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Vote buying is an indictment on Government says Ata Igala

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Vote buying is an indictment on Government says Ata Igala

Vote buying an electoral malpractice which is gaining ground in recent elections in the nation’s history is an indictment on government, that poverty has become widespread in the country, the Chairman, Kogi State Traditional Council, HRM Idakwo Michael Amaboni II, the Ata Igala has said.
The Ata who spoke during an interactive session between the commission and the traditional rulers in the state challenged the electoral umpire to do the needful by ensuring that the 2019 elections is better than that of 2015.
For him, he said the issue of vote buying should be the concern of every Nigerians,
“Vote buying is as a result of poverty in the country. We are also appealing to government at all levels to address the factors that gave rise to the recent issue of vote buying as it is not healthy for the nation’s democracy ” the royal father advised.
Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Professor James Apam had appealed to traditional rulers to use their position to sensitize the electorate on the need for them to come out and claim their PVCs
Apam who spoke against the background that a whooping 261,917 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) are lying unclaimed less than one month to the 2019 general elections.

According to him “The figure is outrageous considering the importance of elections. This is worrisome and the commission is urging the traditional rulers in the state to assist us talk to the people because their power to elect the candidates of their choice lies with the PVC”
On the spate of politicalitically motivated violence before the general election in Kogi state, the REC warned those in the habbit of destroying posters and billboards of candidates for the elections to desist, saying “This action will not help us to achieve violence free elections”

Apam said the commission has put everything im place to tackle the menace of vote buying even as he appealed to the royal fathers to sensitize their subjects against vote buying during elections.
The State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) mallam Mohammed Abdullahi Othman in his speech attributed the current problems bedeviling the nation to the breakdown of our core values which has been jettison by the people for many years.

“According to him “The long cherished and time honoured virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work, puntuality, good behaviour and partotism are gradually giving way to dishonesty, indolence and wide spread impunity and all kinds of lawlessness.

“The resultant effect of this derailment in our value system is being felt in the social, political and economic spere”

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

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Abdulmalik presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles to security agencies in Kogi

By Ojochide Audu

In an effort to combat crime in the state, Chairman, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon. Teina Abdulmalik, presents 23 refurbished operational vehicles, to Security Agencies in the State to enhance their operational efficiency in the fight against crime and criminality in Kogi State..


Making the presentation to the benefiting Agencies in Government House, Lokoja the Chairman, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer, Mallam, Aliyu Abubakar Musa, aknowledged the immense efforts and contributions of the Security Agencies to stem criminality in the State.
According to the Chairman, ” Kogi State has witnessed its fair share of criminal activities ranging from kidnapping, Cultism and communal crisis, but, our security agencies have been working round the clock to nip them in the bud.
” And with these vehicles, I know that they will do more in that regards. I urge them not to relent in their efforts in ridding the State of all forms of crime”
Abdulmalik, promised that, more operational vehicles would be procured for the security agencies and and appealing to them to ensure regular maintenance of the utility vehicles.
He thanked Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, for providing all the enablement to ensure the State Security Trust Fund achieve its mandates.
Speaking on behalf of the Security Agencies, the Comptroller of Correctional services, Kogi State Command Alhaji Ahmed Musa, lauded the proactive efforts of the Trust Fund, in curbing criminality in the State.
He reiterated the fact that they were motivated by the gesture to redouble their efforts in the fight against crime and pledged that, the vehicles would be maintained to help the government achieve the purpose for which they were meant for.

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

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Kogi State Police Command debunks reports that 18 Kano traders were Kidnapped in Kogi

The Nigerian police Kogi State command has described as fake news reports that eighteen (18) traders from Kano travelling to Aba were kidnapped in Kogi State.

This was coming against the backdrop that the Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) had appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.
The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
He indicated that 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.
Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.
He said the kidnapped traders, were from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.
In a swift reaction the Kogi State Police Command indicated that no such incident occurred any where in Kogi State.
In a press statement that was signed by the command public relations officer DSP William Ovye Aya said the news of the purported kidnap of the 18 Kano traders in Kogi State is fake and capable of misleading the public on the Security situation in the State.
“It is pertinent to let the public know that, the Kogi State Police Command in collaboration with other Security agencies is determined to guarantee the protection of lives and property in the State.
“The Commissioner of Police Ede Ayuba Ekpeji urges members of the Press as well as social media handlers to always find out the true nature of incident and its location before publishing the story so as not to misinform the general public and create mistrust among the good people of Kogi State and Nigeria in general.”


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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

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Association appeals to FG, security operatives to rescue kidnapped traders in Kogi

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to the Federal Government and security operatives to rescue its members, kidnapped along Okene-Auchi road in Kogi.

The President of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

No fewer than 27 traders of Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on their way to Aba town in Abia State.

Abbas explained that the traders left Kano for Aba for their legitimate businesses before they were kindnapped after Okene town in Kogi state.

He said the kidnapped traders, were from from Kofar Wambai, Sabongari markets and some from Zamfara who joined those from Kantinkwari for the trip.

“I am appealing to the government and security operatives to do everything possible to rescue our members unharmed.

“Though, the kidnappers have reached out to the families of the abductees demanding for N50 million ransom and they later came down to N27 million before they free all of them” he said (NAN)

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