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Senator Ahmed Ogembe representing Kogi central senatorial district has condemned the murder of Hon Yusuf Otaru, a traditional artist and a masquerade custodian as callous and barbaric. 

Ogembe whose Facebook post was followed by an Official statement made available to news men in Abuja on Saturday called on security agencies to root out the killers and make them face the full weight of the law.

Condemning the killing, Ogembe described the act as utterly wicked and callous in its  entirety and expressed hope that the security forces will waste no time in bringing the perpetrators of the heinous act to justice. 

"Its sad to hear that such a fine individual who has over the years remain consistent is giving his best to maintain the standards of our traditional heritage could be murdered in just a few days to Ekuechi festival when we were already looking forward to his usual masterpiece performance" he said. 

Ogembe hailed the deceased for being a great Ebira entertainer of high repute saying, the people have greatly benefited from his wise leadership, guidance and his valuable poetic renditions.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed singer and that God should grant his immediate family, well wishers and the entire people of Ebira tribe the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Credits Source: Ebira Reporters
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.
Image Credits - Kogireports.com
A clergy, Pastor Oluwasegun Otaru of the Voice of Canaan Temple C&S Aladura Church, Ozuri, in Adavi LGA of Kogi State has been arrested in connection with the killing of a sex hawker for ritual purpose.
On 11/06/2018 at about 10pm, one Samuel Oluwasegun of Uruvucheba, Adavi and another Abdulmumini Yakubu of Ozuri area in Adavi LGA in Kogi State went to Hollywood Brotel, Okene, a popular hangout for commercial sex workers.
After exchanging pleasantries with the manager one Mohammed, the two men then approached one Mercy Moses, one of the commercial sex workers resident in the brothel. After discussing with Mercy, she was seen being taken away by the men on a motorcycle.When after two days she did not return, the brothel manager, Mohammed reported at a nearby Police Station at Adavi from where the case was transferred to the State CID, Lokoja.
Two suspects, including Oluwasegun Samuel were arrested but they denied knowledge of Mercy’s whereabouts. However, following diligent interrogation by the Homicide Detectives of the State CID, the two suspects opened up to the gory details of how they were hired by one Pastor Oluwasegun Otaru of The Voice of Canaan Temple C&S Aladura Church, Ozuri, in Adavi LGA of Kogi State to bring a female for use for ritual purposes promising them #700,000.00.
The arrested suspects thereafter led the investigators to an area called Uhodo in Ogaminana area of Adavi where the torso of the remains of Mercy Moses was dug out from a shallow grave.

The police in a well scripted move was able to track and arrest Pastor Otaru who had since the arrest of his accomplices, fled the neighborhood.
The exhumed remains of the victim was deposited at Okene General Hospital mortuary for autopsy.
According to reports filtering in from Kogi, six persons were killed yesterday night following an alleged cult clash in Anyigba, Dekina local government area of the state. It was gathered that the victims were gunned down at various places in the community. One person was reportedly killed at Ofejikpi, one at Kaduna Efekpe, two at Anwa Muslumi, one at Ijebu-ode, one at Ofeko Anyigba.

Soldiers were deployed to Anyigba Community this morning to maintain peace in the area.
The picture of a young Kogi lady identified as Ismaila Onize has been trending on social media, allegedly murdered by her boyfriend who is said to be currently at large.

The murder reportedly happened at the CITEC Estate home of the deceased, in Abuja. A regular columnist with Ebira Reporters, Isa Mubarak gathered that Onize was the only child of her mother, a high-ranking Police Officer.

"A source close to the deceased said the boyfriend had at some point asked her for some money. She was heard screaming 'don't kill me, I will give you the N1million.' But before anyone could get there, the deed had been done," he tweeted.

The lady who was living alone was said to have been constantly violated in regular quarrels and fights with the boyfriend. Mubarak added: "Just hoping that her mum can use her position to ensure this culprit is brought to book. It's not easy on her right now. Losing her only child."


Meanwhile, an Instagram user who claimed live in the same street with the deceased said, as munched;

source;Ebirareporter.

The horrific death of a 5-month-old baby killed by his mother’s boyfriend in Michigan because he suspected her of cheating, has shocked everyone who’s heard of it.

19-year-old Rico Antonio Riggs kicked and severely injured baby Jordan Algee Jr. after the child’s 23-year-old mother Temara Shaniece Reed left the baby at home with him as she went to the store to buy something.

Riggs went through Reed’s phone while she was away and he found text messages from other men and this angered him, so he took the anger out on the child. He reportedly went into the room where the baby was and kicked the baby.

“I lost control, spazzed out and kicked the baby,” Detective Brett Orvis told a judge Reed admitted to him.

When Reeds came home to find her baby crying uncontrollably and having difficulty breathing, she took him to McLaren Flint hospital.

When the baby arrived at the hospital, doctors at first thought he was dead. He was then revived and was immediately transported to Hurley Medical Center, where he died of his injuries on March 25th. An autopsy showed his cause of death was blunt force trauma.

At first, Riggs denied knowledge of what happened to the child. He told police that Reed’s other child, her daughter Nyla, was responsible for the infant’s deadly injuries.

After giving several different accounts of his story, Riggs later admitted he kicked the child over text messages in Reed’s phone that showed she had been in contact with her ex-boyfriends. Riggs also admitted to police he was mad because his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends had been over the house when he wasn’t there.
Following the death of Jordan Jr., Riggs was arrested and charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse, first-degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child, tampering with evidence, and intimidating witnesses.
The boy’s mother, Temara Reed, was also charged after she was convinced by Riggs to lie and cover up for him. She was charged with tampering with evidence, lying to a police officer conducting a violent crime investigation, being an accessory after the fact to a felony, and third-degree child abuse.
If convicted, Reed could up to 21 years in prison. Riggs faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of the most serious charges.
Before her arrest, Reed posted on Facebook the night of her son’s death, mourning him. She said losing him is the worst pain she’s ever had to bear.
“He gone. My baby gone what im gone do why me,” she wrote on the night of the infant’s death.
The next day, she wrote on Facebook: “I wanna thank all my family, friends & everyone that may not know me for praying for me.
I can’t say I’m ok because I’m not but I can say Being a mother of 2 & losing 1 is the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life ! I just can’t wrap my finger around this one.”
She also posted a photo of her smiling son and wrote: “Not waking up to you is killing me man.”
Hoodlums today invaded the venue of the  empowerment programme, organised by Senator Ahmed Ogembe  for women in Okene, Kogi state.
The Afims Hotel venue was already filled up by guests, party members and the would-be-beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, when the hoodlums came calling, wielding dangerous weapons, attacking  people and disrupting the seating arrangement for the event.
The few security men at the hotel were said to have been overwhelmed by the thugs, who scattered tables and chairs and triggered a bedlam.
The thugs said to be armed with dangerous weapons searched frantically for Ogembe who is representing Kogi Central Senatorial district but could not lay hands on him.

Security operatives reportedly intercepted an ash coloured Toyota vehicle with APC sticker. Occupants were allegedly armed with various weapons, stones and catapults. They barricaded the Iruvicheba-Agasa junction in Okene.
An eye witness told Kogireports that the thugs are well known supporters of Governor Yahaya Bello. The witness said the thugs were led by Kenny Agidigbo, Segene, Ohendi, Agomi, KeinKein and Okadigbo. He said one of them, KeinKein attacked the women and broke their legs.

Ogembe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was said to be a few meters away from the hotel when the thugs came.
The thugs later fled the hotel in different directions to escape arrest.
However, many guests, some political associates of Ogembe and  beneficiaries of the empowerment programme were injured during the bedlam.
Ogembe who later showed up at the venue ordered that the injured be taken to hospital for treatment and appealed to the remaining people at the venue to remain calm.
The Senator, after due consultation with his party members announced that the ceremony must hold.
Addressing journalists, Ogembe said that the incident had been reported to the police.
Ogembe condemned the action of the Administrator of Okene, Hon. Muhammad Abdulrazaq who he alleged had earlier issued two unfortunate statements to create the impression that the program would not hold and went on to mobilise thugs with weapons to disrupt the program.

According to a press release from the Senator’s office, his supporters were able to manage the situation by warding off the thugs and maintaining law and order.

“We condemn this show of shame and attempt to launch the area into a war zone just for the sake of instilling fear into our people ahead of next election,” the statement read.
The senator visited the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alh (Dr) Ado Ibrahim earlier today to intimate him of his intention to empower women of his constituency to start a small scale business to make them self reliant.

Responding, the monarch welcomed the Senator with excitement and thanked him for his kind gesture urging him  to ignore the activities of the hoodlums while leveraging on the available means within the ambit of the law to empower his people, who are mostly in need.

Attempts made to get the police to comment on the incident proved abortive as calls made to the telephone line of the state police command spokesman, ASP William Aya were not answered.
Kogi Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga


A masquerader has been shot dead alongside two people at Inoziomi Quarters, in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
They were reportedly shot on Saturday during the Ebe Festival, a local celebration.

A source, who witnessed the incident, said it occurred around 9pm when some gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the victims.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, confirmed the killings.
Aya, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, assured that the perpetrators of the “heinous act will be apprehended to face the wrath of the law.”

 In another development, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Always Petroleum and Gas, Alhaji Otinau Momoh-Jimoh, has been abducted.

The oil mogul, who is in his early 40s, was reportedly abducted around 8pm on Sunday opposite Okene Central Mosque where he often spent time with friends and business associates.

An eyewitness revealed that some gunmen stormed the place and shot continuously to scare people away.


The witness, who identified himself as Usman Ishaq, added that as people were scampering to safety, two of the gunmen held the oil mogul by the hand and dragged him into a Toyota Camry.

He said the assailants drove the victim to an unknown location.
Ishaq said the abductors had yet to call the victim’s family members, adding that no ransom had been demanded.

The PPRO, Aya, however, said the kidnap had yet to be reported to the command.
Angry mob attacked a yet to be identified soldier over his alleged advances on a married woman in Gadumo area of Lokoja, Kogi state capital.
It was learnt that the incident occurred in the evening of Tuesday close to the Master Energy filling station in Gadumo community.
A witness who owns a shop in the vicinity said the soldier who reportedly came to the area from Lagos few days ago was said to have been making advances on a married woman in the community.
It was further learnt that the woman in question turned down the soldier, informing him that she was already married.
The witness said the soldier persisted, which made the woman to report to her husband.
It was learnt that the woman’s husband confronted the soldier and an altercation ensued in the process.
Our correspondent learnt that angry mob upon learning about the incident mobilised themselves and joined hands with the man in fighting the soldier.
The witness said the soldier was beaten black and blue before he was rescued and taken away by some of his colleagues.
When contacted, Spokesman of the Kogi Police Command, Mr Williams Aya said the incident was not reported to the command.
He however said the DPO in charge of C Division (where the incident occurred) confirmed he learnt about an incident in the area and that when he got there, he was told the soldier in question has been taken away by men of the Army.
He said people of the area were not willing to volunteer information to the DPO and his men when they visited the area.
Aya however said that the situation in the area is now under control and the people are going about their normal activities.
Credit: Daily Trust
Suspected kidnappers have killed an expatriate, a policeman and one other person along the Lokoja- Ajaokuta road during a failed attempt to abduct the expatriate.

The incident, which was said to have happened on Sunday morning, also saw another policeman seriously wounded in the attack.
Newsmen gathered that the expatriate, a Chinese, was a management staff of the West African Ceramic Company, located in Ajaokuta, Kogi state.
It was gathered that the unidentified Chinese was in company of the two security men, who were ensuring his safety when the kidnappers struck.
The fully armed kidnappers were said to have abruptly stopped the vehicle in which the people were traveling with the aim of abducting the Chinese for ransom.
But the police officers were said to have resisted the attempt, following which they engaged the hoodlums in gun duel.
They were however overpowered by the hoodlums, who rained bullet on the policemen and their target, killing three of them and wounding one of the policemen.
The hoodlums were said to have fled the scene immediately the kidnapping failed and left the victims in the pool of their blood.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, said the people were attacked by kidnappers operating along the Ajaokuta axis.
He however said investigation into the crime had commenced, saying the command was committed to the safety of the people.
Kekere Abdulkareem
The Member representing Okehi constituency at the Kogi State House of Assembly, Kekere Abdulkareem has on Saturday morning narrowly escaped some armed bandits along the Okene-Lokoja road. 

Abdulkareem while giving the testimony, revealed that he was in the car with "his people" when the gunmen attacked, leaving his car riddled with bullets. 
In his words: "I have once again got another reason to say 'Alhamdulillah'. An encounter with Armed bandits this morning along Okene-Lokoja road but the almighty Allah I serve devotedly showed me another reason why I should always count on His mercy and protection. 
"Car damaged but the All-Knowing Allah saved my life and the lives of my people in the car, which are more precious to me."
He also commended the speedy response of the Kogi State Police Command to contain the challenge on the highways. 
"A quick intervention by Kogi State Police Command deserves some commendation, another Kudos to Alh. Yahaya Bello-led government's efforts in containing security challenges in Kogi State," he said.
Stephen Otaru aka Pastor
A business tycoon in Adavi Eba Adavi Local Government of Kogi State, identified as Isiaka Stephen Otaru, aka, Pastor has been killed by gunmen in a night shoot out. Otaru was gunned down by suspected assasins on his way home on Wednesday night, at about 10.30pm close to his house, located beside Nuru Islam Primary School in Adavi Local Government. Ebiraland Media gathered that his bullet-riddled body was found in a car which still had its engine running and the driver’s door flung open.

The deceased according to residents is into cold room business. A neighbor who doesn’t want his name in print said the gunmen came through the bush and shot at him.

“When we heard the gunshot, me and my wife shouted. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do anything because of the fear of being hurt.

“I can’t say categorically how many they are but I could only recall that they came through the bush to perpetuate their evil act.

“The deceased is a good man, who is well know in the community most, especially within his line of business.”

Confirming the incident, the Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Asp William Aya said the deceased Isiaka Steven Otaru closed from his shop on that day before he was killed.

“On the 2nd August, around 11pm the Nigeria Police Adavi Division got a distress call that one Isiaka Stephen Otaru AKA pastor was shot by some hoodlums close to his residence at Adavi Eba area.
“When the Police got this information, the Divisional Police Officer quickly led a team to the scene to confirm the incident.

“On inquiry, it was revealed that, the deceased left his cold room shop around 10:30pm of that same day and was going to his house. So, he directed all his workers to close the shop for the day as it was getting late.

“Few minutes after leaving the shop, information reached residents that the man was shot by unknown assailants very close to his house while he was driving,” Aya explained.

He said the police were yet to make any arrest in respect to the assassination adding that, “Investigations is on to track down the fleeing assailants.”
 
The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole has been murdered around Okene, in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja on Thursday.
Kolawole had left Osogbo in the early hours of Thursday for Abuja, to felicitate with her friend, who is the Solicitor General in the state on her confirmation as a judge before he was accosted and shot by unknown assailants along Okene-Abuja road around noon.
She was said to have been rushed to a hospital at Lokoja, the state capital but later gave up the ghost.
The younger brother to the deceased, Mr Femi Ajibade, who spoke to Daily Post on Friday expressed shock over the incident, he described the death of his sister as devastating and sadden.
According to him, the family members became so anxious when her number was no more going through on Thursday evening.“I spoke with her last on Wednesday, and one of my sisters called me on Thursday evening that her number could not be reached, I rushed down to her house at Ofatedo where I gathered that she was in a critical condition after being attacked and shot by ” armed robbers’ in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja for an event.
“We later arranged among the family members to travel to Kogi and ascertain her condition, but we were prevailed upon not to go again, as some of her associates confirmed to us that she was dead”, he said.
Daily Post gathered that the deceased, who is one of the most powerful Permanent Secretaries in the state hailed from Modakeke, in Ife East Local Government of Osun.
Someone send me this news just now about the Echane festival ongoing in Okene, Kogi State Central. The masquerade clash occur at Idogido Street in Okene as our informant claim, and the fight has claim two lives against the undertaken signed by custodian of ECHANE festival with Okene L.G.A Chairman to be a violent free celebration.

Another source told us that a masquerade was re-killed and two other people by unknown gunmen, though we don't know how true this second report is, for when we ask for evidence (Photos or Videos) the source was not able to provide any evidence.

But the below photos are photos of the masquerade clash victim but unfortunately no masquerade picture.






Masquerade Clash In Okene Claim Life's - See Photos.


Masquerade Clash In Okene Claim Life's - See Photos.

Public react at this insecurity era in EBIRALAND somebody and an elite will approved the celebration of ECHANE festival that has record from one crisis or the other.

Please if you are a witness of the crisis and you have enough evidence pleas don't hesitate to send us full reports thanks for reading.

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On Friday, January 10, gunmen attacked a police station at Eika community in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state, killing two policemen, a detainee and burned down the police station.
The governor who visited the scene of the attack vowed to quash the menace of terrorism in the state.

Governor Bello of Kogi state today visited the police station that was attacked by gunmen


Governor Bello of Kogi state today visited the police station that was attacked by gunmen in the early hours of the day.

The governor blamed the Boko Haram sect for the attack.

In a statement made available to newsmen, the governor said some Boko Haram sects have entered the state to perpetuate evil.

His statement read: “Security reports have revealed the existence of a microscopic Boko Haram cell in the central part of the State who escaped and made their way into Kogi State as our gallant soldiers in the North-East clamped down on and have them annihilated.

“Needless to say, the Kogi state government under His Excellency has been proactive on security as all security agencies in the state have been well equipped to tackle armed robbery and kidnapping in the state.

“This terrorist cell depend on proceeds they make from kidnapping to finance their activities. But unfortunately for them, their kidnapping activities have been hampered and greatly reduced by the police and other security forces in the central part of the state.

Gunmen attack Kogi police station, kill four


“By and large, the attack by this terrorist cell on Eika Police station in Okehi where two policemen and a community leader were killed is a fight back on the police force who have hampered their operations and means of making money through kidnapping to finance their terrorist activities.
Recall that the gunmen who invaded the police station at about 1 a.m. also killed the Chairman, Eika Community Development Association, Mallam Sadiq Obomi.

Premium Times gathered that the criminals who came in two vehicles were heavily armed and numbered about 10.

Gunmen attack Kogi police station, kill four

The state commissioner of Police, Abdulahi Chafe, confirmed the incident , promising to provide details later.
A resident of of the community said that the gunmen started shooting into the air as they made their way to the police station.

The operation was said to have lasted for almost two hours before the criminals fled.
Thief Burnt to Ashes In University Of Agriculture Makurdi Today


A thief this morning discovered burnt to ashes at Federal university of Agriculture makurdi, Benue state.

The source which stated that, the thief yesterday night stormed a private students hostel at south core of the university called Joy hostels .

The source further explained that, the thief stormed into a student room and demanded for his laptop and phone but the said student refused to give out his laptop and phone .

At that moment the thief angrily shot the student once, but unfortunately to him, the student dogged the gun shot, then he started dragging with him and further raised alarm.

The students of Federal University Of Agriculture makurdi in large numbers came out of their various rooms and held the thief.

He was Today discovered burnt to ashes today along South core road today.
See Graphic Photos Below;
Thief Burnt to Ashes In University Of Agriculture Makurdi Today

Thief Burnt to Ashes In University Of Agriculture Makurdi Today


Source: Naijaloaded
 
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a lecturer of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Ms Christiana Agbulu.

Kogi State Police Command confirmed the arrest.

The Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, who disclosed this Wednesday in Lokoja, said the suspects were arrested in their hideout, Tuesday.

Aya, who revealed that the handset of the murdered lecturer was found with the suspects, said the suspects are assisting the police and would soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

The female lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Christie Agbulu, kidnapped in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, on November 26, 2016 was found dead on Tuesday.

Acting chairperson of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi chapter, Dr Bemgba Anjembe, said the corpse which was found in a decomposing state by security operatives had been handed over to the family for burial.

Anjembe prayed God to grant the family and university community fortitude to bear the loss.
The lecturer was kidnapped as soon as she arrived in Kogi state and the abductors used her phone to demand a ransom of N150, 000.

ASUU had in December expressed worry over the fate of its colleague and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the police to ensure her release.

Anjembe, who spoke then through Secretary of the union, Ishaq Eneji, stated that the union was dissatisfied that security agencies were yet to rescue Ms. Agbulu.

It was gathered that the kidnappers had demanded that the N150,000 ransom to be paid into the victim’s account immediately after her abduction.

The gang leader was identified while trying to use the victim’s ATM card to make withdrawal. It was further revealed that the lecturer was raped before she was killed.