Kogi no longer safe for criminals under Yahaya Bello, IGP declares
… We’ll resist desperate politicians’ attempts to plunge Kogi into pre-2015 insecurity era – Gov Bello
By Ifeoma Ikem
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Monday, described Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State as a dogged crime fighter who had made the state unsafe for criminals to thrive.
He said the Kogi Governor was one governor that would never raise the alarm of not being in control of security in his state, adding that from what he had observed, the governor “leads from the front”.
The IGP, who spoke during his visit to Kogi State, added that he was happy that Governor Bello was playing the role of the “real Chief Executive Officer” in terms of security, noting that he is “a dependable ally in the battle against national insecurity.”
He said, “I’ve never heard him crying that he doesn’t have control of security in his state. That is because he is able to synergise and cooperate with all the security agencies as well as lead from the front. Security is everybody’s business. When you have a leader who is leading from the front, others will follow. That is what is happening in Kogi.
“Many of the crimes being committed by sons and daughters of Kogi are not even being committed in Kogi but outside Kogi because they have no place in Kogi State again.
“We have people like His Excellency who are supporting our cause. My sincere gratitude to His Excellency for being proactive about security. I can’t remember how many times he has visited the force headquarters, not for himself because he has no reason to; but in his efforts to protect his people. I don’t know how many governors do this.”
In his address, Governor Bello reiterated the readiness of his administration to resist attempts by some desperate politicians to plunge the state into the pre-2015 era of insecurity in the guise of playing politics.
The governor said credible intelligence report at the disposal of the state government had revealed that actions of some politicians were capable of truncating the peace currently enjoyed in the state, stressing that his administration would not allow insecurity to be smuggled into Kogi through the “boot of politics”.
He seized the opportunity to appreciate and commend men of the Kogi State Police Command, currently under the command of CP Edward Chuka Egbuka, as well as those of the various security agencies operating in the state, saying, “They stand by day and by night to secure our lives and properties. We recognize their sacrifice and dedication and we do owe them a weight of gratitude for their service. Together they form a formidable wall of defence for my people and state.”
On how insecurity was tackled in Kogi, the governor said, “It is well known that prior to the inception of the current administration, our citizens lived in perpetual fear from rampaging insecurity of all kinds including high rates of terrorism, kidnapping, bank robbery, violent political agitations, pipeline vandalism, herdsmen/farmers conflicts, inter- and intra-communal clashes, campus and other forms of cultism, amongst others.
“By the grace of God, over the last 7 years my Administration has done its best to supply both the tools and the allied morale boosters that our officers need to excel. In our first year, we were able to buy and distribute over 200 patrol vans, over 500 motorcycles and thousands of communications and tactical equipment to the services. We also continue to provide regular maintenance and logistical support.
“In addition, we established a Joint Task Force, Operation Total Freedom, for them which allowed the Police, the Armed Forces and all the other Security Services, including our community policing network (the Kogi State Vigilante Services), to work in tandem, sharing intel and collaborating real-time in operations. In this way we were able to tackle the distrust existing among the services and which is the root of the lack of synergy hampering their effectiveness.”
Governor Bello attributed his success in security to the combined efforts of the state government and security agencies, saying, “On February 8th, 2017 I received the Special Award for Excellence In Security Governance confered on me by the then Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris. It was the first award of its kind on a sitting Governor by the Nigerian Police. Till today the Nigerian Police Force has not seen it fit to bestow it on any other.
“On December 26, 2020 Major-General MG Ali, Commander of the Special Forces Battalion of the Nigerian Army gave me a highly cherished honourable mention during a public speech and held up our security model as worthy of emulation by other leaders.
“On October 21, 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari presented me with the Distinguished Award for Security Management at the 2022 Nigerian Excellence Awards in Public, held in Abuja.”
Africa Union ECOSOCC Partners ASO Cultural Festival
Africa Union ECOSOCC Partners ASO Cultural Festival
ASO Cultural Festival 2022, Theme” Uniting the City” it’s a one Day Cultural jamboree designed to showcase the Cultural heritage of Abuja and tourism value to the whole world because the nigeria seat of power is unique and Rich in diverse Culture and tourist sites.
The event will Hold on Friday 16th December 2022 at Bolingo Xperia Hotel Central Business District , Abuja.
According the Head of culture and tourism African Union ECOSOCC Hon Quadri-Adu Shakir Kehinde said the organization is willing to partner with the Organizer to host the festival and in the long run assist in training young FCT indigenes in the Area of culture and tourism
The Annual festival will include various activities like Cultural competition among schools and Various local Government in FCT, colourful Cultural Parade, Fashion Show, Musical Concert, Art and Craft Exhibition, Dance, Award Presentation etc The ASO Cultural Festival Will also celebrate the Rich culture and crystallization of the creative spirit and Cultural diversity of the ASO people, the predominant indigenes of Abuja
The festival will attract over 10,000 local and international participants consisting of contingent from the 6 Local Government in FCT, some participating countries, visitors, volunteers, Vendors, Exhibitors, Photographers, Set/ Costumes Designers, Artisans, Students, Security Personnel, Traffic officers, Officials of supporting agencies of Government and Media Houses, other great event during the festival will also include entertainment show with top class musicians and comedians to add colour to the festival.
According to the creative Director – Amb Kingsley Tolu Agboola, The festival will unite the people of the federal capital territory and it will be an avenue to boost the economic activities of the City as many businesses will be involved like hotels, Exhibitors and all.
The Honourable minister for federal capital territory Hon Mohammed miss Bello and Haj. Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Hon Minister of State FCT will be the Special Guest of honour along with other important guests .
The Most Anticipated Event is Organized by ASO Multi Media, a reputable event management Company in Abuja in collaboration with African Union and other media houses as partners
Bidemi Rufai didn’t bring any investor to Ogun, says govt
Bidemi Rufai didn’t bring any investor to Ogun, says govt
The Ogun State government on Sunday said Bidemi Rufai did not bring any business concern to the state during his short stint as a special assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun.
The state government also debunked a news report that Rufai was being paid $2,000 as an aide to the governor.
An online news medium, People’s Gazette had reported that Governor Abiodun was paying $50,000 to Rufai each time he introduced people to him, along with monthly salary of $2,000.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abiodun, Kunle Somorin, on Sunday, Rufai, who was appointed by the governor as his Senior Special Assistant on Housing, never had any close relationship with the governor, prior to his appointment.
According to Somorin, Rufai, like other aides of the governor, was recommended from his ward for the appointment, and not because of any special favour he offered to the governor during his gubernatorial campaigns in 2019.
The statement further faulted and denied the claims by the online medium that Rufai was being paid $2,000 salary, which according to it is “outrageous and baseless.”
According to Somorin, salaries and wages of political office holders are fixed by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, adding that no member of the government is permitted to any other allowances not known to law.
Somorin added that records in the state never showed that Rufai, while serving in the state, brought a single investor or facilitated any investment from the United States of America, wondering how the former political aide would then be paid $50,000 for a deal that never took place.
“Bidemi Rufai was appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Housing, and was nominated for appointment barely three months before he was arrested.
“He had not resumed formerly and had no official office to transact business. He wasn’t part of the Ogun State Economic Management Team and have got no input into the state government activities. His appointment was based on his activities in his ward. He didn’t sit in the State Executive Council meetings and couldn’t have had inputs in policies of the state government.
“The governor had no deal with Rufai on any transaction. He brought not a single one. They can check with the US embassy,” the statement added.
Somorin noted further that Governor Abiodun being a law abiding person and respecter of the rule of law, immediately suspended Rufai after his arrest for fraud in the United States and later terminated his appointment, even before his conviction for the crime by the US court.
He noted that the current political season in the country is an auspicious time for unscrupulous politicians to attack or sponsor attacks against their opponents, hence, the timing of the concocted story.
He said that the political enemies of the governor, who are perhaps not happy with his rising profile, particularly in terms of the huge foreign investment drive and infrastructural development in Ogun State, might want to play up the issue of Rufai to tarnish his image.
Somorin, while calling on the people of the state to disregard the report as a mere “attention seeking” gambit, said that Governor Abiodun would rather not be perturbed by the report, but remain focussed on his mission to position Ogun as number one investors’ preferred destination in the country.
He added that Prince Abiodun would not be distracted by the antics of political traducers in and outside Ogun, submitting that the governor will continue to be just, fair, accountable and equitable in the distribution of amenities across the state.
He also warned journalists, especially online to beware of their eminent roles in the society and guide against succumbing to bread and butter journalism.
Lagos Agog ,As Mother Eagle,Dame Faith Ireoba Soars, Wins Jeep, N5 Million atJigsimur Zdex International Anniversary
Lagos Agog As Mother Eagle,Dame Faith Ireoba Soars, Wins Jeep, N5 Million atJigsimur Zdex International Anniversary By Ifeoma Ikem
Festac Town, a densely populated area of Lagos state metropolis, was recently thrown into celebration as women, men thronged out in numbers to welcome their heroine, Dame Faith Adajiugonnaya Ireoba popularly known as Mother Eagle, who once again triumphed and won a black Mercedes Benz 4matic GL and a Cash prize of five million naira, at the fourth anniversary of Jigsimur Zdex International Company.
Infact, the exclusive but colourful ceremony witnessed the ‘creme de la creme’ of the society.
Indeed, as drums roll out in celebration, there comes a time when sterling quality of integrity and hardwork of a calm headed woman of substance is nationally and internationally recognized.
As Mother Eagle takes the center stage after Jigsimur Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Dr. Queen Lillian Osuofia, announced her winning, every guests appreciated her stunning beauty and her gorgeous apparels that left all in great admiration.
As envisaged, tributes poured in like torrents, as everyone extolled the virtues of the hard working woman also known as ‘ Adajiugonnaya.
Guests attested to the fact that the event was all full of emotions, fun, thrills and paparazzi, as ‘Adajiugonnaya’, one of the best adorable kind hearted woman leader,socialite and lovable lady of substance pulled crowd of the dignitaries, bigwigs and supporters to her side.
Judging from international records, Jigsimur Zdex International fourth anniversary and award recognition, was in tandem with the philosophical Maxim of a great writer, Late Pa Paul Anueyiagu Edom , that said ” It is more glorious to celebrate achievers while alive,so that they will witness greatly than when they are dead”.
Little wonder friends, families and well wishers deemed it pertinent last week Sunday, being precisely November 27th, 2022, to honor and felicitate with Mother Eagle, as she is fondly called by her inner circle friends, associates and admirers.
Dame Faith Ireoba, has with her remarkable quality of resilience, determination and boldness, weathered all storms of life and surmounted trials and obstacles, to become a successful mother Eagle and envy of her compatriots.
Truly, her life story of grass to grace, has been a turning point and reason her friends gets endeared and magnetized to her, which was evident at the event.
Mother Eagle despite past Jigsimur Wins, this year received a mezcedex Benz 4matic Jeep and cheque of Five million naira, besides international Trip award.
Blessed with lovely children, Adajiugonnaya is said to have a life style that is rooted in Godliness,as she constantly insisted that her life and family depended on God in all their activities.
Her colleagues, workers and down liners in the Multi level marketing business adjudged her as a down to earth woman, who would not contribute to anything that would cause problems, while many other people testified of her advisory capabilities once contacted.
For her children, they have learnt to bring their kneels on the ground, as they persistently pray for their sweet mother. One of them wrote: “Mummy thanks for all your support and encouragement. Happiness will not depart from you” .
Speaking, Mother Eagle who has since inception of the company, have been rated one of the topmost leading distributor and Ambassador, was full of excitement, as she thanked her CEO, Jigsimur Zdex International, Queen Lillian Osuofia,for her love and opportunity given to her.
She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to God Almighty and appreciated her families, workers, colleagues,friends and well wishers for their support .
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