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Attah Igala tasks Citizens on Community Development



Attah Igala, Ameh Oboni II in his office showering blessings on Ocholi Yusuf Okpanachi during the courtesy visit.
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The Attah Igala and President, Kogi Traditional Council of Chiefs Dr Idakwo Michael Ameh-Oboni II has charged Igala sons and daughters to close ranks and provoke rapid development and transformation of the Kingdom.

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The Royal Father made the call on Wednesday in his Palace at Idah during a courtesy call on the palace by the Chief Executive Officer of Waves of Minds Resources International, Chief Ocholi Yusuf Okpanachi.

The Royal Father charged his guest to partner his fellow compatriots to ensure that the negative narratives of Igalas not lending helping hands to their people should give way to burning desires for the progress of their fatherland.

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He lamented that the ballkanisation of the kingdom right from the colonial era had affected the landmass, population and development of the area saying that the recent judgement of Federal High Court, Lokoja, had opened the floodgates of good tidings. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Ameh-Oboni II, explained that the recent victory of the kingdom at the court was to put history in its proper perspective and sue for peace as he urged the people to avoid acts that could be detrimental to the peaceful coexistence of the state.

In his response, the CEO of Waves of Minds Resources, Ocholi Okpanachi, commended the Monarch for his resilience that culminated in securing the Court Judgement for his fatherland.

Meanwhile, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ocholi has flagged-off the construction of a kilometre road with drainages in Ugwolawo community, Ofu Local Government area of Kogi state.

According to Okpanachi, the project which is part of the philanthropic efforts of his construction company, “Wave of Mind Resource Nigeria Limited”, is aimed at controlling the gully erosion and ease the movement of people in the area.

He said that the road project which is about a kilometre, was expected to cost N8.6 million while the drainage will gulp N3.2 million .

Speaking at the flag-off of the projects at Ogwolawo community in Ofu LGA, Okpanachi, said his decision to construct the road and fix the drainage was borne out of his concern for the suffering of the community especially, during the rainy seasons.

“I grew up to meet this particular road in a bad condition in this community and people living along this axis find it difficult to access their houses during every rainy season.

“The bad condition of the road has created unbearable hardship to residents of this area and as a young boy growing up in the community, I vow that if God almighty gave me the financial power, I will construct the road for my people without seeking help from any body.

“Today God has given me the financial capacity to fulfill my promise that is why I move my construction company down to the community to fix the road and construct drainage that will control the erosion for my people”, he said.


Organ Trafficking: Ekweremadu, Wife, Doctor Sentenced To Various Prison Terms




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The duo of Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Beatrice, and Doctor Obinna Obeta has been senenced to various jail terms for bringing a 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.

A judge at The Central Criminal Court, [ Old Bailey], announced the sentence friday.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, Ekweremadu was jailed for nine years and eight months, his wife Beatrice was sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment while Obeta received a 10-year prison term.

The sentencing follows their conviction in March for organ trafficking, The Ekweremadus’sick daughter, Sonia was cleared of any wrongdoing.

1rem;">The three were found guilty after arranging or facilitating a young Nigerian man’s travel into the United Kingdom in a bid to obtain his kidney on behalf of Sonia.
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The jury said Ekweremadu, his wife and their doctor criminally conspired to bring the 21-year-old Lagos street trader to London to exploit him for his kidney.

The conviction is the first under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The sentencing comes after pleas from multiple prominent personalities and institutions, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Other petitioners included both chambers of the National Assembly, the Chairman/CEO, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Erewa Dabiri, and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC).

The charges were preferred on the Ekweremadus on June 23, 2022, when their arrest was announced. Obeta was later arraigned on July 13, 2022. While his wife was granted bail, the senator was refused.

After months of a pre-trial, the trial commenced on January 31, 2023 and lasted about six weeks, culminating in a guilty verdict against Ekweremadu, Beatrice, and Obeta.

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Reps Seek UK Government Clemency for Ekweremadu



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The House of Representatives  has write to the government of the United Kingdom seeking mercy in sentencing the embattled Ike Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.

This is contained in a resolution reached following a motion moved by Toby Okechukwu, a lawmaker from Enugu State.

A UK court found the duo guilty of conspiracy of organ harvesting of another Nigerian. The Ekweremadu couple will be sentenced in the coming days.

Moving the motion, Okechukwu said diplomatic intervention in this kind of case is normal.

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“It is a common practice in international relations for nations, including the UK, to seek relief for their citizens involved in situations such as that of the Ekweremadus,” he said.

Speaking on the motion, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, said intervention by the House is not a justification for the charges against the Ekweremadus. He urged the UK government to consider Ekweremadu’s years of public service.

Consequently, the House resolved to urge the UK government and the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing Ekweremadu, his wife and the doctor.

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Also, they urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to take all diplomatic steps and other necessary interventions regarding the travails of the Ekweremadu family.

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HYPPDEC Donates Food Stuff, Clothing to Locals in Kogi to Tackle Cashless Policy Effect



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By Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPDEC), on Tuesday, donated 400 bags of rice, 250 gallons of vegetable oil and some packaged women rappers to ten Local Government Areas in Kogi State under the agency to cushion the effect associated with the new cashless policy.

Making the presentation to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the Lugard House, Lokoja on Tuesday, a Board Member of HYPPDEC, Alhaji Isah Ozi Salami, said that the gesture is part of the agency’s intervention in times of natural disaster or any hardship situation on citizens.

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Salami expressed the commitment of HYPPDEC in tackling the prevailing economic hardship on Nigerians as a result of the Cashless Policy.

“We owe it as a duty to take adquate care of the people in the 10 Local Government Areas belonging to HYPPDEC communities in Kogi

“Our concern under the present economic hardship is to alleviate the sufferings of the people within HYPPDEC communities in Kogi” Ozi Salami told Governor Bello.

He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the provision of logistic supports that have facilitated smooth operation of the agency in Kogi.

He also told the Governor that HYPPDEC will soon begin the construction of 50 housing units in Kogi for resettlement of last year’s flood victims in riverine communities.

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“I appreciate Governor Bello’s magnanimity in providing land for the housing project. The Governor is expected to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the project” Ozi Salami disclosed.

The Chief of Staff to Governor Bello, Jamiu Asuku who received the food stuff on behalf of his boss, hinted that Kogi will key into HYPPDEC’s intervention initiative in the areas of provision of food and security of lives and property for citizens.

Governor Yahaya Bello appealed to HYPPDEC to focus more on Ibaji Local Government Area in its intervention programme as a result of the bad terrain of the area.

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