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Kogi Election Tribunal: SDP raises issues over alleged massive attacks on Members

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***Urges Presidency, Security agencies to wade in

The Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Friday raised the alarm over alledged massive clamp down on its members who appeared as witnesses before the on going Kogi State Gubernatorial Election Tribunal holding at National Judiciary Institute, Abuja.

The National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam who addressed newsmen in Abuja over the incident, urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the heads of the nation’s security Forces to wade into the urgly development In the National interest

According to him, “We wish to formally report that immediately after the Testimonies at the Petition Tribunal which sat on 28 March 2024, there were sporadic attacks on the lives and properties of members who testified for SDP as well as attacks on their families and shops in Kogi State.
“On 28 March 2024, the following attacks on SDP members were recorded in Kogi State:
a) The house and shops of Mr. Galadima were vandalised and wares brought out and put on fire at Oziokutu.
b) The properties of Hon. Agomi were brought out of his house and set on fire.
c) The items in the Pharmacy of Hon. Mumuni Time at Idoji – Inike junction were vandalised and destroyed and burnt.
d) The family house of Hon Mustapha Otinawu at Ahogede, Idozumi was attacked and destroyed.
e) The rented apartment of Hon. Agomi Yusuf at Okengwe was attacked and his properties carted outside and burnt.
f) The house of Mr. Dahiru Orietesu at Orietesu was attacked, properties brought out and destroyed. His pregnant wife was badly beaten, and she is still hospitalised at the time of this report.

“It is again with great sense of responsibility, and now with great sadness that we wish to bring to the attention of the Inspector General of Police of the Federation the blatant threats to peace and security in Kogi State which have now escalated and to remind the IGP of our letter to his good-self dated 26 February 2024 titled “BLATANT THREATS TO PEACE AND SECURITY IN KOGI STATE CAN ESCALATE.” Sadly, the situation in Kogi State has indeed escalated.

“In our letter under reference, we called the attention of the IGP to the emergent threats to peace and security in Kogi State which portend significant dangers of national dimensions and requested your-good-self for swift and effective intervention to restore law and order and security to avert unwarranted escalation within the State or to national disaster.
“We reported that a group of persons have carried out attacks on SDP members and incited the public to attack them. The group also threatened the safety and lives of our party officials publicly including through radio announcements warning them to take heed at the risk of their lives and those of their families.
“The group has been daring and brazen about its readiness to attack to the level that it took its heinous and dastardly campaign to a Government licensed Radio station, Jatto 102.7 FM Radio Station, to threaten SDP members warning them not to testify in election petition tribunal or they will deal with them and their family members.
“We reminded the IGP that a group of people had unleashed so much terror in Kogi State before and the after the November 2023 election resulting in destruction of the SDP Gubernatorial Secretariat in Lokoja in July 2023, and burning down of the same Secretariat in August 2023 as well as caused so much mayhem and reckless attacks including on the Election Petition Tribunal that the Federal Government had to shift the sitting of the Tribunal from Lokoja in Kogi State to Abuja.
“We reported that in spite of shifting of the Tribunal operations to Abuja, the group has continued to use quasi-security bodies to unleash havoc and violence in Kogi State with deadly focus on members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
“On 26 February 2024, we urged the IGP to note that there are proven threats to the safety and security of our Tribunal witnesses and requested the intervention of the Police to investigate and curb the unlawful and illegal activities and other illegal quasi-security groups in Kogi State and bring them to justice and to call to order the owners and management of Jatto 102.7 FM Radio and to stop them from further making obnoxious announcements and inciting the public to violence.
“On 28 March 2024, one month after, we have noted with great sadness that the threats to peace and security in Kogi State have indeed escalated.
“As a responsive and responsible political party, we hereby wish to humbly inform the IGP that the threats to the safety and security of our members in Kogi State are indeed real and dangerous. We respectfully enjoin the IGP to please intervene before the situation fets out of hand.

“We have concluded plans to book a physical appointment with the Inspector General of Police IGP to pay our complaints before him again for further action

” The last petition we wrote to him in February this year about our intelligence report on the planned attacks on our members which we still have the acknowledgement copy, he directed the Kogi State Commissioner of Police to investigate out case and the Commissioner directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP (Political) to handle the matter

“Rather than to do the needful immediately, the DCP wrote to invite the Party”s National Secretary to come down to Lokoja, Kogi State to come and surbstanciate out claim

“At this juncture, we are calling on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to act fast and do the needful on the Kogi State insecurity matter so as not to set the State on fire, we have been calling our people to order, we knew what we went through and now the case is at the Tribunal for abdjudication, they should allow the judiciary to complete its assignment and should Stop harassing the witnesses ”

Both the National Secretary of the Party and its National Legal Adviser, Dr Olu Agunloye and Mr Aderemi Abimbola also displayed various photo evidences of the attacks against Party members before the media

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Kogi begins implementation of renewed hope housing project

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Work on the proposed 1000 units housing estate under the Renewed Hope Housing Project in Kogi state is set to begin in earnest following the directives given by the Governor of the State Usman Ododo

Governor Ododo gave the indication while playing host to the Management of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) led by the Managing Director, Honourable Ayotunde Ojo on a working visit to Lokoja the state capital on Wednesday.

A statement by his Special Adviser on media Ismaila Isah quoted the Hovernor to have noted that the meeting which is aimed at finalizing preparations for the implementation of the Renewed Hope Housing Project in the state, is a further demonstration of the resolve of his administration to key into the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He described the meeting with the management of the Federal Housing Authority as timely in view of the determination of his administration to ensure that Kogi State enjoys her fair share of efforts by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the housing deficit in Nigeria with the Renewed Hope Housing Project.

While commending previous efforts made by the state government to address housing deficit in the state, Governor Ododo noted that Kogi state is critical to the actualisation of federal government policy to provide affordable housing for the Nigerian populace under the Renewed Hope Agenda in view of the strategic location of the state.

“As a state that borders nine other states and the FCT, our population growth and the effect of urbanization and migration to the state from neighbouring states and the FCT for social and economic reasons has significantly impacted housing needs in Kogi State.

“It will be the most strategic choice for the FHA through the Renewed Hope Housing Project of Mr President to consider Kogi State as a prime location for the Renewed Hope City.

“Kogi State is hereby allocating 100 hectares of land to the Federal Housing Authority to commence the building of the Renewed Hope City with full compensation paid by the government,” Governor Ododo said.

The Governor commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for finding Kogi State worthy of consideration for the Renewed Hope Housing Project, stressing that the construction of the Renewed Hope City in Kogi State is in line with his campaign promise to make Kogi state opened for business and by expanding housing development beyond the 16 kilometer radius of the state capital master plan.

The Governor assured the FHA of all the support required to ensure successful implementation of the Renewed Hope City in the state.

In his welcome remarks, the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Honourable Taiye Abanika said the working visit by the management of the Federal Housing Authority will serve as an impetus for the state to key into the Renewed Hope Housing Project aimed at enhancing access to affordable housing by all Nigerians particularly the people of Kogi State.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Honourable Ayotunde Ojo described his visit to Kogi state as a home coming due to his ancestral connection with the state capital.

He commended Governor Ododo for the bold initiatives by according priorities to the welfare of workers and ensuring security of lives and property in the state.

He assured that the organization will mobilize resources to commence the construction of the Renewed Hope City in the state as soon as possible.

The Kogi State Renewed Hope City is to be located on a 100 hectares of land off the Lokoja-Okene road in Zariagi.

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Kogi Assembly urges deployment of Armed Personnel To complex over insecurity

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

The Kogi State House of Assembly has on Wednesday called on security agencies in the state to provide adequate security cover for the Assembly Complex in view of the high profile cases of kidnaping and general insecurity in the state.

The House made the call in a resolution following the adoption of a motion moved by the Speaker, Rt Hon. Aliyu Umar Yusuf at plenary on Wednesday in Lokoja.

The Speaker decried the high profile cases of kidnapping across the state and expressed concern over the security of the legislators, staff and the entire Assembly complex.

Yusuf said the lawmakers and and the complex were no longer safe noting that the most of the security personnel securing the complex and the legislators were not armed and would find it difficult to repel an attack.

He therefore urged the security agencies to deploy more armed personnel to the complex to secure lives and property.

Rt Hon. Yusuf pleaded that the situation should not be allowed to deteriorate to the level where the Assembly would be forced to embark on self-help with “our own internal security.”

The Speaker therefore, directed the Clerk of the House, Alhaji Ahmed Chogudo, to open line of communication with Heads of security agencies in the state and intimate them with the resolution of the Assembly for immediate action.

“In view of recent security challenges in our Country and also our dear State, it is important that we beef up security here at the Assembly complex before, during and after sitting.

“The Clerk of the House should intimate the various security agencies that they should provide armed security personnel to safeguard this complex during and even after sittings”, He said.

The Legislators adopted the motion following an overwhelming voice votes in its support. (Ends)

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Kogi Gov directs immediate implementation of 1000-Unit Renewed Hope Housing Project

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***Allocates 100-hectare land

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

GOVERNOR Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi has given directive for the immediate commencement of work on the proposed 1000-unit Housing estate under the Renewed Hope Housing Project in the state.

The governor also said that he has allocated a 100-hectare land to the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) for the project.

Ododo disclosed this when he received the Management of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) led by the Managing Director, Hon. Ayotunde Ojo who was on a working visit to Lokoja, the state capital on Wednesday.

The Governor who hinted that full compensation for the allocated 100-hectare land had been paid noted that the meeting with the Management of FHA was aimed at finalizing preparations for the implementation of the Renewed Hope Housing Project in the state.

Ododo added that the directive was a further demonstration of the resolve of his administration to key into the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Governor reiterated the determination of his administration to ensure that Kogi enjoyed her fair share of efforts by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the housing deficit in Nigeria with the Renewed Hope Housing Project.

He said Kogi was critical to the actualisation of Federal Government policy to provide affordable housing for the Nigerian populace under the Renewed Hope Agenda in view of the strategic location of the state.

“As a state that borders nine other states and the FCT, our population growth and the effect of urbanization and migration to the state from neighbouring states and the FCT for social and economic reasons has significantly impacted housing needs in Kogi State.

“It will be the most strategic choice for the FHA through the Renewed Hope Housing Project of Mr President to consider Kogi State as a prime location for the Renewed Hope City.

“Kogi State is hereby allocating 100 hectares of land to the Federal Housing Authority to commence the building of the Renewed Hope City with full compensation paid by the government,” Governor Ododo said.

He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for finding Kogi State worthy of consideration for the Renewed Hope Housing Project.

Ododo stressed that construction of the Renewed Hope City in Kogi State is in line with his campaign promise to make Kogi state open for business and by expanding housing development beyond the 16 kilometer radius of the state capital master plan.

The Governor assured the FHA of all the support required to ensure successful implementation of the Renewed Hope City in the state.

In his welcome remarks, the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Taiye Abanika applauded Management of the Federal Housing Authority for the working visit.

He said that the visit would serve as an impetus for the state to key into the Renewed Hope Housing Project aimed at enhancing access to affordable housing by all Nigerians particularly the people of Kogi State.

In his remarks, Hon. Ayotunde Ojo, Managing Director of the Authority, described his visit to Kogi state as home coming in view of his ancestral connection with the state capital.

He commended Governor Ododo for the bold initiatives by according priorities to the welfare of workers and ensuring security of lives and property in the state.

The MD assured that the organization would mobilize resources to commence the construction of the Renewed Hope City in the state as soon as possible.

The Kogi State Renewed Hope City under the Renewed Hope Housing Project of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to be located on a 100 hectares of land, off the Lokoja-Okene road in Zariagi. (Ends)

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