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Thousands Honour Slain Tao FM Radio Staff as Markets Close in Okene

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Okene, Kogi State, on Tuesday to protest the killing of four staff of Tao FM radio in a terrorist bomb blast. The spontaneous protest march was followed by the closure of all markets, banks, offices and commercial ventures in Kogi Central Senatorial District in honour of those killed and injured in the deadly night attack on the popular community radio. Protesters called on the federal and state governments as well as the security agencies to fish out those behind the attack. "We will not allow this to be swept under the carpet again like other unsolved killings in the area in the past", said a female protester who did not give her name."We must find and punish those behind this crime. Enough is enough. This land belongs to all of us. No one can terrorize us". The protesters later marched to the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebira, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, in Okene. They pleaded with him to do something to end the terrorist…

Tao fm releases dedicated bank account to receive donations

The Board of Directors of Ovidi Communications Ltd appreciates all An'Ebira, friends and well wishers within and outside Ebiraland who have expressed desire to help Tao 101.9 FM Radio.The following dedicated bank account has been opened for the purpose:Bank: GTB
Account Name: Ovidi  Communications Ltd.
Account No: 0169118744.Please NOTE that the above account details replace the earlier one posted.Thank you all. God bless and do help us pass the information to others who are interested in helping Tao Radio.JO OMUYA.

Abandoned renovation work at Okene general hospital resumes

By Ismail M. Kabir

Following the recent outburst on Tao FM radio station on the pitiable condition of the Okene general hospital, the long abandoned renovation work has commenced again.

Workers were on site when our team visited the hospital on Tuesday, 28th April, 2015. Most of the roofs have been replaced on the admission wards while the staff car park was undergoing repair as at the time of our visit.

It could be recalled that the hospital renovation contract was recently awarded by Kogi State government to a yet to be identified company which later abandoned the job after the removal of the old roofs over most parts of the hospital building.

This led to the destruction of some of the hospital equipments and facilities including items donated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The hospital workers have been on strike since December 2004 following the failure of the state government to meet up with the some demands made by the Health workers union in the state.

The industrial a…

ONUKABA CONDEMNS BOMBING OF TAO FM IN KOGI

A Media Arts lecturer at the University of Abuja, Dr Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba, has strongly condemned the bombing of Tao FM radio station in Okene, Kogi State, calling it "an attempt by some evil forces to silence the voice of the people"."Since it started operation about three years ago, Tao FM has been a powerful medium through which the people of Kogi Central Senatorial District share news and information about their own community and about the rest of Nigeria. It has created a vibrant, committed and united community of listeners", Onukaba said in a statement he personally signed and released in Abuja yesterday. "Tao FM, a privately owned radio station dedicated to serving and uplifting the community, has had within so short a time a profound impact on the people of Kogi Central. Its programmes have kept the community well informed, educated and entertained. It has been used to mobilize the community for the attainment of political, economic and social goals. Th…

TeamAOA condemns Tao FM attack..sends condolences

LETTER OF CONDOLENCE  AND CONDEMNATION OF TERRORIST ATTACKS TO THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF TAO FM KUROKO, ADAVI LGA. KOGI STATE.   On behalf of TeamAOA we wish to express our sincere condolences to the management and staff of Tao Fm over the killings of some of her staff members, this incident came to us and other well meaning individuals as a rude shock.     After the tragic hours that have plunged Ebiraland into mourning, TeamAOA wish to convey our full solidarity to TAO FM. We most strongly condemn the blind violence which has been perpetrated in our land  through these series of cowardly and abominable terrorist attacks.During this painful time, we would also like to convey our deepest condolences to the families of all the innocent victims of these despicable attacks and express our sympathy and support to the injured for a speedy recovery.   More than ever before, Ebiraland and her people remain firm and undaunted in her fight against the scourge of political terrorism and under…

Tao FM Attack: EYC makes Press Statement

A PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED IN REACITATION TO THE COWARDLY BOMBING OF TAO FM RADIO IN OKENE
BY EBIRA YOUTH CONGRESS

Great Youth of Ebira, our patriotic senior comrades and security men and gentlemen of the press.

    This is a trying moment for Ebiraland and its people. We do not intend to bore you with long speech but to issue this statement in response to this attack:

1.    We view this cowardly attack under the cover of the night as an attack on the Ebira people given the emotional attachment of Ebira people to this Radio.

2.    This is one attack too many.

3.    Therefore we appeal land urge the security agents to within the shortest possible time unravel this heinous attack that touches the soul of Ebira people.

4.    We urge all Anebira to rise with all available legal means available to them to investigate this attack and brig the perpetrators to book.

5.    To shame the enemy, we urge TAO FM to open an account for the immediate resuscitation of the Radio. And we hereby appeal to all you…

Photos: Tao FM after the terrorsit attack

See photos of the damaged done to the building housing Tao FM Radio Station following a terrorist attack on Monday 27th April, 2015.




















Tragedy: Four die as gunmen bomb Tao FM station

By Ismail M. Kabir

Followinng the terror attack yesterday (Monday, April 27th 2015) by unknown gunment on Tao FM, Ebira sole electronic media house located on Ogidi lane, Kuroko in Adavi LGA of Kogi state, four people including two security guards, an in-house engineer and a carpenter were killed.

The assaialant then detonated an explosive devide that shook the buiilding housing the radio station to its foundation. The impact of the bomblast which occured around the hour of 8:00PM was felt across Kuroko community and beyond.
(Click here to see photos of the aftermath of the attack)
Residents in the area fled in various direction as the attackers were said to be shooting sporadically even in the midst of the loud blast. Speaking with newsmen at the scene of the attack this morning, the general manager of the radio station, Dr. Halima Salihu berated the unprovoked attack on the station.

Dr. Halima told reporters that neither the content of their broadcast nor the reactions from the teem…

Kogi state guber aspirant donates N25 million to APC House of Assembly candidates

Alhaji Yahaya Bello Chairman Kogi Youth Arise group and stalwart of All Progressive Congress (APC) assisted 25 APC Assembly Candidates with N25m Campaign Support. Each of the 25 party candidates jostling for the April 11 House of Assembly seats in Kogi State with N1m.Alhaji Bello, owner of Fair-plus International Ltd, also gave N.5m to each of the 21 local government coordinators of the Group, in addition to N5m and a 15-seater bus for the party secretariat.He gave the financial assistance over the weekend in Lokoja where the candidates, coordinators and other party stakeholders converged at the instance of the Chairman to brainstorm on challenges during the March 28 elections and how to chart a new course for April 11.He cautioned party supporters not to be carried away by what he described as the "’Buhari tsunami’’ which swept the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections in favour of the party, but replicate the feat or “even record 99 percent success in the April …