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As Governor Yahaya Bello jets out in the company of President Muhammadu Buhari to Poland, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Kolawole Matthew has gone viral for publishing himself on Facebook as the Governor of Kogi State, in acting capacity.

Gov Bello is in Katowice, Poland amongst the Presidential delegation to the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from December 2nd to 4th.

He may have bypassed his Deputy, Simon Achuba, handing over the leadership of the State to the Speaker.

Matthew meanwhile took to facebook to announce his new promotion in thanksgiving to God, asking for prayers.

"I thank God Almighty for continually promoting me, praise God and pray along with me as I assume duty as the Acting Governor of Kogi State," he posted.

While this has raised threads of reactions on social media, it was however said that the Deputy Governor who was supposed to be acting, had embarked on an annual leave.
A Higher National Diploma student identified as Jacob Ufedo, and Abubakar Nuhu Sadiq a National Diploma student, both of the Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja have been arrested by the Police for their alleged involvement in armed robbery and illegal possession of fire arms.

This is just as 21 others were arrested from their hideouts across the state for their involvement in kidnapping, armed robberies, cultism and other crime related activities.

DAILY POST gathered that the two suspects finished their exam on the 7th of December and they are still writing their project before they were apprehended by the police.

One of the suspects, Jacob Ufedo while regretting his action said this was the first time he ventured into armed robbery.

According to him, “We collected a gun from one of our friends who we knew since 2016. After collecting it, we decided to make use of it since the economy is not smiling. This is the first I have robbed people of their belongings.”

Parading the other suspects on Wednesday in Lokoja, the Kogi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said that in compliance with the directives of the Inspector General of police Ibrahim Idris, the command had adopted proactive strategy to stamp out activities of hoodlums from the state.

He said five suspects who were armed with two locally made guns attacked a police station and a vigilante office in Adankolo, a suburb of Lokoja.

Aya added that the suspects carted away valuable properties of the police.

The Police spokeperson said that the hoodlums claimed that they were protesting the death of two of their members who were drowned in the River Niger, while trying to evade arrest from the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who stormed their bunk in search of illicit drug.

According to him, “Five Fulani men who specializes in kidnapping and armed robbery activities around Osara area of the state were also arrested by men of the command. While combing the bush within the area, the men of the Koi State Police command were able to rescue unhurt their victim, one Muhammed Bello.”

Speaking further, Aya said with the prompt intervention of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, (FSAR) led by Dsp Danjuma Bukar, they promptly arrested Ukwumodu Agono and Abu Atobo who were terrorizing the people of Anyigba in Dekina Local Government Area and its environs.

The Police PPRO added that, luck ran out of two suspects identified as Ebeh Musa and Ameh James from Idah who were arrested while snatching at gun point a Daylong motorbike from one Achile Sumaila at Agbagigbo in Ofu LGA of the state.

Items recovered from the hoodlums include 2 Ak 47 rifles, 60 rounds of Ak 47 amunitions, 1 single barrels gun; one action barrel rifle, one locally made pistol, weeds suspected to be indian hemps, 10 laptops and six handsets.
Indication yesterday emerged that a looming telecom blackout which threatened about 13 states, including some parts of Abuja, might have been averted following the intervention of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. 

The commission said its intervention in the dispute between telecom operators and Kogi State government led to the unsealing of telecom operators’ infrastructure in the state. 

NCC said Governor Yahaya Bello had on Wednesday ordered the unsealing of telecom Base Transceiver Stations, BTS, restoring services to over 120 sites after a meeting between the governor and NCC (regulator) in Lokoja, the state capital.

The governor was also said to have directed that court cases instituted by the state be withdrawn and amicable settlement reached between the telcomms and Kogi State government. 

Penultimate week, the state shut down the BTSs following a standoff with telecom operators over revenue-related contention, which led the telcos to threaten telecom blackout. 

According to sources, the Executive Commissio-ner Stakeholder Manage-ment, Mr. Sunday Dare led the delegation that included officials of the affected Telcos to the meeting which held in the Governor’s Office. 

Telcos like IHS, MTN and ATC and the head of the Kogi State Inland Revenue Service and Chief of Staff to the governor were also at the meeting.  
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi says the state is producing over four million metric tonnes of cassava out of the 58 million produced nationwide annually.

The governor disclosed this at the inauguration ceremony of the “Cassava City Day” in Lokoja, with theme: “Exploring the Treasures of Cassava Crop”, organised by Kogi Agriculture Development Project (ADP).

Bello, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, reiterated his commitment to transforming agriculture in Kogi with emphasis on cassava.

“Kogi is the leading cassava producing state in Nigeria with production of 4 million MT per annum of the nation’s total of 58 million MT per annum.

“Many treasures abound in cassava crop and nothing is wasted from the leaves, stems and roots.

“Cassava products abound such as flour, chips, sweeteners, ethanol, starch, fufu, tapioca, abacha, garri and other industrial products,” he said.

The Managing Director of the ADP, Mr Oyisi Okatahi, said the Cassava City had become a reality and the concept would be replicated across Kogi with maize, rice in other cities.

According to Okatahi, the investors such as Contec Global, Geron Oil, Gas and Jil Farms, have all commenced work at the city site in Osara, Adavi LGA.

Okatahi enjoined all stakeholders to remain committed as the investors had ‘proof of capital’, saying government and the community’s equity in the investment would primarily be land.

“Cassava city is aimed at exploring opportunities and prospects of cassava production; it is the gateway to employment and prosperity in Kogi.”

He applauded the governor for his commitment and vision for agricultural sector in the state.

The Director of Contec Global, Dr Sashi Mozumder, said the company, in partnership with Geron Oil and Gas, Praj India and NNPC, would be producing 40,000 litres of bio-ethanol per day.

“The investment started up on a turn-key basis is 25 million dollars and the plant will employ over 2,500 people on a full time basis.

“Contec consortium will provide inputs to farmers who will serve as out-growers for the scheme, and also provide basic infrastructure such as rural roads, power and health centres,” mozumder said.

Mr Qosim Odewale, a representative of NIRSAL in Kogi, said the agency had already verified over 240 farmers for the cassava city who would access the Enhanced Anchor Borrowers Programme.

The State Project Coordinator (SPC) APPEALS Projects, Dr Sanni Ozomata, said the World Bank project would support the city in terms of infrastructure and value addition.

The SPC Fadama, Mr Paul Ogunmola, said that Fadama had cultivated 2,500 hectares of cassava with mechanisation and best practices, saying the knowledge would be transferred to the cassava city.

Many stakeholders at the programme took turns to express their interest in the cassava city, and pledged the commitment of their various organisations to the project.

Other stakeholders include CBN, JIL Farmers, UNICANE and Crest Agro, Geron Oil and Gas, NNPC.

Credits: Ebira Reporters
The Kogi State Government, Saturday shutdown 70 telecommunications sites, leading to a total blackout of telecom services in the state and other neighbouring states.

The Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ATLON), disclosed this in a press conference today in Lagos.

“ALTON is worried by the action of the state government as it will jeopardize telecom services, especially to security agencies, financial services and other areas of the economy, ” said Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of ALTON.

Kogi State government said it would use some of its N 6. 17billion federation account allocation to pay workers’ salary and retirees’ pension by next week.

The state Commissioner for finance, Mr Idris Asiru, made this known in a statement in Lokoja on Saturday.

He said that the amount was what accrued to the state and the 21 local government councils in the state for September.

According to him , the state received N 3, 345, 889, 660 billion as statutory allocation after deduction of N 547, 311, 113; Value Added Tax of N 808, 623, 556; exchange gain of N 1, 883, 394 and bank charges of N 34, 287, 809.

He said that the councils  allocation was made up of N 2, 832, 733, 120 billion as statutory allocation after a deduction of N 89, 972, 595 million; Value Added Tax of N 553, 917, 494 million; exchange gain of N 1, 413, 902 billion and bank charge of N 25, 740, 562 million.

Asiru said that the state government would continue to exhibit probity and transparency in the handling of its finances.

He also thanked civil servants and pensioners for their patience and understanding , saying that the government would continue to fund projects that have a direct bearing on the lives of the citizens.
By Musa Tanimu Nasidi. 

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary election, the Senate President and PDP presidential aspirant, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki have promised to resuscitate Ajaokuta Steel Company if given the party’s ticket and eventually win the presidential election in 2019. 

Saraki made the declaration at PDP Secretariat in Lokoja during a press briefing on Monday. He said it is time to elect leaders that have the ability, capacity and courage to lead Nigerians. The Senate President explained that countries world over choose their leaders based on ability to lead. 

“We need to do away with sentiment, religion or tribe, we must elect our leaders based on their ability to lead,” he said. Saraki promised to provide effective leadership and rule the country in a way that every Nigerian would benefit from his administration. 

He appealed to all the delegates from Kogi State to cast their votes for him during the forthcoming party presidential primary. The Senate President and PDP presidential hopeful was accompanied by the three senators from Kogi State; Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West), Senator Atai Aidoko (Kogi East) and Senator Ahmed Ogembe (Kogi Central).

Source: KogiReports
Local Government workers in Kogi State have applauded the state government for its decision to increase their monthly percentage salary from 30 per cent to 54 per cent with effect from this month. The state chapters of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) gave the commendation in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday.

It said that the decision to raise the bar was commendable and urged the government to take cognizance of the percentages of salary yet to be paid. The statement signed by Mr Onu Edoka, Mr Tade Adeyemi and Mr Thomas Ayodele, state Chairmen of MHWUN, NULGE and NUT respectively urged the government to continue this gesture until 100 per cent salary payment is regularized.

“Government should include in the payroll the names of all the staff and teachers that have been cleared but are to be captured on the payroll, while the case of the uncleared undergoing review should be resolved without further delay,“ the statement said. The workers promised to reciprocate the government‘s gesture by continuos loyalty, support and dedication to duty.

It would be recalled that workers in the local government sector in the state have been receiving between 22 per cent and 30 per cent of their monthly salaries for more than three years. Government was also charged to sustain the existing industrial harmony in the state by constantly engaging in dialogue with critical stakeholders.

Source Credits: Ebira Reporters
Flood In Kogi: Over 4,000 Kogi Residents Displaced - See Photos.

Over 4000 residents of Kogi State have been displaced by flood following the overflow of rivers Niger and Benue in the last four days.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Sanusi Yahaya, disclosed this to Channels Television in a recent interview in Lokoja.

According to him the water level in Lokoja at the confluence point has risen 10 meters above, which he says is beyond the normal level.

In the past weeks, several other states have witnessed increased rainfall which has led to flooding in some areas.

Consequently, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in a statement on Thursday warned that the steady rise in water levels and weather forecast for the coming weeks have put Nigeria at risk of witnessing a recurrence of catastrophic flooding similar to what it witnessed in 2012.

“There has been systematic daily rise in the water levels on both rivers. Records from our measuring stations in Lokoja (River Niger) & Makurdi (River Benue) clearly show this,” the agency said.

“This situation calls for watchfulness on the part of the riparian states as there is still a likelihood of occurrence of river flooding. Shiroro Dam has already joined Kainji and Jebba Dams in spilling water. This has contributed to the steady rise in the water level,” NIHSA explained further.

In 2012, catastrophic flooding had affected up to 30 states in Nigeria and resulted in the deaths of over 300 people and displaced more than two million people, according to data from the National Emergency Management Agency.

NIHSA believes the country is at risk of a recurrence of the disaster if steps are not taken.

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By Halimat Isah and Mohammed Yabagi

The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has adopted the option of indirect delegates primaries in the forthcoming party's primaries to field candidates for the various elective positions in next year's general elections.

The resolution was unanimously reached by members of the party at the Executive Council (NEC) meeting that held on Wednesday in Government House, Lokoja.

Addressing party faithful, Governor Yahaya Bello urged aspirants interested in standing for elective positions to go ahead and purchase their intent forms as the government does not have anointed candidates as widely presumed by members of the public.

Governor Bello assured that the party would create a level playing ground for all aspirants to test their popularity, and promised to work with whoever eventually emerged from whatever methodology agreed by leaders and members of the party on how candidates should emerge.

Governor Bello says; "Forms are on sale, feel free to purchase. Every member of the party and aspirants alike are all my people. 

"The insinuations that some aspirants have been anointed by me are false. I will not anoint anyone. We are ready to make the process free, fair and credible. I will eventually support whoever you decide to select as our party's candidate," he added.

According to the Governor, the interest of the party is to sweep all the elective positions on offer with a landslide in the coming elections, describing the NEC meeting as the first meeting that has held as Governor.

He further warned all the party executives in the state to desist from all forms of extortion from  aspirants with the promise of securing party ticket for them, adding that anyone found engaging in the illegal act would face the full wrath of the law.

"The era of extorting money from aspirants with the aim of influencing the outcome of primaries in their favour is over. I have been a victim of extortion in the past and I know how it feels. Don't take advantage of anyone seeking public office. Let's allow them equal opportunity and rally round anyone who emerges the flag bearer."

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole had earlier applauded the decision of the APC family to hold the NEC meeting, stressing that it was an avenue for leaders and members of the party to harmonise and come up with concrete resolution on their choice method for the party's forthcoming primaries. 

He particularly lauded the Governor for giving all party faithful the opportunity to air their views, adding that the decision to choose indirect primaries was a step in the right direction. 

Speaking, recently elected member of the Federal House of Representatives for Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Hon Haruna Isah had described the decision of an indirect primaries as laudable one in view of the myriad of challenges being faced in the authentication of accurate membership of the party. 

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Edward Onoja had earlier told the gathering that the APC was not ready to jeopardize its chances at the primaries, stressing that love of the party has continued to soar under the current administration as it has gained over 500, 000 foot soldiers in the various Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

"We have agreed as a party that our choice is indirect primaries. Let's save our party the challenges of direct primaries. I would align myself with the option proposed, which is indirect primaries and avoid sponsored individuals who would want to disorganize the process and infiltrate the APC," he said.

Hon. Onoja expressed optimism that the peace witnessed in the various congress elections in the state would be replicated in the party's primaries and called for team work and synergy amongst members.

On his part, Chairman of the party in Kogi State, Hon Abdullahi Bello had lauded members of the APC for their peaceful disposition and commitment towards ensuring overwhelming victory at the polls, and assured of the party's commitment towards a transparent process. 

He praised Governor Bello for his dedication towards the cause of the APC, assuring of the party's preparedness towards ensuring convincing victories at the polls.
A coalition of youth groups from Kogi Central Senatorial district has berated the federal government’s long neglect of the dilapidated Okene – Lokoja highway.

Members of Coalition of Kogi State Elites (COKE) in Collaboration with the Kogi Central Excos of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) who embarked on a joint community project to manually sand-fill the badly damaged portions of the road today in Okene, described the situation as disappointing.

Comrade Abdul Rauf, president of COKE lamented the perennial negligence of the road by successive administrations in Nigeria.

Abdul Rauf wondered why a road that’s plied by tens of thousands of travellers to and from the federal capital territory, Abuja could be left unaddressed for so long.

"It is unfortunate that the Federal government has paid no heed to several appeals for the total rehabilitation of this all important road.

"For over a decade, this particular road has been listed among the capital project of our national budget but has never received significant attention from successive government".

Speaking on behalf of the Kogi Central Excos of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Isah Onimisi Babangida recalled the nightmare faced by motorists on the damaged portions of the highway, citing instances where travellers spent days on traffic gridlock around the area.

"There was an instance where Abuja and Lagos bound travellers spent about three days on this road. Traffic was on a standstill as all the escape routes within the township were over congested and completely blocked.

"It has been a horrible experience for the motorists since the rainy season began until the road recently received palliative measures from both Kogi State Government and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

“The temporary repairs only provide relief for a short time as it is now an annual tradition during the rainy seasons when heavy downpours erode most part of the road due to poor drainage system.

A member of the group, Comrade Ismail M. Kabir wondered why in spite of the huge support enjoyed by President Muhammadu Buhari since his presidential ambition began in 2003 by the people of Kogi central district, no meaningful project has been brought to the zone.

"It is on record that President Muhammad Buhari has enjoyed undiluted support of the people of Kogi Central district since he began his presidential ambition in 2003.

"I think it is not too much to ask that the administration makes the federal roads passing through our community motorable for the multitude of Nigerians plying this route on daily basis. The adverse effect is already telling on the socioeconomic activities in the community”.

The group then called on lawmakers from the area to raise their voice in solidarity with the advocacy by raising motions in favour of total rehabilitation of the highway, saying all hands must be on deck until a permanent solution is proffered.

While acknowledging the recent palliative steps taken by the state government to ease traffic on the road, the group further called on Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to mount pressure on the Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola to declare a state of emergency on the road for its total rehabilitation ahead of the Yuletide period.

"We are approaching December and the road is already an eyesore. So we are calling on our governor to strongly appeal to the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola to declare a state of emergency on this road to avoid a repeat of the usual gridlock motorists experience around here at such time of the year".

There is a new twist to politicking in Kogi State following a directive issued by the Governor of the state, Alh Yahaya Bello to his political appointees who are interested in elective positions. 

In a memo signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade Arike, the Governor has directed that whoever wants to contest for an election should resign his or her appointment within 24 hours through the SSG.

Recall that the Spokesman of the governor, Kingsley Fanwo; and the Chairman Board of Internal Revenue, Alh Yakubu Oseni have both withdrawn from the race to contest for House of Representatives and Senate respectively.

Ebiraland Media gathered that more notices of withdrawal are in the offings as the opportunity to ride through the government's chariots may have been short-lived. 
Police in Lokoja have confirmed that two persons died during Saturday’s bye-election to fill the vacant Lokoja /Kogi seat in House of Representatives.
Spokesman of the command, DSP William Aya, who confirmed this to News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Saturday, said the number of people killed during the election is now two.
He said that the latest victim, who he identified as Yadau Umoru was killed at Ugwan Pawa polling unit, in front of Maigari palace while attempting to snatch a ballot box.
According to him, the corpse of the deceased has been deposited in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
An unidentified man had earlier in the day been killed by a mob at the polling unit located by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s office in Lokoja, while also attempting to snatch a ballot box.
Aya had told NAN that the identity of the unfortunate man was unknown.
The bye-election which started peacefully, with impressive turnout of voters, later became characterized by vote-buying and violence, including ballot box-snatching.
(NAN), KogiReports.
Two agents of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) have been shot by political thugs.
The agents were shot during the ongoing bye-election for Kogi/Koto-Karfe federal constituency, by suspected political thugs in Kogi State.
The Chief Press Secretary to the former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Ali confirmed this to newsmen on earlier today.
The names of the agents is still unknown as at the time of filing this report.
Ali, whose principal is a candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said the two agents have been whisked to an unknown hospital for treatment.
He said they were shot inside their vehicle along Federal Medical Centre road in Lokoja.
However, attempt to snatch election materials and ballot box at one of the polling units at Ward B was frustrated by determined voters.
At Paparanda square, Independent National Electoral Commission staff had to flee the polling unit for safety due to confusion created by sporadic gunshots by security men attached to the chief of staff to Kogi state governor.
The official was alleged to be going from one polling units to another in Lokoja when he was confronted by youths who questioned the legality of his action.
Source Credits: KogiReports.

Perhaps, after the celebration of his birthday on Tuesday, he was all hopes and rejigged to get a grip of his dreamt future, unknown to him that his untimely death awaited. 

Currently viral on social media is the picture of Ali Umar Sheriff, a 300 level student of Kogi State University reportedly stabbed to death yesterday by another student who is currently at large. 

Sheriff as he was popularly called was a student of the Department of Philosophy, and described as one of the students' favorite photographer. 

Sources who linked the incident to a cult activity said the attack happened at the late hours of Thursday when the deceased was returning from his studio located at a student lodge named Millionaire Quarters. 

Sheriff who was deeply stabbed in the neck reportedly died at the school clinic.
The Kogi State command of the Nigeria Police said it had arrested seven suspected robbers and kidnappers that killed an inspector of police, simply identified as Mohammed in the state last November.
The suspects were arrested in various parts of the eastern flank of Kogi State with the AK 47 riffle of the deceased police officer.
The arrested suspects were Ubile Attah, Julius Alhassan, Akuh Audu, Shehu Haliru, Onuche James, Amidu Yakubu and Abdul Tijani.

However, speaking with newsmen while being paraded in the premises of the State police headquarters, one of the suspects, Atah, who claimed to be 15 years old said he leaked the secret of the gang because he was shortchanged.
According to him, after attacking Ejule police post and killed the police officer, the gang also killed three members of the local vigilante and a civilian.
He said they had been using the police inspector’s gun for robbery and kidnapping operations in Igala land.
The suspect, however, said he decided to spill the bean following the refusal of the other members of the gang that were older than him to give him his own share of the ransom they collected from their victims.
According to him, he had complained several times about the action of his colleagues but when they continued to cheat him he had no option than to expose them.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kogi State command, William Aya, said the suspects were arrested with the AK47 rifle of the slain officer.
Aya said the suspects had been terrorising the people of Ejule, Ugwolawo and its environment, adding that they were apprehended by men of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (STS).
Credit: Tribune


The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Matthew Kolawole has assured that Governor Yahaya Bello would not delay assenting to the bill establishing a youth development commission in the state.

The speaker gave the assurance yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen at the advocacy roundtable dialogue on the bill in Abuja.
Hon. Kolawole who expressed optimism that the bill will see the light of the day said the governor has given youths opportunities to be actively engaged in running the affairs of the state by giving them key positions in his cabinet.
The speaker advised the youths to shun social vices and resist attempt to be used as thugs to wreck mayhem in the upcoming election and truncate democratic process in the country.
The sponsor of the bill, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed representing Ankpa 1 State Constituency, said the bill when it scales through would provide lasting solution to the problems of youth restiveness, create job opportunities and empower them to stimulate economic growth.
“The importance of this bill to the state government and the teeming youths of the state cannot be over emphasized. When assented to, it will develop and empower youths who will stimulate economic growth, create more jobs opportunities and boost on internally generated revenue, thereby making significant contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the state.

“It will reduce youth restiveness and social vices like armed robbery, kidnapping and prostitution”.
The lawmaker said the bill would bring about partnership between the state government and international donor agencies to fund youth development programmes in areas of capacity building, entrepreneurship, sports, agriculture and technology.
The Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Eni Obi urged Kogi state government to fast track the passage of the bill, adding that the bill will give the youths the opportunities to contribute immensely to the development of the state.
Ene further maintained that the bill would help tackle the rising cases of unemployment in the state and give them a sense of responsility and commitment to the progress of the state.
Credit: Daily Trust
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Akolo was gunned down after a consultative meeting with a PDP House of Assembly Aspirant jostling to represent Ankpa constituency.

Reacting to the death of Akolo, Kogi elders have jointly issued statement of warning to supporters of politicians in the country, especially Kogi State to  play politics according to the rules of the game by standing with the candidates of their choice and avoid blood letting. 
Elder Yahaya Abuh, speaking on behalf of others in Ankpa, headquarters of Ankpa local government, at the weekend over the killing of Hon Abel Akolo by unknown gunmen, stated that today’s politics does not warrant blood letting and does not need to be so.

 “Nobody should force anybody against his will for support since there are enough evidences for people to follow candidate, noting that you can push the horse to the river but you cannot force it to drink water,” Yahaya stated. 

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Kogi State, Police command, Mr William Ayah ASP, stated that though the report had not reached the command as at press time, he would give the details when informed.
The Kogi State Government has reacted to the death of a Medical Doctor in her employ, Dr Rosemary Chukwudebe, describing the deceased as a hard working staff of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu, the government said it gathered that the deceased doctor had been battling unmentioned health challenges prior to her death.

Audu however said that she was never denied access to health care service even if she was unable to pay. 

"As corroborated by the CMD, one of the policies of the hospital is that no staff will be denied access to any health care service within her ability even if she is temporarily unable to pay for it. More so, the Doctor is said to have been battling premorbid health challenges prior to her death of which professional ethics will not permit us to mention.

"The Ministry of Health will collaborate with the family over the burial arrangement as well as ensuring that other areas of assistance by the State Government is given a deserving attention.  The entire people of the State will miss her invaluable service," he said. 

Following her death, another medical doctor identified as Dr Idris Nuhu and three other nurses slumped almost simultaneously thus causing confusion at the hospital. 

The four medical personnel are now currently on admission at the hospital. 

The Secretary, Association of Resident Doctors at Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Dr Moses Adaudi, who confirmed the incident, said the death of the doctor was as a result of lack of Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she could have been treated.

“There was no oxygen spanner to place her on oxygen and even when she was to undergo some tests, there was no money to carry out the test,” he said. 

Some of the health officials who spoke on the incident said the late doctor had difficulty getting her drugs as she was not among those that were paid March salaries last week. 

According to them, the other doctor would have collapsed following the shocking news of his colleague, while the nurses may have suffered exhaustion from excess workload as they were said to have been on duty since Saturday due to inadequate manpower. 

When contacted, the Kogi State chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Godwin Tijani confirmed the death of the doctor and the collapse of a doctor and three other nurses at the hospital. 

He said those that slumped were being attended to and that there are in stable condition. 

Dr Tijani said he would not make further comment on the incident until after investigations into the matter.
It was a dark Monday at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja as the Head of Department of Internal Medicine, Dr Chukwudibe Rosemary suddenly died over alleged unpaid salaries.

This is also as another doctor, Idris Nuhu and three nurses slumped due to alleged exhaustion.
It was gathered that one attendant also slumped and was currently on admission alongside the nurses.
Sources said all of them have not been paid since February.
It was further gathered that the deceased doctor, who was admitted on Sunday evening for heart related issues, suddenly developed complications around 2 am while his colleagues were battling to save him.

Sources at the hospital said that all the three nurses had been on duty since Saturday morning and were exhausted due to workloads, which had increased in the last two months due to the strike of Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU.

Meanwhile, Dr Moses Adaudi,the Secretary, Association of Residence Doctors, Kogi State Specialist Hospital unit, who confirmed the incident said that the death of the Doctor was as a result of lack of Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where she could have been treated when she developed complications.
“There was no oxygen spanner to place her on oxygen, even when she was to undergo some tests, there was no money to carry out the test,” he said.