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I’ll End Kidnapping and Other Criminal Activities in Kogi State, Admiral Usman Jibrin Vows

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By Ojone Grace Odaudu

The governorship candidate of the Accord Party in the forthcoming Governorship election in Kogi State, Admiral Usman Jibrin, has laid out his vision for a safer and more secure environment.

Speaking at a fundraising dinner organised by his friends and associates at the International Conference Center, Abuja on Monday, Jibrin pledged to eradicate kidnapping and criminal other activities in the state permanently within a remarkably short period of time once he assumes office.

Addressing participants at the well-attended event, Admiral Jibrin reiterated his commitment to tackling the rising menace of crime, particularly kidnapping, which has plagued Kogi State in recent years. His vow to eliminate these issues quickly has resonated among residents of the state who long for a safer environment to live and work.

Jibrin’s speech emphasized the urgency of addressing the security challenges that have hampered the state’s progress. According to him, “The people of Kogi State have endured the scourge of kidnapping and criminal activities for far too long. It is time for us to take back our state and ensure the safety and security of our citizens. I pledge to work tirelessly to eradicate these issues within a short period once I am elected as governor.”

While the specifics of his plan were not detailed during the speech due to its sensitive nature, Jibrin assured the audience that he had a comprehensive strategy in place, which he would unveil in due course.

He emphasized the importance of collaboration with law enforcement agencies, community leaders, and other stakeholders to address the root causes of criminal activities and to implement effective solutions.

“It is time for the good and peace-loving people of the state to feel the presence of government through the provision of a safe and secure environment, infrastructural and human capital development which they lacked for a long time” he said.

He further reiterated the need for political office holders to imbibe the spirit of servant-leadership which remains the only way to be on the same page with the people.

Speakers at the event, while making generous donations to his campaign, emphasized the need for the people of Kogi State to get it right this time by voting for the retired Naval Chief, considering his his level of education, wealth of professional and administrative experience, national and international exposure. These qualities, they said, stands him out amongst the contenders for the governorship position in the state.

It was also a consensus amongst the various speakers that Admiral Jibrin Usman was the only candidates amongst the crowd who had been proven to have the capacity and the zeal to tackle the plethora of issues that have hampered the state’s economic and social development before now.

Speaking to media on the sidelines, two prominent supporters of one of his major opponents said that they had to attend the event out of their belief that the Admiral had all it takes to deliver good governance to the people of Kogi State. They however preferred to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation.

Amongst those present at the event were politicians that cut across party lines, women and youth groups, retired security officers and public servants and captains of Industry.

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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