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Kogi govt orders arrest of broadcast station vandals

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The Kogi State Government has instructed the Dekina Local Government Council, Dekina Traditional Council, security leaders, and other stakeholders in Kogi East to collaborate in identifying and apprehending the vandals responsible for stealing valuable broadcast equipment from the Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation in Ochaja.

According to the PUNCH, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, who spoke at the stakeholders’ meeting in Anyigba on Monday, emphasised the government’s commitment to capturing the culprits and preventing future incidents.

He assured the administration would make every effort to bring the station back on the air, highlighting Governor Usman Ododo’s dedication to the cause.

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“The incessant vandalism of the station is disheartening and must be addressed properly. This is the second time in a year that this station has been vandalized, and it is not a good narrative for our dear state in general and Kogi East in particular. It is self-destructive to destroy what serves you,” Fanwo stated.

He added, “The government will not fold its arms while a few disgruntled elements try to put up conducts that tend to paint our state in a destructive light. Kogi East people are wonderful people who cherish the services rendered by our broadcasting station here. As an administration, we will do everything possible to apprehend the perpetrators to avert future occurrences. We will not close down this station. Our people in Kogi East must not accept being cut off from civilization by criminal elements that do not represent the noble race called Igala.”

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Mr Baganjiya Charles, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Egume Division, confirmed that investigations were ongoing and that some suspects were already providing useful information to the police.

Ojo Oyila, Director-General of the Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation; Mr Teddy Adegbola, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications; traditional rulers from Dekina Local Government Area; heads of security agencies in Dekina LGA; and other key stakeholders attended the meeting.

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