Yesterday being the 4th of November, 2017, was the day set aside for the celebration of this year's Kabba Day------An Annual event that brings together Sons and Daughters of Okun Land for the celebration of their cultural heritage. The Event also usually serve as an avenue for Relationships to be rekindled and to also help to chart a new course for their collective development.

Earlier yesterday I stated clearly and precisely here on Facebook that this year's celebration of the event is surrounded by quite a lot of significances which made it difficult for me to have a clear or definite imagination or thought of what was going to happen there. So I only resulted into offering prayers for the success of the event with the promise of treating issues that may later happen there as to how it affects our collective existence as a state.

For the sake of this piece, let me also humbly and quickly draw our attention to an appeal that I made sometimes ago for His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello to halt the threat to our image as a state before it is too late due to the risen unnecessary political tensions which has further divided us as a people and thereby causing heightened tribal discrimination and gradual collapse of the struggle for the actualization of the  United Kogi dream . Harassment of many kind on my person was not only what the appeal fetched me, but it also resulted into creating fears in my loved ones about my security considering the mysterious killings everywhere so far . Especially those who were called to warn me for being too open on some certain issues. Little did I know that it was going to get to this stage.

To the glory of God Kabba Day celebration came and the summary of activities that took place there was a harassment on Senator Dino Melaye and what was described as the escape of Govorner Yahaya Bello from similar treatment  even when he was yet to have gotten to the exact venue of the programme .

There are three things I want to point out here ;

First is the embarrassment the situation has caused on us as a state, second is the now-obvious eye service of the present Government appointees from the area, and lastly is the reaffirmation of my long call on the Ebira speaking people of Kogi Central where I  come from to shun politics of violence and recognise the urgent need to remind ourselves that no Ethnic Nationality can survive on its own without peaceful and harmonious parley with other Ethnic groups. But just before we go into that let me also state categorically that I won't because of what my kinsmen are saying collapse my hard earned existing mutual relationship with our brothers and sisters from  the non-Ebira speaking extracts in the state especially the Igala's. Power belongs to Almighty God and if future politics is my calling, he will make things beautiful in His own way , therefore i consider not relevan…

[18:56, 11/12/2017] Dino Gideon: COURT ORDERED FOR ARRAINMENT EDWARD ONOJA IN CONNECTION WITH MELAYE'S MURDER ATTEMPT 

Tom Olasunkanmi

The High Court, Kogi State sitting in Lokoja today has ordered for the arraignment of the Chief of staff to the governor of Kogi State, Mr.  Edward Onoja in connection with the attempted murder of Senator Dino Melaye early this year. 

It could be recalled that the Police Force headquarters, early this year, paraded the Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Area, LGA, in Kogi State,  Mr. Taofik Isah,  and five other  suspects,  for allegedly attempting to assassinate Senator Dino Melaye on April 15, 2017, at his residence at Iyala, Ijumu area of the state. Other suspects paraded are Ade Obage, Abdullahi Isa, Ahmed Ajayi, Michael Bamidele, and ex-Police Sergeant Ede James, orderly to Chairman of Ijumu LGA, Kogi State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, then said five AK 47 rifles, 2 locally made single-barrel shot guns, one Barreta pistol, 25 expended shells of 7.62mm ammunition, 13 expended shells of 9mm ammunition, 12 expended shells guage cartridge and one ambulance Hyundai bus were recovered as exhibits.

The firearms were sent for ballistics experts’ examination, test and analysis at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, FCIID, Lagos”, the FPRO confirmed