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Kogi Couple Nabbed For Torturing 12-year-old Boy With Hot Pressing Iron
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Kogi Couple Nabbed For Torturing 12-year-old Boy With Hot Pressing Iron

A couple, Alatile and Omowumi Olamilekan, have been arrested for allegedly using hot pressing iron to inflict severe burns on a 12-year-old boy, Gbenga Oreniwon. The Chairman, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, Pius Kolawole, ordered the arrest of the couple. The Senior Special Assistant to the Chairman, Toba Abraham, said immediately Kolawole got wind of the incident through a Facebook post, he ordered the security team of the council to find the couple and hand them over to the appropriate authorities. One Fikayomi Aaron had on Saturday, March 10, 2021, posted on her Facebook page that Oreniwon sustained serious injuries inflicted on him by the couple, who were suspected to be the boy’s guardians. When the council chairman got the information, he vowed to bri...
Kogi Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja Slams Media Personality Omoyele Sowore Over his Prayer’ for his Daughter
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Kogi Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja Slams Media Personality Omoyele Sowore Over his Prayer’ for his Daughter

Kogi Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja has slammed Media Personality Omoyele Sowore over his prayer for his daughter, Oma Onoja who matriculated on Friday April 9. Sowore had prayed for the Deputy Governor's daughter to excel and live in a Nigeria where the current challenges the country is facing are a thing of the past. He wrote;   #Freekogi2 I congratulate your daughter on this special occasion of her matriculation. May she never live in a world of impunity, may she never become unemployed upon graduation, may her future be bright and may she never have to work without getting paid. May her pension never be denied her when she retires, may she never be silenced for speaking up against tyranny and may she never die in election related violence! Once again, congratulatio...
Femi Fani-Kayode Visits Governor Yahaya Bello In Kogi
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Femi Fani-Kayode Visits Governor Yahaya Bello In Kogi

Former Aviation minister, Femi Fani Kayode visited Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello at Kogi State government house on Sunday February 7. Sharing photos of himself and the governor, he wrote; "It was an honor to have spent quality time with my friend& brother Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi state last night. We had a frank, candid, fruitful& productive discussion about the way forward for our country. This is a clear case of politics without bitterness& of building bridges. "..This is a time that we as Nigerians must all come together as one to save our country."  
Yahaya Bello Releases ₦3.98 Billion For Road Projects In Kogi
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Yahaya Bello Releases ₦3.98 Billion For Road Projects In Kogi

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has approved and released the total sum of 3 billion naira to commence massive constructions of over 30 township road projects awarded across the state. Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Asiwaju Idris who disclosed this on Saturday, hinted that the governor has ordered that contractors be mobilized to site with immediate effect. The commissioner listed roads to be constructed in Lokoja township to include Bishop Court – Kasuwa Hotel-Ganaja Junction Road; Adankolo Cemetery- Zenith Bank Road; Dunamis Junction- Federal University Road; UBA Adankolo- Housing Estate Road; Cemetery-Baptist Church Road; Kewon Hotel – Lokoja LGA/Federal Road Safety road; Sardauna Junction – Cemetery /Maigari Palace Road; asphalt overlay of Pa...
Court Orders Kogi To Pay Impeached Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba N180m
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Court Orders Kogi To Pay Impeached Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba N180m

The National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered the Kogi State Government to pay the former Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, N180 million. The sum represents outstanding security votes from April 2018 to August 2019. Mr Achuba was impeached by the state House of Assembly in 2019 and was replaced by Edward Onoja, who was reelected last year with Governor Yahaya Bello. Mr Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of the committee set up by the former State Chief Judge, late Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him. However, a high court in Kogi declared that the subsequent nomination of Mr Onoja and his inauguration as the deputy governor did not follow due process. Mr Achuba also dragged the state government before the Nati...
Four Feared Dead In Kogi Stampede For Palliatives
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Four Feared Dead In Kogi Stampede For Palliatives

Four persons were feared to have died on Sunday afternoon in Kogi as hundreds of residents stormed a warehouse in Lokoja in search of COVID-19 palliatives. The warehouse, located along the Murtala Mohammed Way, close to Kpata the market was reportedly invaded as early as 7am on Saturday through Sunday, mostly by the women. The fatalities, it was gathered, resulted from stampede by residents who rushed at the government warehouse. The State Government had last week commenced distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to the 21 local government areas. Each local government area got at least one trailer load of palliative items, including rice, semovita, indomie noodles and pastas in 10 kilogram packs. The siege on the warehouse, it was gathered, might not be unconnected with an ...
NNPC Begins Crude Oil Exploration In 11 LGAs In Niger, Kwara, Kogi
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NNPC Begins Crude Oil Exploration In 11 LGAs In Niger, Kwara, Kogi

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday said it has commenced crude oil exploration along the Bida Basin spreading across eight local government councils of Niger state, two in Kwara state and one in Kogi state. Group managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, who disclosed this when he paid courtesy call on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger on Wednesday said the Corporation is to unveil the 2D seismic data acquisition in the Bida Sokoto basin. Progress is being recorded in the ongoing exploration of inland basins by the Corporation is capable of growing Nigeria’s reserve to 40 billion barrels by the year 2023, the GMD who spoke through Group General Manager Frontier Exploration Services, Abdullahi Bomai said. Mere Kyari said, “In d...
PDP Comes Hard On Buhari Over Killings, Robbery In Kaduna, Kogi
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PDP Comes Hard On Buhari Over Killings, Robbery In Kaduna, Kogi

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has claimed that the central control system of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has collapsed. PDP made the remark while berating Buhari over the recent rise of insecurity across the country. The opposition party condemned the increasing armed robbery and kidnapping activities in Kaduna and Kogi States. Recall that some armed herdsmen had a few days ago invaded Tudu village in Doka, Kufana District of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna. The attack left nine persons dead while many houses were destroyed by fire. Similarly, about 23 persons were killed during a robbery incident that occurred on Thursday at a commercial bank in Isanlu area of Kogi State. Reacting, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya, berated ...
Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria
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Lassa Fever: NCDC Confirms 11 New Deaths in Nigeria

11 new deaths have been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the recent Lassa fever outbreak ravaging most states in the country. The development brings the total number of death recorded to 132. In its report for week 9, NCDC revealed that out of a total of 421 suspected cases, 85 were confirmed and 11 deaths reported from 30 local governments in nine states.   The affected states are Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Taraba and Kebbi. From week one to nine, a total of 3054 suspected cases, 775 confirmed cases, nine probable and 132 deaths have so far been reported from 118 local governments in 27 states. Out of the 73 per cent of all confirmed, Edo State has 34 per cent, Ondo State, 32 per cent and Ebonyi State has 7 per ce...
103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States
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103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, revealed that that 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019. Late victims of the disease resided in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent. 26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country. NCDC's report reads in part; “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per ...
PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings
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PDP Reacts as Maiduguri Residents Boo Buhari Over killings

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to viral videos in which Maiduguri residents were seen booing President Buhari after he arrived the state for a sympathy visit over recent Boko Haram attacks. PDP in its statement said that the booing President Buhari got today shows loss of confidence in his administration. The party also stated that it is a clear message to the Nigerian leader that citizens of the country hold him responsible for the escalated insecurity in the country. The statement reads in full; The@OfficialPDPNig charges President @MBuhari  to go beyond his sympathy visit to Borno state and take decisive steps to end the killings in that state and other parts of the country. The booing of President@MBuhari in Borno state is a clear message to him that...
My Victory Has Buried Politics Of Ethnicity In Kogi – Yahaya Bello
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My Victory Has Buried Politics Of Ethnicity In Kogi – Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has said that with his ‘overwhelming’ victory in all three senatorial districts, the politics of ethnicity has been buried “finally” in the state. The governor, who said this yesterday after the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, presented him to President Muhammadu Buhari, appealed to his opponents to join hands with him in order to develop the state. He said: “Just few hours ago, I received my certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Lokoja. That is the conclusion of the November 16th gubernatorial election that was held, that I won with landslide. “I told you sometime back that the issue of winning the election was not in question but the margin with which I will defeat my opponent, and that...
Smart Adeyemi Says PDP Is Not Ready For Election In Kogi
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Smart Adeyemi Says PDP Is Not Ready For Election In Kogi

The Director General of All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Campaign Organisation for the November 16th election in Kogi, Senator Smart Adeyemi, has said that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not shown any readiness for the incoming election. Adeyemi said this Wednesday in Lokoja on the sidelines after an audience with the First Secretary, British High Commission in Nigeria, Alistair Hodson, who was in Kogi to assess the political situation and level of preparedness ahead of the election. He said: “Our concerns is that the main opposition party in this election, the PDP, is not ready for this election. We have it on good authority that they are planning mayhem to discredit this election. “And that is why until today, they are not campaigning. You can’t...
Distribution Of Seedlings To Kogi Farmers Commences
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Distribution Of Seedlings To Kogi Farmers Commences

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of agro-chemicals, seedlings and other farming inputs to farmers in Kogi. The Director-General of the agency, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, told newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday that no fewer than 16,059 farmers would benefit from the scheme. He said that the distribution was being carried out under the Federal Government’s Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund (EAIF) programme. Speaking through Mr Oluwatope Ajayi, the agency’s Team Lead for EAIF in Kogi, Maihaja said that the items were given free of charge to farmers. He said the beneficiaries were farmers who lost their farmlands in flood disasters that ravaged nine local government areas in the state last year. “Apart from agro-chemicals, each of the far...
Buhari’s Aide Contradicts Osinbajo, Says No Difference Between Ruga, Livestock Plan
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Buhari’s Aide Contradicts Osinbajo, Says No Difference Between Ruga, Livestock Plan

According to a report by Punch Metro, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has contradicted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s claim the Ruga programme. Osinbajo had while refuting a statement by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, said the Ruga programme was different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan In a statement, the Vice-President had said, “Contrary to claims reported in sections of the media, Ruga settlements are not being supervised by the Office of the Vice President. Ruga is different from the National Livestock Transformation Plan approved by state governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council.   “On the National Livestock Transformation Plan, 13 states are already in the proce...
FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented
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FG To Begin Ruga Settlements In 11 States Where The Governors Have Consented

Despite the harsh criticism of the planned establishment of Ruga settlements across the country, the Federal Government is set to commence the pilot phase of the project in Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kaduna and seven other states, Saturday PUNCH’s investigations have confirmed. It was learnt in Abuja on Friday that the execution of the project would start in 11 states including Sokoto, Nasarawa, Kogi, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger. Documents seen by one of our correspondents at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that all was set for the implementation of the initiative. According to senior officials of the ministry, the Federal Government is determined to go ahead with the project, notwithstanding the public outcry, particularly in the South. ...
Crisis hits Kogi APC as 20 governorship aspirants move against Yahaya Bello
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Crisis hits Kogi APC as 20 governorship aspirants move against Yahaya Bello

Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, 20 governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Monday, rejected Governor Yahaya Bello’s adoption of indirect primaries to select the party’s candidate. The aspirants who met at the Maitama-Abuja home of Senator Alex Kadiri under the auspices of Kogi APC Stakeholders Forum also called on the leadership of the party to adopt the direct primary option in the selection of the governorship candidate. Addressing newsmen yesterday, leader of the forum, Senator Kadiri bemoaned what he called the attempt by the governor to hijack the party, warning that fielding him for the November polls will give the opposition an edge, particularly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. “As we preparing for the ...
Nigerians to experience major ‘darkness’ as national grid collapses again
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Nigerians to experience major ‘darkness’ as national grid collapses again

Once again, Nigerians are groaning in darkness after the national electricity grid suffered a major failure on Wednesday, seizing power supply to homes across the country.   The collapse has seen Nigeria’s electricity output dwindle to a meagre 230 megawatts or less as against the 4,032 megawatts national average that was generated a day before on May 7.   At least two power generation engineers who spoke with Premium Times said the faults were still being traced as of Thursday afternoon, and power situation might not return to normal for another 72 hours.   The National Control Centre acknowledged the crisis to electricity distributors on Wednesday evening, promising to get the system back on within a few hours. The centre did not say what triggered the co...
IPOB Calls For Sit-At-Home In Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna
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IPOB Calls For Sit-At-Home In Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday, asked its members and people of the Benue, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kaduna States, to sit at home on May 30. IPOB explained that the order was in protest over killings by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram activities in the affected states. The annual sit-at-home order is a move by the proscribed IPOB aimed at pushing for the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra across the South-East. It is expecting that Igbo and those sympathetic to the struggle for Biafra on May 30 stay indoors. In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the secessionist group stated that there would be no vehicular movement both in South East and the Middle Belt region of the country on May 30. The statement reads: “IPOB explain...
APC Can’t Win Kogi With Bello As Candidate, Party Stakeholders Tell Buhari
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APC Can’t Win Kogi With Bello As Candidate, Party Stakeholders Tell Buhari

To Ahead of the November 2 governorship election in Kogi State, an All Progressives Congress (APC) group, Kogi APC Stakeholders Forum, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the national body of the party not to foist the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello on them as its candidate, else the party will lose the election. This is coming as the state branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria has suspended its industrial action embarked upon in December, 2018, following the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC). The group revealed that the Kogi State governor has received a total sum of N344 billion for the 38 months he has been in charge of the state and still owes salaries, pensions and gratuities without any visible capital projects on ground anywhere in the state. De...
Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi, Edo Ready To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage
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Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi, Edo Ready To Pay N30,000 Minimum Wage

The governments of Kano, Zamfara, Kwara, Rivers, Kogi and Edo States have agreed to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said in Kano his administration has given priority to the welfare of civil servants in the state, and that is why it is not owning its workers. “We are ready to pay N30,000 monthly salary, because the welfare of our workers is paramount to anything and we will always give it. We will pay the N30,000,” he said. Governor Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar said in Gusau that Zamfara State under his watch would do everything possible to ensure the welfare of workers in the state does not suffer. Yari who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Publicity and Public Enlightenment, Malam Ibrahim Dosara said that any state government...
After 18yrs Of Wait, Woman Gives Birth To Five(5) Babies In Kogi.
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After 18yrs Of Wait, Woman Gives Birth To Five(5) Babies In Kogi.

A 42-year-old woman has been delivered of five babies (quintuplets) at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Kogi, after 18 years of barrenness. Okeigbo, an indigene of Olokoro Amangbo Community, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia, gave birth to three boys and two girls on April 17 through a Caesarean Section. The woman expressed gratitude to God for the rare gift of five babies, saying that her wait for 18 years did not end in vain. “It is not easy to have five children at once,” Okeigbo said. She showered praises on her husband for standing by her. The quintuplets, three boys and two girls, weighed 1.3kg 1.6kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg, respectively. However, the first baby, who weighed 1.3kg was still inside the incubator. The father of the quintuplets, Mr Jam...
INEC Announces Date for Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Elections
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INEC Announces Date for Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states for November 2. Festus Okoye, chairman of INEC’s information and voters education committee, announced this on Tuesday evening. The Kogi State governorship election held on November 22, 2015, but it was declared inconclusive, necessitating a rerun. After its conclusion, Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner after securing 247,752 votes, while Idris Wada, the incumbent Governor and PDP candidate, polled 204,877 votes. In 2015, governorship election in Bayelsa State was held on December 5, but it was also declared inconclusive.
Police launch Operation Puff Adder, to battle bandits, kidnappers.
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Police launch Operation Puff Adder, to battle bandits, kidnappers.

Criminals in Nigeria were served notice Friday to abandon their nefarious deeds as the Inspector General of Police M.A Adamu launched a security action plan tagged ‘Operation Puff Adder’. The Operation will be executed in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Department of State Services (DSS). It involves massive deployment of well-trained, well-equipped and well-motivated personnel and combined operational assets from the various security agencies, is tailored towards ridding the Country of all forms of crimes and criminality. Under prime focus are Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States. During the launch which took place at katari Bishin District, Abuja – Kaduna Expressway, Acting IGP Adamu appealed for public support. He sai...
Sporadic Gunshot In Kogi As PDP Delegate Election Turns Violent
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Sporadic Gunshot In Kogi As PDP Delegate Election Turns Violent

The election of a three-man delegate election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, turned bloody Saturday as enraged party members engaged in a free for all. The election, which started peacefully took a new dimensional around 2pm when party members from Lokoja local government invades the state secretariat around Zone 8 to display their disaffection over the exercise. It took close to an hour to quenched the trouble from the Lokojs members. What occurred in the afternoon was a child’s play compared to the regrouping of members from Idah and Omala local governments who besieged the secretariat around evening singing songs of war. Before one could say Jack Robinson, the secretariat become engulfed in chaos as fight broke out between waring factions fighting for and against ...
Onions, Salt & More Shared In Other To Gets Vote At Kogi state Bye-Elections
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Onions, Salt & More Shared In Other To Gets Vote At Kogi state Bye-Elections

This is according to reporter Isimi Odeh who's currently in the state to give live updates, see his post below! Daily Post also reported that the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for Kogi/Koto-Karfe Federal Constituency, was also characterized by buying of votes from the electorate. At some polling units visited in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, some political parties were spotted inducing voters with money ranging from N3,000, N5000, N10,000, to win their votes. Voters, who could not get physical cash, were given food items such as onions, tomato paste all packed inside a small bag crested with the insignia of the party they were expected to vote for during the exercise. There was however massive turnout of voters and huge deployment of security operatives for a h...
NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101
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NCDC: Lassa Fever Death Toll Rises To 101

The death toll from the Lassa fever disease ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has risen to 101, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has said. The health agency, in its situation report of April 8, said 408 cases of the disease had been confirmed from 20 states, where the disease has been active. The states are Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory, with Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi having the highest reported cases. The NCDC epidemiological report for week 14 since the disease started, shows that 408 cases have been classified as confirmed and nine probable cases, including 101 deaths. There are also 4,480 contacts identified through ...
French Ambassador To Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer Says Nigerian Jollof Rice Is His Best Food
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French Ambassador To Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer Says Nigerian Jollof Rice Is His Best Food

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, has said Nigerian Jollof, is his best food. Jollof rice is one of the most common dishes in the whole of West Africa. The food which is believed to have originated from the region of Wollof speaking people, which happens to be northwestern Senegal, The Gambia, and southwestern coastal Mauritania, is arguably the best known African dish outside the continent. Gauer, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday said, “Jollof rice is my best Nigerian food; maybe because I find it everywhere I go in Nigeria.’’ The envoy said further that the country was blessed with a rich cultural heritage that attracts foreigners, especially its food. “I remember a year ago when I attended the annual yam festival organised by the Ogidi commu...
Court Orders Man To Return Inheritance To Nephew
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Court Orders Man To Return Inheritance To Nephew

The Shari’a Court 1, Magajin Gari, Kaduna, yesterday, ordered a 60-year-old man, Jaafar Salisu, to return properties in his care, inherited by his nephew, Ibrahim Musa, after the death of the boy’s father. The court was told that the properties, including a house, farm and a plot of land, were entrusted in the care of Salisu by a court in 2012, to manage until the boy attained maturity. “Musa is my son and I would never cheat him, but if he insists on getting his inheritance back, then I have no choice than to hand it over to him”, he said. Musa, who confirmed that he was capable of managing his inheritance, told the court that he still trusts his uncle, but prefers to manage his properties himself. “My uncle is known for trustworthiness and I do not accuse him of anything nega...
Senate Condemns Herdsmen Attacks, Killings In Kogi
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Senate Condemns Herdsmen Attacks, Killings In Kogi

Senate yesterday condemned in strong terms the attacks and killings perpetrated by gunmen suspected to herdsmen in Omale and Dekina local government areas of Kogi State. To control the ugly situation, Senate has asked the federal government to immediately deploy security agencies to the affected areas to protect lives and property. The Upper Chamber further resolved to work closely with the executive arm of government to combat crime because, it said the military was over stretched. Also, it directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to quickly provide relief materials to the displaced persons, to ameliorate their suffering conditions. The resolution of the Senate was sequel to a motion by Senator Atai Aidoko (Kogi-East). He said so far, about 32 persons were k...
Senate To Investigate Establishment Of State Police In Kogi
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Senate To Investigate Establishment Of State Police In Kogi

The Senate has drafted two of its committees to investigate the establishment of the Vigilante Service Group by Kogi state government. The attention of the Senate was drawn to the development by Dino Melaye (Kogi-APC) on Wednesday. Mr. Melaye, while presenting a motion, said the establishment of the state police in Kogi contravened provision of the constitution. “Mr. President, I bring to the senate a law passed by the Kogi state government and signed into law by the governor of Kogi state that talks about the establishment of the Vigilante Service Group. Mr. President, I have that law here, it’s already a law of the Kogi state government. By the time I perused this law, this law is in conflict with the provisions of the constitution. This law alters the functions of the Nigeria P...
Yusuf Buhari: Nigerians Blast Yahaya Bello, Minister Of Health Over Presence At Villa
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Yusuf Buhari: Nigerians Blast Yahaya Bello, Minister Of Health Over Presence At Villa

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and minister of health have come under heavy attack following their presence at Presidential villa on Wednesday night to welcome Buhari’s son , Yusuf.   Yusuf was received at the airport by Minister of Health (State) Dr. Osagie on his return from Germany for treatment. Recall that Yusuf and his friend, Bashir Gwandu, were severely injured in a bike accident along Gwarimpa road in Abuja on December 26, 2017.   He was initially admitted at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja where he received immediate treatment before been flown to Germany.   However, Nigerians have berated Gov Bello for his presence at the Villa on unofficial meeting instead of running the affairs of his state. Similarly, Dr Osagie was also blasted for jo...
Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians As Son Returns From Medical Trip
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Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians As Son Returns From Medical Trip

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has expressed her profound appreciation to Nigerians for the successful return of her son, Yusuf Buhari, from medical treatment after sustaining injury from motor-bike accident in Abuja. Mrs Buhari, who expressed her appreciation on her tweeter handle on Thursday in Abuja, said the Buhari family remained grateful to all Nigerians for their constant prayers for recovery of Yusuf Buhari. “We thank God for the return of our son Yusuf today after his medical trip. On behalf of the family I wish to express our appreciation for the goodwill and prayers since the unfortunate accident. May God Almighty bless all and continue to guide us all aright,” she tweeted. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe Internationa...
Kogi Youths Back Toyin Akanle To Replace Senator Melaye
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Kogi Youths Back Toyin Akanle To Replace Senator Melaye

Youths from Kogi West senatorial district on Monday drummed their support for Toyin Akanle, former director of the State Security Service (SSS), to replace Senator Dino Melaye in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. Youth organisations from the senatorial district told newsmen in Lokoja, the state capital, that it was the turn of Yagba federal constituency, where Akanle hailed from to produce the senator. Speaking under the auspices of the Coalition of Kogi West Youths, Babatunde Teidi, the coordinator, said the people of the area had resolved to support Akanle to give the district good representation. He said: “We, the Kogi West youths, have not just decided to come out with one voice in favour of Akanle, we have decided to harmonise our voices in the interest of the const...
We Welcome Exercise Cat Race – Tor Tiv
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We Welcome Exercise Cat Race – Tor Tiv

The Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, has pledged the support of the traditional rulers and the entire people of Benue to the Nigerian Army as its conducts Exercise Ayem Akpatuma – Cat Race in the state. “We welcome the exercise. We believe it will help peace to return to Benue which has suffered series of attacks from herdsmen,” the traditional ruler said as he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai on Monday. He, however, said the people were apprehensive of the exercise, recalling the clashes between the army and Tiv people at Zakibiam in the past and called for adequate enlightenment on the exercise. Ayatse said that the herdsmen attacks which affected Guma, Logo, Gwer West, Makurdi, Kwande, Katsina-Ala and Agatu Local Government Areas of the state had resulted in ...
Mass Defections Rock PDP In Four States
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Mass Defections Rock PDP In Four States

As the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) boasts that it will oust the ruling party in 2019, it was at the weekend inflicted by massive defection in four states. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered thousands of defectors in Niger, Kogi, Kebbi and Adamawa states. In Minna, Niger state, while PDP National Working Committee was at the Hill top residence of former President Ibrahim Babagnida, more than 38,000 members celebrating their exit from the party. Also about 110,000 members of the party and other political parties in Kogi and Kebi States defected en mass to APC. In Kogi State, over 10,000 members of the PDP and other political parties defected to APC. The new members were received at the confluence stadium in Lokoja by the National Chairman of APC...
Oyegun Keeps Mum On Kogi APC Crisis, Admits Nigerians Facing Hard Times Under Buhari
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Oyegun Keeps Mum On Kogi APC Crisis, Admits Nigerians Facing Hard Times Under Buhari

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun on Saturday kept mum on the ongoing crisis bedevilling his party in Kogi during his visit to the state. Oyegun and other top party stalwarts attended what was described as ‘mother of all rally’ in Lokoja. The event, organized by Governor Yahaya Bello, saw defection of thousands of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to the APC. The rally held one day after the APC national secretariat nullified the sack of Haddy Ametuo led executive. But the issue has assumed a new dimension. Bello on Saturday announced the formation of a parallel exco to allow him conduct local government elections later this year.
Group Unveils Report To End Farmers, Herdsmen Conflicts
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Group Unveils Report To End Farmers, Herdsmen Conflicts

Synergos Nigeria, an NGO, on Thursday said it was developing new controlled grazing mechanism to address the herdsmen and farmers conflicts in parts of the Northern Region. The Field Manager of Synergos, Victor Adejoh, disclosed this at the presentation of a research study in Kaduna to support the development of a comprehensive policy and action plan to end the conflict. Adejoh said the research work “Study to Support and Inform the Development, Review and Implementation of Controlled Grazing Policy in Nigeria“ had identified viable options and strategies to effectively manage the frequent clashes, He said the strategy would include interactions between local farming communities and nomadic herdsmen to prevent repeated conflicts. “It will explore means of demarcating existing g...
Kogi Govt Reintroduces Igala Traditional Festivals
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Kogi Govt Reintroduces Igala Traditional Festivals

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has lifted the ban placed on five Igala annual traditional festivals since 1963. The ban was said to have been placed on the festivals by the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of the then Northern Region and the Sardauna of Sokoto. Alhaji Abubakar Ohere, the Special Adviser to Gov. Bello on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, disclosed this at a news conference in Lokoja on Thursday. Ohere listed the festivals as: Ochoa, Egwu, Ogbadu, Ogaganyi and Italian. He said that they were proscribed without due consultations with the Igala people. He said that the festivals were celebrated annually based on the Lunar calendar by the Igala people. The festivals, according to him, serve as a unifying factor and promotion of the cultural heritage of th...
Awwww! Nigerian Man Journey’s From Lagos To Kogi For 23 Hours To Propose To His Girlfriend
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Awwww! Nigerian Man Journey’s From Lagos To Kogi For 23 Hours To Propose To His Girlfriend

Awww! A Nigerian man named Prince Roland Dosunmuis currently trending on social media after his over the top romantic gesture. He took to twitter to reveal that he traveled by road from Lagos to Kogi to propose to his girlfriend today February 14th, 2018. He says his fiancee-to-be isn’t still aware of his intention as the said proposal is to take place tonight, and with the help of her friends, he hopes to make it ‘perfect’. See his tweets below…  
ACJA Needs Critical Stakeholders Input – NBA
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ACJA Needs Critical Stakeholders Input – NBA

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) is an important legislation that needs the input of all critical stakeholders. President of NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, noted this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday. He was speaking at a State Legislative Advocacy and Sensitisation Workshop on the implementation of ACJA 2015 in Bauchi State. Mahmoud was represented at the workshop by Caleb Dajan, the‎ NBA first vice president. The NBA representative also inaugurated a 9-member state committee assigned with state level tasks to build partnership and work in collaboration with key stakeholders working in the area of domesticating and implementing the ACJA 2015 in Bauchi. ‎”ACJA is an important legislation that needs ...
Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States
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Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 31 In 15 States

Health minister Isaac Adewole Monday announced that the outbreak of Lassa fever has spread to 15 states, recording 31 deaths. He added that there had been 105 laboratory confirmed cases and three probable cases. The minister told the Emergency National Council of Health in Abuja that cases were recorded in Bauchi, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Osun and Lagos states. The minister added that 10 health care workers were affected in four states (seven in Ebonyi and with one each in Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states). Prof Adewole said four health workers died (three in Ebonyi and one in Kogi,) adding that the meeting was summoned to discuss the state of public health challenges in Nigeria with a focus on some of the challenges th...
Expert Calls For Proactive Measures On Fight Against Lassa Fever
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Expert Calls For Proactive Measures On Fight Against Lassa Fever

A public health expert, Dr Toni Iken, has called on policy makers at all levels of government to be proactive in the fight against Lassa fever. Iken, the Programme Coordinator, Health Development Initiative, Ibadan, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ibadan. Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever and infectious disease which occurs frequently in different parts of the country. He said: “Policy makers must always envisage circumstances and make provision for the unseen and unexpected when it comes to infectious diseases like Lassa fever in order to prevent its frequent recurrence. “There is need to provide basic amenities including easy access to quality healthcare, availability of potable water and clean environment,” she...
Major Health Reports Of Last Week
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Major Health Reports Of Last Week

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has blamed the increasing number of health workers infected with Lassa fever on their refusal to take necessary precaution while treating patients.   The Minister who said this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, when he paid a courtesy call on Governor David Umahi, described the recent outbreak in the state, which killed four health workers, as unfortunate.   According to the Minister, most doctors treat the deadly disease as if it “is any other ordinary disease” and thus fail to wear protective medical apparels while treating patients.   FG/WHO begins yellow fever vaccination in three states   The federal government began a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever in the country.   T...
2019: El-Rufai Speaks On How Buhari Will Win
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2019: El-Rufai Speaks On How Buhari Will Win

Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has expressed optimism that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, will emerge victorious in 2019 Presidential Election. The governor said boasted that the APC would win 24 states of the federation in the next elections. Featuring on Channels Television, the governor maintained that APC’s victory will be without stress.   “I have no doubt in my mind that we will win the 2019 Presidential election. We will also win our 24 States and more,” he said.   Recall that El-Rufai alongside six other governors from the North recently endorsed Buhari for a second term.   The governors who had endorsed Buhari include, Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Jubril...
Enugu Youths Attack APC Over Comments On Ugwuanyi
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Enugu Youths Attack APC Over Comments On Ugwuanyi

The Enugu youths Coalition group has fired the state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC over its recent comments on the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. The group went nuclear after the state chairman of the party, Ben Nwoye accused the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of breaching the nation’s electoral act by posting campaign posters in some areas of the state. In a statement made available to PoliticsNGR, signed by the national coordinator of the group, Edwin Obune, the group said; “The attention of Enugu Youths Coalition has been drawn to a statement attributed to the Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress in which the state Chairman Mr. Ben Nwoye accused the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of violating the nation’s Electoral Act over t...
Fulani Herdsmen: Group Declares 3-Day Cleansing Of Yorubaland
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Fulani Herdsmen: Group Declares 3-Day Cleansing Of Yorubaland

A Yoruba socio-cultural group, Agbekoya Reformed Society (ARS) has announced a three day Oro festival to be conducted all over Yorubaland.   They said this was to cleanse the Yoruba territory from incursion of Fulani herdsmen and fish out any threat lurking within the Yorubaland.     The group in a press statement issued weekend, signed by Aare Agbekoya, Chief Adekunle Oshodi, noted that the need to cleanse the land became necessary due to the violent behaviour of Fulani herdsmen.   Oshodi declared that, “The Fulani came with their nomadic half, who traditionally reared cattle with sticks and staffs, and succeeded in permeating into local communities all over the federation, pre and post-independence. Initially looking harmless and unobtrusive within th...
2018 Budget: Federal Govt Earmarks 1.2 Billion To Fight Polio
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2018 Budget: Federal Govt Earmarks 1.2 Billion To Fight Polio

The Federal Government has earmarked N1.2 billion to decisively eradicate polio across the country, according to the proposed 2018 budget. Polio, which can cause paralysis leading to death, has three types which are wild poliovirus type one (WPV1) vaccine derived poliovirus 2(cVDPV2) in Nigeria, underscores the importance of maintaining high levels to minimise the risk and consequences of polio circulation. In July and August, 2016, three cases were detected from Borno State, in children between the two and five years. Two of them developed acute flaccid paralysis while one was asymptomatic, identified as a close contact of a child with AFP. Also, N1 billion is to sort out health emergencies and contagious diseases outbreak such as meningitis, measles, yellow, monkey pox and Lassa...
19 Die Of Lassa Fever In 10 States
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19 Die Of Lassa Fever In 10 States

Sixteen deaths from Lassa fever have been recorded in the country in three weeks, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Out of 107 suspected cases of the disease, 61 have been confirmed. These figures describe the prevalence of Lassa fever in ten states across Nigeria in January alone. This is as three persons have also died from Lassa fever and seven others have been hospitalised in Imo State, according to the governor, Rochas Okorocha. Governor Okorocha disclosed this when he addressed journalists in Owerri on Wednesday. According to NCDC, the states affected so far are Edo, Ondo, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Kogi, Imo, and Lagos. The NCDC, in a statement on Wednesday, disclosed that ten healthcare workers were infected in four states ...

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