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Kogi: Buhari mourns prominent RMAFC Commissioner

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The President also commiserates with the Chairman and members of the Commission on the demise of the Federal Commissioner, who was sworn in June, 2019.

A commissioner representing Kogi State in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Suleiman Abdul, is dead.

His death was announced in a statement by a presidential aide, Garba Shehu, on Sunday.

Mr Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari also mourned the deceased, who is a former federal lawmaker.

Read the full statement by Mr Shehu below.

President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on the passing of Hon. Suleiman Kokori Abdul, Federal Commissioner representing Kogi State in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

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As a home-bred politician and former member representing Okene/Ogori-Magogo constituency in the sixth National Assembly (2007-2011), President Buhari avers that Hon. Abdul understood the place of dedication and compassion in public service; and this earned him admiration and respect in politics as well as among his people.

The President recognizes the contributions of the late Federal Commissioner to the administration’s drive to mobilise revenue from the non-oil sector, and hopes that his dedication to duty will continue to inspire the work of the RMAFC.

President Buhari says his thoughts are with the Abdul family during this time of mourning even as he prays almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and bless him with Al-janah Firdaus.


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Breaking: Kogi Gov, Bello speaks on bread loaf tax

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The Kogi state chapter of the Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has began moves to meet with the consultant the state charged with collecting the fee.

Nigerians have been left shocked after the Kogi state government introduced a tax on every loaf of bread baked in the state.

Kogi govt introduces tax on every loaf of bread

Bakers are against the new levy, though the state government claims the move is aimed at improving the internally generated revenue of the state.

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The ministry made the introduction on November 9, through a memo signed by the Commissioner’s Permanent Secretary, Usman Ibrahim.

The memo was addressed to the chairperson, Association of Master bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Kogi State branch. The collection of the levy will start from November 16, 2020. The memo read;

“We write to introduce the above mentioned as the Consultant appointed by the Kogi State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to collect the above-mentioned levy from all Master Bakers and Caterers doing business in and across Kogi State.

“You are, therefore, required to avail them all necessary cooperation to enable them to carry out their assignment.

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“The above-mentioned levy is to be paid per loaf of bread or other confectioneries products produced per day.

“Please do comply with this policy to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State for the provision of better services and good governance.

“The collection of this levy shall take effect seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this letter. You are expected to communicate this information to all your members.

“Have the assurance of our esteemed regards.”

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An executive member of the association simply identified as Godfirst said;

“The letter was sent to us that a consultant has been given the job to generate fund from bakery to state government; to generate revenue to (for the) state government,” he said.

“We are trying to meet with the consultant but we have not been able to meet with him. We want to meet with him to give us more explanation.”

“We are not happy about it, presently there is no market. We are facing different types of challenges, and if they are now asking us to pay another tax, we don’t know how we can cope.”


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Kogi: Court uphold Bello’s election as Governor

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– 11:18 AM –

The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

In its Judgement delivered on Monday, the Apex Court disagreed with the appeal filed on five grounds by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi Governorship Election, Musa Wada.

Mr Wada claimed that the election held on November 16, 2019, was riddled with serious electoral infractions; rigging and over-voting, and that Governor Bello didn’t secure the highest vote.

Aside from the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, other members of the panel include Justices Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Inyang Okoro, Amina Augie, Uwani Abba-Aji.

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Storyline: Buhari mourns Igala leader. [Nigeria]

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commiserated with family, friends, and associates of His Royal Majesty, Attah Igala, Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, over the transition of the Paramount Ruler of Igala Kingdom and President, Kogi State Council of Chiefs.

The President’s condolence was contained in a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu.

Extending his condolence to the Kogi State Government, Buhari noted that “the 27th Attah Igala will be greatly missed for his wise counsels and reputation for honesty, urging the people of his domain to sustain his achievements during his eight-year rule,” the statement said.

“The President prays that God will console the family of the revered foremost traditional ruler and all those who mourn him, and grant his soul eternal rest.”


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Kogi Election: Court dates August 31 for Musa Wada’s appeal.

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Supreme Court sitting in Abuja has fixed August 31, 2020, for the judgement in the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Musa Wada.

Mr. Wada is challenging the election victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State.

His party (PDP) insisted that its candidate won the November 16, 2019 governorship election while Mr. Wada claims that the election that brought in Mr. Bello as governor of the state was riddled with serious electoral infractions.

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In May, Mr. Wada lost his petition at the election tribunal which sat in Abuja

In the judgment of two to one, delivered by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, the tribunal held that the petitioner had failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, massive thumb printing, voter intimidation, and other electoral malpractices.

The tribunal also awarded a cost of one million naira to be paid by the petitioners, PDP and Musa Wada to INEC, Yahaya Bello, and APC who are the respondents.

Thereafter, Mr. Wada lost his appeal before the Court of Appeal, being dissatisfied with the judgement, he approached the Apex Court.


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Kogi gunmen attack: 14 lose to death. [Video]

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Gunmen on Wednesday invaded Agbudu community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, killing 14 persons with six others injured.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ede Ayuba, confirmed the attack to journalists in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the dead victims include 13 members of the same family and one other person.

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“Fourteen people were killed and six people were fatally injured. The sad thing is that out of these 14 dead bodies that were brought out, 13 are from one family,” the police commissioner said.

He added, “But in the interim, I want to give you that assurance that we are not going to relent in our efforts.

The scene of the attack in Kogi State on July 29, 2020.

“We will make sure that we get to the root of anything that is behind the killings around that zone.”

Ayuba said as soon as he got wind of the situation, he quickly dispatched a team of police operatives, including the Divisional Police Officer in the area to the community.

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He, however, explained that the gunmen fled the area before the arrival of security personnel.

Residents of Agbudu community in Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, have been thrown into mourning following the killing of 14 persons on July 29, 2020.

Ayuba pledged that the State Police Command would not relent in its efforts to tracking the perpetrators of the crime.

The commissioner said that the police had carried out some preliminary investigations and discovered that there had been long-standing communal feud in the community.

He noted that the police authorities are investigating the attack, adding that the paramount ruler adding that the real cause of the violence will be revealed soon.


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Kogi West: Appeal Court dissolves Dino Melaye’s suit against Adeyemi

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Senator Dino Melaye has lost the bid to return to the Senate, about eight months after he was defeated in the Kogi West senatorial district election.

He contested the November 2019 poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Melaye had filed a suit at the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgement of the Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed the election of Senator Adeyemi.

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He asked the court to upturn the decision of the Tribunal that declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the election.

A three-man panel of justices of the appellate court, however, dismissed the suit in its judgement delivered on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

L-R: A photo combination of Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Smart Adeyemi.

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Justice Ibrahim Saulawa who led the other judges and delivered the judgement held that the appeal filed by Melaye was incompetent.

He added that all seven issues raised in the appeal were resolved against the appellant with a cost of N50,000 awarded against him.

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The Kogi State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by Melaye for lacking in merit in its judgement delivered in Abuja on June 10, 2020.

It held that the witnesses presented by Melaye failed to prove the allegations of over-voting, unlawful votes, and the various electoral infractions listed in the petition.

Two weeks after the people of Kogi West senatorial district went to the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Senator Adeyemi as the winner of the November 16, 2019 election.

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The APC candidate polled 88,373 votes to beat his PDP rival who scored 62,133 votes.

A screengrab of the result of the Kogi West Senatorial District election released by INEC.

Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) came third in the poll with 659 votes and was trailed by John Olabode and Adeyemi Taiwo of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP who) garnered 262 and 119 votes respectively.

Following his victory at the poll, Adeyemi was inducted into the Senate and replaced Melaye as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation.


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Just in: Gunmen waste Naval officer, house wife in Kogi

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Two persons, including a naval officer, were on Thursday shot dead by unknown gunmen on Okene -Lokoja road in Kogi State.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayuba Ede, confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja, saying that the incident occurred around 6p.m.

According to him, the officer, a man and a woman were travelling in a Toyota Sienna car when they were shot by yet to be identified gunmen.

He said that the naval officer was in uniform while the woman was in mufti.

The Commissioner said that the two of them died on the spot.

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Ayuba who spoke on phone said he could not give further details, saying that detectives had been despatched to the scene to gather full information.

“Yes, I heard about it and I have dispatched my men there to bring me the details of how and when it happened,” he said.

It would be recalled that an army officer Capt. GSM Abubakar, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on the same route on July 5.

Abubakar was travelling in his Honda car with his wife and mother when gunmen opened fire on them. He died on the spot.


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Court uphold Bello’s election as Kogi governor

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The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division on Saturday affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as the duly elected governor of Kogi State.

The appellate court, in separate unanimous judgements by a five-member panel of justices of the court, led by Justice Adamu Jauro, dismissed four appeals challenging the victory of Governor Bello in the November 16, 2019 governorship election held in Kogi State.

The appellate court held that the appeals, which sought to upturn the earlier judgements of Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that affirmed Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship contest, lacked merit.

The court said it found no reason to dislodge the judgment of the tribunal as the petitioners failed to prove their case to warrant the nullification of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s declaration that Governor Bello garnered the highest number of valid votes cast at the election.

Yahaya Bello

The panel of justices that sat on the matter agreed with the respondents that the petitioners failed o substantiate their allegations of electoral malpractice before the tribunal.

The Appeal Court consequently dismissed the four appeals that were filed against INEC, Governor Bello and APC, by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Actions People’s Party (APP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), along with their governorship candidates in the election.


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News+: Stakeholders urge kogi to meet with benchmark

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Stakeholders at a one-day Consultative Meeting on Public Financing of Agriculture have called on Kogi government to ensure its annual budget for the Agriculture sector met Maputo Declaration benchmark of 10 per cent minimum.

The stakeholders made the call in a communique issued at the end of the meeting, organised by the Public Financing of Agriculture (PFA) Committee of ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) on Wednesday in Lokoja.

The communique was signed by Mathias Okpanachi, chairman of PFA; Hajiya Safiya Yahaya, State Coordinator, SWOFON and Halima Sadiq, Executive Director, PIBCID.

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They observed that budgetary allocation to the Agriculture sector had not met the Maputo Declaration benchmark since its ratification and adoption by Nigeria in 2003.

“There is need for budget developers to ensure that Kogi State Public Sector Agriculture Budget meets the Maputo Declaration benchmark of 10 per cent minimum

“There is also need for the Ministry of Agriculture to adopt innovative revenue generation strategies and block resource leakages in its bureaucratic processes, and as well, improve capacity and attitudes of public service workers on quality service delivery”, they suggested.

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The stakeholders insisted that there must be an agreed participatory public sector policy on agriculture value chain development, while emphasising the need for government to off-take Agriculture produce from farmers.

They also urged increased partnership and collaboration between government and citizens on improving public sector funding for Agriculture, just as they advocated increased transparency and accountability in the sector to engender confidence.

They noted that the top-bottom approach to Public Sector Agriculture budget development was still a major challenge in ensuring participatory development in the sector.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Civil Society, Media, Kogi House of Assembly, Smallholder Women Farmers, Agriculture Financial Institutions, the state Agriculture Development Project (ADP) and Ministry of Agriculture representatives.


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Kogi FMC Attack: Police launch Manhunt

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The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Ede Ayuba, has ordered detectives to go after armed hoodlums that launched a violent attack on facilities at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

Ayuba, who gave the order on Wednesday during a visit to the centre to assess the extent of damage, said that the perpetrators believed to be sponsored political thugs would not go unpunished.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, DSP Aya Williams, said the commissioner had directed his deputy in charge of the Criminal Investigation Depratment to head the team of investigators.

He assured the staff of the hospital of the police to guarantee the safety of their lives and property.

Ayuba enjoined members of the public to go about their lawful activities and supply any information that could lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.


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Kogi FMC COVID-19 briefing in disrupt amid gunmen attack

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The Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi State, has been attacked by unidentified gunmen.

The gunmen disrupted a press briefing which was to demand a COVID-19 screening center in Kogi.

Shots were fired in the air to disperse the people on the ground who were present to discuss challenges medical professionals are facing in the coronavirus pandemic.

Laptops, phones, and other valuables were carted away by the gunmen who assault anyone who stood in their way


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Kogi Chief Judge dies after slight illness.

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The death of the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has been announced.

Ajanah died after at the age of 62 after suffering from a brief illness.

This comes barley a week after the death of the President of the Customary Court of Appeal in the state, Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga.

This is confirmed in a statement issued by the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo.

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The statement reads “The Kogi State Government wishes to announce the demise of Hon. Justice Nasir Ajana. Until his death, Nasir Ajana was the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

“The passing of the legal luminary is a massive blow to the Government and people of Kogi State for his brilliant justice administration throughout his career as a Judge and his tenure as the Chief Judge of Kogi State.

“He will be sorely missed for his tenacity of purpose and outstanding commitment to the sanctity of the temple of justice. He was a colossus in the noble profession of law.

“The State Government will work with the family of the late Chief Justice to give him a befitting burial. His shoes will be impossible to fill. May God forgive all his shortcomings and grant him eternal life.”


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Kogi Lawmaker, John Abah found dead

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The Kogi State House of Assembly has lost one of its members, John Abah, who was a lawmaker representing Ibaji Constituency in the Assembly where he was serving a second term.

Abah died on Wednesday in an Abuja hospital after a protracted illness.

Governor Yahaya Bello has expressed sadness over the death of the lawmaker.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, the Speaker expressed sadness over the death.

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He sympathised with the immediate family and the people of Ibaji Constituency, noting that the deceased would be greatly missed.

He said,

”It is very sad and painful to lose a breadwinner of a family”, stressing that his demise has created “a great vacuum that will be hard to fill”.

He noted that “death is an expected end of every mortal, hence, he enjoined his family to “take solace in the words of God which say everything under the sun has time, a time to be born, and time to die”.


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News+: Kogi Robberies – Hangover from last Election – Ehindero

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Dr Kayode Ehindero, the Executive Director, Nigerian Workforce Strategy and Enlightenment Centre (NIWOSEC), has described the incessant robberies and kidnappings in Kogi as a hangover from the last election.


Ehindero, who was reacting to the June 4 Isanlu robbery, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Monday that the election was characterised by terror and hooliganism.

He said that the last election in Kogi was pathetic and should not be used as a reference point for young people in Nigeria.

“It is time electoral processes in Nigeria are devoid of violence and hooliganism.

“I enjoin young people, especially those who live in states, where elections are underway, not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to achieve their aims because they will be dumped eventually.

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“I also encourage young people to look inward and join hands with great Nigerian workers to build the nation,” he said.

According to the executive director, joblessness thrives because the nation lacks creative leaders, who can translate Nigerian’s numerous needs into job creation.

He charged students to seek positive mentorship as an alternative to schooling during the lockdown of education centres due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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KogiDecide’20: Civil Rights beg for transparency.

The group in a letter to the Acting President of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Monica B. Dongban-Mensem, asked for transparency and sense of justice in constituting members of the panel that will adjudicate in the case.


A called for transparency in the constitution of membership of the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Appeal Panel.

The group in a letter to the Acting President of Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Monica B. Dongban-Mensem, asked for transparency and sense of justice in constituting members of the panel that will adjudicate in the case.

In the letter dated May 26 and signed by its National Coordinator, Kayode Esan, NIM said extra-judicial murder of innocent citizens during the November 2019 gubernatorial election in state should as well not be ignored.

The group said, “The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered its split judgment on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Two members of the panel, Justices Kashim G. Kaigama from Yobe State and Baraka Wali from Katsina State ruled in favour of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of All Progressives Congress while Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele from Edo State stood against the above. The details of the judgment is in the public domain.

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“As a result of the above, the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the election, Musa Wada, have vowed to approach the Court of Appeal for enduring justice to be served.

“In the light of this, the Nigeria Integrity Movement, a non-partisan and non-political civil society group, hereby appeals to the leadership of the Court of Appeal to exercise due diligence, transparency and sense of justice in constituting members of the Appeal Panel that will adjudicate in the case.”


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