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Kogi Gets New Commissioner Of Police; Ede Ekpeji Assumes Duty

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By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

The new Commissioner of Police for Kogi State, CP Ede Ekpeji has assumed duty assuring the people of the state that the command under his control will fight all forms of criminality to make it a safe and peaceful society.

The Commissioner of Police was deployed to the state following the retirement of Mr Hakeem Busari who attained thirty five years in the force.

While taking over the mantle of leadership of the command from the former Commissioner, Ekpeji said the people of the state have given the command the trust to ensure security of life and property, assuring that he will modify and improve on the robust crime fighting apparatus put in place by the former Commissioner. He promised to fight and get rid of intruders that are giving the state sleepless nights.

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“It behove on us to ensure that there is adequate security of life and property. I am sure that officers and men of the command will cooperate with me to achieve the task ahead of us to make the state a crime free society.

“I am not unaware of the high rate of kidnapping in the stat, we are equal to the task and we will fight them to a stand still. I believe the criminals are not from the state because no indigene of the state will be happy to create sleepless night for his people”

On the issue of proliferation of arms and ammunition’s in the hands of unauthorized persons in the state, the new Commissioner disclosed that there is a programme on ground in some states through which arms were recovered from unauthorized persons, promising to replicate that in Kogi state to mop up all forms of arms in the custody of people who are not security agents.

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He solicited the cooperation and support of the media houses to partner with him in the fight against criminals.

The new CP holds a Bachelor Degree in English Language from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and last served as Commissioner of Police in charge of welfare in the department of finance and administration force headquarters Abuja before his recent deployment to Kogi state as Commissioner.

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Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.

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Yahaya Idris, Jos.

Governor Simon Lalang of Plateau State.

Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.

He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.

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He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .

Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.

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The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.

The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.

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Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja

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Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.

According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.

All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.

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The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.

The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.

It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.

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BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike

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The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.

According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

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The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.

The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

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