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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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Gov Simon Lalong Relaxes Curfew In Plateau State

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Following resolutions reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary, Prof. Danladi A. Atu, said the decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.

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Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.

However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state. This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.

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By this notice, “we urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state”.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong

For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters. In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.

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“We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks”.

“We therefore call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people”.

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Kogi Switch To Action, Begins Rehabilitation Of Roads

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Hon. Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Ohere, Commissioner for a works and Housing

Amidst coronavirus pandemic, #EndSARS protest and unfavourable economic situation in the country, Kogi State Government has defied all that and has begun second phase of grading of the 500 Unit, Ganaja Federal Road to ease the sufferings of motorists passing through the dilapidated road.

State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Sadiq Ohere stated this while inspecting ongoing works on the site, said the grading became necessary after the first one carried out some weeks ago.

“We have began the second round of grading of roads within the 500 unit estate”.

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The efforts is to ease the sufferings of commuters who are unable to still pass the major roads.

“We are concerned about the sufferings, and Gov. Yahaya Bello has directed that we Open up the alternative road”.

He said other roads in the state capital and in other parts of the Stste will follow up immediately after the rain subsides.

He thanked the people of the State for their patience and understanding, saying efforts is on to fix the Ganaja Federal Highway permanently from being cutoff Everytime the flood comes.

According to him, the initial design did not take cognisance of the heavy traffic reason why it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

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He however said the road would be made motorable for commuters in the next few days.

 

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Hajiya Rakiya Bullet Congratulates Barr. Tanko Over Appointment As Chairman State Civil Service Commission

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Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

L-R: Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Former Assistant Small Governor and Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, newly appointed Chairman, Kogi State Civil Service Commission

 

A famous grassroot Woman Politician in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet has congratulated the newly appointed Chairman Kogi State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Alhaji Chief (Barr) Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku.

Hajiya Bullet in a statement made available to Global Times Nigeria in Lokoja, the State capital on Tuesday said the appointment is Well-deserved considering his antecedent and track records of performance.

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet, Barr. Tanko and Hajiya Iyami

She said the appointment is well deserved in view of his efforts in transforming the council when he served as Administrator.

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Hajiya Bullet who is also the former Assistant Small Governor representing Kogi LG, thanked the Governor Yahaya Bello for the honour done to their LG through the appointment of one of their own as Chairman State Civil Service Commission, having served earlier in his cabinet, and in his previous term.

She advised Barr. Tanko to deploy his expertise on the new portfolio, which is a call to higher service and responsibility in accordance with the mandate of the governor and provide possible way to reform civil service in the State.

According to her, Barr. Tanko had worked well in his previous office and through provision of social amenities, empowerment of youths, women and the less privilege, people’s oriented policies and other programs among others.

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Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet is optimistic of his superlative performance, while assuring of her continued prayer, support and loyalty in order for him to achieve maximally.

She assured the civil servants that Barr. Tanko will not disappoint them, call for their support and cooperation to pave the way for tremendous success as Tanko’s passion for service to humanity is unrivalled.

 

Hajiya Rakiya Ali Bullet and some other women group had earlier paid a congratulatory visit to Barr. Tanko at his Lokoja residence.

 

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