- In March 2021, Inspector Aminu Salihu attached to the governor of Kogi state met his untimely end
- The Late Salihu, an escort rider, died while on a ride of duty in the convoy of Governor Yahaya Bello
- A few months after, Governor Bello has handed tastefully furnished apartments to the widows of his late escort rider
Lokoja - Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state on Wednesday, December 1 in Lokoja presented two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort, Inspector Aminu Salisu.
Bello presented the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for Nigeria's fallen heroes in commencement of activities to mark the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The governor said the houses presented to the late Salisu’s widows demonstrated the commitments of his administration to support the family of the deceased.
He promised that his government will also ensure that the families of late Salisu and other deceased security officers will never be left to suffer.
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Governor Bello, however, lamented the sad state at which some families of deceased security personnel are left, stressing the need for Nigeria's fallen heroes to be remembered always.
He said that the event of the emblem launch is symbolic as it signifies the gratitude of the government and the people of Kogi for the sacrifices of the armed forces.
He noted that it is also a moment to reflect on the desired unity and security of the country and as well ponder on the challenges facing the nation’s security agencies.
“Kogi is the safest in the country, and this feat is a product of the patriotism, commitment, and sacrifice of security agencies in the state.
“It is saddening to see security personnel, after giving their all in the service of the country retire into a life of poverty.
“In Kogi, we appreciate the efforts of these fallen heroes and are committed to ensuring that their families are not just left alone to suffer.”
On his part, the security adviser to the governor, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), said the prevailing peace and security in the state was a direct product of the sacrifices and diligent service of the security agencies.
Omodara said that the Bello-led administration was doing a lot to improve the standard of living of families of retired and deceased officers.
Senator Smart Adeyemi declares support for Bello's presidential ambition
Meanwhile, Smart Adeyemi, the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, has declared support for the presidential ambition of Yahaya Bello.
Senator Adeyemi said the governor has done well in making things better for the people of Kogi state.
He declared his support for Bello during the launch of Global Alliance of Progressive Professionals, a youth non-governmental organisation established to campaign for the 2023 presidential ambition of Governor Bello.
2023: Yahaya Bello breaks silence on presidential ambition
Governor Bello had earlier declared that he may run for president on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2023.
He said his decision was based on the calls by many Nigerians across the political divide to run for the position.
The governor said many people both at home and even those abroad are calling on him to run for president in 2023.