Saturday, 3 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief
John Odigie Oyegun appealed to the people of the state to vote
massively for the party's governorship candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki,
comes September 10th in order to consolidate the gains of Governor
Adams Oshiomhole's unparalleled achievements in the last seven and
Oyegun made the call in Benin City, the state capital while debunking
opposition claims that Oshiomhole administration did not achieve
anything substantial but robustly rich in propaganda. He questioned
the PDP's moral rights to criticise APC government in the state after
wasting the people's time and resources for ten years.
"Obviously, the PDP is suffering from crisis of confidence and
self-destruction because they had ten good years to develop Edo State
at a time the federal allocations due to the state was highest,
coupled with ecological funds that ran into several billion of naira.
"The cry that APC under Governor Oshiomhole did not fix all the roads,
Hospitals and Schools across the state by the opposition party lacks
credibility because no government can solve all the problems of the
"Granted that Governor Oshiomhole made some genuine mistakes, he is
still the best we have produced since the history of this state and
region as governor and those who doubt this assertion are those who
have their memories to forget the history of our people.
"That is where continuity and solid development comes in. I am
convinced that no one is better qualified than Mr. Godwin Obaseki to
be the governor of the state after leaning the role of leadership and
governance process in the last seven and a half years under Governor
Oshiomhole's leadership", the national chairman said.
Thursday, 1 September 2016
The rate of kidnapping in Kogi State in relative and absolute terms is unarguably the highest in the country and this makes the State easily qualify as the Kidnapping capital of Nigeria. In Kogi State, no one is safe anymore as people are kidnapped for reasons ranging from economic, political and personal grievances.Hardly a day passes in Kogi without kidnapping leaving the citizens in a perpetual state of fear and hopelessness.The disheartening tales of kidnapping for ransoms ranging from mere airtime (recharge card) to millions of Naira have become so common place as to deride even the most sinister of delinquencies.
The situation is not evenly spread within the State. While the menace appears to be abating in the Central and Western flanks of the State, the Eastern flank seems to have established an industry and made a huge trade out of the despicable and cold-hearted disorder. Kidnapping takes place anytime and anywhere, in places of worship, on the streets, in the hospitals, in homes and even in orphanage homes.The very unfortunate victims lose their lives while the fortunate ones are liberatedafterhuge ransoms from relatives and friends. So bad, it is now a common spectacle in places of worship for people to either give testimonies or do thanksgiving in appreciation to God for helping them through their ordeals in the hands of Kidnappers.
Several attempts made by Eastern Kogites, mostly the Igalas,to draw the attention of the Governments at all levels and relevant stakeholders to their plights have been either ignored, unsuccessful orstifled. From Itobe/Idah axis through Dekina/Bassa to Ankpa, thehorribleaccounts of kidnapping have become a way of life for the hapless and vulnerable citizens of Eastern Kogi who are momentarily unable to live normal lives and commute without anxiety or dissuasion.
When kidnapping berthedin Kogi State 2013, it was like a minor irritation but because it was hugely ignored it has metastasized into a flourishingtrade. Verifiably,the malady grew geometrically, notching figures hitherto unheard and unseen in Nigeria’s kidnapping history. Some say that the matter was made even worse by the wicked silence of political office holders who used the kidnappers as thugs only to dump them after securing electoral victory. Naturally, with guns and all sorts of arms at their disposal and with some cover from beneficiaries of their carnage, it has become impossible to stop them.
The first reported case of kidnapping occurred in 2013 when one Mustapha was abducted from his residence in Ihima, Okehi Local Government Area, of the state. Unfortunately, like several other victims he was later found dead some weeks later. In August of the same year, the younger brother of the former governor of the state, late Abubakar Audu was abductedfrom his home in Aloma, Ofu Local Government Area of the State. In September of the same year, the bursar of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, was kidnapped while his younger brother was killed in the process. The bursar was released after three weeks following the payment of a ransom. In February 2014, the wife and daughter of the former Chairman of Adavi Local Government, Salihu Adaviruku were kidnapped from their home. The woman and her daughter spent over three weeks in captivity before they were released after undisclosed ransom was paid to the captors. In March 2014, two sons of the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly were kidnapped from his residence in Okene and were released after two days following the payment of ransom. In May 28, 2014, Hajia Hawawu Bello, mother of the incumbent Governor of the State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello was kidnapped from her Nagazi residence in Adavi Local Government Area.She was also released after the payment of a ransom.
In 2014, the Rector and Registrar of the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Mathew Akpata andAbu Kazim were abducted within the premises of the institution. They were both released after the payment of various ransoms. One of the most dastardly acts was the abduction of an 80-year-old American Missionary, Rev. Phyllis Sortor, whichalmost resulted to an international problem for Nigeria. It took the combined effort of the Interpol and other security agencies including the DSS to secure her release. Upon her release, she was swiftly conveyed to America with aundertaking never to return to Kogi State again. Clearly, no investor or anyone who abhors pain or any form of inconvenience will ever think of investing in the State considering that the authorities appear to either be helpless or unwilling to do anything about the menace of kidnapping in the State.
From 2015 to date, reported cases of kidnapping have soared leaving one to wonder if the Government or the Police truly exist in Kogi State. The situation of unresolved kidnappings as well as the nonchalance of the police makes one wonder if there isn’t more to it than meets the eye which is why quite a lot of people feel the police must have been compromised and in fact are benefitting hugely from this menace.
The rate of kidnapping is so alarming that the Igala risk losing a whole generation of youths that have taken to kidnapping as a means of livelihood and have in fact formed unions, organisations and associations to train interested, unengaged, unemployed youths most of them graduates up to the Masters level. Little wonder the level of sophistication that they kidnappers bring to their operations and management.
While the frustration of victims, their relatives and friends is understandable, it must be put on record that the ill-equipped police force is doing all it can within the limits imposed by equipment and well-trained man power. Just last month, the Nigeria Police arrested three members of a notorious gang involved in kidnapping people in various parts of Kogi State.A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, said the suspects were arrested at Egume and Anyigba Towns in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State were they have been terrorising the citizens.
It stated that the operatives were led to the hide-out of the gang by a leader of the gang, who identified himself as Ibrahim Nasarawa.Nasarawa was said to have led the police officers to the place where a man identified as Edward Abutu Amedu was held captive.The names of the arrested kidnapers are: Ojonimi Negedu, Awodi Ezekiel and Michael Sule.
The Police in Lokojathis year also rescued three students of the KogiState Polytechnic kidnapped during a Christian fellowship programme. While in captivity, he said, their abductors called their parents and relations to demand a N20 million ransom for their release. The students were rescued after spending three days with their abductors.
Also, two months ago, the police Command in Lokoja paraded 23 suspected kidnappers arrested from Ejule, OfuLocal government area of the state. Six guns, including AK47 rifles, locally made guns, bullet proof vests, charms, ammunition, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and a Ford Galaxy bus with registration number Oyo AH 5095 HK were recovered from them.
Nonetheless, no fewer than 1000 persons have been kid¬napped with various ransoms paid, without any serious arrest let alone a visible determination to eradicate the crime. Where there have been arrests, the abductors are soon set free to return to their “trade” and even hound those who gave information about them to the authorities.
The kidnappers live in our societies, communities, towns and villages and the truth is most of them are known. These communities are manned by community leaders, religious leaders and traditional leaders and it is surprising that everyone is acting as if the kidnappers are either ghost or from outer space. Everything considered, the unabashed nature of the kidnapping menace in Kogi East is a stirring indictment of the leadership of the Eastern flank of the State and reveals the “I-don’t-care”attitude and the “me-myself-and-I” syndrome of the leaders. Ironically, even the leaders have been highly impacted by the strings of kidnappings as they and their relatives have become prime targets for the abductors.
Piqued by the incessant rate of kidnapping, the administration of Governor Idris Wada, the State Government placed N5m reward for anyone who volunteered information towards the arrest of any kidnapper who had laid siege to the State.
The rate of kidnapping in the state has reached its crescendo. If nothing is done, the battered image of the State will plummet from bad to worse. No one is safe. Fear reigns all over the State to the extent, at a point, the State Commissioner of Police was rumoured to have been kidnapped
The Governor, whoseMother was a victim, said imme¬diately after his inauguration on January, 27,that he would swing into action to arrest the crime rate in the State through an effective mobilization of the security agencies in the State as well as through a strategic alliance that makes crime unattractive in Kogi State. That is yet to be seen in the face of rising anxieties about the escalating rate of kidnapping in the State.
At the moment, there is intense apprehension and palpable fear so much so that it is more now an issue of when and not if there would be another victim. Individuals in the state now live in fear as they and their family members are the target of the kidnappers, who hold their victims and use them to negotiate for huge ransoms. Every victim’s family always pays huge sums as ransom to secure the release of their loved ones making the “trade” lucrative for the perpetrators and co-travellers which include the police, vigilante group and traditional leaders.
The Abdulfatah Ahmed’s administration in Kwara State has restated its openness to constructive criticism and inclusiveness in line with the tenets of democracy and provisions of the law.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the State Governor, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, the administration stated that such criticisms by individuals and groups must, however, be based on facts and should not injure the reputation of individuals and organizations.
According to the statement, the State government believes in the rule of law and will not harass any individual or group that criticizes it within the ambit of the law.
While emphasizing that this position is not partisan, the administration stressed that individuals and organizations that feel injured by public statements by any individual or group have a right to seek redress under the law.
It also noted that while the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria guarantees freedom of expression, the same law frowns at incitement, libel and other actions capable of injuring the reputation of others or misleading the public.
Additionally, the statement noted that any individual or groups that circulate unverified information or preposterous claims may be invited by the appropriate security agencies to verify such claims.
The administration said it will continue to encourage dialogue and feedback from the people, adding that it is on record that the Governor Ahmed’s administration has pursued the policy of openness and transparency since its inception and remains committed to those values.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
The airline, which was taken over by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) Saharareporters gathered took the decisive decision when its current management led by Capt. Fola Akinkuotu as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), could not rescue the airline from going further down.
Going by the wicked records of Fulani herdsmen who have turned the clean and clear rivers of their host communities in the southwest area of the country into rivers that flow with human blood, the action of Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose and the state House of Assembly to pass the anti-grazing bill in the state is highly commendable.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Top personalities from all works of life will grace the second edition of Ijesa Day, a celebration of the diverse cultures of Ijesaland holding in Lagos State on Sunday, September 18.
Ijesa Day, a celebration which has turned a reference point since it commenced in 2015, will hold at Anchor Event Center located at 1 Registration Close, off Lateef Jakande Road, Ikeja.
Monday, 29 August 2016
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Sunday, 28 August 2016
The African Union and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, have unveiled the Nominees List for the 2016 edition of AFRIMA, the continents leading music awards.
The highly anticipated Nominees List for the 2016 awards tagged AFRIMA 3.0. was announced to the world media on Monday, August 22, at the Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos with live online broadcast. In attendance were officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AFRIMA Jury, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees, media executives and other stakeholders in the creative/entertainment industries of Africa.
Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets, is partnering with international news and events provider TMT Finance for the inaugural TMT Finance Africa Conference 2016, which is holding in Lagos and is bringing together the leading decision makers in African telecoms, media and technology (TMT) to Lagos on September 20, 2016http://www.tmtfinance.com/lagos/
...As Love Lagos Campaign Peaks In London
The sound and sight of Lagos will on Monday dominate the popular Nothinghill Carnival in London as the #LoveLagosWeekend campaign enters Day three.
…Issues 14-Day Ultimatum
The Lagos State Government on Sunday read the riot act to all the owners of illegal structures, shanties, street hawkers and those who have converted walkways into trading points and food courts in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and the Lagoon Front of Lekki, just as it issued a 14-day grace period to remove such illegal structures.
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a self-acclaimed Chairman of pickpockets in Oshodi, Ibrahim Kasali, and 20 other suspects alleged to be involved in stealing and robbing innocent members of public in the area.
The raiding, which took place at about 4:30 a.m. and ended at 6:35 am, early hours of Friday August 26th, 2016, witnessed the operatives combing Mosafejo, Bolade, Oshodi Oke, and Oshodi Under Bridge, arresting the hoodlums and social miscreants waiting for early rush to pickpocket passers-by and passengers.
The suspect who is popularly known as Ibrahim Babangida of Oshodi, nabbed during the operation while being chased by passengers of a bus which he boarded to pickpocket.
It was gathered that Kasali is feared by his colleagues for his ruthlessness and popularity. “some of his colleagues earlier arrested gave him out as their leader, and that he is the one that goes around to collect items stolen or snatched from passers-by to sell and share the proceeds to all of them”, our source added.
Kasali, the source noted has been to prison four times while one of his accomplices also arrested, Ibrahim Yusuph, 18, from Ogun State, was just out of prison for the eighth time.
Upon completion of preliminary screening, four out of 21 arrested suspects, who could provide satisfactory information about their identity, were released.
Amongst the suspects arrested were, Bello Fatai, Oladimeji Ajisafe, Hassan Adeyemi, Jubril Olamilekan and Babalola Ahmed. Others were, Junior Vincent, Rilwan Oyinsola, Sadiq Taofeek, Kazeem Taiwo, Mutiu Rasheed, Ayodele Adeeko and Sola Omonije to mention but a few.
While confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Superintendent of Police, SP Dolapo Badmus, re-assured people of Lagos, of maximum security in place in the state, adding that the suspects would face the full wrath of law.
The suspects have been transferred to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environment for prosecution.
In a statement made available to this newspaper, Mr. Adebola reiterated the need to end discrimination against people living with disabilities in the country.
The National Cordinator of Oodua People’s Congress, Otunba Gani Adams has appealed to leaders of South West including the Governors, corporate bodies and individuals to give adequate support to programs and policies of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN Commission)
DAWN which was established in 2013 is the coordinating institution pursuing Southwest Nigeria regional integration agenda.