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PHOTOS: Natasha Akpoti kicks of Enterprise Hunt in Okene

By Ismail M. Kabir

Founder of Builders Hub Impact Investment project, Barr. Natasha Akpoti has kicked off her much publicized Enterprise Hunt, an initiative that targets 1000 enterprises across 1000 communities in Nigeria.

Builders Hub goes hunting for enterprises across Nigeria

…targets 1000 enterprises in 1000 communities in Nigeria.
By Ismail M. Kabir
It is a dawn of opportunities for Nigerian craftsmen and artisans as Builders Hub begins hunting for enterprises across Nigeria. The ‘Enterprise Hunt’ is expected to capture one thousand enterprises from one thousand under served communities across the country.

Former AGF’s Uncle Paraded for Kidnapping in Kog

A 72-year-old Ahmed Adoke, an uncle to the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, was among the 45 kidnappers  and armed robbery suspects paraded by the police monday in Lokoja , the Kogi State capital. Also paraded  was the All Progressive Congress, (APC) candidate  for the Okehi constituency in the state  House of Assembly  in the last election, Idris Ozi Shuabu; and a cripple who were paraded for being an accessory to  the criminal gang terrorising the people of the state.

EPA's speech at Ebira National Dialogue 2015

The huge assault of honour and privilege bestowed on me to speak to you today is an issue that I will have to reconcile myself with in a long time. The protocol list of the personalities gathering here sounds the names of who is who in Ebiraland which underscores the importance of this conference. This dialogue like those before it which are all attempts at addressing our multi-faceted issues,  could not have been more auspicious in timing.

BVN Registration : Last minute rush overwhelms banks in Okene

By Ismail M. Kabir
In a bid to beat the registration deadline of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) recommended by the Central Bank of Nigeria, banks in Okene are besieged daily by desperate customers struggling to get the BVN, a development that now affect motorists in the area. With barely one week to the close of the registration, customers are seen queued in hundreds around various bank branches in the town from as early as 6.30am in wait for banks' official resumption time of 8.00am.

Revealed: Ebira politicians made empty promises to rebuild Tao FM

By Ismail M. KabirThe management board of Ovidi communications (owners of Tao FM Radio station) have published list of donors to the public fund raising appeal circulated across the community following the terror attack on the radio station some months ago. Contrary to rumours making rounds that millions of naira have been raised by the radio station from concerned citizens especially politicians from the community, not a single Ebira politician has so far contributed a dime to the purse of the radio station as the list indicates. It could be recalled that shortly after the deadly attack by unknown gunmen that claimed four lives and caused major damage to the building housing the FM station in Kuroko Adavi LGA of Kogi State on Monday April 27th 2015,  an urgent appeal to raise funds for the revival of the darling station was raised by Ebira Youth Congress (EYC).The appeal prompted the release of a dedicated bank account by the management of the radio station. The account information w…

Ramadan: Pray for peace, unity, Abatemi-Usman tells Nigerians

An aspirant for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi State,
on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Nurudeen
Abatemi-Usman has called on Muslim faithful to use the Holy Month of
Ramadan to pray for the continuous peaceful co-existence and unity of
the country.Abatemi-Usman who represented Kogi Central Senatorial District in the
Red Chamber of the seventh National Assembly made the call in a
Ramadan message signed by his media adviser, Michael Jegede.According to the former Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta
Affairs, peace is an essential ingredient in a country seeking for
rapid growth and development.He stated further that Nigeria needed prayers more than ever before,
to seek God's guidance and direction for the recently inaugurated
government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, who had
promised to make a difference in governance and positively impact on
the lives of the Nigerian people.The Kogi governorship aspirant urged…

Abdullahi Bello Assures Okene-Ogori Magongo on Quality Representation

Former speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly has assured his constituents, the people of Okene-Ogori Magongo federal constituency of Kogi state, of a robust representation that will bring dividends of democracy for the electorate in the constituency.Hon Abdullahi Bello gave this assurance at the get together held in his honour in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital by his constituents adding that he hopes to achieve this by working closely with members of the executive to attract development projects to the area.The event was attended by party elders who took turns to advise the lawmaker to consult with the electorate at all times in the course of fulfilling his campaign promises.

Kogi: Former governor Audu, party chairman on war path, as crisis rocks APC

The centre cannot hold again in Kogi APC following mutual suspicion and cold war ranging among the stakeholders in the state over gubernatorial ticket. Per Second News learnt that the quest to control party structure at ward, local and state levels is also tearing apart the party and the gubernatorial declaration event planned by the chairman, Haddi Ametuo.Ametuo, the party chairman who was allegedly imposed on the party by his estranged political god- father, Prince Abubakar Audu has now decided to part ways with the former governor. The rumoured third term ambition of Abubakar Audu is said to be the bone of contention as his plot to have another shot at the Lugard House is having a devastating effect on the chances of Ametuo retaining his seat as party chairman.The former governor who is well placed to be the party's flag bearer in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state has been dumped by some of his political associates following his refusal to drop his age long th…

Ebiras in Abuja holds dinner for Hon. Abdullahi Bello in Abuja

By Ismail M. KabirOn Tuesday 9th June 2015, Family,  friends and well-wishers gathered at the water fountain garden in Abuja to celebrate Hon. Abdullahi Bello following his inauguration at the 8th National Assembly to represent Okene-Ogori/Magongo at the red chambers of the National Assembly.The event was well attended by notable Ebira personalities,  APC chieftains from Kogi state and beyond, his family members and numerous well wishers. Awed by the large turnout of the event, Hon. Bello promised to reciprocate the love and support he has so far enjoyed from the people by delivering adequately on his mandate.He promised to embark of vigorous pursuit of legislations that will impact generously on his constituency and the entire Ebira community. Hon. Abdullahi equally used the event to reinstate his commitment to ensuring the reactivation of the Tao FM station that was attacked by unknown gunmen some weeks ago where four people were killed, the building damaged and the station grounded…

Unpaid Salary: Kogi Police fire tear gas, beat protesting Teachers

BY BANABAS ATTAH- ABUJA (Per Second News )Police on Thursday fired tear gas on primary school teachers in Kogi state during a protest over non payment of 2014 November and December salaries as well as  other entitlement and allowances.The teachers under the Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria, (BASAN) who  converged at Nataco junction in Lokoja were on a peaceful protest to the office of the State Universal Basic Education Board, when the police engaged them.Per Second News learnt that some of the protesters sustained injuries. Addressing Journalists before the police attack,the BESAN chairman, Comrade Adomu Sule, said the protest was in reaction to the statement credited to the Chairman of SUBEB that the state government was not owing basic education teachers." We are out today to let the world know that the Kogi state government is owing basic education teachers in the state. We also want the federal government and the public to know how government is killing public s…

Supreme Court affirms Ado Ibrahim as Ebiraland monarch

By ADE ADE‎SOMOJU (Punch News).
The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed Alhaji Ado Ibrahim as the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland of Kogi State. Ibrahim was appointed the paramount ruler of Ebrialand by the then Military Administrator of Kogi State, Col. Bzigu Afakirya, on June 2, 1997, but a suit challenging his appointment was instituted before the Kogi State High Court on March 6, 1998. Ibrahim appealed to the Supreme Court after he was ordered to be deposed by the concurrent judgments of both the Kogi State High Court where the matter started and subsequently the Jos Division of the Court of Appeal. But the Justice Ibrahim Muhammad-led five man panel of the Supreme Court  on Friday struck out the suit on the grounds that the Kogi State High Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit because it (the suit) was caught by “statute of limitation.” Justice John Okoro who delivered the lead judgment of the apex court held that the Kogi State High Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the su…


The History of Ebiraland is replete with many historical events. A comprehensive chronology is presented below. YEAR OF EVENTS. 1. 1903 Time of Odimboro of Okunchi.People managed to escape the inferno. Odimboro himself was not burnt.People still came back to bury him.

18 years after, first-class Nigerian king to know fate today as Supreme Court delivers judgment

The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland,Dr. Ado Ibrahim will today know his fate as the Supreme Court is expected to deliver judgment in an appeal case brought before it by the first-class Kogi king. Ibrahim had challenged his dethronement by the Court of Appeal and Kogi State High Court.