Kogi State Security Forces Reportedly Apprehend Igalamela Local Government Chairman, James Onoja, Over Alleged Possession of Cash and Ammunition

    In a development on Saturday, security operatives are said to have arrested James Onoja, the council chairman of Igalamela Local Government Area in Kogi State. The arrest allegedly occurred due to his possession of a significant amount of cash and ammunition.


    According to reports, both the money and ammunition were discovered neatly packed in ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags, raising suspicions that they were intended for use during the election. A video circulating online depicts the suspects, including James Onoja, sitting on the ground near an army checkpoint in .

    The incident raises concerns about the potential involvement of local government officials in activities that could compromise the integrity of the electoral process. Investigations are likely to unfold to determine the true nature and purpose of the seized items, shedding light on the extent of any alleged misconduct.

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    “In a widely circulated video, both the local council chairman and his accomplices were captured expressing remorse and appealing for forgiveness.

    As of the time of compiling this report, William Ovye, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, had not provided any responses to inquiries. According to information from The PUNCH , the ongoing elections have been plagued by numerous accusations of vote-buying, accompanied by a noticeable decrease in voter turnout.

    Peoples Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Dino Melaye, has urged for the annulment of elections held in five Local Government Areas within the state.

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