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APC vice-chairman, Asala is dead

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Chief Ropo Asala, the Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has died at the age of 54 years.

The APC, in a statement issued in Lokoja on Sunday, said that Asala died suddenly at his Egbe hometown in Yagba West Local Government in the evening of July 13, NAN reports.

According to the statement, the death of Asala came as a rude shock and a tragedy to the party.

The statement signed by the state Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr Jibril Abu, commiserated with the family, friends and associates of Asala, urging them to bear his death with fortitude.

The party also promised to stand by his immediate family members in this trying period and beyond.

Also, Gov. Yahaya Bello has described the death of Asala as a great loss to the party and the entire people of the state.

Bello in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Onogwu Mohammed, said that the late Vice Chairman was a patriot who served the state to the best of his ability.

“Asala was a quiet man, a consummate party leader, who played several defining roles in the success of our party as Zonal Chairman, Kogi West.

“The state has lost a selfless leader and a peacemaker. We promise to stand with the family at this moment of grief,’’ Bello said.

While commiserating with the family, friends and associates of Asala, the governor urged them to take solace in the quality of peaceful life he lived.

The late APC chieftain was during his lifetime, a two-time Chairman of Yagba West Local Government and a former Councillor in the same council.

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Kogi govt detaining APC delegates in BIR

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Coordinator of Usman Jibrin Campaign Organisation in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Alhaji Nagogo Maiyaki has disclosed on Tuesday that some delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been detained in Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

He made the disclosure at a political gathering while hosting the gubernatorial aspirant and former Chief of Naval Staff, Jibrin Usman in Lokoja.

Maiyaki explained that intimidation and harassment of party executives who were perceived not to be loyal to the governor have been heightened ahead of August 29 primaries.

“As I speak, some of our delegates have been detained at the Board of Internal Revenue in Lokoja.

“Yesterday, when I was going round to mobilise party executive for this event, I was informed that some of them were tricked to BIR and have been detained there.”

In an interview after the event, the party chieftain said, the governor did not want any gubernatorial aspirant to access the APC party Executive before the primaries.

He called on security agents to ensure the protection of party delegates and members, adding that it would be a shame for the party to keep losing members simply because they want to exercise their franchise.

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Kwara workers locked outside secretariat gate as Gov Abdulrazaq pay surprise visit

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state, Monday warned civil servants in the state against lateness and poor attitude to work.

He said late coming and poor attitude to work certainly will not be tolerated.

The governor who was at the state government secretariat in Ilorin, the state capital,at about 7.55am met most offices under lock with a large number of the workers yet to report to duty.

Visibly unhappy about the development, he said late coming was not helpful for government business in the 21st century.

For over one hour during the visit, only a few workers were at work as most of the offices were locked at 9am.

According to a statement by his Spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor said,” late coming and poor attitude to work, certainly will not be tolerated.

”He said the civil service should be business-like and efficient in service delivery.

“As we try to support the civil service, to deliver on its mandate, we expect a drastic shift from old practices that have taken our state nowhere”, the governor added.

Hundreds of the workers who came to work late were still locked outside the main gate by the time the governor left the secretariat a few minutes before 10am.

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Katsina-Ala unrest: Benue security council suspends chiefs

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The Benue State Government has suspended Two 3rd Class Chiefs from Katsina-Ala, Chief Tivlumun Ubugh, Mue Ter Chongo and Chief Ayoleve Ornguga, Mue Ter Ipusu as well as the District Head of Mbacher, Chief Luke Atomigba over their roles in the prolonged crisis between Shitile and Ikyurav.

The suspension of the chiefs followed recommendation of the Benue State Security Council after its emergency meeting in Makurdi yesterday.

Governor Samuel Ortom read the Council’s resolutions during a marathon meeting with stakeholders from the local government area also held yesterday at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

He stated that the traditional rulers had neglected their duties and exhibited nonchalance towards efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

The Governor noted that the traditional rulers had instead, resorted to fuelling the crisis based on vested interests, thereby contravening the code of conduct enshrined in the Local Government and Chieftaincy Law of the State.

The affected traditional rulers are to face a panel to be constituted by the Tor Tiv to investigate them and determine appropriate sanctions.

According to the Governor, the Council also directed that all the District Heads from the area who declined invitation to attend a security meeting with Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa would be queried to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.

He said Council also warned the Tor Sankera to be a father to all his subjects and eschew sentiments and personal interest, pointing out that he should work with all his subjects to ensure peace in his domain.

Governor Ortom said security agencies were directed by Council to go after criminal elements responsible for the unrest in the area and also arrest and prosecute any politician found culpable in the violence.

The Governor urged the people of Katsina-Ala to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation and report suspicious elements to security operatives for prompt action, adding that the President had already given marching orders to security agencies to tackle banditry in the country.

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