CORONAVIRUS IN KOGI: BEYOND THE GRANDSTANDING OF YAHAYA BELLO

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. By Ikechukwu Amaechi KOGI State governor, Yahaya Bello, is an interesting character. At 45 (he was born on June 18, 1975), he is presently the youngest state governor in Nigeria. When he assumed office on January 27, 2016, after he was declared governor following the death of the winner of the 2015 Kogi governorship election, former Governor Abubakar Audu, he was just 41 years. In a country where the common refrain by many when discussing political leadership has been the “recycling of old, tired…

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THE TRAGEDY OF COVID-19 IN KOGI: NO CONTACT TRACING FOR DEAD SENIOR JUDGES, WHY BELLO CONTINUES TO CLAIM DISEASE IS NOT IN THE STATE

By Bello Imam Despite Kogi State’s continued denial of the reality of COVID-19 in the state, the deaths of Kogi State Chief Judge, Nasir Ajanah, and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Ibrahim Atadoga, in quick succession have exploded the myth that the state is free of the virus. The deaths have also triggered mass apprehension over the state’s inexistence COVID-19 response and placed the state on the cusp of an imminent disaster. Justice Ajanah died on Sunday from complications arising from COVID-19. Justice Atadoga also died from…

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PRESIDENT, KOGI CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL, ATADOGA IS DEAD

President of the Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, is dead. He died on Sunday after a brief illness. The Chief Information Officer of the state Ministry of Justice, Shaheed Saqeeeb, confirmed the death to our correspondent on the telephone. “Yes it is true, but I have no further details as of now,” he said. Justice Atadoga was called to Bar in 1986; he has been in private practice since he was called to Bar. He hailed from Omala LGA of Kogi State. He was said…

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KABBA CHIEF IMAM, SON WERE NEVER GIVEN ANY TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS, KOGI GOVT ALLEGES

The chief imam of Kabba, Shiek Ahmed Ejibunu, who along with his son was declared the COVID-19 index case for Kogi State two weeks ago, were never treated for coronavirus at the National Hospital, Abuja, it has been gathered. Rather, the chief imam who was discharged on Friday was treated for diabetes and other ailments while the son was not even put on bed rest but was running errands for the sick father. While the discord between the Kogi State government and the NCDC continue over the free status of…

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ALLEGED RAPSIT KOGI COMMISSIONER,ABDULMUMINI DANGA SAYS HE WON’T RESIGN

‌ GBENGA ODOGUN The Kogi State Commissioner for Water resources, Abdumumini Danga has vowed not to resign from office in spite of the ongoing investigation into the allegations of battery and rape levied against him by a beauty queen, Elizabeth Oyeniyi. “Step down as how?” Danga retorted in a response to our correspondent’s question on whether he was considering resignation to enable the police to carry out proper investigation. Danga was in the eye of the storm after Oyeniyi called him out on social media, asking him to extend palliatives…

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AFTER WEEKS OF PLAYING OSTRICH, YAHAYA BELLO OWNS UP TO PRESENCE OF CORONAVIRUS IN KOGI, LOCKS DOWN LOCAL GOVT FOR TWO WEEKS

  Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has declared two weeks lockdown in Kabba-Bunnu Local Government Area for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases in the state, THE WITNESS reports. This is coming after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the LGA. In a statement on Monday by his chief press secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor said though the state government had a reservation for the NCDC’s announcement of COVID-19 cases in the state, it was locking down the area as a proactive step. He called on security…

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KOGI WEST IS FREE OF CORONAVIRUS SAYS SEN. SMART ADEYEMI

BY HENRY TYOHEMBA The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi has said the district remain free of COVID-19. The Senator said this in reaction to the ongoing misrepresentation of facts  as regards the health status of the state. In a statement by his legislative Aide, Chief Olowo Cornelius, the Senator who has visited the state three times within the last six weeks in solidarity with his constituents and the government on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to distribute palliatives said it is important to note…

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REPORTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN KOGI REAL SAYS DINO MELAIYE AS VICTIMS SPEAK OUT

James Azania, Lokoja Reports of coronavirus in Kogi are real and authentic, Senator Dino Melaye has stated. He spoke on the heels of brickbats between Kogi State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) over the latter’s announcement of two cases of coronavirus in the state. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo, however disagreed with the centre’s report, insisting Kogi remains COVID-19 free. Melaye, in a statement on Saturday, affirmed one of the cases is from Kabba and the patient personally known to him. The statement reads:…

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WE ARE SEEING SUSPECTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS BUT CANNOT TEST – KOGI NMA

By Chioma Obinna As controversy trails, the non-availability of laboratory testing for COVID-19 in Kogi State, suspected cases of the disease are being seen in hospitals in the state even as doctors have lamented the inability to conduct tests. The Chairman of the Kogi state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Kabir Zubair, told Vanguard in an interview on Tuesday that the state NMA was not happy about the challenge over testing created by the state government. Zubair said despite the increasing numbers of suspected cases, his colleagues cannot confirm…

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CORONAVIRUS: FG TO DISPATCH EXPERTS TO KOGI AGAIN SAYS EHANIRE

By Jeremiah Urowayino Ehanire The Federal Government on Thursday announced that a ministerial team of experts would soon be dispatched to Kogi on a mission to engage authorities of the state, to determine the material and technical needs of the state on COVID-19. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, announced in Abuja at a news conference by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19. Recall that the Kogi Government had alleged refusal of NCDC officials to observe protocols in line with the containment of the coronavirus when they visited the state.…

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