Kogi State Governor Orders Ex-Officials To Return State Vehicles


Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered former political office holders in the state, who made away with state government vehicles, to return them or face the wrath of the law.

The Governor has set up the Vehicles Recovery Committee, with the assignment to recover all the ‘stolen’ official government vehicles in two weeks, following the refusal of the former appointees to return the government properties.

Political office holders who served under the immediate past administration of former governor, Idris Wada, had taken away several vehicles from the government’s fleet a day before the inauguration of the present administration on the January 27, 2016.

Gov. Bello has now empowered the recovery committee to take back the cars to accelerate the smooth running of his administration.

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In a statement released on Tuesday, April 12, the committee comprises of a representative of the Kogi State Ministry of Justice, security agencies and Transportation Officers in the Government House and the Head of Service.

The Committee Chairman and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Honourable Adaidu Akoh, while speaking to newsmen in Lokoja, the state capital, said seven government vehicles have so far been recovered from the former appointees.

Hon. Akoh urged others to tread the path of honour by willingly returning the vehicles in their possession to the committee to avoid embarrassment from the security agencies.

Meanwhile, following the recent crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly, the House of Representatives has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation over his alleged comments that the National Assembly was wrong to have taken over the duties of the Kogi State Assembly.

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Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in a letter allegedly directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to unseal the Kogi State House of Assembly and directed the IGP to disregard the National Assembly’s resolution to take over the Kogi State House of Assembly, saying the lawmakers’ resolution was wrong.

The Senate agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly after its leadership crisis degenerated into a situation where two persons claimed to be Speaker of the House, and also declared null and void the impeachment proceedings embarked upon by five members of the Kogi State House of Assembly.