Kogi State House Of Assembly Crisis Deepens

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Kogi State House Of Assembly Crisis Deepens


The crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly deepened on Tuesday, as members of the pro-Imam faction sat amidst tight security despite the judgement of a Federal High Court, nullifying the purported impeachment of the Speaker, Momoh Lawal.


The members, who were led into the chamber by the factional Speaker, Umar Imam, were heavily protected by men of the Nigerian Army allegedly drafted from the army records in Lokoja, the capital of the state.


They had come for the plenary to deliberate on some issues affecting the state.


One of the topmost issues in their mind was the issue of the pro-Momoh group.


A member representing Ankpa 1 State Constituency, Ahmed Muhammed,  moved a motion condemning what he called desecration of the House of Assembly.


He urged the House to take punitive measure against the G-15 [the Momoh group] to forestall further occurrence.


Mr Umar in his address to the members described the action of the G-15 that sat last week as unlawful, calling on their respective constituencies to recall them and replace them with better persons.


Meanwhile, members of the G-15 have raised an alarm over alleged assassination attempt on their lives alleging that their quarters were invaded by some gunmen who shot sporadically for over 30 minutes on Monday night.


The members of the group, led by Mr Lawal said they had stayed away from the complex following the intervention of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 8 and the Commissioner of Police in the State who advised both groups not to seat to avert violence. After the advice, both groups adjourned plenary till Tuesday.


But the pro-Imam group stormed the Assembly complex at about 9:00 a.m. local time and were accosted by the policemen drafted to man the gate.


After their deliberations, the pro-Imam faction adjourned till next week Thursday.


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Delta State First Lady and founder of 05 Initiative, Dame Evangelist (Mrs) Edith Okowa has formally commissioned an ultra-modern Sickle Cell Clinic at the Central Hospital, Oleh in Isoko South local government area of Delta state.


Dame Okowa, who was given a rousing welcome by elected and appointed Isoko women as well as wives of political appointees at the hospital premises on Monday, May 30, 2016 inspected the various equipment in the laboratory, which include Hematology auto analyzer, Haemoglobin electro phoresis and Hematocrit centrifuge provided by the 05 Initiative.


The elated wife of the state governor explained that the 05 Initiative was borne out of the passion to bring succour to sufferers of sickle cell anaemia with a determination to add value to the lives of the less privileged in the society, through the establishment of sickle cell centres in all Central Hospitals in the state.


While expressing joy that the state governor, Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the establishment of a standard referral centre at the General Hospital in Asaba, she described the 05 Initiative as a humanitarian and interventionist programme which draws its objectives from the Biblical book of Matthew 25: 35-36 with an obligation of “Changing our world, one person at a time.”


She admonished parents of carriers of sickle cell anaemia to adhere to medical advices and ensure that their children and wards know about their genotype and get bes medical treatment, even as the 05 Initiative engages on effective, intensive advocacy and enlightenment campaigns.


Dame Okowa commended the founder of Martha Charity, Chief Emmanuel Emoefe and othe notaboe Isoko sns and daughters for their magnanimous contribution towards the purchase of equipment and renovation of the sickle cell clinic.


In her talk, Justice Excel Timi, who donated hot water bottles to the 05 Initiative for onward distribution to sickle cell carriers.mentored them on the need to embrace God in the course of traveils, insisting that there is a high survival rate as a result of education and frequent enlightenment campaigns.


Earlier in her welcome speech, Director General of the 05 Initiative, Mrs. Oghenekevwe Agas, said the 05 Initiative was passion driven, having reached out to men and women of similar passion.


She revealed that the scheme was established to ensure that the survival rate of people with sickle cell disorder is higher, adding that the essence of the equipment at the clinic was to eradicate encumbrances faced by Survival Success People in accessing health facilities.


Dr. Mrs. Uche Okwe in her oral presentation spoke on the importance protein food to enhance growth and reduce risk.


The Zonal Medical Director, Dr. Ugbaja Christopher Amaechi, thanked the founder of 05 Initiative and her team for giving hope to people with Sickle cell disorder, urging the hospital authority to imbibe good maintenance culture in handling the hospital facilities. 

Soldiers detain woman while driving sick child home

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Soldiers detain woman while driving sick child home


A Lagos-based hotel manager, Ms Omolara Koleoso, has accused some soldiers at the Ikeja Cantonment of unlawfully detaining her for  arguing with their colleague.


She said she was detained for over 24 hours without food, adding that family members who came were not allowed to see her.


Our correspondent learnt that it took the intervention of a senior officer in the barracks before the woman was released around 8pm on Saturday.


PUNCH Metro gathered that around 4pm on Friday, Koleoso had gone to pick her daughter, who is a pupil of the Command Day Secondary School within the cantonment, after receiving a call that she was ill.


It was learnt that as she wanted to drive out of the barracks, a female soldier shut the gate and reportedly demanded that the pupil disembarked from the car and joined other students for sanitation in the school.


Attempts by the mother to convince her that the daughter was ill and needed to rest reportedly fell on deaf ears, after which an altercation ensued.


Koleoso said, “My daughter was in the school on that day at 7am for the NECO Food and Nutrition practical exam. I am an old student of the school and I have a good relationship with the management.


“My daughter later called me, saying she was feeling dizzy. It has never happened to her before, so I had to rush back to the school. I met with one of her teachers and after she was through with the practical, we left the school.


“As I drove towards the gate, a soldier – I don’t know her name but I can recognise her – closed it. She told my daughter to go back. I pleaded with her that she was ill, but she refused. When I asked why she allowed other students to go out, she became angry and we started exchanging words. She called me a bloody civilian and I told her that I deserved some respect. Another soldier begged her to let us leave, but she refused.”


Koleoso told our correspondent that four other soldiers suddenly appeared and accused her of attempting to beat an officer.


She said, “She pushed me; they said I was drunk. I  said no and they ordered me into the military post. One of them, my daughter and I entered my car and I drove to the post. They locked me up in the cell and after some hours they took me out and detained me at the counter.


 “I was there without food and water until around 8pm on Saturday. My mother and a retired senior police officer came, but they were not allowed to see me. It was a major that called them on the telephone and ordered that I should be released. I heard some of them say, ‘that woman did not do anything wrong, it is just a show of power’. They told me to come back by 9am on Tuesday (today) for resolution or be handed over to the police for violating barracks law,” she said.


The spokesperson, 81 Division, Lagos, Lt. Col. Benjamin Joseph, urged Koleoso to formally report the matter and promised that the command would take appropriate actions on it.


He said, “I have spoken with the woman (Koleoso) and sent her number to the commandant. The commandant will invite all the parties. It is good she can identify the soldier. Let her go back to the school and from there, we can take up our investigation.”


Buhari Meets With Igbo Politicians

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Buhari Meets With Igbo Politicians


Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has held a closed-door meeting with some politicians from the south-east.


The politicians, who visited under the umbrella of the South-east Group for Change, were led by a former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani.


They did not speak with State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting which lasted about 30 minutes and coming a day after members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the south-east held a protest in Delta State, Anambra and Imo State.


It had started peacefully before it degenerated into violence, with the police clashing with the protesters.


Two policemen were killed in the process while others were injured.


Eight members of MASSOB were subsequently arrested by the police in connection with the killing of the policemen.


The arrests were made by the Delta State Police Command on Monday.


After the meeting with the Igbo politicians, the President also met with some State governors.


The governors included Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Adams Oshiomhole of Edo; Bello Masari, Katsina; Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo; Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Rochas Okorocha of Imo.


None of the governors spoke with reporters at the end of the meeting.


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It was joy all through as residents of Ika South Local Government experienced a touch of prosperity. The Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa in company of top government functionaries stormed the city of Agbor were they commissioned several road projects. First it was the  LISIMIE-OZA NOGOGO ROAD LOCATED AT IKA SOUTH LGA.

The Governor inspecting the Lisimie – Oza Nogogo Road Project

Already Commissioned Lisimie – Oza Road Project

 The convoy then moved to Orikezie Street also in the same local government area of Ika South

, to wrap up the road commissioning in the area the Governor commissioned Dr White Road.

The Governor would not just stop there the Honorable Commissioner for information said "It  was like with every commissioning came an inward desire to go to the next one, never have I seen anyone to have such commitment and passion for work like his Excellency, I Speak for deltans when I say truly he is a gift to us all.




The Governor on resumption of office promised to create quality education for the children of the state, It was this resolved that pushed the governor to complete the already awarded contract for the rennovation and equipping of the Ogbemudien Secondary School in Agbor. The welcome was enormous the students couldnt be held back their love for the governor knew no bounds as the names "uncle" rent the air, he was more of a family to them than a governor, what added more to their joy was when the Ex-Governor of the State the initiator of the Project was present, everyone was intrigued. He expressed gratitude that the Governor had deemed it fit to complete the project he had earlier started.

The commissioner for information; Hon Patrick Ukah who was also present at the event in an interview with pressmen explained what motivated the Okowa led administration to complete the project; he explained that the Governor had taken a resolve to ensure that there would be no abandoned projects from the past administration especially those nearing the 80% completion stage.

Others who were in attendance include the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, The Deputy Speaker Hon Friday Osanebi, The Secretary to the State Government Hon Festus Agas to mention but a few. Their charge was for the community to ensure that the School was treated as their personal home and as such encouraged proper maintenance of the facility.