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December 21, 2011

Summit encourages farmers to boost local sugar production

About N6 billion is being spent on sugar importation in Nigeria to supplement the sugar needs of the country yearly, the Benue State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Eugene Aliegba has said.

He stated this at the National Sugar Development Summit for the North-Central Zone of the country, held on Tuesday in Makurdi.

Aliegba disclosed that the entire sugar consumption in the country stood at 1.3 metric tonnes, while the local supply was however 1.2 metric tonnes.

December 20, 2011

15-man gang bombs station, carts away arms and ammunition

A gang of 15 robbers, on Monday, bombed a Police station at Ayetoro-Gbede, Kogi West District, carting away arms and ammunitions.

According to witnesses, the robbers attacked the police station in the early hours of the day, shooting sporadically, which led to security officials at the station fleeing their duty posts for safety.

The robbers then headed for a First Bank branch in the same area but were unable to make it into the bank vault due to intervention from the police anti-robbery squad.

December 5, 2011

Promises to lend his full support to the Kogi State governor-elect

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Capt. Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on his victory in Saturday's governorship elections in Kogi State. 

December 4, 2011

Idris says he is optimistic that the PDP candidate will sweep the polls

Incumbent governor of Kogi state, Ibrahim Idris, has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governorship candidate Capt. Idris Wada will win Saturday's governorship poll.

December 4, 2011

The Peoples Democratic Party swept the polls in 18 of the 20 local governments in the state

The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Captain Idris Wada emerged victorious in the gubernatorial elections conducted in Kogi State on Saturday.

November 29, 2011

The president says only a thriving steel industry can spur industrialisation

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, said his administration remains wholly committed to establishing a viable and functional steel industry in Nigeria.

Speaking at a meeting with Governor Ibrahim Idris and other state government officials at Lokoja, Kogi State, Jonathan said that the federal government will do everything possible to make the Ajaokuta Steel Complex fully operational because the goals of Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 will remain unattainable without a functional steel industry in the country.

November 29, 2011

Traders, and participants attributed the low patronage to the insecurity in the country

As the much talked about Abuja Carnival entered its third day on Monday, November 28, it was apparent that the low turnout of people had made the festival uninteresting.

Investigations by Daily Times showed that hawkers, traders, participants and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents have attributed the low patronage to security threats and the financial problems facing the country.

November 28, 2011

INEC says a maximum of 25 people will also be allowed to observe the governorship election of December 3

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has enlisted 25 accredited domestic observer groups for the December 3 governorship election in Kogi State.

A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mustapha Kuta, the Acting Secretary of INEC, urged the groups to obtain and complete form EMOC 002 for the exercise.

November 25, 2011

The independent observers are being trained to ensure credible gubernatorial. elections in the state

Project 2011 Swift Count (PSC) will, on Saturday November 26 2011, train 800 independent observers for the December 3, gubernatorial election in Kogi State.

The observers, who will be trained at 30 centres spread across Kogi State, were drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state.

Earlier on, a refresher course was conducted for 35 members of the State Coordinating Committees (SCC) and LGA supervisors.

November 21, 2011

They also made away with ammunitions from the Egume Police Station

Angry youths in Kogi State, on Sunday, beat up a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and injured two others in a protest against what they termed the illegal arrest of some of their kinsmen.

The youths, who attacked the Egume division police station of the state, set a police van ablaze and carted away ammunition.

November 19, 2011

The bandits effort to rob a First Bank branch were unsuccessful

Two policemen were killed, on Saturday, by armed bandits who invaded the Divisional Police Station in Kabba, Kogi State.

According to Cpl. Opeyemi Olatunji, the bandits arrived at the police station around 1 a.m. and started shooting sporadically at the policemen men on duty.

November 12, 2011

Audu, promising to reinstate sacked civil servants if elected, requested the affected workers to register their names at the ACN office

The ACN candidate for the December 3 gubernatorial election in Kogi, Prince Abubakar Audu, on Friday announced the opening of an office for the registration of workers retrenched by the state government three years ago.

Audu stated this at the inauguration of his campaign committee in Lokoja, the State capital.

He urged the 12,000 out of the 18,000 retrenched workers, who were not reconsidered during the staff audit of 2009, to report at the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) office as from November 11.

November 9, 2011

After decades of blaming the government, PHCN and everyone but themselves, Nigerians need to take some responsibility for the lack of power.

I bet PHCN (or NEPA, as most of us still call it) is the most cursed organisation in Nigeria. Just this morning, my housemate was cursing them for her inability to take an online test for a job she wanted. The power went off after she had started and so did the internet connection, momentarily, but that was long enough to bar her from restarting the test. Of course I joined her in cursing them.

November 8, 2011

Ten passengers suffered various degrees of injuries

Nothing less than 16 people died when two buses collided on the Okene-Auchi expressway in Kogi, Sunday Maku, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC ) in the State, disclosed on Tuesday.

Maku said the head-on collision happened on Monday as one of the buses attempted to overtake another vehicle.

The  Toyota Hiace buses marked XT 911 FKJ and XJ 700 USL were travelling  in opposite direction with 30 passengers on board.

November 6, 2011

The police in Kogi have arrested the 30-year-old man who allegedly committed the act

A 30 year-old-man, Lanre Aremu, has been arrested by the Police in Kogi State for allegedly raping a 96-year-old grandmother, Ige Samuel, in Iyara, Ijumu Local Government Area of the state.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation, Samuel Ojo, paraded the suspect before journalists at the state Police Command Headquarters. Ojo described the act as an abomination which was ungodly and inhuman.

The daughter of the victim told journalists that the incident occurred on October 31, when most of the residents were in Church.

November 4, 2011

A truck belonging to the company killed 10 people in an accident which occurred earlier in the year

The Management of Dangote Cement Company, Obajana, Kogi State has agreed to pay N20 million as compensation to families of victims of an accident which occurred on March 9, 2010 at the Felele Market.

10 people lost their lives in the accident which occurred when the driver of a loaded truck belonging to the company lost control of the truck, crushing 18 vehicles before veering off into the market and ending up in a ditch.

November 2, 2011

The Police, Nigeria Army and some federal parastatals are among the debtors named by the power company

The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Kogi branch, has said that consumers in the state owe the company N2 billion.

October 16, 2011

In the past month, the agency has also seized 104tonnes of cannabis in the State

A suspected fake Nigerian Army corporal, David Adebayo, has been arrested by the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kogi, for being in possession of 156.3 kg of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp).

The Commander of the agency, Alhaji Idris Bello, on Saturday in Lokoja, disclosed that Adebayo was arrested with a Nigerian Army identity card and camouflage uniform.

October 6, 2011

The lawmakers react to the telecoms giant’s alleged retrenchment of over 3000 workers

The House of Representatives has directed the Ministry of Communications to order an immediate reversal of the alleged sack of nearly 3000 Nigerians by telecoms group, Airtel, pending an investigation of the mass sack.

The alleged dismissal has sparked outrage since it became public last weekend with allegations that the Indian company plans to replace the sacked staffers with Indian and other Asian nationals.

September 19, 2011

The price of the building material went from N1,650 per bag in August to N1,950

Increase in cement prices has been recorded in various towns of Delta state, which includes Sapele, Asaba, Agbor, Ughelli, Warri and other towns.

The price of the building material, which was N1,650 per bag in August, has increased to N1,950, with Dangote and Elephant brands most-affected.

Some cement dealers in Asaba attributed the increase in price to a major breakdown at Dangote cement factory and warehouse in Lagos.

September 13, 2011

The power stattions will be built in Enugu, Kogi and Gombe states

Nigerian Minister of Power Bart Nnaji said that the government will build three coal-fired power stations in Enugu, Kogi and Gombe states, each with a 3,000 megawatt capacity, to diversify the nation’s electricity sources.

Nnaji unveiled the plan at a press conference organized by the Federal Ministry of Information in the capital Abuja, telling journalists, "Not only does Nigeria have huge coal deposits in Enugu, Kogi, Gombe and Benue states but we have the world's cleanest type of coal."

August 27, 2011

When the population is deeply divided along ethnic or religious lines, the revolution quickly degenerates into anarchy.

Revolution? I think not. I have been hearing increasing murmurs by young people saying that a "revolution" is the only way to change Nigeria. The most common definition of a revolution is "an overthrow (usually violent), and thorough replacement of an established government, or political system by the people governed."

August 19, 2011

The party reacts to the release of the timetable by INEC

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), on Thursday in Abuja, said it had begun preparations for the re-scheduled governorship elections in six states starting with Kogi in December.

The National Secretary of the party, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, said that this followed the release of the timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on August 3.

The elections are to take place in Kogi on December 3;  Adamawa, January 14, 2012; Bayelsa, February 11, 2012; Sokoto, March 10, 2012; Cross River, April 14, 2012 and Edo, July 14, 2012.

June 12, 2011

The former governor of Kogi State is alleged to have embezzled public funds

Former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu, on Friday, appeared before a Lokoja High Court for the continuation of the 81-count charge of corruption levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Audu, who arrived at the court at about 8 a.m amid tight security and in company of some of his supporters, is being accused of embezzling public funds amounting to N5 billion by the EFCC.