Kogi Assembly absolves 3 LG Chairmen of alleged acts of terrorism


…Screens, Confirms Reappointment Of AG, 2 Commissioner Nominees

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

Kogi State House of Assembly on Thursday cleared three Local Government Chairmen of alleged engagement in acts of terrorism and electoral violence in the recent General Elections in the state.

The clearance at Thursday plenary sitting of the House in Lokoja followed the receipt and adoption of a correspondence from the Department of State Security (DSS) absolving the council chairmen of the alleged crimes.

The Council Chairmen include Hon. Goke Okparison of Ogori-Magongo, Hon. Pius Kolawole of Yagba West and Hon. Muktar Muhammed, Bassa.

The Speaker Rt Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole read the letter which was adopted through unanimous voice votes for lifting of the suspension order on the chairmen.

Similarly, the House reinstated the Ijumu Local Government Secretary, Alex Obaropo, who was removed from office by the Legislative Council.

His reinstatement followed the adoption of a letter was from Governor Yahaya Bello and read by Speaker Mathew Kolawole at plenary.

The Speaker however, explained that it was not the House that removed the Council Scribe.

He therefore directed Clerk of the House to convey the resolution of the House to Ijumu LG Chairman, Hon Taofiq Isah under whose purview the reinstatement fell.

Also at Thursday plenary, the House confirmed the reappointment of the State Auditor General, Yakubu Yusuf Okala; Commissioner for Finance, Asiwaju Asiru Idris, Budget and Economic Planning and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Salami Momodu Ozigi (Deedat).

The three State Executive Committee members had resigned their appointments to participate in Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election

Earlier, the House had desolved into Committee of the Whole where the Speaker, Rt Hon Mathew Kolawole to screen the nominees where they were asked to take a bow and leave as they were all known by members of the House.