By Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja

The Kogi State Government has denied a report that a staff of the government house allegedly broke into the office of the director general in charge of administration and carted away over N36 million naira.

It was alleged that the staff allegedly broke into the office at the Director General, Mallam Shaibu Oricha and stole the money.
The staff who was said to be in police custody, was arrested through the CCTV camera mounted in the office.

This is coming as the state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), at the weekend elected Dr. Zubair Kabiru has as the new Chairman of the association to steer the ship for the next two years.
Kabiru was elected at the end of the association’s 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Scientific Conference held in Lokoja, the state capital.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello’s Adviser in charge of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo said there was no theft at the government house. “We are not aware of any such development; we don’t keep money in the office; we do online payment to all our clients. If anyone is in police custody, it might be for other reason but not linked to any money disappearing from any office in government house” he said

Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relation Officer of the Kogi State Police Command, Mr. William Ayah to confirm the arrest proved abortive as his GSM line was switch off.
The new NMA chairman is a consultant clinical microbiologist and parasoto-logist at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja.
At the end of the election, he garnered a total of 174 votes to beat his opponent, Dr. Jimmy Idata of the Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology, Kogi Specialist Hospital, who had 58 votes.

Dr Okogbuwa Osaretin, was elected as the Secretary, while Dr. Friday Ameh was elected the Assistant Secretary unopposed.
Other State executive officers were also elected

In his acceptance speech, Kabiru said he was very excited about the result of the election.
“I have been a member of NMA for over 10 years, and I have had several experiences from the past leadership,” he added.