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Kogi Gunmen Attack: community buries 25 corpses of slain members

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

Twentyfive corpses from the Thursday gunmen attack on Agojeju-Odo community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi have been buried.

Chief David Akpa, District Head and Ochala Onu-Ife, Bagaji-Odo, who disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday at his palace in Bagaji-Odo described the attack as barbaric and wicked.

He said that the 25 slain members of the community buried on Saturday included 19 men, two women and four children.

Akpa who revealed that the Thursday attack by the “barbaric and wicked bandits” was the second in the year and condemned the way and manner mayhem was unleashed on his people.

“We are mourning our loved ones who were killed in cold blood. We have never had any misunderstanding either with bandits or with herdsmen before now.

“As it is now, we are living in fear, more so that we heard that they are coming to Bagaji-Odo, where the survivors are taking refuge.

“We are pleading with the Federal and state governments to come to our aid and protect us from the bandits’’, he pleaded.

A community member had alleged on Thursday that a running battle between militia groups in parts of Benue and some bandits led to the onslaught on the sleepy towns of Agojeju-Odo, Ajokpachi-Odo, Bagaji and environs.

“The community member who preferred anonymity said, “They destroyed farm produce with ease in an attempt to draw the communities into the conflict,’’ he said.

The State Security Adviser, Navy Commodore Jerry Omodara (Retired), on Friday hinted that the Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo had ordered a thorough investigation of the conflict.

“The killing of innocent and harmless residents of the community by alleged hired militiamen is very callous, unacceptable and condemnable”, he said.

Omodara confirmed that property; especially houses, vehicles and crops were destroyed in the attack.

The Security Adviser however, called on people of Agojeju-Odo and neighbouring communities to remain calm as government and security agencies were on top of the situation.

Speaking in same vein, SP Williams Aya, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Kogi State Command also assured that security operatives had been drafted to the community to forestall possible resurgence of hostilities.

He said, “A tactical response team of the Police, the Military, and members of vigilance groups has been deployed to the area. Normalcy has since returned to the troubled community.” (Ends)

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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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