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Navy Admiral Jibrin Usman, one of at least 67 aspirants jostling to displace Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for the ticket of the ruling APC in the state has concluded plans to purchase his forms today. Usman, who like most of the surprisingly large number of aspirants who hope to challenge Bello at the APC primaries, hails from the Kogi East senatorial district of the state will pay the sum of N22.5m for the expression of interest and nomination form at the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja.


This development comes even as feelers indicate that many Kogites are displeased with the unwieldy number of aspirants of Kogi East extraction in the race. Nigerians, including many from among the majority Igala tribe which is the most populous in Kogi State and has produced all the previous governors since 1999 have taken to social media and other outlets to voice their disgust at the development.


A senior civil servant resident in Lokoja the state capital who is from the dominant tribe in Kogi East who was speaking under conditions of anonymity complained to our correspondent that unfit and unserious characters have taken over the race, especially in the APC.


‘Running for Governor used to be a serious thing but we are seeing all kinds of people rushing from the APC and the PDP now. Some of these people we know have serious criminal cases in the courts and should ordinarily not talk in public how much less running for executive or legislative office. Then there are those who cannot afford daily meals for their families. All of them are printing posters and gathering as aspirants.’

Our source declared that such people should be ashamed of themselves but feared that the large turnout from Kogi East is likely to send the wrong message about her people to the world.

‘What is all this desperation? Even people who should not be contesting for local government councillor are coming out as governorship aspirants. It is almost as if they believe any Kogi East person will beat Bello because he is from a smaller tribe. That is not true. Our people are objective in everything they do so this crowd is only painting a wrong picture about us.

He also did not also believe that Kogi East had received a good deal from having her sons as previous governors and wondered how anyone can believe the politicians will do better in future.

‘Come to think of it, what have we gained from nearly 20 years of having our people in office, especially after Prince Audu? Are we not the ones in darkness, with no electricity for our people? Our roads are bad, we don’t have water to drink and criminals used to terrorise us until Bello. If the only benefit of a Governor from my place is the title, let the present one continue. At least he knows what we can do and he is respecting us more than our brothers before. Even his traditional ruler has said so.’

It will be recalled that Governor Bello has been severally accused of focusing his administration’s projects in Kogi East and giving her people prominent roles in his government to gain their support. The governor denies the allegations, insisting that as one who detests bigotry, both ethnic and religious, it is only natural that he will allocate state resources proportionally depending on size and need.

the executives of the Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) will be visiting Governor Bello to thank him for the ultramodern Igala Unity House which was commissioned recently at Anyigba.

We also gathered that some of the the ICDA exco will take the opportunity to attend the inaugural meeting of the Project Power Kogi East Committee. Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello set up the committee headed by his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, to quickly bring electricity across the senatorial district.

While inaugurating members during the opening of the Igala Unity House the governor regretted that that Kogi East which had produced all the previous governors of the state had the worst electricity penetration in the state and promised to turn around the narrative in a few months.

Former president of Nigeria Football Federation Alhaji Abdullahi Sani-Lulu says he will be very ready for the forthcoming Kogi State APC governorship primary election.

Sani-Lulu, who was in charge of the NFF when Nigeria participated in her fourth FIFA World Cup finals appearance at South Africa 2010, has confirmed he would be at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, Thursday, August 1st, to pick his party’s expression of interest and nomination form that would enable him to contest for the party’s primary election billed for August 29, 2019.

APC, which is the ruling party in Kogi State, has fixed August 29 for its party primaries in the state, with the winner going ahead to fly the party’s flag in the November 16 governorship election in the state.

A sum of N22.5m has been fixed by the party for the purchase of its nomination and expression of interest by each of the governorship aspirants.

Sani-Lulu, also a onetime FCT Director of Sports before upstaging Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima to become NFF President in 2006, is seen as a major challenger to incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello, amongst others, for the race to the Lord Lugard House – seat of Kogi State government in Lokoja.

“The desire or motivation for this new venture is aimed at serving my people at a higher level,” Sani-Lulu said of his motive of seeking political office after his leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

Sani-Lulu candidature is one brimmed with huge administrative experience, having served in the Federal Capital Development Authority (1981 – 2015), rising to the position of a Director in the Sports Council.

The Chief Executive Officer of Fosla Football Academy, was equally a board member and Chairman of the FCT FA, Team Manager and Patron FCDA Football Club.

A surveyor by profession, Sani-Lulu is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors; Fellow, Institute of Cooperate Administration of Nigeria and also a member of Nigerian Institute of Management, among others.

Government business was put on hold last week when Dr. Fayemi welcomed 7-year-old school boy, Daniel Olutope, to his office in fulfilment of the governor’s invitation to visit when he was in Daniel’s school earlier in May this year.

Fate brought the duo together on 7th May when the governor had lunch with pupils of St. Michael's African Primary School, Ado-Ekiti. Daniel chatted so intelligently that Mr Governor asked if he could be his friend and possibly visit him at home. Daniel agreed and promised that his mother will bring him on a visit. However, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olutope Adaramodu, Daniel’s mum did not believe her son when he got home and told his mum that his new friend, Mr Governor, invited him to visit.

A few months after the meeting, Governor Fayemi instructed his aides to re-visit Daniel’s school and bring him to his office. Daniel was accompanied by his mother, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olutope and his teacher, Mrs Dupe Adeosun to the Governor’s office in Ado Ekiti for what turned into an opportunity for young Daniel to briefly act as Governor.

”Do you remember me, the man who lives on top of the hill?”Governor Fayemi asked Daniel on arrival to which his young friend responded, “yes”. The Governor then led Daniel to his desk and lifted him into his chair, pulled him to his desk and shook his hand “Your Excellency sir”, Dr Fayemi fondly addressed him.

Mr Governor asked if Daniel would love to be Governor when he grows up and Daniel agreed. The governor therefore encouraged him to work hard at his studies so his dream can come true.

Daniel’s mother, Mrs Olutope said the visit was surreal to her and she was elated to see her son sitting in the Governor’s chair, a sign that her child could be governor in future like Dr Kayode Fayemi. She prayed for the governor’s success and thanked him for his kindness to her son.

Daniel’s teacher, Mrs Adeosun commended the governor for inviting her alongside the boy; stating that such gesture would not only encourage other teachers but also raise hope in pupils that they too could become great in future.

Dr Fayemi has since been making necessary interventions to ensure that public schools have not only adequate funding, world-class physical structures, and functional teaching equipment, but also the right nutrition programme that supports the education of the young ones.

Osun state Governor,  Mr  Gboyega Oyetola has advocated for a technology-based approach in the fight against insecurity in the country.

He urged the security agencies to adopt a new thinking that will galvanise optimum results and set the country to the path of peace, unity, progress and prosperity.

Oyetola made the call on Thursday in Osogbo during the 2019 National Security Conference and Public Lecture, organized by the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), of the Nigeria Police Force, Osun state command.

Oyetola who spoke on the theme of the conference, “Kidnapping and Banditry: Understanding the Twin Menace”, said winning the war against kidnapping and banditry requires a deep understanding of the history of insecurity vis-a-vis the forms of crime, causes, threats, strategies for containment and eradication.

He said the security agencies must begin to appraise the successes and failures so far and weaving a workable strategy around them in a bid to stem the tide and rid the nation of the menace.

According to the Governor, kidnapping and banditry are unarguably two dreaded monsters, saying both crimes are fallouts, in the main, of real or perceived injustice in the nation accentuated by youth unemployment and poor economy.

Oyetola who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, said the dire security situation in the country has become a national issue that must be tackled squarely without ethnic or religious inclinations.

He said the kidnapping and banditry have constituted a menace to the Nigeria’s national and corporate image, thus posing a threat to people’s personal safety and business.

Chairman, Osun State Chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Comrade Amitolu Shittu said the programme was organized to reawaken the people’s consciousness to security in the country. He further appreciated the presence of the PCRC National Chairman, Alhaji Dr. Faruk Maiyama, the National Vice Chairman, Alhaji Mogaji Ibraheem Olaniyan and his entourages, the state chairmen and executives.

Shittu said theme of the conference, “Kidnapping and Banditry: Understanding the Twin Menace” was carefully chosen to address and find workable solutions to security challenges confronting the state and Nigeria as a whole.

The Guest Speaker, Mr Segun Fanu, identified lack of institutional capacity, loss of communal values, weak security system, unemployment and poverty among others as reasons for kidnapping and banditry in the country.

He recommended a collaborative effort and synergy among the security agencies and stakeholders as panacea to security challenges in the country.

Fanu, who described security as a duty of all, said the time has come for government policy on non-payment of ransom to be invoked.

He called for the adoption of proactive approach to crime fighting by the police force and increase operational funding and logistics system to the police.

The number of Nigerien nationals rescued in the ongoing peace process in Zamfara State is now ten The number significantly increased with the securing of eight more from Zurmi Emirate and handed over to Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Handing over the foreign nationals, along with fifteen others to the Commissioner of Police in Gusau, Alhaji Usman Nagogo, the Emir said the victims were abducted more than a month ago.

The Emir told the Police Commissioner that the bandits willingly handed over the abductees to him unconditionally as part of the ongoing peace process initiated by the present administration in the state.

“The bandits now believe in the sincerity of this administration to keep to its words.”

“I recall that I made a similar move by advising the former administration of Abdulazeez Yari, but that administration categorically told me it had no interest or intention to dialogue with anyone” Sarkin Zamfaran Anka said.

The number of those rescued from the bandits since the peace process started has now reached 300 persons.

The banker turned politician will be running for the governorship under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He picked up the form on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019.

He contested for the Kogi East Senatorial District in the last election.

For those who don’t know, he is an illustrious son of the Igala kingdom. He is an indigene of Okula-Aloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Born 29th May, 1971. He began his elementary education at St Paul’s Primary School, Sokoto and later proceeded to the prestigious Federal Government College, Sokoto State for his secondary education where he distinguished himself both in character and learning.

He attended University of Jos where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and later to Bayero University Kano where he bagged a Masters degree in Economics in the year 2000.

He earned a Masters degree in Business Administration in 1999 with bias in Corporate Strategy, from Bayero University, Kano. He also has a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship from the ITTL-DRC, University of Phoenix, USA and holds a PhD in Credit Management.

Recently, he bagged another Doctoral degree after a five-year research on Middle Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship. He got the Doctoral degree in Business Administration (DBA) with focus on Leadership, Governance and People Management.

He is a fellow, Institute of Credit Administration (FICA), Fellow, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN) and an International Certified Credit Fellow (ICCF). He is a Member of several Professional and academic bodies in Nigeria and beyond.

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A 46-year-old notorious arms dealer, Godwin Chinyere, who was alleged to have sold most of the firearms, ammunition and rocket launchers used by billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Owuamadike, A.k.A Evans has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Evans who was arrested on June 2017 in his mansion at the highbrow area of Magodo, Lagos State, by the IRT, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari and currently standing trial at the Lagos State High Courts of Igbosere and Ikeja, was said to have mentioned Chinyere at the time of his arrest, as his major arms supplier.
Police sources disclosed that Evans, confessed during his arrest that some of the rocket launchers and Ak-47 rifles, used by members of his gang in blowing up bank security doors and Bullion vans, during robbery and kidnapping operationsy, were all supplied to him by Chinyere, who he said had contacts with arms dealers in Chad and the Niger Republic.
The source explained that operatives of the IRT launched a manhunt on Chinyere at the time they received the information from Evans, but stated that Chinyere, became elusive and went into hiding as he was aware that Evans has been arrested and would give out information as he was singing like a bird.
A source added that Chinyere came out of hiding recently when he felt that the Evans case has gone to court and the IRT operatives hunting for him may have channelled their energy on other cases of national importance but was unaware that the hunt for him was still on. He was trailed to Asaba Delta State, where he was hiding and was apprehended
He confessed selling five Ak-47 rifles to Evans when he was interviewed and he said he began selling and making firearms in the year 1990 after he dropped out of primary school and his parents couldn’t afford his school fees.
Chinyere told newsmen that he is a native of Obingwa area of Abia State and he learned how to make locally made guns from his boss, one late Chinaka Nnawakwo, who he said have been killed by security operatives for gun-running.
“I learned how to make locally made guns from a village known as Abala and I was one chinaka Nnawakwo and that thought me the job. I spent three years learning the job before I started making my own. I have several customers who were gun runners coming to buy guns from me in large quantities. I usually sell locally made double barrel guns for the sum of N10,000 and the single barrel was sold for N6,000, while the locally short guns were sold for N10,000.
One of customers, Samuel Nwakpa, who was coming from the Kaduna State to buy guns from me, was the person who linked me to big arms dealers in Chad and Niger republic. They were the people supplied me the five Ak-47 rifles I sold to Evans which he used for his bank robbery and kidnapping activities. I met Evans when he came to my village to treat his bullet wound and his native doctor Eyinaya Hearth, linked him to me.
“I knew he was using it for armed robbery and for kidnapping. Evans paid me the sum of N1.7million for the five Ak-47 rifles after they were supplied to me in Chad. The rifles were concealed in bags of fish and I took my commissions and gave the rest of the money to Nwapka, who also supplied the rocket launchers to Evans.
“Before Evans was arrested, I have stopped doing the business and I and turned a new leaf, but I fled and went into hiding when he was arrested because I knew he was going to mention my name to the police and I don’t even know that the police still looking for me when I came out of hiding and I was arrested. I warned Evans to stop kidnapping when I turned a new leaf but he wouldn’t listen to me.” He lamented.
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For sometimes now,I have pondered and wondered,over the Dakolos' rape allegations,against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo; of COZA. It is a story that has,and still generates alot of debates in Nigeria's media landscape,particularly, the social media.
The dust raised,as a result of this media whirlwind,is such that leaves one;to the bewilderment of what our society is drifting towards. No doubt,much have been written or aired about this saga. However,many more is craved for,in order to lay the whole imbroglio to a logical standstill. 
For some reasons,I have held my pen,in order to assuage the already debilitating media onslaught,that could annihilate the parties involved in this saga. Sufficed to have said that,however,it is also important to get the public enlightened,to avoid societal rancours. 
At this point in time,it is immaterial,to recount what has transpired. Alot had been fed to public on this topic,but the truth must prevail. 
Let's fast forward a little retrospectively. In her allegation, Busola Dakolo claims she was raped, for good 3times, the first of these incidence, was in her parent's home,even with another adult in the house.  Funny enough,a report claimed that, pastor Biodun had affairs with the said adult. Another report even suggested that,he might have spent the night in Busola's sister's room;to be there that early. How laughable that is!  
In my few days of sojourning this earth,I'm aware;how extremely difficult it could be,for two women to share a man,their intimacy or ties notwithstanding. That could only happen,when such relationship is mandated by marital bonds.
Does it not defy critical cognition,that a "VIRGIN" would be raped,and she was still at ease and peace, till the rapist goes outside to his car,to fetch a bottle of krest. 
The same krest she was not forced to drink? 
When something happens once,it could be said to be an incidence. If it happens again ( the second time),we may call it a 'coincidence,' but surely,I do not have a reasonable grammar; that justifies a sexual intercourse with the same man(rapist) as a rape case. You could see the incoherence of such allegations. 
I do not intend to underestimate the usefulness of the social media,particularly,how effective it could be,in reaching a vast majority. However,many Nigerians digest social media content,with lots of sentiments and emotions. 
Instagram,Twitter, Facebook;etc,are not courts of law. As such,redress for grievances must be sought in the courts,be it crime or civil battles. 
It is worrisome, how individuals, organisations,homes,governments and institutions,are degraded on social media. Some of these social media crusaders do so,as popularity stunts. Besides, is there medical reports from Dakolos to back the purported rape allegation? This,most often than not,is unknown to unsuspecting public.
Back to Timi Dakolo and his wife.  I read, how the musician came out to say, he never said his wife was a virgin,how he never wedded his wife in Biodun's church, how he's been intimidated, by who? how the police served him an invitation and what's not. Let me say that,if not for this saga, I wouldn't have known his wife wasn't a virgin,when he married her...
Has it occurred to Busola, that she is being used,as a social media stooge?  Where are those placard-carrying protesters geering and cheering her?
 I guess the celebrities, actors,and body of 'lawyers' praising her so-called "courage" have sent her money,for the legal escapade she is set for. 
What about all her Facebook and Instagram or Twitter Judges and Senior Advocates...?
I wouldn't want to pitch my tent,with those who refer to what has happened, as fighting the Church(howbeit,it appears so),but,I think the Dakolos are treading on a seriously dangerous highway. The onus lies on them,to make amend quickly,as the whole stunt,or whatever was intended,has further been quashed by the supports shown COZA by  CAN,objective Media houses and Personel with other critical Nigerians.

…Tinubu: ‘Unbroken Progressive Governance Part Of Jakande’s Legacies’

…Jakande Due For National Honour, Says Osoba

Contemporary crop of leaders have valuable lessons to be drawn from personal life and leadership qualities of Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Tuesday in a glowing tribute to his predecessor and first civilian governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s legacy in leadership and governance remained a reference point in contemporary history, despite leaving government for more than three decades ago.

The Governor spoke on the occasion of 90th birthday of Jakande which was held at Havens Event Centre in GRA Ikeja.

The event, which was jointly organised by Lagos State Government and Jakande’s family drew high-profile dignitaries which included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, former Lagos state governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his successor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Ogun State Governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, former Lagos Military Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, former Lagos Deputy Governor, Mr. Femi Pedro, and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among others.

Describing Jakande’s personal life as “selfless and exemplary”, Sanwo-Olu said the ex-governor’s achievements became the pathway for progressive governance in the country.

He said: “Lagos, under the Baba Jakande, became a pillar of support not only to neighbouring states, but also to faraway states, including Borno State, where he made landmark contribution. This goes to show that the progressive mind of Alhaji Jakande has been with him ever since.

“It’s something that all of us needs to copy. I wish today’s leaders could borrow from this example, which shows us how states can collaborate for greater development and opportunities. Alhaji Jakande did it 40 years ago as Governor of Lagos State and scored several firsts.”

Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s name had become a national symbol synonymous with development and progressive politics. Despite his towering achievements in office, Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s simple life stood him out as “fine politician and selfless leader”.

He said: “Jakande is a national name that is synonymous with development, either in provision of potable water, quality education and housing.”

To honour the former governor, Sanwo-Olu announced that the state government will be naming its 496-flat Igando Garden Estate after Alhaji Jakande.

Asiwaju Tinubu described Jakande as a “foremost progressive in Africa”, saying his loyalty to the cause of progressive politics and his leader, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, earned him “unmatched respect”.

Tinubu said: “Papa Jakande had many firsts at a time it was extremely difficult to govern. One of the key qualities of Alhaji Jakande is his unshakable, non-negotiable loyalty to his leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo go blessed memory.”

The APC National Leader said archive of Jakande’s achievements became the guidance for governors after him when confronted with challenges of service delivery in critical sectors, stressing that the success of progressive politics in Lagos was the best birthday gift to Jakande.

Tinubu said: “Ideologically, Alhaji Jakande has never departed from the progressive path. One record we must accept here, which is the best gift to Alhaji Jakande is that, progressive governance has never failed in Lagos.”

Prof. Osinbajo felicitated with the former Lagos governor, thanking God for sparing his life.

Chairman of the occasion, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, declared Jakande as an accomplished Nigerian by all standards, saying he was already a global brand as a journalist and editor before he delved into public service.

“Our celebrant does not have a deserved national honour when people of lesser contributions strut around the country with national honours. It is my recommendation that Baba Jakande be given decorated with nothing lesser than the Commander of the Federal Republic,” Osoba said.