Plateau: How Water Crisis Causes School Dropout in Riyom - Mrs. Mang

Female Chairmanship hopeful of Riyom LGA, Plateau State, Mrs. Edwina Mang says the rate of schools dropout is high in the locality, partly owing to water crisis.

In an interview with this platform in Jos, Mrs. Mang said she had carried out a research and found that children mostly miss or stay out of school looking for water for their parents.

"Most times the children get to school towards closing and the parents have felt it is better they stay at home," she said.

Mang, the founder and CEO, Women and Children in support of Community Development Initiative in Nigeria (WOCCI-Nigeri), a nongovernmental organization fighting for the rights of, and empowering vulnerable children and widows, said provision of safe drinking water is crucial for the educational advancement of the LGA.

She believed such would also prevent diseases which cause children to stay out of school.

Mrs. Mang, a retired nurse who in 2012 erected modern drinking wells in at least two schools in the locality through her NGO pledges to do more especially if elected, to help the LGA compete favourably in the area of education.

HOW TO IDENTIFY, TREAT AND PREVENT TOMATO DISEASES

Tomatoes are profitable to grow,
but they are susceptible to many infections.

Tomato diseases are caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

The diseases spread through the soil, water supply, air, infected tools, animals, and gardeners.

Fortunately most tomato diseases are usually not fatal.

The key is to identify a disease early so you can treat it before it overtakes the plant and then manage symptoms successfully.

Take these preemptive steps to handling diseases.

A. PREVENTION OF TOMATO DISEASES.

1. Anticipate:
Find out about tomato diseases common to your area.

Talk with local nursery staff and ask for information from representatives at your region’s extension service.

If tomatoes in your area are prone to a certain disease, plant resistant varieties.

2. Monitor:
Check your plants each day for symptoms.

3.:Identify:
Study symptoms and treat diseases quickly so your plants can recover and flourish.

Symptoms to look for:

Diseases affect four areas on the plant:
a. Leaves.
b. Stems.
c. The Crown.
and
d. The Fruit.

Look for these symptoms to indicate possible infection.

a. Problems on Leaves:-
dark, gray, or white spots;
yellowed or mottled foliage;
curled leaves.

b. Problems on Stems:-
mushiness;
dark, gray, or discolored streaks;
mold;
stunted growth.

c. Problems at the Crown:-

formations at the plant crown;
rotting roots.

d. Problems on the Fruit:-

sunken or discolored spots;
mottled skin;
mold;
misshapen; or undeveloped fruit.

B. HOW TO TREAT TOMATO DISEASES.

i. Note symptoms:

Diagnose your tomato plant’s problem by comparing its symptoms with descriptions of specific diseases.

ii. Treat according to recommendation for the specific disease.

Please, See list of diseases below to help with your diagnosis!

C. WAYS TO PREVENT TOMATO DISEASES.

Take steps to keep diseases away or reduce their severity.

i. Rotate crops.
Many bacteria, fungi, and viruses can survive years in the soil.
Reduce incidence when you plant tomatoes no more than once every three years in the same spot.

ii. Avoid planting other Solanaceous crops (members of the same family as tomatoes, including potato, pepper, and eggplant) in the same area, too – they are susceptible to many of the same diseases as tomatoes.

iii. Improve soil.
Before planting,
add a good amount of compost or organic matter to the home garden to improve the soil.
Extra nutrients and aeration grow stronger plants which can resist infection.

iv. Plant disease-resistant tomato varieties.
Many hybrid tomato varieties are bred specifically to resist particular diseases. Plant disease-resistant varieties to have the healthiest crop possible.

Note: Tomato disease-resistant codes are listed on seed or seedling packets in capital letters.
They include:

V = Verticillium Wilt.
F = Fusarium Wilt.
N = Nematodes.
A = Alternaria.
T = Tobacco Mosaic Virus.
St = Stemphylium (Gray Leaf Spot).
TSWV = Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus.

v. Don’t under-water or over-water.

Keep tomatoes on a regular watering schedule to help them stay healthy and strong.

Avoid over-watering which can lead to consistently wet conditions –
the perfect environment for many bacteria, fungi, and viruses to multiply.

vi. Destroy infected plants.
If you allow infected plants to over-winter in the garden
or if you throw them on the compost pile, there’s a good chance disease will spread to other plants
or multiply in the soil.

Throw away or burn infected plants.

vii. Solarise  the Soil.
Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can live for several years in the home garden.

Treat infected soil to destroy as many of them as possible.

One way is to make your own solarizing tarp.

The tarp spread out over the selected garden plot collects heat from the summer sun, raising soil temperature high enough to kill disease-spreading organisms.

It is most effective when put into place during the hottest part of the summer.

To make and set up a solarizing tarp,
first till the selected garden area.
Dig a low trench around its circumference.
Soak the area thoroughly with a sprinkler.
Cover the area with a sheet of clear plastic 1-4 mm thick, allowing plastic edges to extend into perimeter trench.
Back fill the trench to secure plastic.
Leave the plastic in place for 6-8 weeks, making sure to remove debris and excess water that pools on top so that the sun’s rays can penetrate the tarp.
The sun heats to soil to destroy bacteria and other organisms.

Note: Solarizing infected soil can make it usable for the next season’s crop even though it means the selected area cannot be cultivated during the peak of the current summer.

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Bank Hits Hard on Non-Saving Parents

A Central Nigerian financial institution, Light Microfinance bank says parents who don't save are selfish and inconsiderate of their generations' future.

Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Tat Danjuma, at a savings training workshop to mark the 2017 World Savings Day in Jos said saving does not necessarily have to be for personal gain.

Addressing myths associated with savings, the bank's head encouraged parents to inculcate the habit of saving to give their children a befitting future.

Mr. Nangwang Fale, the bank's head of business operations delivering a lecture on savings at the program held in God's Way Comprehensive College, Gigiring however advised against saving in unsecured locations.

Principal of the school, Mrs. Keziah Gokum believed such fora have the capacity to deliver Nigeria from any economic uncertainties.

She therefore hoped for more of such, while lauding the initiative by Light Microfinance bank and its partners, the European Union (EU) and German Technical Corporations (GIZ).

Appointment of Mustapha as New SGF Pleases CAN

The recent appointment of Mr. Boss Mustapha, a Christian as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) marks the beginning of inclusive governance in the Buhari government, Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOUWICAN) says.

In a statement by its National President, Engr. David Kadzai, the body believes the appointment was in consideration of its repeated calls for the fair consideration of Christians in key appointments.

The body according to the statement was convinced that going by the multi-religious and ethnic characterization of Nigeria, it was imperative that Christians also be considered for principal positions in government.

It therefore applauded the Buhari government saying "YOWICAN will applaud government when it does the right thing and reprimand it without any reservations whenever it errs.

"It is our moral responsibility to stand by the truth and not refrain from bringing this to limelight."

While calling for the inclusion of youths in government as well, the body expressed confidence in the capacity of the new SGF.

"In Mr Mustapha we have found a good Christian, a hardworking lawyer and businessman with a beautiful track record of serving the people and contributing immensely to the social, economic and political development of Nigeria through past offices he has held.

"We have no doubts whatsoever that he will discharge his duties well like he has always done in previous appointments serving this great country," it says.

It further congratulated Mr. Mustapha whose appointment it says is well deserved.

Plateau: Female LG Chairmanship Hopeful Drums for Community Police as Fulani Destroy Farms in Riyom

Some multimillion naira worth of farm produce have been destroyed in Plateau's Bachi District in Riyom Local Government Area.

The crops - guinea corn spread across several hectares of land in Fang village were reportedly grazed upon and mowed down by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Sunday.

Owner of the farm, a father of seven who is equally has many other vulnerable children under his care, Mr. Bagere Zakka said the farm was his main source of survival.

The crops he said were already ripe and ready for harvest when they were destroyed.

This according to reports is one among many such instances of attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Riyom and other neighboring LGAs of late.

Mrs. Edwina Mang, a Chairmanship aspirant in Riyom LGA, in an interview said the increased insecurity in the state calls for community police.

This according to her is because involving locals in the management of security in communities is more effective than the deployment of government forces.

She said, "It takes someone that knows a place to guard a place.

"There are nooks and crannies the locals know that when you bring someone from outside, he might not know or be able to access and that might be the place where the enemy is coming from."

Mrs. Mang, an ex nurse and a humanitarian service provider for 22 years also sued for the empowerment of local vigilante to enable them function optimally.

The founder and CEO, Women and Children Involvement in Community Development, a nongovernmental organization founded in 1995 to cater for widows and vulnerable children further stressed the need to engage experts in security and conflict management in the state.

She however expressed sympathy to those affected by the recent attacks in Bassa and Riyom LGAs, calling on officials to be proactive in meeting the security needs of the people.

Plateau: Community in Fear of Betrayal by STF

Despite last week's return of soldiers in Jol, Riyom LGA following an attack on travellers in the Plateau village by suspected Fulani, there appears to be increased fear of insecurity among the villagers.

The soldiers were withdrawn on 18th October, 2017 amid increased threats of attacks.

This followed a protest by some youths in the community, objecting a curfew imposed by the STF.

The protest followed increased attacks in the LGA's neighbors - Bassa LGA where similar curfews were imposed by civil authorities.

Shortly before and after the Jol curfew, there were reported attacks on the locals with at least four deaths.

The Berom Youth Moulders Association had earlier alarmed that the withdrawal of the soldiers was an invitation to anarchy.

The soldiers were restored last week after an attack on travellers but the villagers suspect their withdrawal was a conspiracy to enable the killer Fulani herdsmen have a free operation in the area.

The villagers according to sourced therefore fear a repeat of that development.

Therefore, they are more at ease relating with Mobile Policemen and the State's security agents - Operation Rainbow working with the soldiers.

The STF had however intervened during an armed attack in Tanjol village  near Jol where they repelled the attackers and took the victims to hospital for treatment.

Such swift responses and military-civil relations if sustained analysts say build trust for the soldiers during any peacekeeping operation.



Fulani Attacks: Plateau Youths Meet Govt Officials Over Open Grazing

Youths from across the Middlebelt region today converge on the Plateau State House of Assembly to chat with the executive and legislative arms of the state government on the issue of open grazing.

A statement by Emma Zopmal, President, Middle Belt Youth Council says the aim is to compel a ban on open grazing in the state.

The interface holding at the Plateau State House of Assembly commences by 10am, the statement says.

The statement requests the participation of all youths from the region irrespective of ethnic or political backgrounds.

Plateau: Fulani Ambush Four, Kill Two in Jol

About four people returning from hospital were yesterday ambushed near Jol village in Plateau State's Riyom LGA, reports say.

The attack which occurred at about 6pm local time reportedly led to the killing of two - Mr. Joel Choji and Suzanna Daniel Choji while two were - Mrs. Rebecca Daniel Choji and Mr. Dachung Choji were badly injured.

Sources in the village say the assailants, suspected to be Fulani militants disappeared shortly after the attack.

There was no official confirmation of the incident as at the time of this report but the two survivors were confirmed to have been receiving treatment in Vom Christian hospital and Bingham university Teaching Hospital in Jos.



Its been long I felt sad and devastated as today.


So sad we lost Mr. Joel Choji and Suzanna Daniel Choji who were gruesomely murdered by suspected fulani gunmen in Jol Ward, Riyom LGA while praying for speedy recovery to Mrs. Rebecca Daniel Choji and Mr. Dachung Choji who sustained various degrees of injuries from same attack.


May God rest the souls of those killed.


May their killers never know peace unless they repent of their evil ways.


Kindly pray along with us in this trying moment friends.

Borno State CP Now Best CP in Northeast

The Borno state police commissioner, Damian Chukwu has bagged an award for the most outstanding Commissioner of Police in the Northeast.

The award by The Nigeria Security Matters Magazine followed wide consultations and nominations from Media and Civil Society organizations in the region, the Editor -in-chief of the magazine, Mr Crescent Ogbu,  said.

Receiving the award, CP Chukwu said  the recognition was made possible by the support he enjoys from his Management team, Formation Commanders, Officers and men of the command.

He equally lauded the Inspector General of Police and the Borno state governor for their support to the command.

A statement by the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, Isuku Victor says the award is the second of its type in one month.

Corruption: There are people in the Buhari led government who do not share the vision - NUJ

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) says  President Muhammadu Buhari's recent order for the immediate firing of the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina is a bold step at ensurung that corruption is not glorified in the nation’s Civil Service.

A statement by its National Secretary Shuaibu Usman  on Tuesday says the union is particularly happy that Abdulrasheed Maina who had been in the "eye of the storm" for allegedly stealing Pension Funds was not allowed to continue in office.

Maina was the sacked Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms who was declared wanted in 2013 by EFCC for alleged massive pension fraud amounting to over N100billion.

He was however allegedly recalled from suspension by some highly placed persons in President Buhari’s Government, a development the NUJ frowns at.

His case the union said is of immense interest not because Maina is involved but because, despite the "much-advertised" anti-corruption stance of the Buhari Government, "there are yet some members of his Government who do not share the vision of fighting this cancer that is trying to destroy the nation."

Reinstating Maina to office by these "unscrupulous" persons in Government the union says is not only the "most audacious thing" to happen in recent times but equally "callous".

It therefore appealed to President Buhari to take urgent punitive measures against those involved in the "disgraceful conduct" no matter how highly placed in Government.

Plateau: STF Wound 2 after Allegedly Poisoning 4 to Death in Riyom

About two persons have been reported dead following a suspected air poisoning of a well by men of the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau's Riyom LGA.

The two were reportedly forced to enter the poisoned well in Sopp village and carry out some excavations by the STF personnel to enable them get some water from it.

One reportedly entered after the other, but both could not make it out of the well.

Their deaths were reportedly observed when another youngman was forced to enter by the STF where he pleaded for a robe to be tied around his waist in case of emergency.

The incident immediately sparked riots by youths in the village leading to three of them being shot by the STF personnel.

Police authorities have confirmed the incident but have not released details.

As at the time of filing this report however, the dead two were deposited at the Plateau Specialists Hospital mortuary while the three wounded were receiving treatment at the same hospital.

Killer Herdsmen Attacks: Plateau Youth G-17 Wants Open Grazing Banned

The Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum wants anti-open grazing law introduced in the State.

A statement by its convener, Musa Bagos said in view of renewed killer herdsmen attacks in the state, government should borrow a leaf from Benue and Taraba among other states and "courageously put in place mechanism for the enactment and full implementation" of the legislation.

The statement says those rearing livestock should secure ranches close to their residences to avoid cases of cattle rustling and encroachment on farmlands which often lead to clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

The group in the statement equally called for a panel of inquiry to investigate the alleged complicity of men of the Operation Save Haven in the recent attack on a community in Bassa Local Government Area.

Alleged Killing of 6 Fulani in Kuri, Bassa: Miyetti Allah Lied, No Such Village Exists - Irigwe Community

The Irigwe Development Association (IDA) says the claims of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) Plateau State Chapter that Irigwe youths beheaded six Fulani herdsmen and rustled their livestock after killing some are "wanton, totally callous and deliberately designed programme of lies, deceit and propaganda."

According to the IDA, Kuri village where the alleged attack took place does not exist in Bassa or anywhere in Plateau as claimed by MACBAN.

A statement signed by the IDA Public Relations Officer, Ive Gulu says, “For the records, there is no Village within the Irigwe territories of Kwall and Miango Districts called “Kuri”.

"It does not exist anywhere in Bassa LGA and we will not be surprised if that place does not exist at all."

The statement gave a record of attacks by suspected Fulani in Irigwe communities on the said date of the attack on Fulani, noting the claims of MACBAN are an attempt to divert attention from the truth.

"In their haste to mislead and plant their seed of propaganda, the MACBAN availed themselves freely to creative license when they mentioned a “Kuri Village of Bassa Local Government Area” where the alleged killing of six of their members took place on the 15th of October, 2017.

"The 15th of October, 2017, (last Sunday), witnessed the vicious Attack upon Ta’agbe in Miango District which left scores of charred, mutilated and burned bodies; houses were razed to the ground by blood thirsty Fulani herdsmen and this wicked program continued the next day (16th October 2017) in Nkie-gbonwro where about thirty (women and children ) were also killed," the statement says.

The IDA observed that the allegation by the MACBAN was an admission of guilt and a "feeble" attempt to justify the killing of innocent men, women and children, calling for the investigation of the body.

It said, "We believe sincerely that the press release exposed the complicity of the MACBAN and their chairman in these events.

"The utter viciousness and the shameless anatomy of the tuber of a smoke screen that MACBAN decided to offload on the people of Plateau state, Nigeria and the world is criminal and should be treated with a heavy hand."

The MACBAN officials have not responded to the outburst of the IDA and efforts to reach them until press time proved abortive.

However,the Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Mathias Terna had in a report by this platform on Thursday said the NPF state command was not aware of the said attack on Fulani.

The MACBAN statement had said that the Police Division in Bassa was invited to witness the burial of the victims of the attack which occurred few hours before some 26 persons mainly women and children were killed in a class room in a Bassa village.



JEDCO: Sacking of 50 Staff not Witch Hunt - Mgt.

The management of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO) says it does not intend to sack any staff whose records are clean.

This the company says is because the recent "rationalization" exercise it embarked upon was solely to sanitize the system for more efficiency.

The company was recently alleged to have illegally sacked over 50 of its staff without concrete reasons.

It was equally said to have dissolved all its staff unions.

However, Public Relations Officer of the Company, Dr. Elijah Friday in a telephone interview with this platform said what the company did was to simply identify and rid off staff who were being a liability to the company.

He could not give the exact figure of the relieved staff as he was still awaiting the details from the Human Resource Department but however said, "There are different parameters used in assessing our staff - these could include old age or overdue retirement as there are staff we inherited from NEPA and PHCN.

"Redundancy and corruption as well as productivity and efficiency also come handy in issues like these," he said.

The spokesperson of the company stated that the exercise is a continuous one but would never affect any staff who is not involved in any "sharp practices."

Dr. Friday assured the company's customers of continued efforts to better service delivery.

He disclosed that the recent fire incident that engulfed the Zaria road transmission plant of the Transmission Companies of Nigeria (TCN) has not affected its operations as it has switched to an alternative plant to ensure continued service delivery.

Plateau Killings: Buhari has proven he is leader of Muslim faithful alone - CAN Youth Wing

From Emmanuel Ande, Yola

The National President of Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) Engr. Daniel Kadzai, has said that the action of President Muhammadu Buhari, not to visit Bassa local in Plateau state where over 40 Christians were mustered last Sunday by Fulani herdsmen has undoubtedly proved that he is not Nigeria president but leader of the Muslim faithful.

Kadzai in a press statement yesterday pointed that when 18 Muslims were killed in an reprisal attack in Taraba state, the presidency was relocated to Taraba state with military and police headquarters hunting for the attackers, but when over 40 Christians were killed in plateau state the president traveled out of the country three days after attack.

"When few Muslims were killed in Ibadan the president was there with the police swiftly making arrests, but when Fulani herdsmen killed Christians in Benue police did arrest anyone, in Enugu, Edo, the massacre in southern Kaduna state the police could not find even one of the attackers . It is now very clear to we Christians why IPOB can be name tag a terrorist group, but the Fulani herdsmen and Arewa Youth forum cannot be tag with any criminal identity," he stated.

Part of the statement read," A militant, ragtag of a joint Islamic fundamentalist Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram combatant-group launched an attack on unsuspected Christians and killed up to 15 of them on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the Nigerian Army arrived at the scene and carried out an exercise to disarm the villagers (mostly Christians). After this has been done, the Nigerian Army evacuated the villagers to a primary school in the area which they termed "safe". These Christians were further instructed by the detachment of the Nigerian Army at the scene to go into a classroom and were reportedly locked-up. "

"The disarmed Christians villagers were left deliberately in the classroom under lock. "

" Hours later (at night), a group of the joint militant Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram contingent arrives at the school only to see the Nigerian Army retreat and leave the locked-up Christians without any form of protection. The joint, militant Fulani and Boko Haram group proceeded swiftly to the classroom and took their time to massacre the helpless Christians they found there. Confirmed reports reaching us indicate that the army has now cordoned off the site of the attack and does not allow any entry into the area . "

"YOWICAN wishes to single-out the long-held suspicion of the Nigerian Army being an accomplice to last Sunday mayhem in plateau state as well as in other similar attacks. The reports that the Nigerian Army disarmed and brought these people to a location only to withdraw or retreat on the guise that the joint militant Fulani and Boko Haram contingent had superior weapons raises many questions on why military took those villagers to that primary school if they were not properly armed to confront the Fulani herdsmen . Why locking them up in a class room as if they prisoners of war?."

"We have also identified a pattern similar to the recent crisis and massacre in Borno state where the Nigerian Army again was suspected of abating the incident. YOWICAN stands firmly to say#Enough Is Enough#This suspicion is being made on the fact that it has been confirmed that the Nigerian Army has been  infiltrated by elements apologetic to hard-line Islamic fundamentalism. Not much has been done by the government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Army to fish-out and deal with these elements within the Army. We conclude that this group within the army indeed abates these attacks on Christians in Nigeria#Enough Is Enough#.

"To erase the suspicion of Nigerians that Buhari government is not supporting Fulani herdsmen in their operations an independent investigation panel comprising of people of proven integrity, NGOs and other groups should be set up to unravel those sponsoring the activities of the Fulani herdsmen."

Bassa: Plateau Police Unaware of Beheading of 6 Fulani, Synergizes to End Attacks

The Plateau State Police Command says it is yet to receive reports of the alleged beheading of six Fulani herdsmen in Bassa LGA.

In a telephone interview with this platform, the Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, Mathias Terna said "if they have reported that, maybe they did so at the Divisional Headquarters and the Division has not reported it to us."

He assured that the Police is working in synergy with the STF in the state to identify the remote and immediate causes of the conflict.

He said, "Give us time to do a thorough job.

"It is not a gun shot affair so it is not something that will end in a day.

"The STF was established by Mr. President and we are working in synergy, sharing information to investigate and identify the remote and immediate causes of this problem."

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Plateau State through its Chairman, Nura Muhammad Abdullahi had called for the investigation of the crisis in Bassa.

In a statement purportedly signed by the MACBAN chairman, raised alarm on the killing and beheading of six Fulani cattle rearers on Sunday October 15, 2017 by the "Irigwe militia in Kuri village of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state", prior to Monday's school shooting of 27 in the locality.

The incident according to the statement occurred at about 3pm when the Fulani, while grazing their cattle at kuri village in Bassa LGA were attacked, slaughtered, beheaded and their heads carted away with.

In addition, the statement says a total of forty sheep nine cows were killed and a total of two hundred and thirty two cattle belonging to the families of the deceased persons were rustled.

The statement claimed the incident was immediately reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Bassa Local Government Area and Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Sector 6, who visited the scene and confirmed the dead and burial.

The claims have however been challenged by many analysts for lack of substance given that no news medium was invited to cover the attack, and the incident was not made known until the killing of 27 natives in a class room made headlines in various news media.

Chol Badung Chuhwak|: The Way to Peace and Conflict Resolution in Bassa LGA

THE WAY FORWARD TO Peace and Conflict Resolution (Bassa LGA)

The attacks in bassa LGA Plateau stete is one which must be condemned by all ,we all must be agents of peace if we really care for our dear state.
Therefore Let's begin to talk about the way forward not the blame game.
First we must not allow emotions control our utterances the issue of Peace and conflict resolution is beyond those petty sentiments we share like our religion,tribe,political parties and those traditional views and perception we hold dearly to ourselves, because PEACE is everybody's business.

1. To resolve conflict both sides must cool off because nothing can be achieved when emotions are high,therefore deliberate efforts must be made by both conflicting sides and the third party to cool down the hot emotions,therefore we must encouraged the military, government, NGO,traditional rulers and the public to make  all the conflicting sides to cool off and hold on by any walk able means.

2. Talking about what is bordering all the factions and each taking responsibility,without the blame game.

3.All the sides must and should listen to each other.

4.Taking responsibility,all sides must take responsibility for there actions,because both parties have some degree of responsibility,the blame game must stop.

5.Brainstorming solutions and coming up with one that satisfies both parties,remember there are many solutions to a single problem, the key is willingness to seek compromises,during brainstorming your minds are open to different possibilities.

6.Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the highest form of closure when it comes to conflict resolution, kind words give closure to the resolution of conflict,therefore forgiveness is important and key.

7.Both sides should thank each other and the third party.

We are one Plateau let Love and Peace reign.

Chol Badung Chuhwak

Prince Rotdunna Ibn Sekat|: Time to end Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State

SEKAT HAS SPOKEN.....HE Muhammadu Buhari GCFR,
President and C-in-C,
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dear sir,
TIME TO WITHDRAW AND WIND UP OPERATION SAFE HEAVEN IN PLATEAU STATE AND REASSIGNED ALL TO MAIDUGURI.

I wish to write and beg that it's time ⌚ for Operation Safe Heaven, a join security outfit set on the Plateau to over see the protracted security issues in Plateau State be dismantled, withdrawn and reassign to Maiduguri where the battle with Boko Haram is tense and hot, Mr President sir, I will not waste much of your time but let me say it clearly here that this men are doing nothing apart from trying to make themselves rich, harassing innocent citizens and chasing our daughters around like cocks 🐓and dogs, they move in beer 🍻 parlors with Rifles and all manners of weapons while our killers are in the bush planning and strategising on how to kill and take control of our lands and prosperities.
The problem of Plateau State is OPERATION SAFE HEAVEN not herdsmen, if they are withdrawn today, Plateau State will know peace ✌ but if you insist on leaving them then Mr President, know it now and forever that Peace ✌ on the Plateau will continue to be fragile.

How can men who are trained to protect lives and properties failed to protect even the lives of rats in our houses and to talk of we human beings?
How can men with war skills and well armed who tell villagers to camp ⛺ at a primary school ran and left the unarmed villagers at the mercy of their attackers?

Mr President sir, since the setting up of OPERATION SAFE HEAVEN in Plateau State more people have been killed than when there was no soldiers patrolling our streets.

Sir, withdraw them NOW and let our Riots Police take over, this blood shed MUST STOP ⛔ now.

Prince Rotdunna Ibn Sekat
The Yandar Ngas.

CC
HE Prof Osibanjo, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

HE Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate.

HE, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Reps.

Gen. Danbazau Rtd, Minister of Interior, Abuja .

HE, Rt Hon Barr Simon Bako Lalong, Governor of Plateau State.

His Majesty, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Gbong Gwom Jos.

HE, Prof Sonny G. Tyoden, Deputy Governor, Plateau State.

Rt Hon Peter Gompil Ajang Azi, Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly.

Gen. Anthony A. OPSH Commander.

GOC Third Amourd Division, Jos.

Commissioner of Police, Plateau State .

Director, State Security Services, Plateau State.

Dr Fabong Jemchang Yildam, PYC Chairman.

Office of the Citizens of Plateau State.

Kenzy Ngupar|: All members of the National Assembly from Plateau State, I would love you to meet without and address a world press conference...

As a Nigerian and concerned Plateau citizen I want to share this concern with you. 

I pray it opens our eyes to always talk and keep talking till we are heard from Abuja. I am deeply pained by what has been happening in our communities in Plateau State which has looked like it has come to stay despite all efforts made. I personally feel deeply pained that communities around Bokkos,Gwol BarkinLadi,Riyom,and Bassa among others have continuously come under attack which seems beyond the capacity of our security agencies. I am focusing on the security agencies because by law, they are the only ones who by law are allowed to carry arms for the protection of lives and property. What happened in Wereh, and the seemingly unstoppable ones carried out daily on the Irigwe communities calls for great concern considering the fact that our security agencies have not been able to make one arrest or even prevent them. For instance what is the distance between an STF checkpoint and where 3 persons were killed including a security personnel? What is the distance between miango and the Rukuba Barracks? I feel this alone should scare the murderers ordinarily and even that we have an STF that is covering Plateau and some communities in kaduna state.Or did they withdraw their men from the Other communities after the senseless Ancha killings? I thought we had the best security forces in Nigeria that was why we received several laurels and commendations for our peace keeping efforts in so many African countries and beyond. I thought we had the best tactics to address security challenges and nip in the bud like we have done elsewhere. I am tempted to think all these are not true that is why we have not been able to contain the rampaging Boko Haram,pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in our country.LISTEN TO ME MY PEOPLE. i vividly remember I raised my concerns when the immediate past STF Commander, General Roggers was just transferred barely two weeks after he invited community, religious, media,and other youth groups as well as associations to a crucial meeting at the STF Headquarters were he read the riot act on emerging security challenges emerging. In my opinion I thought a winning team should have been maintained as we saw him doing well at that time. Bringing a new person requires him almost starting somehow afresh even though he might have some handover notes but this are security issues and he must be sure what is on paper is truely what is on ground. Certainly he will ask where is miango? Where is Killing, where is jebbu Bass's, what is Sara Suka  and many more. I am not questioning their noses operandi but I am of the view that it should also have been considered. Are you not concerned that at that period, the Commissioner Of Police was also transferred under some questionable  circumstances?

ALL NASS MEMBERS...

All members of the National  Assembly from Plateau State, I would love to see you meet.

All of you I mean without exception and address a world press conference and tell the whole world this is a deliberate and we'll calculated act on our people.

No one of you should stay out for any reason. You must talk sincerely and go to the Presidency if possible or the Defense Headquarters and Office of the IG.

Tell them the people are becoming inpatient as nothing seems to be seen going on to protect lives here. Let the Minister representing plateau join them.

Let the State Assembly for the first time go beyond sitting down and condemn alone but invite the Commissioner Of Police and STF Commander to answer some questions bothering on alleged conspiracy among others.

Let people talk and talk and talk plz. We must be heard. Niger belongs to all of us and plateau is that which has been given  to us.Our hearts are with the Irigwe and Plateau People.

Kenzy Ngupar, Jos

Plateau: Again, 3 Ambushed in Riyom After Supposed Fulani Meeting

About three persons were Monday night ambushed along Tarai-Vwak Road in Jol village of Riyom LGA, Plateau State, few hours after the Bassa Primary School shooting where about 29 people were killed.

The ambush reportedly followed a meeting by Fulani leaders in nearby Exland village otherwise called Gindin Akwati in Gashish District, Barkin Ladi LGA.

Two of the victims reportedly escaped unhurt following an intervention by the military who were stationed few metres away from the scene of the attack, while one was wounded.

The attack is believed to be a deliberate attempt to distract the Bassa neighbors from wading into the recent violent attacks in the Irigwe communities.

The Irigwe Development Association on Monday afternoon had called for the intervention of other ethnic groups in the state in the recent attacks on its communities.

SENATOR JOSHUA DARIYE CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN PLATEAU

His Excellency Senator Joshua Dariye, representing Plateau Central senatorial district  has condemned the spate of  killings on the plateau, saying it is totally unacceptable to humanity  and a threat to the peace on the plateau.

The distinguished senator made the  remarks on Saturday at his condolence visit to the family of the late Da Moses Gwom,an elder statesman and one time head of service of the state who was murdered in Barkin ladi LGC.

He described the Late Moses Gwom as a gentleman whose nature and inputs to the  peaceful coexistence of the state will be greatly missed and called on the people of Barkin Ladi and the state at large to emulate the deceased in order to restore and foster peace on the Plateau.

On the same note the senator  on behalf of the people of Plateau Central Senatorial district condoles with the people of Bassa and Miango over the recent painful killings and loss of lives.

He is assuring the people that all hands are on deck to arrest the situation and to apprehend all the  culprits.

He implored all the peace loving people of Plateau state to be vigilant and to promptly report any unusual movements by unidentified persons within the state to the security operatives.

The senator prayed that God will bring an end to this unholy and inhumane acts.
Plateau citizens should not hesitate to report any security breach/threat to the appropriate authorities

Makut Alfred Mashat
Media Aide
On behalf of Senator Joshua C. Dariye.

Dachung Musa Bagos|: OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ONGOING KILLINGS IN PLATEAU STATE

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE ONGOING KILLINGS IN PLATEAU STATE

Dear Sir,

It is with grief and pains in our hearts that we write this open letter with the conviction that urgent steps and proactive measures will be put in place to address the ongoing killings in some parts of Plateau State which have continue unabated.

Government fundamental role is the protection of lives and property of the people as well as ensuring that their fundamental human rights to life are protected.

Human lives are sacred and as such should be treated with great respect and leaders at all levels must portray empathy. People are being killed like chicken as innocent blood are being shed on daily basis without any form of provocation.

As the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces doubling as the Chief Security Officer of the Nation, we call on you to intervene and give the needed attention to the genocide ongoing in Plateau State.

There has been breach of security and outbreak of violence in Bassa, Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Bokkos Local Government Area where people are constantly attacked, harassed, killed, raped, their villages sacked and taken over by the attackers.

Last year, a respected paramount ruler and the Saf Ron Kulere, Da Lazarus Agai was killed in cold blood in his hometown, Bokkos Local Government. There has been series of attacks in which many people including three (3) traditional rulers.

In Bassa Local Government, Miango in the Irigwe Chiefdom to be précised, over 100 people have so far been killed in cold blood, dozens seriously injured, houses razed and property of the people looted. This led to the imposition of dusk to dawn curfew by the Plateau State government thinking such decision will address the violent situation in the affected community but the killings are still going on. Ta’agbe Village in Miango was attacked in which 6 people were killed in the night of Saturday 14th October, 2017 while 29 persons were killed while many injured in Nkiedonwhro, Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa LGA of Plateau State. Even as we are writing this, there attacks are ongoing in some villages.

In Barkin Ladi, three persons including a former Head of Service to Plateau State, a woman and a military man were killed last week in Wereh village, Ropp District of Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State. People are constantly being harassed and attacked by gunmen despite the presence of military personnel in the villages. If the attackers can kill a military personnel, how safe are the innocent and harmless people?

In Riyom Local Government Area, Villages such as Jol, Rim, Hoss, Shonong, Sharabutu are under siege as people there can no longer go about their legitimate economic, social and religious activities without being harassed, the women being raped, people killed and in some cases being dispossessed of their possessions. Many villages have been taken over by the attackers and the people no longer have access to their lands and unable to use same.

We are appealing to you as a father to all to step into the violent attacks being witnessed in Plateau State and put in place measures to curtail the breach of security, ensure the perpetuators are arrested and prosecuted according to serve as deterrent to others.

Any decision that will lead to enduring and permanent peace in Plateau State as long as it is in line with the Constitution will be highly appreciated. Economic, agricultural, social and religious activities have been negatively affected by the violent attacks.

Mr. President, it will interest you to know that the spate of these attacks have continued despite the curfew in the flashpoint and the presence of the military barracks therein, a situation that is more confusing and pathetic.

Plateau people are known for their peaceful, hospitable and receptive nature but the activities of the gunmen have stampeded development and created mistrust and suspicion among the people.

More military personnel should be mobilized as those on ground seems to be overwhelmed by the activities of the attackers.

It is our sincere prayer that you will take this letter serious and do the needful towards addressing the ugly incidents which we see as inhuman, wicked, irrational and barbaric as well as threats to our national security, peace, unity, harmony, integration and development which have been tarnishing the image of the country before the international community.

No development can be achieved in a tensed and chaos atmosphere, we are therefore appealing that practical steps be taken to bring the ongoing crisis to rest.

Thank you Sir as we look forward to your timely intervention and swift action.

Dachung Musa Bagos

Convener, Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum.

Miango Attacks: US. Human Rights Group Tells Why Killer Herdsmen Succeed, Seeks Military Crackdown of Attacks

A United States Human Rights organization, Rapid Response Fact-Finding Mission (RRFFM) wants the Nigerian government to consider recognizing the terroristic activities of killer herdsmen in the country.

Available data from its fact-finding mission in 2016, the RRFFM says in Benue state alone, there were over 40 herdsmen attacks in a 3-year period averaging one a month.

In this regars, the organization wants government to redeploy troops to central Nigeria where the "onslaught of killer herdsmen has continued to claim lives perennially including lives of security agents."

The military engagement against the killer herdsmen, the RRFFM says would be to protect Nigerian citizens from individuals whom the government has categorically stated are foreign nomads from Chad, Niger and other West African countries.

In a report on the Central Nigerian herdsmen attacks signed by the Special Counsel, US. Nigeria Law Group,  Emmanuel Ogebe, the organization said the exercise should not be like the military operation in the southeast which was an "attack" on civilian non-combatants.

"highway checkpoints appear to be ineffective in Miango"

According to RRFFM, the success of the killer herders in Miango, Plateau State is surrounded by a number of human factors.

"The roads are bad, rough or non-existent especially after rain fall rendering the communities inaccessible and giving the nomadic attacks an advantage during their attacks.

"Phone networks do not reach the community making it impossible for villagers, victims or even the security forces to easily communicate for back up

"While the presence of security checkpoints were noted on the Abuja-Jos highway, there were far fewer in the Miango region where villagers were in anxiety over further impending attacks.

"The highway checkpoints appear to be ineffective as the herdsmen move over the fields, farmlands and mountainous terrain to unleash their attacks and not the highways," it said.

The US. group urged the Nigerian government to declare a conflict-free zone as "a food security survival imperative in the agricultural middlebelt of Nigeria where farmers rendered IDPs in Benue and Plateau particularly have been unable to return to or recover their farmlands from the marauders and their cattle."

It further urged the government to provide medical attention to victims of these attacks, fix the roads and ensure electricity and telephonic connectivity to the "isolated" agrarian communities.

See what the entire Irigwe Nation in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State wishes the world to know on the recent repeated attacks in its Villages by Suspected Fulani

CALCULATED ATTEMPTS TO WIPE THE IRIGWE RACE FROM FACE OF THE EARTH.
BEING TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE IRIGWE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION ON THE CONTINUOUS GRUESOME ATTACKS ON IRIGWE COMMUNITIES,

Gentlemen of the Press.
The entire Irigwe Nation in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State wishes to let the world know that since the gruesome attack on Ncha Village on the 7th September, 2017, where more than twenty people were killed, mostly women and children and houses razed, Rigwe land has not known peace.
It should be known today, that since the Ncha incident, the assailants have continued to lauch nightly attacks in our communities, in line with their earlier threat that Ncha was just the beginning.
We have continually woken up to news of attacks each day leaving tears, sorrow, despair and apprehension.
For the avoidance of doubt, here are details of some of the attacks after Ncha:
Hukke – 9th September, 2017 – 2 persons killed including a soldier,
Nkie Dongwro – 8th October – 1 killed and another wounded.
Kpachudu – 10th October – A young man, Solomon Elisha killed allegedly by a Mobile Policeman, member of STF.
Nzhweruvo and Tafigana -  11th October, - 3 dead and houses razed down.
Rikwe Chongu – 12th October, - Houses razed down.
Taegbe – 14th October, - 6 dead, 5 injured and houses razed.
Nkyie Doghwro – 16th October – 29 dead, 3 injured at a School used as a Camp and protected by security.

At all these locations, and in all these attacks, lives as already stated above, our people lost their lives, houses razed, leaving in their wake, tears, sorrow and despair.
It is painful to note that all these happened despite useful timely information provided to security personnel, regarding movement and mode of operation of the assailants.
These attacks have continue in sequence and unstopped while no single attacker has been arrested by the security agents who will rather arrest and detain helpless natives on suspicion of possessing any form of weapon for self defence.
We have had course to bail so many of our youths from security agencies, while many are still languishing in detention, while no single Fulani heardsman has been arrested since the Ncha attack despite after we provide relevant informations, eg handset found on the ground during the attack.  We ask, where is the justice?
Much as we understand the steps taken by Government through the deployment of security personnel to our area, we will like to state here that the much anticipated respite has eluded us, except constant harrasment of our people at the various check points they mounted.
We had thought that since the invader emanate from the hills and bushes, they will deploy their energies and expertise there.
You will recall that our women in aparent dissatisfaction with the security agencies non performance, staged a protext in Jebbu Miango.
Although many have questioned their move, we consider it a desperate act by mothers who alone know the pains of child birth and seeing their youths being killed every day definately elicits such reaction.
Since the outbreak of these orchastrated attacks aimed at wiping our people from the face of the earth, we have held series of meetings with various stakeholders including security and the Fulani, but the Fulani have continue to be in denial of sponsoring these attacks, nothing has changed.
In reaction to this continous anihilation of our people, the Plateau State Government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in our area.
We had viewed this as a relief, but not knowing that it will yet, open another avenue for the Fulani attackers to operate unhindered, while our people are caged by the curfew, which the security men enforce religiously.  This is unfortunate!
For the avoidance of doubt, Kpachudu village was attacked on the first day of the curfew, and Nzhwerivo on the second day.
The siege has continued with nothing done to review the effectiveness or otherwise of the curfew.
The fact that the attacks have continue till date only confirms the scepticism of our people who had questioned its essence, as they now say it is obvious the curfew was only for the Irigwe people and not the marauding heardsmen.
We therefore, urge the Government, if it must keep the curfew to do the needful and that is stop these nightly attacks on our people.  Curfew should not be used as a weapon of war on our people.
We had expected that by now, given the presence of security personnel, the attackers if not arrested would have been driven away, but it seems the security personnel are only bent on mounting check points and operating questionable cordon and search operations for non existing weapons in our peoples home.
If our people had such as they are looking for, we would rather deploy them to protecting our land than hide them at home.
As we speak, a humanitarian situation looms in our land, as women and children have been displaced, while feeding is becoming impossible in homes that have accepted internal refugees.  And this has spilled into Jos, where women and children stream in to find refuge with relations.
Our people cannot go to their farms anymore, even as harvest is near for fear of attacks by heardsmen who openly graze on ripe crops.
We will like to state here also, that no aid agency, government or private has visited our land to provide relief materials, we are left at the mercy of our fate.
Gentlemen of the press, we are faced with a situation that needs the collaboration of all.
We therefore urge that beyond the usual condemnation, by government officials, all relevant stakeholders must take practical steps at saving our people, if indeed we are part of Plateau State and Nigeria.
Plateau people, it is Rigweland today, it may be another ethnic nationality tomorrow, pause and ask yourslef, if it were my people, what will I do?
We see the continuous orgy of violence visited on Plateau Communities as a calculated attempt, move by the so-called “Unknown gunmen” to exterminate our tribes and enshrine an obvious agenda.
As Plateau people, we must set aside our pre-colonial rivalness, join forces and see an injury to one as injury to all so that we can defeat the forces that want to wipe us from our land.
As I end this address, I am unsure of which helpless village is next in line, in this orgy of nightly attacks.  We have faith in the ability of our security agencies to take practical steps if they are willing to end these attacks.  We want to see arrests, we want these people out of our land and Plateau State.
Rigweland is a nation under God and we shall contine to look up to him for succour and directions.
Thank you. that since the gruesome attack on Ncha Village on the 7th September, 2017, where more than twenty people were killed, mostly women and children and houses razed, Rigwe land has not known peace.
It should be known today, that since the Ncha incident, the assailants have continued to lauch nightly attacks in our communities, in line with their earlier threat that Ncha was just the beginning.
We have continually woken up to news of attacks each day leaving tears, sorrow, despair and apprehension.
For the avoidance of doubt, here are details of some of the attacks after Ncha:
Hukke – 9th September, 2017 – 2 persons killed including a soldier,
Nkie Dongwro – 8th October – 1 killed and another wounded.
Kpachudu – 10th October – A young man, Solomon Elisha killed allegedly by a Mobile Policeman, member of STF.
Nzhweruvo and Tafigana -  11th October, - 3 dead and houses razed down.
Rikwe Chongu – 12th October, - Houses razed down.
Taegbe – 14th October, - 6 dead, 5 injured and houses razed.
Nkyie Doghwro – 16th October – 29 dead, 3 injured at a School used as a Camp and protected by security.

At all these locations, and in all these attacks, lives as already stated above, our people lost their lives, houses razed, leaving in their wake, tears, sorrow and despair.
It is painful to note that all these happened despite useful timely information provided to security personnel, regarding movement and mode of operation of the assailants.
These attacks have continue in sequence and unstopped while no single attacker has been arrested by the security agents who will rather arrest and detain helpless natives on suspicion of possessing any form of weapon for self defence.
We have had course to bail so many of our youths from security agencies, while many are still languishing in detention, while no single Fulani heardsman has been arrested since the Ncha attack despite after we provide relevant informations, eg handset found on the ground during the attack.  We ask, where is the justice?
Much as we understand the steps taken by Government through the deployment of security personnel to our area, we will like to state here that the much anticipated respite has eluded us, except constant harrasment of our people at the various check points they mounted.
We had thought that since the invader emanate from the hills and bushes, they will deploy their energies and expertise there.
You will recall that our women in aparent dissatisfaction with the security agencies non performance, staged a protext in Jebbu Miango.
Although many have questioned their move, we consider it a desperate act by mothers who alone know the pains of child birth and seeing their youths being killed every day definately elicits such reaction.
Since the outbreak of these orchastrated attacks aimed at wiping our people from the face of the earth, we have held series of meetings with various stakeholders including security and the Fulani, but the Fulani have continue to be in denial of sponsoring these attacks, nothing has changed.
In reaction to this continous anihilation of our people, the Plateau State Government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in our area.
We had viewed this as a relief, but not knowing that it will yet, open another avenue for the Fulani attackers to operate unhindered, while our people are caged by the curfew, which the security men enforce religiously.  This is unfortunate!
For the avoidance of doubt, Kpachudu village was attacked on the first day of the curfew, and Nzhwerivo on the second day.
The siege has continued with nothing done to review the effectiveness or otherwise of the curfew.
The fact that the attacks have continue till date only confirms the scepticism of our people who had questioned its essence, as they now say it is obvious the curfew was only for the Irigwe people and not the marauding heardsmen.
We therefore, urge the Government, if it must keep the curfew to do the needful and that is stop these nightly attacks on our people.  Curfew should not be used as a weapon of war on our people.
We had expected that by now, given the presence of security personnel, the attackers if not arrested would have been driven away, but it seems the security personnel are only bent on mounting check points and operating questionable cordon and search operations for non existing weapons in our peoples home.
If our people had such as they are looking for, we would rather deploy them to protecting our land than hide them at home.
As we speak, a humanitarian situation looms in our land, as women and children have been displaced, while feeding is becoming impossible in homes that have accepted internal refugees.  And this has spilled into Jos, where women and children stream in to find refuge with relations.
Our people cannot go to their farms anymore, even as harvest is near for fear of attacks by heardsmen who openly graze on ripe crops.
We will like to state here also, that no aid agency, government or private has visited our land to provide relief materials, we are left at the mercy of our fate.
Gentlemen of the press, we are faced with a situation that needs the collaboration of all.
We therefore urge that beyond the usual condemnation, by government officials, all relevant stakeholders must take practical steps at saving our people, if indeed we are part of Plateau State and Nigeria.
Plateau people, it is Rigweland today, it may be another ethnic nationality tomorrow, pause and ask yourslef, if it were my people, what will I do?
We see the continuous orgy of violence visited on Plateau Communities as a calculated attempt, move by the so-called “Unknown gunmen” to exterminate our tribes and enshrine an obvious agenda.
As Plateau people, we must set aside our pre-colonial rivalness, join forces and see an injury to one as injury to all so that we can defeat the forces that want to wipe us from our land.
As I end this address, I am unsure of which helpless village is next in line, in this orgy of nightly attacks.  We have faith in the ability of our security agencies to take practical steps if they are willing to end these attacks.  We want to see arrests, we want these people out of our land and Plateau State.
Rigweland is a nation under God and we shall contine to look up to him for succour and directions.
Thank you.

ARC. HART C. BANKAT|: ON THE SEEMINGLY INCESSANT AND SENSELESS KILLINGS ON THE PLATEAU

Once again we have seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians, displace families from their homes, strip communities of their peaceful nature and unleash pain and sorrow in the land we love.

I believe that the basic principle of liberal existence should find universal acceptance. The grounding beliefs that mankind is born free and equal should anchor themselves in the mindsets of modern men and women, the young and old, the educated and less privileged. A true belief in the modern world, respectful of the traditions of thought that have formed our political, religious, social and ethnic peculiarities about universal freedom, equality and not only the claims of authority.

According to a recent write up by Jonathan Ishaku, (Sept. 16th, 2017), he said "Terrorism is based on the spread of fear. In fact, terrorists aim at spreading fear more than actual violence..."  This has been the operational sequence of the so-called "unknown gunmen" and "criminal herdsmen" who have gone beyond just cattle rearing and its related activities to fully blown massacre, manslaughter, looting and spread of fear in areas of low resistance and high vulnerability.

Dah Moses Gwom, a respected elder statesman, a vocal advocate of peace and its defence, a Former Head of Plateau State Civil Service, a father, grand father, husband and friend to my family was gunned down at his residence in Barkin Ladi along with others who met the same fate on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. I am still yet to listen to measures taken in that regard from the authorities concerned. As though that was not enough, without recovery from the shock,  the Ra'agbe community of Miango was later attacked on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Three days later with a spate of killings on defenceless citizens and this is without a tangible response from neither the Federal, State or LG levels asides the media tales of reassurance of the safety of lives and property only after the "call to eternal rest" of affected persons.

Let me quickly remind us about the "PRINCIPLE OF FAIRNESS" according to the writer and poet H.L.A Harrington.
He said "All who receive benefits from the cooperative efforts of others (electorates), may be required to shoulder the burden of contributing towards the maintenance of schemes that secures them, the state (authority) and the whole of their affairs.

This situation is really heartbreaking and every lover of peace must not only frown at this but condemn in totality the recent attacks on defenceless citizens whose only crime is to go about their daily activities peacefully as law abiding citizens.                           
                   
IT IS CLEAR THAT WE ONLY ENJOY "AMPLIFIED ORDER" AND NOT "TRUE PEACE."

While my message will always be that of peace, I must call on both the State and Federal Government to be more proactive in securing the lives of the people that have entrusted them with such responsibility. We shall "for now", assume that this isn't an expansionist strategy extending from our brethren in Southern Kaduna as the recently affected areas share slim boundaries with such neighboring territories.

Our true conscience shall NOT allow us tolerate a spread of fear and terrorism from any group or persons regardless of the prevailing evil desire.

My heart goes out to all families who have been affected by these attacks, the Family of Late Dah Moses Gwom, The other families affected from the same attack in Dorowa, B/Ladi LGA and the Ra'agbe Community of Miango, Bassa LGA, Plateau state and every lover of the Plateau at this very trying time.

Kindly be rest assured that we are with you at this moment of grief and sorrow and we share in your pain.

May God bless the land we love.

- By ARC. HART C. BANKAT

Soldiers may have aided Monday Morning Attack in Bassa - Community

The Irigwe Development Association says it is dissatisfied with the operations of the military in Bassa LGA following recent repeated attacks by suspected Fulani.

Addressing a press conference on Monday after an early morning attack in Nkiedonwhro village where at least 23 people were killed and houses burnt, the association questioned the reliability of the military.

The group through its Chairman, Sunday Abdu said it does not doubt the capacity of the nation's military to safeguard the lives of the civilian population but demanded a prove of their existence.

"We are not questioning their capacity or sagacity.

"We are only saying that if we have securities in this country, let them prove it to us," it said.

The IDA questioned the motive behind the recent curfew imposed on the local government by the state government, saying it has given the assailants freehand to operate while holding the locals from defending themselves.

It expressed worry over the manner government has responded to the conflict in the LGA, fearing the possibility of a large scale humanitarian disaster in the state.

It therefore called on other ethnic nationalities in the state to rise up in defense of the vulnerable groups, to safeguard the future of the state.

The Monday morning attack in the locality was said to have been carried out in a Primary school used by the Special Task Force (STF) as an operational base.

Sources say women and children had been camped by the military in the school after rumours of attack were received.

While taking refuge in one of the classes in the school, the soldiers reportedly withdrew from the premises thus leading to the killing of about 26 people by gunmen.

Three other people who reportedly escaped from the classroom attack were ambushed and killed some meters away from the school, sources say.

The alleged complacency by the military follows the killing of a young man last week Wednesday in a nearby village by a member of the STF over a girlfriend, according to reports.

Women in the community had on Thursday last week staged a protest demanding for the withdrawal of the army from the village after a similar exercise by youths on Wednesday night.

The state government responded to the situation and other instances of attacks in the locality through the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew.

More attacks have however been reported indiffereny villages in the LGA ever since, forcing the government to issue a statement expressing worry, where it also described the activities of the assailants as terrorist.

Earlier Report by this platform:

About 23 people are believed to have been killed in a fresh attack in Nkiedonwhro, Irigwe chiefdom of Plateau State's Bassa LGA.

The attack said to have been carried out by suspected Fulani occurred at the early hours of Monday.

The latest is about the 3rd in a series of attacks in the LGA since the state government imposed a curfew therein.

The government had imposed the curfew to check such incidences of attacks.

It had on Sunday released a statement saying the attackers were hiding among the locals.

In the statement signed by its Director, Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle, the Simon Lalong led government vowed to fish out the attackers.

The latest incident therefore poses a fresh challenge for the government in its quest to rid the state of violent attacks.

As at the time of filing this report, no official statement had been received on the incident in Nkiedonwhro.

How I Became Consensus Candidate for Mangu PDP Chairmanship Polls - Chief Burki

Sole candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming Chairmanship race in Mangu LGA, Chief Ayuba Gufwan says his nomination to fly the party's flag was based on sportsmanship and understanding.

Speaking at the state PDP Secretariat while submitting his nomination form, Burki as Gufwan is fondly called, said all the candidates initially vying for the Chairmanship post were qualified.

The peace and understanding gradually returning to the party sequel to the lessons of the 2015 polls coupled with the understanding of his fellow contestants gave him the mandate to stand for the party in the February 2018 LG polls.

He therefore appreciated his fellow aspirants and stakeholders of the party for considering him fit for the race.

The renowned philanthropist and rights activist equally lauded the party for waving his nomination fee.

Meanwhile, Chief Gufwan, the Chief Executive Officer, Beautiful Gate Handicap Foundation, a nongovernmental organization concerned with the plights of the physically challenged in Nigeria says his core interest in politics is to redefine the concept of self-help amongst communities for enhanced socioeconomic development.

Details of this shortly

State of Vom-Manchok road worry Rep ID Gyang

The member representing Barking Ladi/Riyom federal constituency in the National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang has expressed worry over the state of the Vom-Manchok road.

Speaking when he undertook a tour of the road with a crew of NTA International on Sunday, the reps member was sad that the road has developed gullies making it hard to use.

He attributed the deterioration of the road which was constructed by the Obasanjo administration to poor maintenance.

Gyang therefore called on the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to urgently repair the road.

Plateau: 23 Killed in Fresh Monday Morning Attack on Bassa Village

About 23 people are believed to have been killed in a fresh attack in Nkiedonwhro, Irigwe chiefdom of Plateau State's Bassa LGA.

The attack said to have been carried out by suspected Fulani occurred at the early hours of Monday.

The latest is about the 3rd in a series of attacks in the LGA since the state government imposed a curfew therein.

The government had imposed the curfew to check such incidences of attacks.

It had on Sunday released a statement saying the attackers were hiding among the locals.

In the statement signed by its Director, Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle, the Simon Lalong led government vowed to fish out the attackers.

The latest incident therefore poses a fresh challenge for the government in its quest to rid the state of violent attacks.

As at the time of filing this report, no official statement had been received on the incident in Nkiedonwhro.

Plateau Labour Room Governor, Miss Gulong Moves a Step Higher in the Reality Show

The Plateau State Coordination office of the Labour Room Reality TV Show has expressed gratitude to all those who voted for the State's Labour Room Governor, Nalong P Gulong.

In a social media broadcast, the LR Coordination office assured that the voters' efforts will give deserved results.

Miss Gulong who was billed for eviction from the House last week was retained after vigorous campaign by the coordination office.

Three state governors - Borno, Sokoto and Ondo were evicted in the last screening exercise concluded, Sunday.

Miss Gulong would however require more votes to make it to the top of the contest.

A N200,000,000 prize awaits whoever clinches the first position.

To vote for Miss Gulong, voters are to text 032 to 35818.

Plateau Labour Room Governor, Miss Gulong Moves a Step Higher in the Reality Show

The Plateau State Coordination office of the Labour Room Reality TV Show has expressed gratitude to all those who voted for the State's Labour Room Governor, Nalong P Gulong.

In a social media broadcast, the LR Coordination office assured that the voters' efforts will give deserved results.

Miss Gulong who was billed for eviction from the House last week was retained after vigorous campaign by the coordination office.

Three state governors - Borno, Sokoto and Ondo were evicted in the last screening exercise concluded, Sunday.

Miss Gulong would however require more votes to make it to the top of the contest.

A N200,000,000 prize awaits whoever clinches the first position.

To vote for Miss Gulong, voters are to text 032 to 35818.

Plateau: Bassa Attackers Hiding Among Villagers, says Govt

The Plateau state government says last night's attack in Ta'agbe village in Jebbu Miango, Bassa LGA which led to the killing of six persons and wounding of five others was carried out by assailants hiding among the villagers.

In a statement by its Director, Press & Public Affairs, Samuel Nanle, the government warned that "any person or group of persons in villages and neighbourhoods identified to have been providing refuge and escape for these criminals, will not be spared the wrath of the law."

The government in the statement vowed that it will not relent in its "current renewed efforts at identifying and prosecuting all those behind this heinous crime, which seeks to take the State back to the dark days of violent Conflicts."

It however pleaded with all residents of "Bassa and its surrounding, to volunteer useful information that will lead to the apprehension of all the "criminals" behind "this sudden resurgence of terror."

Friday Bako|: By saying peace has been restored in Plateau State...

By Friday Bako

The cardinal mandate of government is protecting/securing of lives and property of the citizens as well as ensuring that their fundamental rights to life are not threatened or breached in anyway.

Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life . Everyone has the right to life , liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

Despite the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on Bassa LGA by the government of Plateau State, Miango has been attack continuously by agents of violence and destruction.

I learnt another 6 persons were killed between yesterday's night to this morning yet no arrest of the killers has been made.

If our people and their property cannot be protected and secured then we are only economical with the truth by saying peace has been restored in Plateau State.

Where is the peace when Miango villages are constantly being attacked, people killed, women raped, property destroyed and communities being sacked?

Has peace been restored when Wereh Village Ropp District of Barkin Ladi was attacked, a prominent man who was Head of Service to Plateau State, a woman and a military personnel were killed in cold blood and no single arrest was made?

Has peace been attained when people in some communities in Bokkos LGA are constantly being harassed, killed and their lands taken over by attackers?

How has peace been achieved when the people of Riyom LGA cannot carryout their legitimate social, religious, political, economic and agricultural activities without being harassed, raped, molested, maimed and when their lands has been taken over by agents of destructions and violence?

Where is the peace when at anytime, people can be attacked and killed like chicken in the State Capital by those who dictates the peace of Plateau State?

Can we see that there are people in whose hands the peace of Plateau State resides and they can manipulate it at will? Are we so blind to see?

Where is the peace, when there is obvious injustices, no arrest of attackers and their prosecution?

How long are we going to enjoy cosmetic and political peace in Plateau State instead of the enduring, sustainable, durable and permanent peace?

We must collectively and shamefully answer the posers above?

If we continue like this, politicizing peace, then we may end up being consumed by violence in the State. No one may be spared when the timed bomb we are sitting on explodes.

We must display empathy to those who are being affected by the continuous violent attacks.

If such sensitive issues are not urgently addressed, then the State stands the risk of reoccurring monumental violent attacks.

Government must show its commitments to protecting and securing lives and property of its citizens and ensure that their fundamental human rights are protected in accordance to the laws. Government must also stop the lip service being given to sensitive security and peace issues while culprits are prosecuted accordingly.

Security personnel must be more professional and proactive both in security information gathering, countering attacks, arresting culprits and protecting our territorial integrity against external aggression and violence.

The people of Plateau State MUST unite to protect their land from agents of war.

My heart and prayers are with the Irigwe Nation, Bassa LGA, Barkin Ladi LGA and the entire State over the deliberate annihilation of the people.

Government at all levels must demonstrate their political wills, arrest and prosecute culprits to serve as deterrent to others.

Flashpoint communities must put in place active, able and strategic local vigilante groups to help in securing them from aggressions and attacks.

May God deliver us, heal our hearts, homes and lands.

Plateau: 6 Killed in Fresh Miango Attack Despite Curfew

At least six people were last night killed in Plateau's Taagbe village, near Kent Academy in Bassa LGA, reports say.

The attack suspected to have been carried out by Fulani militants was said to have occurred at about midnight, lasting several minutes.

According to sources, several houses were equally burnt down during the attack.

The incident followed reported threats of attqcks in a community near Jos Wild Life Park, about 5km away from Taagbe, few hours earlier.

It equally follows a dusk to dawn curfew imposed on Bassa LGA by the state government to enable securities check incidences of attacks.

There was no official statement on the incident as at the time of filing this report.