Prince Abubakar University Teaching Hospital Anyigba currently under construction by the administration of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. *** Governor Yahaya Bello at work on the age-old erosion ravaged section of the road from Anyigba to the headquarters of Dekina LG and to the neighboring Bassa LG.*** Ultra-modern General Hospital, Under Construction At Isanlu-Yagba East LGA-Kogi State. Similar projects ongoing simultaneously in two (2) other locations in the state, ie, Gegu in Kogi LGA and Eganyi in Ajaokuta LGA*** The World Bank commended Governor Yahaya Bello for refunding $4.63 million surplus funds under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)***  This app, is an Audio/visual excursion into the stewardship of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello*** 


GYB Receives CDS of Nigeria

Governor Bello Receives Chief of Defence Staff, Reiterates Partnership with Security Agencies

…As CDS Scores Kogi High on Security, Says Nigeria Military Will Set Stage for Peaceful Guber Polls

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, received the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa at the State government house in Lokoja.

The CDS, who is on an operational visit to Kogi State was ably received by the State Deputy Governor, Chief Dr Edward Onoja, on behalf of Governor Bello.

Welcoming his guest accompanied by other top military officers, Governor Bello speaking through his Deputy, commended President Bola Tinubu for his efforts towards combating insecurity in the country. He highlighted the strategic relevance of Kogi State to the country, noting sustained efforts to tackle crime in whatever guise so far.

Chief Edward Onoja and Gen. Christopher Musa
On the forthcoming governorship election in the State, Governor Bello disclosed that his administration has since laid the foundation of a level playing ground for all candidates, noting that his administration will continue to partner with the military and sister security agencies to ensure the safety of lives of livelihood, before, during, and after the polls.

Earlier, the CDS reiterated the resolve of the Nigerian Army to commit to the rules of engagement and professionalism in its peace mission across the country.

CDS, Gen. Christopher Musa
He stated that he was in Kogi State as part of his national tour across selected states of the country ahead of the November 11 governorship elections. He described Kogi State as a microcosm of Nigeria due to its unique location and commended Governor Bello for his critical gains in the area of tackling insecurity.

The CDS however reiterated the readiness of the military to partner with all relevant stakeholders towards ensuring a free, fair, and credible election in the State. He commiserated with the Government and people of Kogi State on the passing of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr Ado Ibrahim.

In attendance were the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon Sunday Faleke, Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Odiyo, State Security Adviser, Comm Jerry Omodara (Rtd), Commissioner for Environment, Hon Omofaiye Victor, and other government functionaries.

In company of the CDS was the General Officer, Commanding 2nd Division, NA, Major General B.A Alabi, Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ayuba Chugali, the Commander, 12th Brigade, NA, Brig Gen H.I Dasuki, the Commander, NNS Lugard, Commodore Victor Ajulu, and other top military officers.







1. The Kogi State Government wishes to commend the Joint Security Taskforce consisting of the Nigerian Police, DSS, the Military and NSCDC for their commitment to ensuring security across the State.

2. The State Governor, His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello, CON, has further reiterated his determination to make Kogi the most peaceful state in the federation by continuing to empower security agencies to protect lives and property.

3. The State Government cautions the political class against making reckless statements that could undermine security in the state as we will ensure that the responsibility to keep our people safe is not jeopardised by unbridled political desperation by the enemies of our dear state.

4. Governor Yahaya Bello has assured security agencies of his ironcast support in their efforts at combating crime in the state in line with the Agenda of his administration. Politics is not a crime but crime too is not politics. Anyone who threatens the peace of our dear state shall be made to face the full wrath of the law devoid of political, class, religious or ethnic considerations.

5. We urge our people to go about their normal businesses. Over the last eight years, the Yahaya Bello Administration has created a population of Kogites who are united, unselfish, altruistic and patriotic. We will finish strong.

6. Our dear state holds a promise to greatness. We cannot afford to allow a few elements with no regard for human life reverse our sterling gains in the area of security. From Egbe to Kotonkarfe; Lokoja to Ibaji; Bassa to Okene; we are prepared to defend the rights of our people to peace and security.

Kingsley Femi Fanwo
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications


Kogi Vigilantes Rescue 134 Victims Kidnapped From FCT Councils

Vigilantes in Kogi State have rescued 134 victims who were abducted from various parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The victims were rescued during the recent operations of the Kogi vigilantes in forests located in the state and some parts of Nasarawa State, a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State, Onogwu Muhammed, said on Monday.

The vigilantes were said to have stormed the hideouts of kidnappers in the Odullo forest of Kogi and Sardauna in Nasarawa State, rescuing victims who were abducted from Abaji, Kuje, and Kwali in FCT, as well as Toto council area of Nasarawa.

Chairman of the Kogi/Koton Karfe Local Government Area, Dauda Aliyu, who received the rescued victims, commended the vigilantes for their bravery.

He also acknowledged the support of the state government for security operatives in the state.

The council boss ensured that the victims were properly reunited with their families in their respective LGAs.

About 92 vigilantes participated in the operation at the Odullo Forest in Kogi LGA after which they advanced to Sardauna in Nasarawa State.

The council boss appreciated Governor Yahaya Bello for supporting the vigilantes, which he said had continued to help immensely in the fight against insecurity in the state.

The Kogi State Security Adviser, Comdr. Jerry Omodara (retd) also praised the vigilantes and other security agencies in the state for their efforts in fighting crime in the state and beyond.

He said the Governor Yahaya Bello administration would continue to make Kogi State uninhabitable for criminals, reiterating the Governor’s commitment to making Kogi the safest state in Nigeria.





The Fight Against Insecurity In Kogi State.

Security of lives and properties of the people of Kogi State remain a primary concern of Governor Yahaya Bello and his Administration.

In pursuit of this unchanging objective, the Government of Kogi State recently took delivery of gun trucks and other hardware to strengthen the security architecture of the state more. Governor Yahaya Bello inspects the equipment in this short video.

Governor Yahaya Bello Commends Nigerian Navy

Gov Yahaya Bello and the Officers of Nigerian Naval Command…

Gov. Bello Commends Nigerian Navy,calls for Relocation of Central Naval Command HQ to Kogi

…receives FOC Central Naval command

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has commended the effort of the Nigerian Navy in their fight against insecurity and the protection of the Nigerian Waterways while calling for the relocation of the Central Naval Command Headquarters to Kogi state.

The governor pointed out that the historic and geographic location of the state validates such request.

Bello who made the commendation and request on Monday while receiving a courtesy visit from the Flag officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral I Abbas added that the command centre would serve a better purpose if such relocation was approved.

Governor Bello hailed the Chief of Naval staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo for repositioning the Nigeria Navy by being highly dutiful, adding that during his tenure pestering issues of bunkering, theft and other criminal activities on the waterways have grossly reduced.

He noted that the Commander’s courtesy call was a huge show of comradeship and togetherness asserting that his readiness to serve the Nigerian nation was laudable.

The governor also appreciated Commodore K I Odubanjo, Commander NNS LUGARD for the great job done and professionalism he has displayed in the state, urging him to do more for the people and the state.

Governor Bello promised that his administration would continue to appreciate security operatives and give them maximum support so that there job would be made easy.

In his opening remarks, the FOC central Naval command, informed the governor that he was in the state to acquaint and familiarise himself with operations of units under his command, examine their operational activities with a view to make inputs and find out challenges.

He thanked the governor for the support he has been providing to the base, noting that he was well aware of how the state governor accommodated and rendered support towards the establishment and its operation in the State.

Officers on the delegation of the FOC included Command Operations Officer, Commodore S T Lengava, Captain JB Eturu, Command Project Officer, Commander SY Ochepo, Command Education Officer.

Others were LT CDR ET Jejelowo, Command Provost Marshal, LIEUTENANT Commander IB Umar, Base Operations officer, NNS LUGARD and SUB Lieutenant A Suleiman, Flag to the FOC.

ONOGWU Muhammed

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor


GYB meets LGAs Chairmen, Professional Hunters, Vigilantes, charges more action against criminals

Security: Governor Yahaya Bello meets LGAs Chairmen, Professional Hunters, Vigilantes, charges more action against criminals

Kogi State governor, His Excellency Yahaya Bello on Monday met with local government chairmen, professional hunters, heads of vigilantes, and the head of the Nigerian Legion in the state for a security strategic meeting.

The Governor commended the security personnel and charged them to up their games in the battle against criminal elements in the state. Bello stressed that there was a need to strengthen the process of information and intelligence gathering and synergy among security units in the state.

He noted that amongst all achievements and successes of his administration, security tops the rank and will do what it takes to ensure the people of the state live in peace. He charged the non-conventional security personnel to intensify efforts in Identifying all criminals, their collaborators, informants, sponsors, and leaders, and deal with them following the law of the land.

“I want to reiterate my stand once more that I will never negotiate with criminals. Only a weak government negotiate with criminals. If you identify anybody in my government who is supporting crimes direct or indirectly please expose them and we shall deal with them like common criminals. Our people must live in peace. We will continue to fight any act of criminality till the last second of our stay in office. To the criminals outside there; I shall lead the war against you from the frontline.”

The governor urged stronger ties among all security agencies in the state and strongly warned against saboteurs.

“You must collaborate amongst yourselves to succeed. The fact that security personnel signed to die in the line of duties is not enough for them to be killed by these ragtag elements calling themselves bandits, kidnappers and terrorists. Protect yourselves and go against them with common intention” the Governor added.

Declaring the meeting open, the State Security Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodara (Rtd) commended the non-conventional security personnel in the state and urged them to sustain the onslaught against criminal elements in complementing the effort of the conventional security agencies in the state.

ONOGWU Muhammed

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor




When the Latin notion, E Pluribus Unum” meaning “Out of Many; One is chosen”, was opined, it obviously was inspired by the life of a revered, relentless and remarkable man. It therefore would not be out of place to compare such traits to a man who has distinguished himself in effective governance and selfless leadership coupled with an unassuming demeanour; The Executive Governor of Kogi State, his Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello.

On assumption of office after a divine twist of events and a political cul de sac, Governor Yahaya Bello was sworn into office in January 2016. On assumption, it was an obvious fact that he had a daunting task of rejigging the socio-economic potential of the State cutting across healthcare, education, youth and women empowerment, environmental protection and indeed security. Security being a critical factor for socio-economic stability was a critical area of focus for the Bello administration.

Before Governor Yahaya Bello assumed office, there were myriads of security challenges bedevilling the State including kidnappings, blood ritual murders, banditry, terrorism burglary and robbery. But on his resuming office, Governor Bello swung into action by doing a sweep of the road corridors traversing the Confluence State. In the process the shrubs on the road shoulders and sides which had become a convenient tool for perpetrating kidnapping and banditry was cleared. As a result road travellers could see as far as 150 metres ahead while threading these roads. This led to a drastic drop in kidnap cases in the State. According to statistics there were at least 25 kidnap cases every month in the State before the Governor assumed office, but after less than a year in office of Governor Bello, the cases had dropped to an average of 2. At the onset of his administration also, an ISWAP cell was discovered in Okene area of the State.

They were responsible for bombing of the Deeper life Bible Church killing 17 people with over 70 injured. Governor Bello changed the narrative and routed out the cell from the State. Before Governor Bello assumed office, incidents of farmers herders clashes were also rampant, however Governor Bello adopted strategic approaches to ensure peaceful co-existence and cohesion by ensuring holistic cooperation.

These achievements are attributable to the provision of over 200 utility and patrol vehicles for security agencies in the state tagged, “Operation Total Freedom”. The State Government under Governor Bello also recruited over 6,000 local vigilantes empowered with motorcycles for providing intelligence information for the conventional security agencies. Nonetheless, State of the Art security gadgets were also procured for the Operation which was established by the Bello administration. 500 motorcycles were also procured for security patrol operations and while the services of vigilante security operatives were engaged.

To further capitulate on these efforts, Governor Yahaya Bello declared war against armed robbers and criminals in the State by daring to apprehend and prosecute shadow criminal lords deemed untouchable as their hide outs were rooted and demolished. He also constructed the Army Forward Operations Base at various places across the State to enhance the security in the State.

The state Government also sponsored the training of 441 Special Constabulary Police Personnel at the Nigerian Police Training College, Ilorin, Kwara State. The results of these interventions came to the fore in 2017, when a report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, stated that out of the 134,663 cases of crime reported in the country; Bauchi, Kebbi and Kogi states had the lowest rates. In the same year, Kogi had no cases of burglary while the state with the highest level of crime had 1,213 cases. Little wonder, in recognition of these contributions to the nations’ anti-terrorism and banditry efforts, Governor Yahaya Bello was conferred an Award of Recognition by the Inspector General of Police for his determination to rid the State of such elements.

Just recently, the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) as well, made up of journalists on the crime beat, appointed Governor Bello as its patron in recognition of his efforts which led to Kogi being adjudged as one of the states with the lowest crime rate in the country.

As it has often been said in religious fora “where there is light, darkness comprehends it not” therefore to further boost security, electric power supply in the State received a boost with various degrees of intervention for the Power Holding Company serving the State. In consideration of checking youth unemployment and drudgery which are pedestal for crime and social vices, the Bello administration also empowered them economically and through educational opportunities.

Today, it is on record that his administration has the highest number of women and youths captured in the States intervention programmes. It suffice to say that in the African cultural milieu “A child who washes his hands clean can sit with the elders” The 2023 elections are around the corner and Governor Yahaya Bello GYB, having washed his hands clean by repositioning the Confluence State to an epochal scale, has thrown in his cap in the ring to join in the race to be the President of Nigeria, PYB. This is for him to further contribute his bit to making Nigeria, a country of our dreams.

GYB for President.

“There is a belief that everyone has a job that they are good at. Therefore, we endeavor to put our Team members in the right place to make them work effectively in other to create sustainable growth for the general good and attend to their needs accordingly. However, we ensure to employ people that are diligent in their jobs and have admirable character in order to take care of the rest of us and achieve our vision in the long run”. – Governor Yahaya Bello.

Governor Yahaya Bello commend the efforts and synergy of security operatives in Kogi state.

Governor Yahaya Bello has commended the efforts and synergy of security operatives in Kogi state.

Reacting to the successful rescue operation by local hunters in Ochadamu, Ofu local government area of the state, Governor Bello urged security operatives sustain the efforts in combating various acts of criminality within every border of the state.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, the Governor added that no section of the state should be left to witness any act of insecurity.

Two kidnappers operating within the terrain of Ochadamu, in Ofu local government area of Kogi state, on Wednesday, met their waterloo in the hands of local security hunters.

Speaking to newsmen, an official of Ofu local government, Mohammed Lawal Musa noted that few days after attempting to kidnap innocent commuters plying the route after Easter celebration, the criminals were initially engaged in a gun battle with men of the Nigeria Navy with two members arrested.

He narrated further that after discovering their hideouts in Ochadamu, the hunters ambushed the criminal elements at about 2 am on Wednesday.

The suspects who engaged the hunters in a gun duel for over forty minutes had two of their members gunned down while three escaped with varying degrees of injuries.

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