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Hon. Onyekehi Bags Ambassadorial Award of Ethics, Excellence



Hon. Abdulkareem Onyekehi Suleiman, in the middle receiving the Award
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Hon. Abdulkareem Onyekehi Suleiman, the Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Multilateral, Donor Agencies and Special Projects and State Focal Person, National Social Investment Programme, has been honored with an Ambassador of Ethics and Global Citizen of Conscience award, by an NGO, the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation (CESVO).

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Presenting the award to Hon. Onyekehi, at the SIP Office in Lokoja, the Executive Director of CESVO, Prince Yakubu Salih Musa eulogised the recipient for his outstanding performance since his assumption of office.

Onyekehi, who doubles as the Kogi State Focal Person of Social Investment Programme (SIP), was described by Yakubu as a reflection of ethical public officer whose conducts had been secretly investigated and confirmed as a trustworthy public servant with conduct compliance, and a sharp contrast from the general perception against Kogi NSIP in the past years. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Prince Yakubu who is a the founder of National Youth Parliament of Nigeria (NYPN) further commended the reforms, innovations and effective management the Kogi SIP office is now witnessing under the able leadership of Hon. Onyekehi.

“Having secretly investigated the activities of this office through tactical deployment of our whistle blowers to monitor the conduct and activities of this agency, we are glad to declare that your conduct has ranked you among the top 12 highly rated ethically responsible NSIP states in 2020”.

”You are therefore, decorated as an Ambassador of Ethics and Global Citizen of Conscience, presented with a Gold Medal and a Certificate of Credence, thus, inducting you among the 100 Integrity Icons of Nigeria (IION).

Responding, Hon. Onyekehi thanked CESVO for considering him worthy of such lofty and surprising recognition.

Onyekehi assured the organisation of his commitment to better service delivery to the good people of Kogi State in fulfilment of Gov. Yahaya Bello’s New Direction mandate.

The focal person, however, sighted the burden of inherited challenges that thwarted the progress of the SIP implementation in Kogi State.

“I inherited various administrative issues as it concerns some of the components of the programme and welfare of the staff upon my assumption of duty mid 2019.

”But today, we are repositioning the Kogi SIP for improved service delivery to citizens in fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to eradicate poverty among the populace using NSIP as key driver in achieving that promise.

“Our reforms are obvious from the renewed focus, public awareness and sensitization, restructuring, innovative ideas and broader reach to the people at the grass roots through the various components of the NSIP.

”My mandate is to justify the trust placed on me by my principal, His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello to ensure that the original and deserving target beneficiaries of all components of NSIP are equitably distributed and adequately captured”.

Onyekehi assured the group of his determination to continue to adhere to ethical standard and relevant service and conduct compliance in the discharge of his duties having being encouraged to do more.

Hon. Onyekehi, however, dedicated the Award to all Kogites and Nigerian Youths, noting that he was committed to prove that the youth could lead and make a difference.


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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