Adeyemi tags sponsors of Isanlu bank robbery terrorists
• Bello mourns Kogi Assembly member
• Youths seek rotation of traditional council chairmanship
Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West) has described the sponsors of the June 4, 2020 bank robbery in Isanlu Community, Yagba East Council of Kogi State as terrorists, adding that they will soon be identified and punished accordingly.
The senator’s comment came on the heels of the arrest, last week, of six gangsters in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Six days ago, the Inspector-General of Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (IGP-SARS) said its men arrested six persons in Abeokuta in connection with the Isanlu robbery.
It was gathered that luck ran out on the criminals as they attempted to lodge part of the stolen cash with a bank in Abeokuta, with the wraps on the naira notes showing the robbed Isanlu bank’s stamps.
Armed robbers numbering about 25 had invaded Isanlu, killed eight police officers and robbed a bank.
The fully armed robbers attacked the joint divisional police station and area command headquarters in Isanlu, killing every officer on duty, including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), while another gang attacked a first generation bank with dynamite and killed a civilian.
Adeyemi, who spoke during his condolence visit to the Agbana of Isanlu, Oba Moses Etombi, in his palace, and the police area command, identified the bad Kabba/Egbe/Ilorin road as a major plank leveraged by criminals to operate, saying plans were afoot to fix the road.
Sadly, the House of Assembly has lost its deputy majority leader, John Abah.
The late Abah, who was serving his second term, represented Ibaji Constituency.
According to Assembly sources, Abah died yesterday in an Abuja hospital amid a protracted illness.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has expressed sadness over the demise of Abah. In a statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, in Lokoja, the governor described the late lawmaker as a loyal and dedicated mamber of the All Progressives Congress (APC) whose contributions to the stability and growth of the party remained overwhelming.
Bello also condoled with the deputy majority leader, Abdullahi Balogun, over the death of his father, Hassan Balogun.
Meanwhile, Ebira Youth Congress (EYC) has called on the Kogi government to institutionalise a rotational template for the chairmanship position of the state’s traditional council in the interest of peace and unity.
Speaking against the backdrop of a Federal High Court judgement that ceded Ajaokuta, Lokoja and Kogi/Koton-Karfe to the Atta Igala, President-General of EYC, Baba Abdulrazak, during a press conference at Utenyi/Ohunene in Ajaokuta Council, lamented that the Igala monarch, who occupied a fatherhood position as the Chairman of Kogi State Traditional Council, ought not to have been championing a divisive agenda capable of tearing the state.
“This agenda is antithetical to the unity efforts of Governor Bello. EYC will like to place on record the maturity so far displayed by the Ohinoyi Ebira in this sensitive matter.
“The royal father has been able to calm nerves, treading the part of peace and civility. He remained calm and calculative even in the face of this unwarranted provocation,” he said.