Missing Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello Has Finally Been FoundAfter the huge confusion surrounding the sudden disappearance of youthful Kogi Satate Governor, Yahaya Bello, details emerged on Monday, November 7, that he’s been away for far less dramatic reasons than speculated.
The state capital, Lokoja was rife with tension during the weekend over the non-appearance of Governor Bello in public for the past week, with rumours making the rounds that he’d been struck by a deadly ailment.
A rebuttal of the rumours by the governor’s spokesman Kingsley Fanwo did little to assuage the fears many who felt there was more to his sudden disappearance as he neither handed over to his deputy, Simon Achuba nor notified the State House of Assembly.
However, Punch is reporting that the governor had been in Dubai en route Germany for surgery to correct an eye ailment that had been troubling him for some time.
Though the nature of the eye problem was not stated, a senior official in the state, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Bello travelled with some close aides and officials for the surgery.
It was gathered that the state Commissioner for Works, Land and Housing, Abdulmumini Sadiq, who was initially on the governor’s entourage, returned to Lokoja a few days ago to run some errands for his boss.
“The governor is not missing as being speculated. The fact is that he has an eye problem and he decided to travel to Germany for medical treatment,” the source said.
“He actually traveled with some close aides, including about two or three commissioners. He is expected back in the state within two weeks, after he might have recovered from the effects of the surgery on his eyes.”
Meanwhile, activities in the state had been grounded to a halt following the absence of Bello, with a source claiming that some of the cabinet members, including commissioners and special advisers, spent more time in Abuja, than in Lokoja, where they have their offices.
“The commissioners and special advisers were just appointed to do nothing, because no money was allocated to their offices for the implementation of the budget. This is due to the fact that Kogi State is broke,” he stated.
Meanwhile, a socio-political organisation in the All Progressives Congress, Lokoja Integrity Group, on Monday, described those behind the rumours that Bello had died as “desperate politicians and power seekers in the state,” maintaining that, the governor was “hale and hearty and enjoying his well-deserved rest outside the country”.