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Kogi guber: Signage agency bans pasting of posters in Lokoja metropolis, others



Kogi guber: Signage agency bans pasting of posters in Lokoja metropolis, others

The Kogi Signage and Advertisement Agency on Wednesday, announced outright banning of pasting of posters in Lokoja Metropolis and some Local Government Areas by politicians and other corporate organisations.

The Agency’s General Manager, Mr Osaseyi Richard, announced the ban in a statement in Lokoja.

Richard explained that the measure was aimed at ensuring a hitch-free, level-playing ground, sanity and to protect the environment from defilement before, during and after the Nov. 11 governorship election in the state.

The GM, who said he had earlier issued some guidelines on the use of campaign materials, urged all political parties, gubernatorial candidates, politicians and supporters to abide by the guidelines.

“This development is in accordance with its mandate to control and regulate advert displays in the state, as provided under Section 5(1)(a-o) of the Kogi State Signage and Advertisment Law, 2022.

“Therefore, any defaulters, or anyone found involved in any form of impunity, lawlessness in the deployment of political campaign materials will be made to face the consequences of their actions.

“This is because the agency has banned campaign posters of all candidates in Lokoja metropolis, Kabba/Bunu, ljumu, Yagba West, Ankpa, Idah, Ayingba, Adavi, Okene and Okehi towns.

“We are poised to assisting all political parties, politicians, and supporters in ensuring hitch-free and level playing ground in the use of political campaign and advertising materials in the state.

“The agency hereby urge everyone to comply with the guidelines to ensure sanity and to protect the environment from defilement, visual blight and other adverse effects of uncontrolled deployment and display of political campaign materials.”

He said the guidelines are issued without prejudice to any political party, associations or candidates, stating that it is the agency’s intention to ensure fairness among all participants while judiciously performing its duties and applying the rules without sentiment or bias.

He gave exceptions that political campaign materials on billboards might be deployed on existing structures owned and operated by outdoor advertising practitioners who were duly registered with the agency and had obtained permits for such sites and structures.

The gener manager said that each billboard erected must be made of standard and sturdy materials to ensure they did not fall or block the roads or constitute risk to residents and commuters.

“Posters must not be pasted on public utility structures such as Street lamps, poles, Transformers, the Ganaja fly-over and other unauthorized surfaces except as duly authorized by the agency upon payment of relevant fees.

“In addition to the sum of N5,000,000.00 fee payment to the agency by political parties wishing to deploy campaign materials within the state, each billboard erected by parties, candidates or supporters attracts fee of N2,000,000.00

“The sum of N1,000,000.00 will be charged as fee payable to the agency by political parties for every banner displayed in public places.

“A refundable Caution fee of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira only) shall be charged by the Agency for the deployment of all campaign materials before, during and after the election.

“Campaign posters of all candidates are hereby banned in the following parts of Kogi State: Lokoja Metropolis, Kabba/Bunu, ljumu, Yagba West, Ankpa, Idah, Ayingba, Adavi, Okene, Okehi.

“All political parties and candidates must remove the campaign materials not more than 10 days after the gubernatorial election on Nov. 11.

“Parties, candidates and supporters must refrain from the use of unsavory languages on opponents and to be mindful of the contents of their campaign materials, ” he said.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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