Gunmen open fire on Ifeanyi Ubah FC squad in Kogi [SEE PHOTOS]

A player and driver sustained injuries after gunmen opened fire on Ifeanyi Ubah FC squad in Okene, Kogi state, on Friday. The team members were on their way to Kano for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) day six fixture when the incident happened. Ifeanyi Ubah FC is scheduled to take on Jigawa Golden stars at the Kano stadium on Sunday. Chukwuma Ubah, chairman of the club, narrated the incident to TheCable . “Our bus was attacked by gunmen in Okene. The driver and a player was hit by bullets fired at the bus. They have been taken to a hospital nearby where they are being attended to. We thank [Read]

Police arrest suspected killers of PDP Women Leader in Kogi

  LOKOJA – The Police Command in Kogi has arrested six suspects in connection with the killing of one Mrs Salome Abu, at Ochadamu, Ofu Local Government Area (LGA) of the State, on November 18. The spokesman for the command, DSP William Aya disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Lokoja on Monday. Aya said that the suspects were brought in on Friday. Abu, a former councillor and Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was set ablaze on November 18 in her husband’s house at Ochadamu, by hoodlums. Aya said the police had started interrogating the suspects to ascertain their level of culpability in the death of the [Read]

I am not owing Kogi workers any salary – Yahaya Bello insists few days after re-election

  The Kogi State Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, rubbished claims that he was owing salaries, stressing that such were “lies.” Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers. The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared winner of Saturday’s election. Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot at after he emerged winner of the election. He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were [Read]

Eight die, seven injured as fuel tanker crushes three cars, four tricycles in Kogi

  LOKOJA – No fewer than eight persons lost their lives yesterday in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, when a trailer laden with petrol lost control, rammed into some vehicles and crushed them. The accident, which occurred at Felele community along Lokoja – Abuja highway, involved four tricycles, two motorcycles, three cars and a bus. Seven people sustained serious injuries. A witness, Moses Johnson, told our correspondent that the accident occurred around 8.45am, adding that the trailer was coming from Lagos with petrol when it lost control as a result of brake malfunction, leading to the killing of innocent citizens. Our source’s  correspondent saw the trailer in flames while officers of [Read]

Unpaid salaries: Forgive Yahaya Bello, Aisha Begs Kogi citizens

First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has said Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was unable to pay salaries because of the verification exercise that was organised for civil servants in the state. Mrs. Buhari said since the verification exercise ended, all civil servants on the government’s payroll had been receiving regulr salary. The President’s wife therefore asked the people of the state to forgive Bello if any of them was negatively affected, urging them to forget what they once suffered. Aisha said this at the All Progressives Congress rally in Lokoja on Thursday, shortly after Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, had knelt down before the crowd, asking them to forgive their [Read]

BOOM! I’m better in bed than Yahaya Bello, says Melaye [SEE VIDEO]

LOKOJA – Dino Melaye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi west senatorial district rerun election, says he is better in bed than Yahaya Bello, governor of the state. Melaye, who will face Smart Adeyemi, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, in the November 16 exercise, said this during one of his campaign outings. The appeal court had sacked the PDP lawmaker and ordered a fresh election in the senatorial district. While addressing a crowd at a rally, Melaye said he is better than the governor in many aspects, adding that he is more handsome, taller, educated and sexually active. “I want to assure you the kind of [Read]

228 Inmates Escape As Flood Destroys Nigerian Prison

  The Koton Karfe custodial centre in Kogi has collapsed under heavy flooding, leading to the escape of 228 inmates. The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Jafar Ahmed, who confirmed this while speaking with journalists in Koton Kafe on Monday said that the flood came at about 3 a.m., submerging the perimeter fence and the walls of two cells. He said that there were 228 inmates at the centre as at the time of the incident. Mr Ahmed said that the prison was not habitable at present, saying that the re-arrested inmates were being transferred to other prison facilities in the state. He said that details of the [Read]

Kogi: Impeached Deputy Governor leaves charm in official residence – Bello’s Chief of Staff

  LOKOJA – According to the new Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello, Mr Asuku Jamiu Abdulkareem, the Impeached Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba allegedly left a charm in his government house apartment after he hurriedly exited the residence. In a Facebook post, Abdulkareem said the alleged charm was discovered when maintenance officers and security personnel went to prepare the place to host some visitors for today’s flag off Rally. “Achuba has been informed to come to pick his item or send someone who can communicate with it to come to remove it on his behalf”, he added. The impeached deputy governor who speaks on the [Read]

Appeal Court Sacks Another APC Reps Member, Declare PDP Candidate Winner

  LOKOJA – The Court of Appeal has declared Barrister Ibrahim Shabba of the People’s Democratic Party as the authentic winner of February 23 House of Representatives elections. Shabba defeated a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Court of Appeal. It gathered that the defeated APC member is Hon. Abdulkarim Usman Isah Wambai representing Lokoja-Kogi Kotonkarfe (KKF) Federal constituency. The victory of Shabba was announced in a tweet by Engr Musa Wada (MW), the PDP governorship candidate for Kogi state in the coming election. Wada in the tweet on Wednesday, October 23, congratulated Shabba on his victory at the Court of Appeal. He said the party is [Read]

BREAKING: Onoja Sworn-in as New Kogi Deputy Governor

  KOGI – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Edward Onoja, the running mate of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state in the November 16 gubernatorial election, has been sworn in as the deputy governor of the state. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Kogi government house on Monday. The ceremony is sequel to his confirmation by the Kogi state house of assembly. Bello had sent the name of Onoja, his former chief of staff, to the assembly following the removal of Simon Achuba, his former deputy. The impeachment panel set up to probe Achuba had said it could not prove the allegations [Read]

BREAKING: “Security men from govt house have barricaded my house” – Embattled Kogi Dep Gov cries out, says he remains Kogi No. 2 man

  LOKOJA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the embattled Kogi State Deputy Governor, Mr Simon Achuba has reacted to his alleged impeachment by the Kogi State House of Assembly. Achuba stated this in a statement in an interview on African Independent Television monitored by our correspondent Friday evening. He said the security men have surrounded his apartment in Lokoja . He said, “My gate has been blocked by security men from government house and no one can come in and out of the building. In short, I’m on house arrest now. “Let me say that I’m still the authentic deputy Governor of [Read]

Flooding: 150 Communities Submerged In Kogi

LOKOJA – No fewer than 150 communities have been rendered homeless by flood caused by high volumes of water from Benue and Niger rivers in the nine flood-prone  Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State. Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Pharm. Sanusi Yahaya, disclosed this while speaking to journalists after stakeholders meeting at the state emergency operation centre over the weekend in Lokoja. The commissioner stated that the State Emergency Operation Centre  ( SEOC) had been activated as the state was already experiencing flood emergency as a result of river flooding. Yahaya, who also doubles as the state Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), said that out of nine LGAs [Read]

Why I am dumping PDP for APC ~ Former Kogi speaker, Olafemi

LOKOJA – There are strong indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state may have it difficult to dethrone Governor Yahaya Bello from the Lugard House in November Governorship election as the big wigs of the party are set to decamp to the All Progressive Congress (APC). It was reliably gathered that some strong members of the party paid a courtesy called on governor Yahaya Bello in Abuja and promised to decamp and work for his re-election in November. Sources close to the Lugard House also disclosed to us that one of the strong members of PDP in the state and former acting governor of the state, Chief [Read]

Three suspected kidnappers shot dead in Kogi

KOGI – Three suspected kidnappers have been shot dead in Kogi State during a shooting encounter with a combined team of soldiers, policemen and local hunters. The state police command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja on Saturday, said that two of the kidnappers also escaped with gunshot injuries. Aya said that the five-man armed kidnappers had, on Sept. 11, kidnapped six persons between Iyamoye and Ekinrinade road in Ijumu Local Government area of the state. The kidnappers, who were masked, were said to have, on the said day, kidnapped Chief Ganiyu Popoola, the Elemoh Aran of Omu-Aran, [Read]

I’m injured, I can’t stand on my feet at the moment – Dino Melaye tells court upon resumption of his trial

ABUJA – Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, on Thursday, September 12th told a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja, that he was injured and could not stand in the dock to continue his criminal trial. The senator is facing a six count criminal charges of attempted suicide, escape from lawful custody, damage to police property, mischief’s, and threat to public servants. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the trial judge had at last sitting on May 28, 2019 adjourned the case to September 11, 18 and October 3, 2019 for continuation of hearing and examination of witnesses by the defence counsel. But Melaye was “assisted” [Read]