Kogi State government has warned the Faleke Group of the dire consequences of blackmailing the judiciary ahead of the Supreme Court judgement on the legal propriety of Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s emergence as governor of Kogi State.
Addressing newsmen in Lokoja, yesterday, the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo said that the report credited to the Faleke Group in which it alleged that the state will not snowball into chaos if the Supreme Court removes the governor from office, smacks of “reckless prejudice” and an attempt at blackmailing the judiciary.
He said, “I consider the statement credited to the Faleke Group to the effect that there will be jubilation on the streets of Lokoja if Governor Yahaya Bello is removed by the Supreme Court as ridiculous and prejudicial.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is building a state that will be devoid of violence, a united state where our potentials are translated to opportunities for all. We are not envisaging any form of violence in the state. Anyone planning to wage violence on the people of Kogi State should desist from doing so as government has put structures in place to guarantee the safety of the people.
“Since the Faleke Group members operate in diaspora, they are probably underestimating the acceptance of Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi State. Contrary to what Faleke is telling the world, especially his Lagos brothers, the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello is working hard to reposition the state and take it to higher heights.
“We know the pains our civil service reforms have caused the workers, especially genuine workers. But the action is necessary to reposition the state and save her from the over N1.6 billion she was wasting on ghost workers every month.”