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Senator Ogembe accuses Gov Bello of sposoring thugs to disrup/destroy empowerment program/materials

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Senator Ogembe accuses Gov Bello of sposoring thugs to disrup/destroy empowerment program/materials

The senator representing Kogi Central senatorial district has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of the State of sponsoring thugs and Policemen to destroy over N200 million worth empowerment materials meant for distribution to his constituents.
Ogembe said his multi-million Naira empowerment programme at Ageva on Okene-Ogori-Magongo road that included
cars, motorcycles, sewing machines and other materials for empowerment was disrupted last Saturday by political thugs alleged to be sponsored by the Governor.
Ogembe who made the accussation while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja described the situation as dangerous saying that it would only create anarchy in the state if not checked.
He said the intimidation and harassment of opposition party members in the State was becoming unbearable saying that it will result to breakdown of law and order if the Buhari Government fails fail to call Bello to order.
Ogembe called on the Federal Government to wade in and address the incessant harassment and intimidation of members of the opposition party in Kogi.

He explained that before the commencement of the empowerment program at Ageva on Okene-Ogori-Magongo road disrupted on Saturday he applied and got approval from the Inspector General of police (IGP) for security.
He said h also notified the Commissioner of Police in the state as well as the Divisional Police officer in the Local Government.

“We also sent letters to the Commissioner, the area Commander and the DPO and we have the acknowledgements. We discussed on phone and they assured us they will provide enough security.

“The DPO did his best but the Area Commander messed up the first empowerment program, I was talking to him almost on a daily bases about three times.

“But after putting up the rostrum they came in the night before the programme and burnt the vehicle we used in conveying the rostrum to the venue around 1:40am.

He said that the matter was reported to the police and the Area Commander said there was tension in the place only for the Local Government Administrator to come later to say the senator did not seek the governor’s permission and neither was he consulted before holding the programme.

The senator said it took the intervention of the military to quell the hostilities between the people and the thugs however, most of the materials meant for the people were stolen by by the armed thugs.

“I only brought empowerment to my people to make sure I shared the materials so that everybody can leave with their own items and they came to disorganized the program and they started stealing and vandalizing the materials”, he said.

Ogembe wondered what would happen by the time the ban on political activities were lifted, “Are they saying we must go and get permission from the Governor before we can hold rally? It has never happened.

The senator stated that the State Government was conniving with the police and the thugs to intimidate opposition and called on the Federal Government to stop the dangerous trend.

“After any program they will go to PDP members houses and start stoning and harassing them, that is what the Administrators of Adavi and Okehi are doing basically now. The Governor should know the extent of his power.

Reacting to the allegations, Jibril Abu, APC state Publicity Secretary, said It must be recalled that sometime in March, this year, similar thing happened and the State Government did not only condemn the act but sent delegates to appease and pacify the aggrieved and Sen. Ogembe over the unfortunate incidence.

“One will however question the sanity of anybody that will link such kind of act to Governor Yahaya Bello. Senator Ogembe was given a red flag by the security operatives when the information got to them that he was coming to Okene to conduct empowerment program.

“However, Sen. Ogembe decided to trust his thugs and act against a clear warning from the appropriate authority. One is shocked that a law maker would go out of his way to promote and encourage lawlessness in his constituency.

“From the insider report, PDP thugs loyal to Sen. Ogembe manipulated the volatile security situation to cause mayhem in order to attract public sympathy to their principal”, he said.

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

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Though we stand with #ENDSARS protesters we are not shutting down petrol intallations -NUPENG

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says thought it is in solidarity with with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality, the union had not directed any shutdown of fuel stations or other oil installations in the country. 

It’s Chairman,  Lagos Operation of NUPENG,  Comrade Tayo Aboyeji confirmed this in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday and made available to newsmen.

According  to him, “We wish to state that the leadership of NUPENG stands with all well meaning Nigerians in the protest against police brutality and bad governance however no organ of the Union has ordered the shutting down of fuel stations.
“We sincerely empathised with all victims of police brutality in the country.
Aboyeji expressed NUPENG’s  support for the Nigerian youths in their call for police reforms.

He said “NUPENG stands with Nigerian youths against police brutality and calls for immediate and far reaching police reforms as our members are as well victims of police brutality and abuses through extortion, detention, harassment and intimidation nationwide.

“Meanwhile, no organ of our union has ordered shutting down of fuel stations or oil installations.

“We sincerely empathise with all victims of police brutality, including our members across the country and we peacefully join all well-meaning Nigerians to say police brutality must stop!”

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Youths in Niger Protest Bad Roads, Poor Electricity Supply, Banditry

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Youths in Niger Protest Bad Roads, Poor Electricity Supply, Banditry

Hundreds of Youths on Saturday morning took to the major roads in Minna, Niger State capital to protested the poor supply of electricity by the Abuja Electricity Development Company (AEDC), and bad federal roads across the state.

The Youths also demanded for the reform of the Nigeria Police and putting an end to the lawlessness of men of the now dissolved Special anti robbery squad (SARS).

They equally challenged the governments to take tangible actions to stop banditry and kidnapping across the state.

They matched through the major roads in Minna the state capital carrying placards with different captions, chanting war songs and dancing.

Most of the barners have inscriptions such as #Save Niger State” with riders such as “End banditry”, “End, bad roads” “End “AEDC”.,” End Insecurity Now” “End rape” “End Bokoharam”.

The protest which was organised by “Coalition of Northern Youth Groups” Niger State chapter was later joined by some artists.

The convener of the protest one Mohammed Mohammed said their action was not in connection with the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protest, but to “seek government’s attention in tackling the peculiar challenges that Niger State is confronted with.

“It is unfortunate that despite the contributions being made by Niger State to the federal government, particularly the four hydro power dams situated in the state, the presence of the federal government has not been felt in our state.

“Power supply has been erratic, thereby slowing down economic growth in Niger State as youths who are into entrepreneurship cannot sustain their businesses” Mohammed said while addressing the protesters.

He warned that if action is not taken Youths in the state will shut the three dams and block articulated vehicles from all federal roads in the state.

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Poor State Of Federal Roads: Buhari Has Failed Us In Niger – APC Chieftain Cries Out

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Poor State Of Federal Roads; Buhari Has Failed Us In Niger – APC Chieftain Cries Out

A Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Special Adviser to Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello on political affairs, Mallam Nma Kolo has expressed concern over the deplorable condition of Federal Roads in the state.

He concluded that despite the overwhelming support the state gave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which saw the enthronement of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019, the state has not felt any federal presence, especially in the area of road.
“There is no better ward to put than to say that the President has failed the people of Niger state despite the overwhelming support he had enjoyed from state in 2015 and 2019 elections”.
Nma Kolo believed that after securing the votes of the people of the state in the two elections, the President decided to turn his back and has failed to fulfill any of his campaign promises to the people of the state.
Most worrisome, the Special Adviser pointed out is the condition of the federal roads that traverse the state which he said are in the worst state of disrepair, making lives miserable to motorists and commuters.
Nma Kolo who spoke to newsmen in Minna following the continued trailer and Tanker Gridlock on the Suleja-Minna and Minna-Bida highway, making lives miserable for both motorists and commuters, described Niger state as a “Key state” with 75,353 kilometers of federal roads, cutting across about 15 local government areas of the state.
He pointed out that “the deplorable conditions of the roads have continued to cause untold hardships on the people including commuters”.
According to him, “It is regrettable that despite the importance of its location, Niger State cannot boast of good road networks. Federal Roads or better still, Trunk A roads in the state have become death traps”.
Kolo described as unacceptable, the blind eyes Buhari has turned to the condition of federal roads, saying that the only federal roads passable in the state at the moment are those constructed by the Premier of the then Northern region.
“These scenario should not be happening in Niger state given its much importance and contributions to the development of the country.
“It is important for us to note that the federal presence for roads in Niger state is nothing to write home about” Kolo further declared.
Kolo observed also that many investors local and foreign that would have wanted to invest in the state as a result of the favourable climate created by the governor Abubakar Sani Bello government have continued to drag their feet because of the bad roads.
“We seek that Niger state should not be left alone to be taken over by flooding and bad roads which are endangering the lives of our people daily, the state has lost a lot due to this, investors will have more confidence with better road networks, there will be more connection for the country if Niger state works and this is our appeal to the government”
It could be recalled that Niger state government recently closed all its roads against articulated vehicles when these vehicles became serious obstruction to the construction of the Minna-Bida road but was later reopened to the intervention by the presidency.
The contractor handling the road project has already presented a bill of over N15m to the government as compensation for the damage done to the aspect of the roads it has already constructed and damaged by these articulated vehicles even when the federal government has not shown signs that it will honour the agreement reached with governor Abubakar Sani Bello before the roads were reopened
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