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*** 


Two Kidnappers Arrested in Kabba Bunu LGA, As Caretaker Chairman Reiterates Resolve to Smoke Out Criminals.

The Caretaker Chairman, Kabba Bunu LGA, Barr Zacchaeus Dare has assured that a new dawn has set in for the area, pointing out that as many criminals that are living and entering the Local Government, none will escape the long arms of the law.

Barr. Dare made the disclosure following the arrest of two kidnappers by Kabba Professional hunters, popua called Yanbanga.

The hunters arrested Sani and Ali, were arrested yesterday, with the Chairman reiterating his position of a zero tolerance for criminality, said ” if they come in hundred, they will leave in their zero”.

The Chairman advised the criminals in Kabba Bunu LGA that there is no hiding place for criminals as they would be smoked out from their hiding place.

He called on members of the public to avail the Local Government of information that would lead to the smoking out of criminals,

Barr. Dare reiterated his resolve to make the Local Government Area safe for living and in doing business.

President Tinubu Receives Governor Yahaya Bello As Both Leaders Discuss Security and Economic Issues

In a crucial meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, today, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu warmly received Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and both engaged in a productive dialogue around pressing security and economic concerns facing the nation, and Kogi State in particular.

The visit, which took place against the backdrop of Governor Bello’s impending handover of power to his successor, Governor-Elect Ahmed Usman Ododo on January 27, 2024, underscored the importance of intergovernmental collaboration and the continued pursuit of progress even during transitional periods.

The meeting’s agenda further reinforces the significance of collaborative efforts between the federal and state governments in tackling the nation’s challenges. Security and the economy are topmost on the list of national issues of priority concern to all Nigerians.

The two leaders’ deliberations thus highlighted the urgency of finding actionable and immediate solutions through synergy between all levels of Government in the country, especially the imperatives of a unified approach.

It will be recalled that Governor Yahaya Bello is widely recognized as the most successful Governor in security matters over the last 8 years. Even as bandits and other armed and hostile non-state actors overran highways in parts of the country, Bello’s administration kept the crucial corridor between both parts of the country that ran through the state open and safe, through thick and thin.

The administration also managed to secure her boundaries with ten other states, greatly contributing to overall national security. Although Governor Bello’s departure from office at the end of this month has left many citizens concerned about security in the North Central state which is considered the gateway between the north and south of Nigeria, the outgoing helmsman has continued to reassure the nation that his successor is well prepared to do even better in security and all areas.

President Tinubu also commended Governor Bello for his exemplary leadership in Kogi State since assuming office in January 2016. The President’s acknowledgment of Governor Bello’s dedication and the positive impact he has had on the state’s prosperity and the well-being of its people joins a growing list of accolades for the outgoing helmsman of the Confluence State.

This medium also gathered that ensuring a smooth transition and sustaining the pace of development set by Bello’s administration progress was also of interest to President Tinubu who received assurances from Bello that the process is on course without any hitches.

The President further underscored the ongoing commitment of his government to ensuring a smooth transition and continuing good governance in Kogi State. The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss strategies for continuity and to lay the groundwork for the incoming administration to build upon the successes of the outgoing government.

Ultimately, the meeting between President Tinubu and Governor Yahaya Bello reinforced the crucial role of intergovernmental cooperation in addressing the nation’s challenges. It also highlighted the importance of open communication, collaboration, and a shared vision for the future of Nigeria between leadership at the federal level and the sub- national units.


2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Kogi State Honours Fallen Heroes As Governor Yahaya Bello Pledges Continued Support for Security Services

Lokoja, Kogi State, January 15, 2024: In a solemn ceremony at the Cenotaph of the Unknown Soldier in Lokoja earlier today, Kogi State marked the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, honoring fallen heroes and reaffirming unwavering support for the Nigerian military and its sister security agencies.

In his speech, Governor Yahaya Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr. Mrs Funmilayo Arike Ayoade, emphasized the added significance of this year’s events being the first under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was only sworn-in last May.

Dr. Ayoade delivered the Governor’s heartfelt praise for the immense sacrifice by the fallen soldiers and assured of the state government’s commitment to their families and serving personnel. He also called on military personnel to recommit to their country and their Commander-in-Chief in line with their service pledge.

Highlights of the ceremony included inspection of the Guard of Honour mounted by men of the Nigerian Army and Navy by the Governor’s representative. Dignitaries present include the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aliyu Umar, Chief Judge of Kogi State, Hon. Justice Josiah Majebi, and the Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Oladele Owoniyi who represented traditional rulers. They also laid wreaths at the Cenotaph in memory of those who have paid the ultimate price.

Also in attendance was Commodore Jerry Omodara, the State Security Adviser, Kogi State and other government officials, as well as members of the Armed Forces led by the Commander 12th Brigade, Nigeria Army, Lokoja, Brig-Gen. Hassan Dasuki and Commander NNS Lugard, Commodore Ugochukwu Ajulu. The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, and his men were also present as were members of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), a contingent from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and a cross-section of citizens from all walks of life who turned out to honour the fallen.

In his speech, Governor Bello acknowledged and commended the role of the Armed Forces and other security agencies in transforming Kogi State from a state with heavy security challenges when he took office in 2016 to one enjoying substantial peace and security as he prepares to bow out on 27th January, 2024.

Noting that this transformation is a testament to their courage and vigilance, the Governor expressed his undying gratitude. Governor Bello also announced a token donation of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00) for this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Launch.

Governor Bello also assured the security chiefs and the citizens of the state that his successor, Governor-Elect Usman Ododo Ahmed will be even more committed to maintaining the crucial bond of respect and cooperation between the government and the security forces than him.

He urged citizens to give their unwavering support to the incoming administration and to the security agencies as their part in building a nation worthy of the sacrifices made by fallen heroes. The ceremony concluded with the release of doves to symbolize the shared aspirations for enduring peace in Kogi State and Nigeria.


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Harassment of NASS members: Kogi Government Arrests 6, calls for immediate prosecution

Following the harassment of some members of the National Assembly, who were part of the team that paid a courtesy visit on the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello, CON, at his office in Lokoja, six persons have been arrested on the order of the governor.

The Governor has subsequently banned unauthorised persons from accessing the government house while calling for immediate prosecution of the culprits.

The lawmakers from Kogi State, in the Senate and House of Representatives, had visited Governor Bello to congratulate him on the peaceful and credible conduct of the November 11 Governorship election and to pledge their unalloyed loyalty to him and the incoming administration.

Shortly after the fruitful discussion, the governor received with rude shock the news of the harassment of some of the lawmakers on their way out of the government house and swiftly ordered the arrest of the culprits.

He charged security agencies to investigate the issue thoroughly ensure the offenders face the full wrath of the law.

His directive to the heads of security agencies reads “Information just got to me as I left the office to the residence that one man called Suleiman and others embarrassed Sen Jubrin Echocho in Government
House. I’ve directed CSO to arrest all those involved in such stupid act and bring them to justice immediately. I will
NEVER condone act of hooliganism and indiscipline.
Thank you sir”.

The members who visited on Tuesday were Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho of Kogi East, Senator Sunday Karimi of Kogi West, Rt Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims of Ankpa Federal Constituency, Hon Zachariah Idris of Idah Federal Constituency, Hon Sani Abdulrahim Egidi of Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Hon Abdulrahim Danga (PDP) of Okehi/Adavi Federal, Hon Gowon Haruna of Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency, Hon Tijani Ozigi of Okene/Ogori Federal Constituency, Hon Danladi Aguye of Lokoja/Koto Federal Constituency and Hon Salman Idris (ADV) of Kabba/Ijumu.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

KOGI: 21 Ajaokuta kidnapped victims rescued within 48 hours as Governor Bello reiterates zero tolerance for criminal activities

The 21 victims kidnapped along the Ajaokuta-Itobe road in Kogi State, on Thursday, have been rescued, within 48 hours, by a joint team of security operatives, comprising personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, Civil Defence and local vigilantes.

The victims, predominantly travelers, had been whisked away to an unknown destination within the dense forest around the Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Upon receiving report of this distressing incident, His Excellency, Yahaya Bello, CON, the Governor of Kogi State, promptly issued directives to both security agencies and local vigilantes to embark on immediate actions that will lead to the freedom of the captives. He said the perpetrators of this reprehensible act must also be fished out.

This directive underscored Governor Bello’s unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of the citizens/residents under his charge.

The determined efforts of the combined security forces yielded results within 48 hours, leading to successful release of the 21 captives.

Furthermore, the operation led to the apprehension of some of the kidnappers while those still at large are being trailed.

Expressing his relief and satisfaction at the positive outcome of the operation, Governor Yahaya Bello commended the security operatives for their rapid and effective response. The governor emphasized the paramount importance of maintaining peace and security within Kogi State, reiterating his administration’s steadfast commitment to leaving no stone unturned in its relentless pursuit of keeping Kogi as one of the safest states in the country.

Governor Bello, while commending the security agencies in the state, reiterated his government’s commitment and collaborative efforts in the ongoing battle against criminal elements.

He seized the opportunity to issue a stern warning to those with nefarious intentions and warned criminals against migrating to Kogi for illicit activities.

The Governor unequivocally declared Kogi as a no-go area for all forms of criminalities, making it clear that his administration would spare no effort in safeguarding the peace and security of the state.

The successful rescue operation stands as a testament to the coordinated and decisive efforts of the security apparatus in Kogi State under the guidance of Governor Yahaya Bello.

The unwavering commitment to the safety of citizens, coupled with a resolute stance against criminal elements, reflects the dedication of the administration to creating an environment where residents can live without fear.

ONOGWU Muhammed
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
December 30, 2023

Kogi Govt Arrest 10 Illegal Miners, Impounds Over 50 Coal Laden Trucks In Ankpa

Kogi state government has arrested 10 miners operating illegally in Ankpa local government area of the state.

The State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Hon. Bashiru Gegu disclosed this on Monday evening in Ankpa when his ministry in collaboration with the Kogi State Special Task Force on Illegal Smuggling of Firearms and Other Related Crimes began the enforcement of Governor Yahaya Bello’s directive to illegal mining across the state.

Gegu, who noted that operation stop illegal mining in Kogi State is on course, said government has confiscated over 50 trucks carrying coal illegally with support of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), and local vigilantes.

Gegu said “We must implement the Federal Government policy and help in revenue generation. Over the years we have asked miners in the State approved by the Federal Government to register with the Ministry of solid Minerals and natural resources. This has however, fell on deaf ears with people brazenly destroying our communities. Illegal mining is totally prohibited in Kogi State”.

The Commissioner warned all illegal mining companies and individuals to stop forthwith as the long hands of the law is set to catch up with them.

He reassured that any one found wanting would be prosecuted.

Also speaking, the Director General Kogi State Special Task Force on Illegal Smuggling of Firearms and Other Related Crimes, Elder Friday Sani Makama, said it will no longer be business as usual, adding that the present administration will leave no stone unturned in arresting and prosecuting any individual caught engaging in illegal mining in Kogi State.

“Some set of individuals are milking the State of its natural resources. That is why Governor Yahaya Bello who wants the best for the people of Kogi state said it was time to put a stop to illegal mining in Kogi.

” Our operation here is very simple. All miners in Kogi State must operate within the ambit of the law. And my duty here is to ensure the enforcement of the directive given by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state,” he added.

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.

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