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Niger Delta leaders urge support for Buhari, laud Bichi 

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Niger Delta leaders on Sunday examined the various internal security challenges confronting Nigeria, describing the role played by the Department of State Services in the last one year as excellent.

The leaders also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for revamping the country’s security apparatus and curtailing pressures.

 The leaders in a statement in Abuja commended President Buhari for his maturity in using the judiciary to handle sensitive matters in the country.

Signed by the Convener, Delta Enlightened Forum, Engineer Bestman Odibo and Publicity Secretary, Mr Christopher Orushani, the leaders praised the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi for his robust and reform minded leadership, deep sense of public service, prodigious intelligence, professional excellence and precision.

‘’We salute you for the service rendered to the country and in particular your concentration on the agenda of the administration and the serious task of building the economy, stamping out insecurity and fighting corruption’’ the statement said.

They hailed Bichi for tailoring all his activities in the line of patriotism and stability.

“We are inspired by your wisdom, courage and passion for excellence” the leaders said.

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They commended Bichi for creating greater security for the citizens, particularly key government officials in the country.

“We praise you for promoting peaceful co-existence and mediation as it concerns all spheres of life. We thank you for taking the Department of State Services to an all-time high level since 2018.”

The leaders said Nigeria should count itself as blessed for producing somebody like Bichi.

 “We laud your selfless commitment and the excellent role played by the Department of State Services in addressing the internal security challenges confronting Nigeria in the last one year.

Stressing Bichi’s qualities, the leaders thanked him for using his humility, great intellectual base and incomparable understanding of the environment to power the country to greater heights.

“We praise the positive attitude of DSS officials and the commitment of the agency to due process rights for the accused.”

The leaders described Bichi  in glowing terms such as having offered high quality service in one year and his being a pride to  Nigeria.

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“We thank you for the feat recorded in deepening and widening the intelligence gathering and conflict management capacity of the Department of State Services.”

The leaders who lamented the bad image being given to Nigeria by some of her citizens praised Bichi for surpassing the expectations of Nigerians in such a short period.

“We know that posterity will be on your side for the good work you are doing in the country” the leaders said.

They urged critics of the government to guard against utterances and acts capable of precipitating violence.

“They are at liberty to approach the courts for redress.”

The leaders also appealed to them to stop heating up the polity by threats of revolution.

“Combative style, explosive statements and embarrassing measures are against existing frameworks of cooperation. They contribute nothing to unity, stability, good governance and prosperity.”

“Only an atmosphere of peace can guarantee development. And without peace, the future will remain uncertain” the statement said.

 Ending the statement, the leaders said ‘’congratulations on a job well done

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I Was Treated Like A Common Criminal, Says Ex-Kogi Deputy Governor, Achuba

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Simon Achuba, the recently impeached Deputy Governor of Kogi State, has revealed that in the wake of his impeachment, he was placed under house arrest and treated like a common criminal by the powers that be in the state.

Recall that Achuba was impeached by the Kogi State House of Assembly over charges of misconduct brought against him.

Speaking with journalists in on Sunday, October 20, in Lokoja, the state capital, Achuba described his impeachment as an act of lawlessness, adding that lawlessness reigns supreme in Kogi state at the moment.

He said Kogi State was fast degenerating into what he called a ‘Banana Republic.’

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Achuba said he was treated like common criminal moments after the State House of Assembly made its pronouncement on Friday, October 19.

According to him, security details attached to him as the state’s number two citizen were withdrawn and others thereafter barricaded his official residence, placing him under “house arrest.”

He revealed that the power supply to his official residence was disconnected and when the technician tried, he was stopped by the newly deployed security agents.

“As I address you, my personal belongings are still there in my official residence. I don’t have access to them,” he told journalists.

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Achuba insisted he remains the deputy governor of Kogi, adding that any judge who presides over the swearing-in of another deputy governor in the state would be sanctioning illegality. He there called on the federal government to stop the “lawlessness playing out in Kogi,” saying what is playing out is not good for democracy and rule of law, while expressing optimism of getting justice in the court soon.

Recall that Achuba had been having a running battle with the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello.

 

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Yahaya Bello Nominates Onoja As Deputy Governor

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has nominated Edward Onoja as his Deputy Governor.

This follows the impeachment of his former Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, by the Kogi state House of Assembly over an alleged gross misconduct.

Onoja’s nomination as Deputy Governor comes two days after he resigned from his position as Govenor Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff with Abdulkareem Jamiu appointed to replace him.

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Onoja who is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet is likely to be sworn-in today.

The 44-year-old indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, had sought the ticket of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011. He was also the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015.

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Kogi Deputy Governor Remains Impeached-House Majority Leader, Hassan Abdulahi

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The Majority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, has stated that the state’s Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba remains impeached.

Abdullahi stated this while speaking with journalists on Friday, after Achuba’s impeachment.

Achuba was impeached by the state house of assembly following the submission of a report by a committee set up in August by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct brought against him.

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Achuba had accused Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and allowances running into N800m since 2017.

He had also alleged that the state governor was also after his life, adding that he sent gunmen to kill him.

According to the House of Assembly, the claims, allegations, actions, and utterances of the deputy governor amounted to gross misconduct

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