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Unknown Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill APC Chairman, Chief Imam and 20 Others, Injured Policemen



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Kogi LG Administrator, Commissioner of Police, Ohimegye Igu, Condemn Tawari Attacks, Describes The Incidents As Disastrous And Heinous

By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja

An early morning attack on Tawari village in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi state on Friday by unknown gunmen has left behind 23 persons dead.

Sources from Tawari village revealed that the attackers whom they alleged could be Fulani herdsmen, invaded the village at about 12 am on Friday, shooting sporadically setting houses, and churches ablaze.

Also touched were the only private clinic, Church established by the Missionaries in the Colonial era in 1952 and the official vehicle of the traditional ruler of the area, the Aguma of Tawari, Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari among other numerous property.

It was also confirmed that the APC Chairman Tawari ward, Ibrahim Simbabi, and the Chief Imam of the village, Mallam Zakari Salihu were gruesomely murdered during the unexpected attack.

Among those that lost their lives were 20 Bassa Kwomu and 3 Gbagyi men, while several others including some Policemen were reported to have sustained serious injuries and are presently receiving treatment at the Koton Karfe general hospital.

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The Administrator of Kogi local government, Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, who visited the community to access the situation and condole the Traditional Ruler, the Aguma of Tawari, Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari described the killings as “wicked, Disastrous and heartless”.

The Administrator who in company of the state Police Commissioner, said that unidentified gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked a Bassa Kwomu community in Tawari and killed over 20 young men aged between 20 and 40 years and above.

Tanko promised the residents that the council would work with relevant security agencies and volunteers to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and prosecuted.

He directed the immediate evacuation of the survivors to Koton-Karfe Hospital for proper medical care, pledging that the council would settle the bill for the deceased burial.

He advised residents to report their problems to appropriate authority rather than taking the laws into their hands.

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Also, Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ede Ayuba, appealed to the families of the victims not to take to reprisal, assuring them that efforts were on to apprehend the killers.

Earlier, the Aguma of Tawari, HRH, Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari told both the Administrator and Commissioner of Police that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by some Fulani people, adding that the attack started at about 12 midnight in the early hour of today (Friday) leading to gruesome murder of over 20 young men.

The Security agencies incharge of Kogi LG, the Police, SARS, Nigeria Army and civilian joint task force, confirmed the incident and said that they have since commenced full investigation into the matter.

Residents who were lucky to survive the raid, recalled that a year ago there was a problem between the Bassas Kwomu and the Nomads in the area over trespass into farmland, but was said to have been settled on the condition that the farmers will not burn the bush to enable their cattle feed on the grass.

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When Unfortunately some unknown farmers or hunters reneged on the agreement and started burning the bush. The herders were said to have protested an action that did not go down well with farmers and that sparked physical combat that led to the death a young Fulani herdsman.

It was gathered that a truce was reached on condition that there would not be any reprisal or counter attack by both the farmers and herdsmen.

The farmers were said to have suspected strange movements of the Nomads as they were seen moving out of the area unceremoniously. Some didn’t suspect any danger coming as they believe it is the usual nomadic life of migration in search of greener pastures.

With the Friday early morning attack, it downed on them to point accusing finger to the migrated Fulanis, calling on the security agencies and the government to come to their aid.

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FCT Minister Of State Lauds Buhari’s Efforts For Addressing Mass Unemployment



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FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Saturday, commended President Muhammadu BuharI’s thoughtfulness in initiating the Extended Special Public Works Programme aimed at addressing mass unemployment among the unskilled youth.

The Minister made the commendation at the state flag-off of the federal government extended special public works programme held in Lokoja township stadium, also maintained that the interventionist programme, approved in October 2019 was specifically for 1,000 persons each from all the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the country for temporary employment during the dry season.

Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the programme was not entirely new in Nigeria, however observed that this is the first time in Nigeria government is focusing on unskilled workers, adding that before now, the emphasis has been on unemployed graduates and skilled workers.

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She also noted that these types of programmes were used during the Great Depression by industrialised nations to immediately respond to grinding poverty at the lowest level of the society that normally bear the brunt of such economic upheavals.

The Minister In a statement by
Austine Elemue, S.A Media affirmed that the programme was also effectively used during colonial Africa to quickly respond to situations such as drought and famine by mobilising the unskilled persons to engage in other labour intensive infrastructural projects as a means of immediately alleviating their situation.

In her words: “I understand that the interventionist programme, approved in October 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari, was specifically for 1,000 persons each from all the 774 Local Government Areas of the country for temporary employment during the dry season.

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“Nevertheless, the programme is not entirely new to Nigeria as the National Directorate of Employment in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) first introduced it in the mid 90s, even though, the ILO itself derived the idea of Special Public Works programme from several historical templates.

“Let me add that though the programme is not entire new, but what is novel is the fact that this is the first time Nigerian government is focusing on unskilled workers. Before now, the emphasis has been on unemployed graduates and skilled workers”.

Aliyu, therefore, called on all the participants especially from Kogi State to reciprocate the gesture of Mr. President by diligently executing their assigned roles through out the duration of the short-term but fruitful engagement of the programme.

Earlier, the Acting Director General of National Directorate of Employment, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo, revealed that the initiative would have commenced some three months ago, but was regrettably delayed due to unnecessary and unavoidable circumstances, noting that with the flag off of the programme the communities would witness a facelift through the activities of specific works to be carried out by participants ranging from drainage clearing and maintenance, vegetation control, feeder roads amongst others.

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He assured that participants have been duly documented and their details captured by designated banks to guarantee a fraud free, transparent and fair service delivery, stressing that to ensure effective monitoring of the scheme, supervisors have been appointed in all the electoral wards of the country to conduct supervisory roles.

Governor Yahaya Bello and FCT Minister Of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The event had in attendance Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Deputy Governor David Edward Onoja, members of state executive council, LGAs Chairmen, party leaders and supporters.


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Why White Pigeons Refused To Flying Out Of The Cage At The Armed Forces Day Celebration In Abuja (+Video) – Aide



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According Bashir Ahmad who shares photo of white pigeons flying at the Armed forces day celebration has given reason why they initially refused to fly

Bashir Ahmad is President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, has shared a photo of the white pigeons flying out of the cage at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja. learnt that the celebration which held at the National Arcade, Eagle Square, the white pigeons at the celebration ground refused to fly when President Buhari set them free during the ceremony.

This has spark reactions from Nigerians who took to social media.

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In an apparent attempt to counter the opinions of many, Bashir has now shared a photo of the pigeons flying out of the cage.

While responding to a Tweet, Bashir in a now-deleted tweet, also gave an explanation of why the Pigeons did not initially fly and what happened to them.

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Multiple accidents claim 17 lives in Kogi, 2 Police Inspectors involved



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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Two ghastly motor accidents occurred separately along Lokoja — Ayingba road in Kogi state on Thursday claiming no fewer than 17 lives involving two Police Inspectors and 15 other persons

The first accident occurred near Ojudu village in the afternoon of the fateful Thursday involving two Police Inspectors who were on their way to a mortuary at Ayingba to pick the remains of their colleague sergeant who earlier died in an accident on the same road.

The deceased officers were in an ambulance with an empty casket when an articulated vehicle was said to have ran into them, killing all the occupants including the driver.

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According to the Police Public Relation Officer,(PPRO) DSP William Aya, the two officers were sent to an  Ayingba morgue to pick the corpse of their late sergeant who died in an earlier accident for onward movement to Adamawa state for burial when they lost their lives.

About 5 hours after Fourteen persons, including five children same day, Thursday, lost their lives in another ghastly motor accident which occurred on same  Anyingba – Lokoja road in Kogi State.

The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Mr Solomon Aghure confirmed to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday that three vehicles; two trucks and a passenger bus were involved in the multiple accident which happened in the evening of Jan. 14.

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He said that the three vehicles were travelling on the same lane towards Anyingba when a truck suddenly hit the bus from behind and as a result of the impact, hit the truck in its front.

The Sector Commander explained that the bus was trapped in between the two trucks with all the passengers, before his men arrived the scene to carry out rescue operation which lasted for hours.

Aghure disclosed that 14 out of the 23 persons involved in the accident died on the spot while nine others sustained various degrees of injury.

According to him, those who died included three female children, two male children, eight women and one man.

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The Sector Commander  further explained  that three men, one woman and five children, comprising two male children and three female children were lucky to have survived the accident with some injuries.

He said that while the injured were taken to Holley Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu for treatment, corpses of the dead were deposited at the morgue of Grimard Hospital, Anyingba.

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While suspecting break failure as the cause of the accident, he, however, said that the Corps is carrying out investigation to ascertain its cause.



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