Kogi Govt Owner of Imported Military Wares, as Gov. Bello Recalls Sacked Commissioners, Political Aides

Kogi State Government is the owner of imported military wares that are being held by the Nigerian Customs.
The wares include 100 pieces of camouflage uniform, jungle boots, 24 pieces of black sunglasses, 29 pieces of black uniform belts, among others.
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) gave the hint on Sunday when it identified the importer of military wares to be the government of Kogi State.
The customs also said it issued a 30-day ultimatum to the agent who imported the wares on behalf of the Kogi State. .
The ultimatum was given for the importer to produce the End-User Certificate from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, confirmed the development.
Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, on Wednesday accused Governor Yahaya Bello of importing military gadgets into the country.
Melaye asked the Senate to probe the procurement of the items.
The imported items include 100 pieces of military camouflage, 26 pieces of military camouflage jungle boots, 20 pieces of plastic knives, 24 pieces of black bullet proof vests, and 28 black boxing gloves.
Others are 26 pieces of arctic hunter bags, 40 pieces of training mats, 20 pieces of black batons, 100 pieces of black T-shirts, 31 pieces of protective glasses, 25 pieces of black sunglasses and 29 pieces of black uniform belts
Attah said that the importer told Customs that he was in possession of the End-User certificate, which is usually issued by the National Security Adviser.
Attah said the importer was yet to be arrested even as the service was still conducting investigations.
He added that the agent had been asked to produce the End-User Certificate within 30 days and that if he fails to do so, after the ultimatum, the items would be forfeited to the federal government.
“We have identified the agent who imported the items and he claimed that he had the End-User Certificate.
“We have asked him to produce it. He has 30 days to do that. If after the expiration of the 30 days period, then the imported items would be forfeited to the Federal Government,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Yahaya Bello has asked all the commissioners and chairpersons of local government councils, who were earlier sacked, to return to their offices.
Bello had on Sunday announced the sack of all the 15 members of the state executive council and 21 chairpersons of local councils at a meeting with all political appointees at Government House Lokoja, the state capital.
A source at the meeting said that the Governor “directed all the 15 commissioners and 21 local government administrators to submit the keys to their official vehicles to the Secretary to State Government (SSG), as he dissolves State Executive Council”.
However, the same source later sent a message.
“The Governor had announced a return to office for all commissioners and administrators.”
He also said Bello simply told the officials to ensure “better performance and better relationship between the appointees and the masses”.
The Governor is yet to release any public statement on his actions.

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