the security challenges facing the country at moment.

Hence he said the need for the renewed efforts at gathering relevant information, especially at the grassroots is now.
He said “Whenever there is a national discussion on internal security, the interior ministry shiuld be at the centre of it. “Therefore we must maximize grassroots penetration for intelligence gathering.

“At the centre of this grassroots penetration is the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC)because they are well-positioned in our communities and among civilians.”
The minister who said that it is difficult to believe that kidnappers and bandits are able to successfully move large numbers of people into the bushes without anyone noticing, also called on the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS), to protect and guard the territorial integrity of Nigeria’s borders.
He further reiterated that the Nigeria Correctional Service has been declared a red zone and all who threaten to break in or out of the prisons are considered as security threats and would be ruthlessly dealt with.

The chairman of the board of the agencies, Mrs. Aisha Ahmed, in her remarks said the promotion process was rigorous and only those that merited the ranks, were promoted. 
Eight officers were promoted across the agencies; four DCGs in immigration, three DCGs in corrections service and one   DCG in the NSCDC.

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Kogi police Commissioner denies knowledge of any ransome paid for release of abducted council boss

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The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Edeh has said he is not aware any ransome was paid to secure the release of Hon. Pius Kolawole, Yagba West Council Chairman who wad abducted at the weekend.

He spoke while confirming his release.
CP Edeh said the Council Chairman regained his freedom through the combined efforts of the Police other sister agencies, hunters and vigilant men.
According to him, technology was deployed in the rescue operation as well as unrelenting pressure mounted through continued search in the forests.
Edeh indicated that the search which commenced on Saturday, saw his men and the team working round the clock until the Chairman was rescued.
He added that, ” I’m however not in the picture of any ransom payment.
The abducted Council Chairman of Yagba West LGA in Kogi State, Hon. Pius Kolawole regained his freedom from his abductors Wednesday
He was abducted on Saturday evening while returning to Kogi State from Ilorin, Kwara State.
A family source said the Chairman was welcomed and received by jubilant supporters and Family members in his hometown Egbe.
The Council Chairman it was gathered is hale and hearty and has reunited with his family and terming supporters.

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Pro- Buhari group threatens to expose Govs, others who sponsor insecurity, banditry

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A pro Buhari group,  #ISTANDWITTBUHARI has threatened to name all the Governors, other sponsors of violent campaigns that are bent on bringing down President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government and cause ethnic war.
The group gave one month ultimatum within which they expect such evil people to refrain from their activities of causing insecurity in the country or face outright exposure.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja spokesperson of the group honorable Ifeanyi Nonso Ogadimma claimed the group have in their possession some classified information on details of some of the plans put in place by members of the opposition to further politicize the security situation in the country so as to score cheap political goals.
“We also have a list of their names from state governors down to political influencers, youth organizations and clandestine organizations under their payroll through which they wish to unleash more terror in some volatile states especially in the south.”
Ogadinma said have their identity as well as theur residential addresses down to their villages.
“We are therefore giving you until the end of the month the opportunity to immediately disband your private militia groups and henceforth discontinue your sponsorship of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria
“If you refuse to immediately arrest the situation in your respective areas by the end of the month, we will not only expose your identities to the world but also embark in mass action against you in your respective locations.”
Ogadimma said that they would have gone public with the information in their possession but for the security agencies working on it.
The group which stands with Buhari said they will wait till the end of month to take action.

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