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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.