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Omodara: Chief Security Extraordinaire

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By Halima Isah

The world over, in any specific assignment, there is always a leading character that is saddled with the responsibility of communicating clearly the sense of direction from the superior to team members that enable such team focus on achieving desired success.

This is not in anyway different from the scheme adopted by the New Direction Administration of Governor Yahaya Bello in the area of security, when it came on board by appointing Navy Commander, Jerry Omodara FSS (retired) as the State Security Adviser.

This government’s decision in no small measure has made Kogi to become a state to be understudied in the area of security of lives and property.

The tactics and plan of action adopted by Governor Yahaya Bello’s government on how to curb the cruelty and the oppressive nature of arm bandits and criminalities have been overwhelmingly applauded by all for its effectiveness in making the hitherto volatile state safe.

The responsiveness of the present administration on the issue of safety of its environment, the citizens and the insatiable quest to get rid of these criminal elements consistently terrorising its boarders in the last four years, have no doubt made Kogi a reference point to other state governments.

With a careful analogy of the deplorable security situation of Kogi State, before the emergence of this present administration that saw to the appointment of Navy Commander Omodara, (Retired) as its State Security Adviser, without bias has put the government on top of the situation. The serenity that followed his stewardship in the state as security chief have been adjudged as impactful, responsive and successful by security watchers.

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The reason Omodara is seen as a the man behind the scene who dishes out the master’s order is no far-fetched; he ensures compliance by making the impossibilities possible, by curtailing and taming the high level of crime and criminality that were prevalent before 2016.

Omodara whose feat in security through the support of the Kogi number one citizen, Governor Yahaya Bello is widely acknowledged, came to limelight in the last four years, after his appointment as the State Security Adviser.

He happens to be a year older today. And this piece has been carefully composed to celebrate his personality, as an honest, focused, credible, realistic and sensible leader, who deals with issues based on practical consideration, rather than theories. He has not failed his people and the government he is representing. He holds forth for Governor Bello as his eye in security matters.

His brief profile:

Navy Commander Jerry Omodara who was born on 8 August 1963 at Oke – Offin, Kabba/Bunu LGA, Kogi State is widely travelled. He has visited over 22 countries of the world including USA, Canada, Belgium, Japan, Jamaica, China, Philippines, France and the Netherlands . Others are Trinidad and Tobago , UK, Kenya, Cameroon, Dubai, India Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, etc. He has visited all the states in Nigeria.

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He attended LGEA Primary School Oke – Offin, where he successfully obtained his First School Leaving Certificate, proceeded to Haliru Abdul Teacher’s College BirninKebbi, and obtained his West African Examination Council ((WAEC) certificate. His insatiable quest for higher education took him to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos, where he bagged Diploma in Law, BSc Political Science/Education and certificate in Journalism from Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos respectively. He equally did a Course on National Security at Galilee Institute, Israel.

The Kogi-born security chief is a member of many professional bodies that bordered on security, diplomatic protocol, journalism and education. These include; Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (1981), Certificate in Journalism (1984) Diploma in Law (1986) BSc Political Science/Education (1999). Diploma in Basic Protocols from the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy, Brussels, Belgium (2013). Enlisted into the Nigerian Navy as a Journalist in 1988 and received Basic Military Training at the Nigerian Navy Basic and Divisional Training School, Port-Harcourt Nigeria. He was Under Training Officer at the Nigerian Naval College OnuraOnne (1997) and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in 1998.

Consequently, while in the service, he coordinated protocol and media related seminars, workshops, exercises and conferences for the Nigerian Navy. He was Public Affairs Officer for the Nigerian Navy at Exercise Obangame Express, a multinational Maritime Exercise in Douala, Cameroon in 2013. Served as Head of Media Relations at the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Conference involving 23 Countries from the globe from also in July 2013 in Calabar, Nigeria. He equally coordinated the Protocol for the Nigerian Navy at the First Offshore Patrol Vessels Africa Conference in August in Lagos.

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He is an ardent and committed community developer with special interest in youth and women empowerment and currently the National President of Oke-Offin Development Association, Kogi State. A non-political Association that is centred on promotion of peace, youth development, establishment of good social relationships and preservation of customs, values and traditions heritage of the Community.

For his outstanding performances, he won many awards and was decorated with; Pass Junior Staff College (PJSC), Forces Service Star (FSS). He is a member of Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) USA.

His hobbies include; watching nature, watching wild documentaries and gardening.

He is married to Mrs Bosede Omodara and they are blessed with children, His life philosophy is hinged on service and service delivery. Commander Jerry Omodara retired from the Nigerian Navy on 26 March 2014 and was appointed the State Security Adviser to Kogi State Government on 1 January, 2016, the position he held till date.

It is not surprising: He is one of the most coordinated and reliable appointees of the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, haven’t proven to be a man of integrity, winning relationships for the government and delivering reliable results to his master, Governor Yahaya Bello which is evident.


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Edo Elections: PDP Protests Siege on Governors By Security Agents

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September 18, 2020

Press Statement

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) protests the clampdown on its governors by security agents in Benin City, Edo state capital, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.

The national leadership of the party, in a press conference addressed by the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, alerted the nation and the international community of the security siege on PDP governors in their lodging in Benin City.

The party expressed shock that security agents were detailed to surround the lodging of our governors to harass and intimidate them, whereas APC governors, including the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, his Imo state counterpart, Hope Uzodimma as well as the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, are left free in the comfort of the residence of the sacked national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole in GRA, Benin City.

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Our party considers this siege as provocative and completely unacceptable as there cannot be two sets of laws for the citizens of our nation. In as much as the APC governors are given the liberty to stay in Benin City, our governors must not be harassed or stampeded to leave the state.

At any rate, we are confident that our governors will not allow themselves to be stampeded.

The PDP calls on all stakeholders in the Edo governorship election, particularly the security agencies, to work towards a peaceful, credible, transparent, free and fair election on Saturday.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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Flood Preparation: NEMA reactivates Humanitarian Coordination Forum (HCF) in Kogi State.

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Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday in Lokoja reactivated it’s Humanitarian Coordination Forum (HCF) in Kogi State as part of preparedness for the looming flood disaster in some part of the state.

Speaking at the event, NEMA Head of Abuja Operations Office , Mr Bitrus Samuel said that the reactivation of the forum was to ensure effective and efficient coordination of activities when the floods come.

He said that the forum would largely be responsible for the success of response to the disaster which he said will come with humanitarian crises.

Samuel explained that the forum made up of critical stakeholders in disaster management will develop strategies and set direction for the required response.

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Going by the the 2020 flood outlook and flood prediction, Samuel said that the flood will.have severe impacts on people, infrastructure, farming and fishing in Lokoja, Bassa, Ofu, Kogi, Ajaokuta, Dekina, Ofu, Idah, Ibaji, Igala-Mela.and Adavi local government areas of the state.

He urged the people in the council areas to brace up for a higher magnitude of flood similar to the 2012 experience, saying that the flood will come anytime from now.

The Officer cited the River Niger current flood level of 7.02 metres as a clear indication that the flood was on the way, saying that the country would be at the receiving end , being at the lower part of the river.

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According to Samuel, the forum should quickly put in place search and rescue and response measures so as not to be caught unaware.

He also charged members to identify high grounds for use as camps for people that will be displaced as a result of the flood.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who was at the forum’s meeting reports that it is made of representatives of the Red Cross, Navy, civil defence , media, marine police, fire service, Air Force, members of civil society and relevant ministries and departments.

Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the state governor on emergency and environment, Imam Salih Adams described the reactivation of the forum as a timely intervention.

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He also described it as a relief to residents who he said are already griped with fear over the impending disaster.

Adams said that the state government under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello placed too much premium on life and property and had in line with this put in place measures to mitigate the effects of the flood.

He promised that government will make available all necessary needs and cooperation to the forum but harped on the need for members not to betray the trust reposed in them and ensure efficient use of resources that will be put at their disposal.


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Flood sacks over 70 communities, displaces over 50,000 persons in Kogi

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Flood from the River Niger has submerged over 70 communities and over 50,000 people have been displaced from their houses in different parts of Kogi State.

Residents of some of the communities spoke in Lokoja on the sidelines of a stakeholders sensitisation/advocacy meeting on 2020 flood that the flood had wreaked havoc in the affected areas.

They said that the communities have been experiencing massive flooding for the past five days.

The one-day meeting was organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in partnership with the Kogi State Emergency Management Agency (KOSEMA).

One of the residents, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, who is also the Desk Officer in charge of ecological and emergency matters in Kogi Local Government Council, said that 66 communities had been submerged by flood in the area.

Abdullahi said that over 50,000 people have been forced to evacuate their houses and are now being accommodated in schools, fueling stations and other makeshift buildings.

He said that some of the victims in Edeha and Koton Karfe communities have been sleeping on roads and other open places, co-habiting with mosquitoes and dangerous reptiles.

He said that schools have been closed as they have been converted to temporary camps for the victims, calling for urgent intervention from the State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

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The desk officer said that the victims have lost their means of livelihood to the flood, as their farms and livestock were also washed away by the rampaging floods.

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Similarly, the Chairman of the Flood Committee in Ibaji Local Government Area, Mr Omonu James, said that floods had sacked thousands of residents from their houses in the area.

James said that the problem of the victims was compounded by the area’s terrain as it had no upland for them to relocate to.

Accordingly, he said, all the 26 schools in the council had been converted to camps for the displaced persons but said that the camps lack basic facilities.

He added that one death, that of 17-year-old Michael Egwuaba, had been recorded since the floods started, but that the number could rise if urgent measures were not put in place to mitigate the effect of the disaster on the people.

In Lokoja metropolis, many residents living along the bank of River Niger and other flood paths have been forced out of their houses by the floods.

The situation is said to be very grim in the suburb communities of Egan, Konami, Buzih, Ebwa, Even, Lagan Budan, and Gbuj,e where residents had been forced to relocate to the neighbouring Niger State.

They appealed to the government to quickly come to the aid of the displaced persons, especially in the area of provision of water, drugs, blankets and mosquito nets for the victims.

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Gov. Yahaya Bello who declared open the meeting said that a substantial amount of money had been released to purchase drugs, food, water and other relief materials for the victims.

Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, also directed that 21,000 youths recently engaged under the Federal Government’s public works programme be deployed to help in the rescue operation.

He said that maximum security would be provided for the personnel involved in the search-and-rescue operation, promising that more succour would be provided for the victims.

The NEMA Director in charge of training, Mr Mohammed Usman, said that incessant flooding had become a serious threat to the country’s efforts at becoming self-sufficient in food production.

Usman said that nine local government areas in Kogi were among the 102 in the country that had been identified as highly probable risk areas for flooding in 2020.

He called on the state government to urgently take preventive and mitigative measures to reduce the impact of the flood on people and the economy of the state.

He said that NEMA would also, in line with the Federal Government’s directive, assist the victims to find their feet and go back to farms as soon as possible.

Stakeholders at the meeting, including, the Red Cross, Navy, Civil Defence, Police, NIMET, fire services and the media all expressed their readiness to make their services available to the government.

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The Navy, marine police, civil defence, Red Cross and the fire services assured that they had enough men and equipment on the ground to confront the disaster.

Mr Julius Mejayan, Executive Secretary, KOSEMA, said that highlands had been identified and camps established across the nine local government areas prone to the disaster.

He listed the council areas as Bassa, Lokoja, Kogi, Omala, Idah, Ibaji, Dekina, Ofu and Igala-mela, warning that residents must be ready to move at any time from now.

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