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Kogi State Government has approved the appointment of 54 Senior Special Assistants to the Governor into the various offices in the administration.

A statement today by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mrs. AyoadeFolashadeArike, in Lokoja, said the appointments are effective from 1st of April, 2017.

The rationale for the additional appointees at the state level, the statement read, is to “plug identified gaps in service delivery, fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board.”

According to the statement, in addition to the 54 Senior Special Assistants appointed, nine Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the GYB Connect Programme has also been approved.

The statement said the appointment is to recognise and encourage outstanding contributions to the New Direction Agenda.

The statement added that the nine Special Assistants will also act as direct liaisons between the present administration and the Local Government Ward Coordinators of the GYB Connect Programme.

The newly appointed Senior Special Assistants (SSAs)and their Local Government Areas (LGAs) are are:

  1. Hon. Abdullahi Bello –SSA to the Governor on Political Matters, Kogi Central (Adavi LGA)
  2. HajiaLadi Mariam Ibrahim – SSA to the Governor on Land Matters (Adavi LGA)
  3. Sandra Musa – SSA to the Governor on Women and Children Development (Ajaokuta LGA)
  4. Abdulraheem Baba Aliyu – SSA to the Governor on Security and Intelligence, Kogi Central (Ajaokuta)
  5. Abdusalam Yahaya – SSA to the Governor on Political Matters, Kogi East (Ankpa LGA)
  6. Amodu Hassan – SSA to the Governor on Persons with Disabilities (Ankpa LGA)
  7. Abubakar Muhammed Muktar – SSA to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Kogi East (Ankpa LGA)
  8. Ibrahim Tahiti – SSA to the Governor on Security and Intelligence, Kogi East (Ankpa LGA)
  9. Abdullahi Br. Musa – SSA to the Governor on Civil Service and Labour Relations (Bassa LGA)
  10. Tukura Grace – SSA to the Governor on Primary Healthcare Institutions (Bassa LGA)
  11. Omonu Joshua – SSA to the Governor on Student Affairs (Dekina LGA)
  12. IsiakaNuhu – SSA to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi East (Dekina LGA)
  13. Mariam Ibrahim – SSA to the Governor onTourism (Dekina LGA)
  14. Yakubu Ocholi – SSA to the Governor on Emergency (Dekina LGA)
  15. David Adutu – Management SSA to the Governor on Informal and Vocational Education (Ibaji LGA)
  16. Achuba Anthony – SSA to the Governor on Special Duties (Ibaji LGA)
  17. Ibrahim Odoma – SSA to the Governor on Housing and Estate (Idah LGA)
  18. Dan Achema – SSA to the Governor on Mineral Resources (Idah LGA)
  19. Benjamin Amodu – SSA to the Governor on Rural/Urban Infrastructural Development/Project Monitoring (Igalamela-Odolu LGA)
  20. Jibril Usman Courage – SSA to the Governor on Education, Primaru Schools (Igalamela-Odolu LGA)
  21. Faleke Sunday Idowu – SSA to the Governor on Administration, Strategy and Planning (Ijumu LGA)
  22. Emmanuel Obadunmi – SSA to the Governor on Internally-Generated Revenue (Ijumu LGA)
  23. SegunOlobatoke – SSA to the Governor on Sports (Kabba-Bunu LGA)
  24. OlakunleJagun – SSA to the Governor on Security and Intelligence (Kabba-Bunu LGA)
  25. ShabanOhinoyiShuaibu- SSA to the Governor on Secondary Healthcare Institutions (Kogi LGA)
  26. Shuaibu Musa – SSA to the Governor on Sanitation and Environment (Kogi LGA)
  27. Nda Aaron Alhassan – SSA to the Governor on Mobilisation (Lokoja LGA)
  28. Abdulmalik Suleiman – SSA to the Governor on Youth Empowerment (Lokoja LGA)
  29. Mahmud Alfa Mekudi – SSA to the Governor on Tertiary Healthcare Institutions (Lokoja LGA)
  30. Ali Mamud – SSA to the Governor on Cultural Integration (Lokoja LGA)
  31. Ishola David Sunday – SSA to the Governor on Political Matters, Kogi West (Mopa-Amuro)
  32. MayowaAlaiyemola – SSA to the Governor on Water Resources (Mopa-Amuro)
  33. IsmailaIdis – SSA to the Governor on Agriculture Matters (Ofu LGA)
  34. Prince OkolikoOpaluwa – SSA to the Governor on Federal Agencies Matters (Ofu LGA)
  35. ObinAimila – SSA to the Governor on Special Duties (Ogori-Magongo LGA)
  36. Raymond Ekundayo – SSA to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Kogi Central (Ogori-Magongo LGA)
  37. Akoh Jacobs Peter – SSA to the Governor on Commerce and Investment, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Olamaboro LGA)
  38. Dan Ogbole – SSA to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (Olamaboro LGA)
  39. Barr. ShadrackOmeiza Emmanuel – SSA to the Governor on Legal Matters (Okehi LGA)
  40. Mercy Johnson – SSA to the Governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture (Okehi LGA)
  41. Ismaila Umar – SSA to the Governor on Information Communication Technology (Okene LGA)
  42. Salihu Ibrahim – SSA to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi Central (Okene LGA)
  43. AlabiShuaibuOjo – SSA to the Governor on Transport and Logistics (Okene LGA)
  44. Idis A. Rasaq – SSA to the Governor on Rural/Urban Development/Project Monitoring, Kogi Central (Okene LGA)
  45. Malik Isa Teina – SSA to the Governor on Power (Okene LGA)
  46. Atuluku Victor Levi – SSA to the Governor on Media Matters (Omala LGA)
  47. Halima G. Abuh – SSA to the Governor on Tertiary Education (Omala LGA)
  48. AiyelabowoAdebanji – SSA to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi West (Yagba-East LGA)
  49. Liadi Fisayo – SSA to the Governor on Special Duties (Yagba-East LGA)
  50. Adebayo Toba Emmanuel – SSA to the Governor on Rural/Urban Development/Project Monitoring, Kogi West (Yagba-West LGA)
  51. OrebiyiTaiwo Emmanuel – SSA to the Governor on Pension Matters (Yagba-West LGA)
  52. Kelvin Uzochukwu – SSA to the Governor on non-Indigene Affairs (Non-Indigene)
  53. Dele AdeyanjuIselewa – SSA to the Governor on Secondary Education Institutions (Special Consideration/Obajana)
  54. Maj. Idogah Solomon Rtd. – SSA to the Governor on Security and Intelligence, State (Olamaboro)

The Special Assistants on GYB Connect Programme are as follows:

  1. MutariSalihuBajeh – Adavi-Okehi Federal Constituency
  2. Samuel Bello – Ajaokuta Federal Constituency
  3. Hon Idis Musa – Ankpa Federal Constituency
  4. Sulieman Bashir Lawal – Idah Federal Constituency
  5. Alhaji AkpaJibrilOmale – Dekina Federal Constituency
  6. SuliemanBababgo – Lokoja-Koto Federal Constituency
  7. Sarki Adams – Okene-Ogori Federal Constituency
  8. Arokoyo Julius Ojo – Kabba/Bunu-Ijumu Federal Constituency
  9. Florence Adeniyi – Yagba-MopaFederal Constituency


“Mimi” Set To Break Record As First Nollywood Film To Premiere At The Beach, Viewers To Pay N100,000

Gbemileke Ajayi



Nollywood’s most anticipated movie of 2021, Mimi is set to record as the first Nollywood movie to have its premiere at the beach and it is billed to take place at the prestigious Wave Beach, Elegushi Lagos on the 13th of May 2021.

The high-octane event which has been themed the ‘’Movie and Music Concert’’ (MMC) would feature a movie premiere for Mimi and a music concert starring top Nigerian musicians such as Reminisce, 9ice, and DJ Neptune.

The glitz and glamour event will be hosted by Nigerian comedian, Ali Baba while the Red Carpet will be hosted by curvaceous Nollywood actress, Yvonne Jegede and Reality Star, Tobi Bakre.

Mimi The Movie features an array of Nollywood stars like Ali Baba, Ireti Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Prince Jide Kosoko, Bimbo Akintola, Deyemi Okanlawon, Lateef Adedimeji, Lizzy Jay, Bianca Ugowanne, Hafeez Oyetoro (Saka), Olaniyi Afonja (Sanyeri), Kiekie, Stephanie Isuma (Calabar Chic), Omotunde David (Lolo 1), Taiwo Adeyemi, Bro Bouche, Semilore Adewumi, Timi Agbaje, Officer Woos, and other amazing stars.

For the very first time in Nigeria, movie premiere tickets will be sold. The ticket is said to cost N100 000 and it will attract a couple.

The delightful family movie tells the story of a daughter of a billionaire, Mimi who despises poverty and poor people so much, but found out her extremely rich parents weren’t her biological parent and her real parent ‘sold’ her off at a young age to raise some funds to train her siblings.

In a bid to make her more responsible, her rich parents made her spend 2weeks holiday with her biological parent who lives in abject poverty in a ghetto. Her story is akin to leaving Banana Island to live in Ajegunle. The twist and turns of survival in the ghetto after 24 years of opulence and rich love gone sour makes the movie an interesting piece.

The event is sponsored by JAC Motors, Wakanow, Slice Media, and Wave Beach and attendees can win for themselves a return trip ticket to Kenya, a brand-new car, and a plot of land courtesy of Veritas Homes and Properties Limited.

The movie is executive produced by 007 Global and AUL Media Studios in Conjunction with SBD Global Media and it is directed by fast-rising movie director Samuel ‘’Bigsam’’ Olatunji, the director of Dear Affy and executive producer of Seven and a Half Dates.

Mimi which is set to be released on the 14th of May 2021 will be screened in more than 60 cinemas across the country.

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REDTV’s TMC Named ‘Web Series Of The Year 2020’ At The Gage Awards 2020




The Men’s Club (TMC), Africa’s highly-anticipated online series powered by the United Bank for Africa’s Lifestyle and Entertainment channel, REDTV, has emerged the winner of Gage’s Awards’ Web Series of the Year 2020.

Following a thorough audit by the organizers of the awards, TMC which was nominated alongside four other popular online shows, clinched the highly coveted award, and was announced as the winner in an elaborate virtual event which was held on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.

Now in its third season, TMC is one of the top hits from REDTV, producers of other popular shows like Our Best Friend’s Wedding, Inspector K, Assistant Madams, RedHot Topics, Hotel Boutique, and a host of other entertaining content.

The Men’s Club has enjoyed a huge following since its launch in 2018, taking viewers on a roller-coaster ride with Africa’s hottest screen men – Ayoola Ayoola, Efa Iwara, Daniel Etim, and Baaj Adegbule. Their adventure filled with love, friendship, fear, betrayal, and Romance has had viewers clamoring for more. The show also stars top actors like Sharon Ooja, Mimi Chaka, Folu Storms and features some of Nollywood’s finest legends like Sola Sobowale and Shaffy Bello.

Executive Producer, REDTV, Bola Atta, thanked the organizers of the Gage awards for the recognition as she elaborated on the mission of REDTV since it was birthed five years ago. She said, “REDTV was set up to support Africa’s creative industry. Developing and nurturing talent is what we are most focused on as we make available opportunities for creative people across the continent. We do this through the creation of compelling and positive stories about Africa and Africans’.

Acknowledging UBA’s continuous investment in REDTV and in SMEs, Atta who is also the bank’s Director of Corporate Communications, said, “REDTV was birthed by the United Bank for Africa, to support the youths and the creative sector in Nigeria and across the African continent and for over five years we have been creating employment through entertainment. At UBA, we aim to empower talented and creative professionals in the pursuit of their dreams whilst they contribute to economic growth.

She disclosed that the online platform will be launching more pan- African content in the next few weeks, which she stated, will further connect African talent to the world, providing the best in entertainment and storytelling to its teeming fans.

Organizers of the awards, said the aim of the Gage Awards, which is in its second year, is to recognize institutions that have added value towards making the internet a haven for the development of African content.

REDTV is a fast-paced lifestyle channel that puts Africa on the global stage. Proudly powered by UBA, the network aims to entertain and inform through rich and engaging content that features the very best of Africa focused on fashion, news, music, sports, drama, travel, and much more.

REDTV collaborates with the most talented visionaries and creative minds who dare to believe in a New Africa, putting together content that reflects its vision.

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How CCTV Facilitated Nollywood Actor, Baba Ijesha’s Arrest For Defiling Minor




Popular Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling a minor.

It was gathered that a closed-circuit television installed in the victim’s home captured Omiyinka allegedly molesting the victim while her mother was not at home.

It was learnt that the victim’s mother, who had been suspecting that her daughter was being sexually abused, installed the CCTV to uncover the perpetrator.

It was gathered that the victim’s mother monitored the situation in her home on her phone and to her dismay, she saw Omiyinka allegedly conducting himself in a suspicious manner around her daughter.

The thespian allegedly took the victim away from the sitting room into the kitchen, where there was no CCTV camera installed, and the mother, who rushed back home upon the discovery, allegedly caught Omiyinka defiling her daughter in the kitchen.

The victim’s mother was said to have been inconsolable after her discovery.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Thursday that Omiyinka was arrested after a case of defilement was reported against him, adding that preliminary investigation revealed that he had been sexually assaulting the 14-year-old victim since she was seven.

He stated that Omiyinka confessed to the crime, adding that the case had been transferred to the Gender Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation.

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