Stella Dimoko Kogi Gov Bello Allegedly In German Hospital For Eye Surgery


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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Kogi Gov Bello Allegedly In German Hospital For Eye Surgery

Contrary to the claims by the Kogi State Government that Governor Yahaya Bello is healthy, investigations, on Monday, revealed that he had been admitted into a hospital in Germany for eye surgery.

The PUNCH learnt that the governor was in Dubai en route to Germany for the operation, which is expected to correct an eye ailment that had been troubling him for sometime.

Bello, who won the December 6, 2015, by-election in the state, was sworn in on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 without a deputy, the first of such development in the country.

The nature of the eye problem could not be ascertained on Monday, but a senior official in the state confirmed to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity 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 earlier travelled with Bello, returned to Lokoja, the state capital, a few days ago to run some errands for the governor.

The source added, “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.

“He actually travelled 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.”

It was learnt that the governor, however, could not wait for a formal handing over to his deputy, Simon Achuba.

The governor, it was further gathered, did not also officially notify the state House of Assembly of his foreign trip, contrary to laid down regulations.

Another source, who spoke to The PUNCH on Monday, stated that activities in the state had been grounded to a halt following the absence of Bello and some key cabinet members.

It was gathered 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,” a source stated.

The absence of the governor has generated anxiety in the state, leading to rumours that Bello was down with a deadly ailment.

Meanwhile, a socio-political organisation in the All Progressives Congress, Lokoja Integrity Group, on Monday, fingered those it described as people desperate for power as the brains behind the rumours that Bello was ill and might have died.

The Leader of LIG and chieftain of the APC in Kogi State, Alhaji Suleiman Abdulmalik, said these in a statement in Abuja.

He was reacting to reports of anxiety in Kogi State over the weekend, following the non-appearance of Bello in public in the last two weeks.

Abdulmalik, who described those behind Bello’s death rumour as “desperate politicians and power seekers in the state,” said, “The governor is hale and hearty, enjoying his well-deserved rest outside the country after 10 months of hardworking and rigorous activities without rest since assumption of office.”

He said the state was “in a precarious situation and bleeding before Governor Bello came on board.”

He added, “Governor Yahaya Bello is human and needs to rest so as to refresh in the task ahead. We are all mortals and every soul must taste death and power ultimately belongs to the Almighty God and who gives it to whomever He pleases. People must live with this reality, which derived mainly from the Holy Scriptures.

The governor’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, had, in a statement on Sunday, denied that the governor was nursing any ailment, stressing that Bello was hale and hearty.

Fanwo, however, urged the public to discountenance “the rumour,” describing it as lacking any iota of truth.

“I want to state clearly here for the avoidance of doubt that the rumour lacks any iota of truth. It is a reflection of the depth the enemies of Kogi State have gone in their desperate angst against fate,” he had stated.

Punch reportage.


  1. I don't know why all this greedy sick politicians won't just rest

    They know they need medical attention and they would still be contesting for political offices.

    1. Exactly what was on my mind while reading @ chi exotic! Greed won't just allow them. SMH! I wish you a speed recovery though!

    2. And what happened to National Eye Centre Kaduna? We've some of the best eye doctors there. DR Alhassan readily comes to mind...

  2. Foul yansh don open.
    I never knew he had no deputy.

  3. Ds man is just wastin d lil resourses kogi has.
    Wats d use of d commisioners travelin wit him?

  4. They all go abroad for treatment.

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  5. This people will never say d truth at first.Beating about d bush.

  6. I wish him quick recovery


  7. No good hospital in Nigeria huh?

  8. In every rumour...there is an iota of truth in it. shikena!

  9. Governance in 9ja is run like sey na secret cult. There's supposed to be continuity. Everything is a hidden agenda. Na wah o!

    *ghanaman signing out*

  10. Shame on these governors and presidents of this our great country Nigeria.

    How do they want the ordinary man to have faith in our country wherein they themselves are faithless.

    this country is in a mess. SHAME ON APC. PUT OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM GOOD.

  11. Buhari was ear problem. This one is eye problem. May God solve their problems well so that they can hear and see the cries of the masses.

  12. Hmmm, We are in the 11th month and pension hasn't been paid since January, instead it is endless screenings to stall payment. Stressing these elderly people upandan. Kogi matter tire me

    1. Leave them let them continue accumulating curses on themselves.

  13. Toh. Impunity everywhere. Wishing him health. But people hold on to power so much that they forget that HEALTH. LIFE. is more important. To each his own

  14. A lot of things is wrong with this news and the politicians in Kogi state in general.
    *why should the gov not provide official docs stating that he's embarking on a foreign trip.
    * Why didn't he officially hand over responsibilities to the deputy to handle affairs in the state. Aren't those serious constitutional offenses?!
    * why take the cabinet members 'special advisers and commissioners' along in this trip. Is it an official assignment?!
    *why did the APC chieftain address the concerns and anxieties of the people of Kogi state in Abuja.?
    Rumor has it that the late Audu gave him (Bello) a spiritual slap (things we hear in Nigeria), hence his optic issues....
    But what do I know... *Sips my zobo

    1. Hahaaaahaa. Or it could be one of the late pensioners. Stupid governor with his stupid aides. Always bringing out press releases, attacking the "haters and enemies" of the governor. Ode media team. I don't know who has time to start hating governor when they are hungry.

  15. Rumour has it that, the gov opened a particular room in the govt house, that has never been opened since the time of Audu, and he collapsed immediately, I hail igala people ooo, the governor set no dey hear word, he has been demolishing roundabts, and other symbolic statues in kogi state...and if you are from kogi you should know the shit that goes on at those roundabts at night,, things are often buried dia, so many sacrificial offerings are made to them,,,but as per 21st century gov na, him wan show himself..take this info to the bank

  16. All of u dat has refused to fix this country so it will b great will continue to fall sick n keep spending ur stolen money while we poor folks will keep shining. Go n do ur eye surgery n I pray u don't go blind.

  17. And we have ECWA Eye SPecialist Hospital in Kano, Jos, etc

    Sterra go greet him for us o.

  18. This man is just wasting the small resources in Kogi state. I pity the people.

    Oga, where ur deputy?

  19. Wrong information. He is in london on vacation! Get ur facts right

  20. I am sorry but there is no peace for the wicked

  21. Hmmmmm where are those that said he was hale and hearty? The way people rule in this part of the world is pathetic.


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