A charity organisation, the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), also known as Pyrates’ Confraternity, Abuja City Centre, has appealed to politicians and other stakeholders to avoid acts that trigger violence and “play by the rules of the game”.
The call, contained in statement signed by Mr Ugochukwu Nwodo, Capoon, NAS Sahara Deck, is coming ahead of the Nov. 16 gubernatorial elections in Kogi.
Nwodo said that election was “entirely a civil affair that requires citizens to exercise their franchise as provided for in the constitution and guidelines for elections”.
“Violence and all forms of thuggery, intimidation and chaos should not have a place in 21st century electoral process.”
Furthermore, he called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to play the role of “a fair umpire”.
He urged INEC to ensure free, fair and credible election which should also be “generally seen to be so by all concerned”.
He assured of the group’s commitment to all efforts geared towards ensuring that “our electoral processes are strengthened and devoid of violence”.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that INEC, in May, had announced a new date for the governorship elections in Kogi and Beyelsa from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16.
The commission said the change in date followed several appeals from Bayelsa that the election date coincided with the state’s Annual Thanksgiving Day which is backed by law.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued, among 150 awaiting evacuation – NIDCOM
Thirty Nigerians, who were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon have been rescued, and are among a total of 150 victims awaiting evacuation to Nigeria.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made this known in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit on
The commission said the rescue came after a video footage of the stranded Nigerians making an appeal to the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid viral on the Internet.
According to it, the appeal for help by the stranded Nigerians led to their rescue by officials of the country’s mission in Lebanon.
The stranded Nigerians have already been relocated to a more conducive apartment.
“They will be part of 150 others to be evacuated to Nigeria after they were trafficked and left stranded in Lebanon.
“The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of NIDCOM, led by the Secretary, Dr Sule Bassi, visited that country’s mission in Abuja,” Odu said in the statement.
He quoted Diab as saying that the 150 girls would be returned home in batches with the first group of 110 people leaving Beirut for Lagos on Aug. 12.
The second batch sws expected to arrive Abuja on Aug. 16.
“The diplomat commended efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Secretary of the commission, who acknowledged the excellent ties between Nigeria and Lebanon, urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Bassi also lauded the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura for his dedication and commitment.
He also commended the staff of the Nigerian mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun state governments and other strategic partners for their efforts.
“As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies in the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a safer place.
“Suffice it to say that 150 of these stranded victims are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for (dealing with human) trafficking.
“A break down of the evacuees shows that Oyo State had 41, Ogun 21, Lagos 12, Ondo 18, Osun 26, and Imo 3.
Others are Kwara– 9, Enugu — 1, Ekiti — 6, Kogi — 1, Edo — 1, Delta — 3, Ebonyi — 1, Benue — 1, Abia — 1, Akwa Ibom — 1, and Anambra — 1,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for impersonation
Adamu of Egume village, Dekina LGA of Kogi, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of impersonation and forgery preferred against him.
The Magistrate, Aliyu Shafa, however sentenced Adamu to six months imprisonment for each offence or an option of N5,000 fine for each offence.
Shafa cited the Holy Bible and Quran to buttress his sentencing, adding that he was satisfied with the evidences given by the defence witnesses about the good character of the defendant.
He said the punishment would serve as a deterrent to anyone planning to trail that part in the future.
Shafa also warned Adamu to desist from committing crimes and be of good behaviour.
Earlier, the defence counsel, Khalid Salaw, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, adding that the defendant was a family man with four children and a pregnant wife.
Salaw said that the defendant was a first offender and had no criminal record or arrest in the past.
The defence counsel told the court that the defendant had learnt his lessons and would not repeat the act in future.
The prosecutor counsel, Victor Ejelonu told the court that the defendant cheated by impersonating as a staff of SSS at varying locations within Abuja while conveying passengers.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 321 and 363 of the Penal Code.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Obike Ukoh (NAN)
COVID-19: NGO donates protective equipment to hospitals in Kogi
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals across the 21 local government areas of Kogi as measures
the provision of comprehensive high-quality, family focused services to patients, including adults and children.
Patrick said “we are currently in about four states in Nigeria, including Kogi.
“We have been on ground since 2007, supporting the state to cater for the treatment, care and support people living with
He noted that the NGO had earlier donated PPEs such as overall wears, spraying machines to hospitals and isolation centres
in April, saying “this was the second tranche of the donation.
“We did the first donation in April and we are donating the second tranche today in our bid to prevent infections among
The CIHP programme director noted that aside supporting the primary, secondary and tertiary public healthcare facilities,
the NGO had also been supporting private and faith-based hospitals in Kogi.
He added that “we are hoping that as soon as these PPEs are exhausted, we will supply more to hospitals.”
workers are those in the frontline in the fight against the deadly virus.”
He said CIHP had been supporting hospitals in Kogi with logistics, medical equipment and everything around ,
tuberculosis and sometimes malaria.
“The management of KHMB is receiving the equipment on behalf of the state government for onward distribution to hospitals across
the 21 local government areas.”
Items donated included hand gloves, N-95 respirators, surgical face masks, hand sanitisers, and sodium hypochloride used as disinfectants.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Tribal association honours illustrous sons, daughters in Kogi
The Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA), a socio-cultural group in Kogi state on Sunday conferred Merit Awards on 24 of its illustrous sons and daughters for their contributions to societal development.
Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, president of the association, while speaking at the 2020 Igala Merit Award ceremony in Anyigba, said the awardees including Chief Yusuf Okpanachi, a philanthropist, were so honoured for their outstanding contributions towards the upliftment of Igala Kingdom.
Sadiq noted that Okpanachi had embarked on varous intervention projects across rural communities in Igala land, such as provision of potable water, roads, electricity, health facility as well as women and youth empowerment.
He described Okpanachi as a worthy son of the Igala Kingdom whose interventions had positively touched the lives of the vulnerable and downtrodden.
The ICDA president explained that the “2020 Igala Merit Award” was meant for those who had contributed immensely to the development of their immediate communities as well as those who distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
He said the “Ugbono of Igala Kingdom” award given to Okpanachi is the highest category in the land which entitled him to use Commander of Igala Kingdom (CIK) in his name.
Okpanachi, in his remarks, thanked ICDA for recognising his efforts and assured that the honour would spur him to do more for the people.
Also speaking at the event, Chief Edward Onoja, Deputy Governor of Kogi State, described ICDA as the only platform that could be effectively used to achieve the needed peace, unity and harmonious relationship in Igala land.
“The greatness of Igala Kingdom should be our major priority. We should be concerned in assisting in the provision of infrastructure for the development of our people as governments worldwide cannot do it all alone,” Onoja said.
Responding on behalf of other recipients, Abdullahi Halims, lawmaker representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, commended ICDA for the initiative to honour deserving Igala sons and daughters.
He urged the association to sustain the the spirit of encouragement saying that it would spur well meaning citizens to support the less privileged in the society.
Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)