Jos: Fulani man who killed brother, a notorious rustler says Miyetti Allah as Police release identity

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Bassa Local Government, Plateau State says the young man who was reported to have killed a fellow Fulani herd boy near Rukuba road is a known criminal who specializes in robbery and cattle rustling.

Its Chairman, Alh. Umar Dakari in an interview with MKB yesterday said the suspect had committed at least two similar cases before.

According to Dakari, the suspect often covered his tracks after committing the acts thus making hard to be suspected.

In the latest incident, the suspect according to him lured 7year old Mohammed Ibrahim to an isolated place, butchered and buried him before making away with 15 cows and 14 sheep, who were handed to the father of the deceased, Ibrahim Haruna by a neighbor for safekeep .

He said the association has since appealed to the father of the slain child to forgive and allow the law take its cause.

Mr. Ibrahim Haruna was in obvious pain and therefore unable to speak as at the time of publishing this report, but Police say they are making efforts to apprehend all the suspect's accomplices, one of whom is in custody with the suspect.

The Plateau Police Commissioner, Undie Adie, parading the suspect identified as Bala Yahaya Mohammed, at the Police Headquarters, Jos said the suspect has confessed to the crime.

He said the case was lodged at Laranto Police station by one Alh. Ibrahim Usman on January 26, 2018 which the Police followed up and effected the arrest.

"One Ibrahim Usman of Sabon Layi Jos reported he was called on phone by one Bala Yahaya Mohammed to meet him at Zaria road cemetery which he did. That the said Bala Mohammed handed over to him 15 cows and 14 sheep for safekeeping in the pretext of going to look for his child. That he waited for Bala to come back but to no avail. Therefore, on 26th January 2018, he reported the incident at Laranto Police station," the CP revealed.

According to the Police Chief, investigations are in progress to ensure that all the "culprits" connected to the incident are arrested to face the wrath of the law "to serve as deterrent" to others.

Paraded along with the suspect of rge "criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide" were three young men, between the ages of 18 and 20, arrested for raping one Basima Bashir, 14 on January 23, 2018 in Angwan Rogo Jos.

The suspects identified as Suleiman Usman, Umar Aliyu and Usman Bala, CP Adie said have confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court.

Heart Disease: FFK refutes PUNCH report

Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode says a recent news report in The Punch newspaper purporting that he has "heart disease" is false.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Obiageli Nwachukwu says the ex Minister has reported a "heart related ailment", not a heart disease ad reported.

The statement says the misrepresented story has caused fear and "consternation" amongst Chief Fani-Kayode's friends, supporters and family members all over the world.

"It is only in the world of the reporter of the Punch Newspaper that a "heart-related ailment" has suddenly become "heart disease"," the statement says.

The Punch newspaper is however said to have apologized and corrected the report.

CEPAN Hailed over women engagement in peace building

By Moses Gbande

The Plateau State Command of the Nigerian Police Force has commended the Centre For Peace Advancement In Nigeria, CEPAN , UNICEF, UN Women and other Non Governmental Organization for their contributions to peace development in Plateau State.

The Plateau Sate Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie through his representative, ACP Akoh Gabriel at a High Level Policy Dialogue in Jos, said the Command in collaboration with other security agencies is not resting on its oars to ensuring that Plateau remains the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

He therefore appealed to citizens to support the peace process by tolerating and respecting each other's diversity.

He said the recent attacks in Bassa, Riyom and Bokkos lecal government areas where several lives were lost is being brought under control, saying the command has encouraged and support dialogue session that seek to bring harmony.

Meanwhile, participants at the Plateau State High Level Policy Dialogue have commended the Centre For Peace Advancement In Nigeria, CEPAN for standing toll in promoting Women's Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria.

The High Level Policy Dialogue, is the highest point of programmes being implemented by CEPAN is a partnership initiative of the United Nations, UN resolutions to end violence and other vices against Women, and as well promoting Women's Engagement in Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria.

Since it was adopted at the international community under resolution UNSCR, 1325 and the subsequent resolutions to pave  way for Women's meaningful participation at leadership at all levels in decision making, conflict transformation and peace process, CEPAN and other actors have been working out modalities to see strict implementation of the project in Nigeria.

Speaking during the highlight of the event held at the Crest Hotel in Jos on Wednesday, the executive Director, CEPAN, Rev. Samuel Goro, said on her mandate, under tittle, Collaborative Path promoting Women's Engagement in Peace and Security in Plateau State, the project has been doing well.

According to hm, "The project has contributed immensely in empowering women who are now putting in their leadership skills I.to practice by supporting other women in their communities as well as serve as role modes through their active participation in .meetings, playing the role of facilitators and mediators in conflict -related issues concerning women".

Responding, the General Technical Adviser, UNWomen, Sewuese Surma, expressed satisfaction with the evidence positive performances recorded by CEPAN, stressing she is with a firm believe that the climax of the interface would fashion out action plans for participants to serve as human right monitors in their communities.

According to her, she is overwhelmed that with the intervention of the programme women are being given a place in the scheme of things, stressing that then engagement of six women in the decision making at the traditional institutions of Wase and Kanam local governments in Plateau state is a welcome development.

She however promised UN firm resolve to support the Organisation morally and financially towards the implementation of the policy, and appeals to political players to encourage and support women to play their roles.

On her part, the state commissioner for Women Affairs Mrs Rifina Gurumyen whebwas represented by Solomon Dombin, a director in the ministry, encourage Women to remain resolute in participating in all activities or discussion that has to do with anything that affects women, especially political, traditional and social discriminations.

Goodwill messages also came in from the traditional rulers, civil society representatives who observed with dismay over the rising cases and f rape in the state and urge women groups to form coalitions with peace building agencies as way of meeting on regular bases to deliverate women related laws and other demands.

Jos: Fulani allegedly kills brother, escapes with cows into Police net

Police are investigating an alleged killing of a Fulani herdsman by another Fulani along Rukuba road, Jos on Monday.

This blog had on Monday reported that tension was building up following the attack on the herder whose cattle were rustled after the murder.

Sources say the suspects were immediately trailed and traced to an animal market in Jos where they were believed to be planning to sell the stolen cattle.

The suspects according to the sources were thus arrested and are currently undergoing investigation at the Criminal Investigation Department and Intelligence (CIDI), Plateau State Police Command, Jos.

The Plateau State Police Commissioner is expected to address the press on the matter today as revealed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Matthias Terna.

Plateau: Groundbreaking festival tagged "NAHWAI" hits Bokkos in few days

The Butura Development Association (BUDA) in conjunction with the Butura Traditional Council is set to hold its 2018 annual cultural festival tagged, "NAHWAI".

The program scheduled for the10th of February, 2018 at the Butura Gida Playground, West of Bokkos, Plateau State by 11:00 is to be preceded by a free medical outreach from 7th and 9th February, 2018.

It is also to witness the coronation of the traditional council's Elders Forum otherwise known as "KOCHOCK" on 8th February, 2018.

The event is to be under the Distinguished Chairmanships of Barr.Jonathan Mawiyau, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and Hon. Linda Barau, Commissioner of Agriculture, Plateau State.

The Special Guest of Honour for the day is His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Barr.Simon Bako Lalong, Executive Governor of Plateau State with Da John Mallo Maqual, the Saf Butura as Chief Host.

Royal Fathers of the Day include Mishkaham Mwagahavul, HRH Da Nelson Bakfur, the Sum Pyem, HRH Charles Mato  Dakat and Saf Bokkos. Da Monday Adanchin.

Enquiries according to the event fliers can be channelled to Commander Garry Matyek Rtd on 08037257685, Mr. Ibrahim M. Makut, 08035656746, Barr. Samuel Mafuyai, 08035920995 or Mr. Sunday Damla, 08055119821.

Plateau Assembly Hikes 2018 Budget by N1bn, Approves in record 3 Weeks

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has signed the state's 2018 appropriation bill into law.

The budget pecked at N146.5bn was signed on Tuesday, at the new Government House, Rayfield by the governor, after a record three weeks treatment by the State House of Assembly.

The budget initially pecked at N145.5bn by the Governor, presented on December 20, 2017 was hiked by the legislature to cover "constituency projects and other areas of need," said Gov. Lalong.

Out of the budget, 48% of the total sum is for capital projects while 52% is recurrent.

Lalong deserves forgiveness, says German business mogul, Denis Yillah

By Nandom Kura

The recent apology by Plateau state governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong over his comments on the antigrazing law in Benue state, has brought out the humility in the Plateau state governor, Mr. Dennis Yillah, a Germany based business mogul has said.

Hence, Mr. Yilla believes the governor deserves the forgiveness of Plateau people.

The Kanke born philanthropist, who floats Yillah foundation to cater for the underprivileged members of the society, said the singular act of tendering unreserved apology by the governor when his remarks at the presidential villa drew the ire of Plateau citizens and other well meaning members of the public alike, was a rare display of humility by any highly placed political office holder in recent times.

Mr. Yillah said he holds no personal grudges against the governor, but only desires quality stewardship and accountability from our elected representatives; therefore, he commends and criticizes where necessary.

With the recent position of the 10-man committee of the Nigerian Economic Council to fashion out a workable plan to cushion the upsurge of herder/farmers clash in the country leaving the contentious issue at the discretion of state governors, it now behoves on Gov. Lalong to utilize this opportunity and remedy the seeming bad blood among Plateau people, by hearkening to the yearning of his electorate on the ban on open grazing in the state.

The recent denial of any plan by Plateau state government to provide land for the establishment of cattle colonies, as championed by the federal ministry of Agriculture, is a pointer to the fact that the governor is retracing his steps, and is likely to do what his people want.

Mr. Yillah opines that since Nigerian authorities have alleged that the killer herdsmen are aliens, it is incumbent on the state government to enact such ban on open grazing as a sure means of curbing the excesses of such aliens.

According to him, "Plateau lands are for Plateau people and other Nigerians, therefore banning activities of non-Nigerians on Plateau land would not amount to the infringement on the rights of any Nigerians".

The philanthropist concluded that, despite the scanty developmental projects executed by the Lalong administration in the past three years, Lalong can still win his way into the hearts of Plateau people if he does what is right in this circumstance.

He said that Lalong's popularity rating was far much higher than that of his Benue state counterpart prior to the enactment of the ban on open grazing in Benue state, but the singular act of enacting that law, which they called "the people's law", has earned Ortom a pride of place in the hearts of Benue people.

Replicating same law in Plateau state, Mr. Yillah believes, will restore Lalong's popularity rating in Plateau state and almost guarantee his return ticket in 2019.

He however warned that hobnobbing with the Abuja powers at the detriment of the Plateau interest is a guarantee to Lalong's defeat as he seeks re-election.

Yillah expresses pleasure with the outpour of discontent by Plateau people when the controversy lasted, which made the governor to apologize, and thereby restoring the brotherliness that has been existing between Benue and Plateau people over time.

He described the widespread resentment that greeted the governor's action as a display of the high level of political enlightenment embedded in Plateau people, and the efficacy of social media in entrenching core democratic values in our leaders.

Lalong deserves forgiveness, says German business mogul, Denis Yillah

The recent apology by Plateau state governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong over his comments on the antigrazing law in Benue state, has brought out the humility in the Plateau state governor, Mr. Dennis Yillah, a Germany based business mogul has said.

Hence, Mr. Yilla believes the governor deserves the forgiveness of Plateau people.

The Kanke born philanthropist, who floats Yillah foundation to cater for the underprivileged members of the society, said the singular act of tendering unreserved apology by the governor when his remarks at the presidential villa drew the ire of Plateau citizens and other well meaning members of the public alike, was a rare display of humility by any highly placed political office holder in recent times.

Mr. Yillah said he holds no personal grudges against the governor, but only desires quality stewardship and accountability from our elected representatives; therefore, he commends and criticizes where necessary.

With the recent position of the 10-man committee of the Nigerian Economic Council to fashion out a workable plan to cushion the upsurge of herder/farmers clash in the country leaving the contentious issue at the discretion of state governors, it now behoves on Gov. Lalong to utilize this opportunity and remedy the seeming bad blood among Plateau people, by hearkening to the yearning of his electorate on the ban on open grazing in the state.

The recent denial of any plan by Plateau state government to provide land for the establishment of cattle colonies, as championed by the federal ministry of Agriculture, is a pointer to the fact that the governor is retracing his steps, and is likely to do what his people want.

Mr. Yillah opines that since Nigerian authorities have alleged that the killer herdsmen are aliens, it is incumbent on the state government to enact such ban on open grazing as a sure means of curbing the excesses of such aliens.

According to him, "Plateau lands are for Plateau people and other Nigerians, therefore banning activities of non-Nigerians on Plateau land would not amount to the infringement on the rights of any Nigerians".

The philanthropist concluded that, despite the scanty developmental projects executed by the Lalong administration in the past three years, Lalong can still win his way into the hearts of Plateau people if he does what is right in this circumstance.

He said that Lalong's popularity rating was far much higher than that of his Benue state counterpart prior to the enactment of the ban on open grazing in Benue state, but the singular act of enacting that law, which they called "the people's law", has earned Ortom a pride of place in the hearts of Benue people.

Replicating same law in Plateau state, Mr. Yillah believes, will restore Lalong's popularity rating in Plateau state and almost guarantee his return ticket in 2019.

He however warned that hobnobbing with the Abuja powers at the detriment of the Plateau interest is a guarantee to Lalong's defeat as he seeks re-election.

Yillah expresses pleasure with the outpour of discontent by Plateau people when the controversy lasted, which made the governor to apologize, and thereby restoring the brotherliness that has been existing between Benue and Plateau people over time.

He described the widespread resentment that greeted the governor's action as a display of the high level of political enlightenment embedded in Plateau people, and the efficacy of social media in entrenching core democratic values in our leaders.

Missing N2bn: Plateau Governor Tackles Predecessor

Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong on Monday said he is determined to  recover all "stolen" funds from the state . 

Lalong at a 3-day retreat and strategy session of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN) in Jos challenged the Plateau state Youth Council  chairman, Dr. Fobong Yildam to ensure that youths in the state find out what happened to the missing fund.

He said, “the same people who disappeared with the N2b because EFCC has now taken the challenge to investigate the matter are coming up with something to divert the attention of the youths. And that is why we are having theses unnecessary talks about cattle ranch, grazing reserves and cattle colony.”

“I want you to go back and I charge you before everybody. Invite the past administration and invite me to a live debate on television, let us explain what happened to the N2b and I assure you if I get N2b today I will turn around the fortune of the youths in Plateau state,” he said.   

“EFCC has invited them to explain what they have done with the N2b that is why they are trying to divert attention.

“I came into office thinking of how to engage, how to empower youth unfortunately the first record I saw on my table was that the past administration gave N2b to Plateau state to set up an agency for the empowerment and employment of youths and I was told that the money had disappeared. I was worried, there was no agency, it meant the administration did not bother about employment, or youth engagement and empowerment. I took up the challenge and set up the agency.

In a swift reaction however, Ex Governor of Plateau State, Jonah  Jang  said in his eight years reign he utilized every penny of Plateau State funds in the interest of the State. 

In a statement signed by his aide, Clinton Garba, Jang asked Gov Lalong to apologize to the Plateau people for his "abysmal" performance in the last three years.

Fulani Attacks: PYC Blasts Govt Failure, as G17 Hails Lalong for Rejecting Cattle Colonies

The Plateau State Youth Council (PYC) says the resurgence of Fulani herdsmen attacks in parts of the state is yet another demonstration  of the failure of government in its "primary responsibility" of securing lives and properties.

Its position is borne out of the persistent "carnage" which has continued "unchecked" with "palpable impunity".

"This further reinforces our belief that our people had been marked for annihilation," says a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Fabong Jemchang.

According to him, the "farmer/herder conflict represents an existential threat" to the people of the state, yet, there seems to be no "agreed" policy to curb the "impending doom".

"The Plateau State Youth Council has in recent times, also observed with dismay the rather unfortunate development on the Plateau social media space.

"These ugly turn of events border around discussions on the so called cattle colonies," the statement says.

It adds that while the PYC acknowledges and understand the sensitivity of the issue and the emotions that it evokes in the people, "the  dangerous and in many instances, false statements and misrepresentation of facts that characterized the debates is quite troubling."

The statement says the body delayed comments on the conflicts until now because "as a responsible Council that represents all Plateau Youths, we do not comment on rumours and fallacies."

It says, "For the avoidance of doubt,  the Plateau State Youth Council is strongly opposed to the creation of grazing reserves, grazing routes and cattle colonies in any part of Plateau state.

"We are however, in support of multilevel dialogues with wide ranging critical stakeholders with a view to evolve a robust homegrown  ranching policy that will serve as a panacea for the ultimate prohibition of open cattle grazing in the state."

Meanwhile, the Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum says following a statement by the media aide to Gov. Simon Lalong of the state, saying the state is opposed to cattle colonies, the State should be delisted as one in support of the policy.

In a statement by its Coordinator, Musa Bagos, the group said the state should also adopt the ban on open grazing to further secure the lived of its citizens.

Government making its position clear on the issue the group said has helped douse tension among citizens who hitherto were not comfortable with the listing of Plateau State among the member States that agreed to donate lands to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for the purpose of establishing cattle colony.

The statement reads, "Following the Press Text by Media Aide to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Hon. Dan Manjang dated 26th January, 2018 in which the government expressly and outrightly rejected the proposed cattle colony policy of the Federal Government, the group, Plateau Youth G-17 Peace and Progressive Forum wish to commend the bold position being taken by the government on the inimical, unfriendly and controversial policy.

"This obvious position if done in sincerity is worthy of commendation and a step in the right direction.

"Government making its position clear has helped doused the tension among the citizens of Plateau State who hitherto were not comfortable with the listing of Plateau State among the member States that agreed to donate lands to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for the purpose of establishing cattle colony.

"It becomes expedient for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to delist Plateau State from the mentioned States following the outright rejection of the policy by the State Government.

"We call Plateau State House of Assembly to expedite action on the Citizen's Bill we presented to it on Open Grazing Prohibition.
We therefore call on them to immediately promulgate the law against open grazing which is in the best interest of the people to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the State in which many people have prematurely lost their lives and property worth millions destroyed and looted in some cases.

"The State Government shouldn't hesitate to assent to implement the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in the State.

"As a group, we shall remain supportive of people-friendly policies and all legitimate programmes that will promote Peace, unity and justice In Plateau State and Nigeria at large.

"We are law-abiding and will continue to follow all legitimate ways to push our positions and grievances."

Plateau: Fulani mow down 7km of farmlands in Bassa, fireworks emerge

About 7 kilometers of vegetable farmlands have been mowed down by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Tafi-Gana village, Miango district, in Bassa LGA, Plateau State, officials say.

President of the Irigwe Development Association (IDA), Sunday Abdu reported in a meeting currently holding at the STF headquarters, Jos between the Miango community and Fulani leaders, as well as officials of the STF and Plateau Peace Building Agency.

In his words, the Fulani have never kept their own part of the bargain for peace as they have continually attacked the natives despite several peace meetings.

Thus, the IDA Chief sought to know the "sin" of the locals to warrant the persistent attacks.

He equally sought for justice from the STF leadership.

In a swift response however, a Fulani leader, Atdo Wada Waziri said the Fulani could not be blamed for the crime without evidences.

He equally accused the locals of stealing their crops and killing their people without provocation.

Mr. Waziri further alleged that the locals have been caught unleashing mayhem against themselves only for the Fulani to be blamed.

The Commandant of the STF, Major General Anthony Atolagbe however appealed for submissions that would bring an end to the problems rather than continually accuse one another.

Plateau: One Killed, Houses Razed in Fresh Miango Attack after Alleged Suspicious Movements in Jos Communities

Fresh attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in three Miango villages, Bassa LGA, Plateau State have left at least one person dead.

The attacks on Tafi Gani, Ariri and  Nzhweego villages close to Nkiedowro security sources say equally left scores of houses razed.

A number of suspects have been arrested by the STF in connection to the recent killings in the area, sources say.

The suspects are expected to be paraded before newsmen this afternoon at the STF headquarters, Jos.

Meanwhile, tension is said to be building up around Rukuba road, Jos following an alleged killing of a youngman by unknown persons.

Authorities have not confirmed the situation but a security source said the killing took place close to mid-day, Monday.

The reported killing follows a mass movement of suspected Fulani armed men last night around Utan and Algadama communities, Jos causing tension.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State, Matthias Terna however said the reported mass movements were "mere rumours".

"Nobody invaded any part of Jos.
Some people started the rumour yesterday in the afternoon, before nightfall it became rife and people started calling," he said.

The Police spokesperson added, "We quickly dispatched our patrol vehicles to instil confidence in the areas mentioned above and the whole thing died down."

He therefore appealed to "rumour mongers" to desist.

"We are equally urging the residents of Plateau to always cross-check whatever information they have got on the social media with the Police or any other security agencies on the Plateau," he said.

A security source had equally said the movements might have been noticed but wrongly perceived.

DSS kept me in same cell with Boko Haram Terrorists, says man arrested over conversion of Muslim girl

32 year old Engr. Simput Dafup, a Central Nigerian activist arrested three weeks ago in Jos for allegedly converting one Miss Nabila Sanda, 19 from Islam to Christianity, says his experience while in custody of the Department of State Securities is unforgettable.

Speaking to a crowd of Church leaders, family members, friends and well wishers who gathered to receive him in Jos, Saturday night when he was released from the DSS Headquarters in Abuja, Dafup said he and a driver who transported the said convert to Jos, arrested along with him were kept in the same cell with Boko Haram terrorists.

Aside the torture they both underwent in the hands of the detectives right from the time they were taken from Jos, the suspect said only prayers of the faithful delivered him.

His co-detainee, Mr. Danjuma Dauda said "If I am to write a book on my experience in the DSS custody, it might be over 100 pages."

The two were released on Saturday after the intervention of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The CAN President was said to have directed the General Secretary of the body to act on the case while on an overseas assignment.

The directive followed a request to that effect forwarded by a group of activists fighting for his release, through the ECWA President, Jeremiah Gado.

The detainees' bail issued "on trust", signed by the Northern CAN Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam on Saturday.

The two were therefore brought to Jos same day where they met with a cross section of the Christian community.

They were both expected to undergo medical examination ahead of hearing in the suit filed by Barr. Prof. Francis Kwede of the university of Jos, challenging their arrest.

FFK: PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO AND HIS LOVE LETTER TO BUHARI

Few can dispute the fact that President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ebora Owu, was one of those that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015.

Without Obasanjo's wholesale and comprehensive endorsement Buhari would have failed woefully at the polls three years ago.

Yet, in my view, today the Ebora Owu has absolved himself of this grave and monumental error by standing up to speak truth to power at great risk to his safety, fortunes and welfare and by sending our President an explosive, damning and much-awaited missive telling him that he has failed woefully, admonishing him to get off his "high horse of leadership" and advising him not to attempt to run again in 2019.

I am delighted and indeed proud of what the Ebora has done and I commend and congratulate him for finding the courage to say what those of us that have been at the forefront of the struggle against President Buhari have been saying for the last three years.

My friend and brother Governor Peter 'The Rock' Ayodele Fayose gallantly led the charge and said it. Pastor Reno Omokri said it. Dr. Reuben Abati said it. Professor Abubakar Sulaiman said it. Col. Abubakar 'Dangiwa' Umar said it. Governor Nyesom Wike said it. Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said it. Mujaheed Asari Dokubo said it. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it.

Yours truly said it. And a number of others said it.

And each and every one of us that did, in varying degrees, have faced all manner of insults and threats and have paid a heavy price for doing so.

Yet we have no regrets because no matter what happens tomorrow posterity will judge us kindly and history will recall that, when it mattered the most, we stood for the people, for the truth, for justice and for equity and we resisted and opposed racism, ethnic hegemony, religious bigotry, naked tyranny, oppression, mass murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the relentless attempt to subjugate and enslave our compatriots and our nation.

We welcome President Obasanjo and others to the honorable and noble ranks of conscientious dissenters, non-conformists and men of courage. Yet as refreshing and inspiring as his letter was I respectfully disagree with just one aspect of it.

I believe that his categorisation and condemnation of the main opposition party was unecessarily harsh, misplaced and regrettable. And neither do I accept the assertion that the PDP "procured" a judgement at the Supreme Court.

The continous attempt to demystify, demonise, demean and destroy the PDP, which the APC and the Buhari government set in motion as one of its cardinal policies three years ago, is certainly not the way forward.

If anything those that got it wrong three years ago and that supported Buhari should be thanking the PDP for having the insight and fortitude to recognise the insincerity of purpose and glaring incompetence in Buhari and his APC at a very early stage when they stubbornly refused to do so.

They should also be thanking a few of us for providing a viable, strong and virile opposition to a man that can best be described as a vicious and vindictive maximum dictator who has no respect for the rule of law or the tenets of democracy and a party that was contrived and conjured up from the pit of hell.

Yet outside of that faux pax I believe that the Ebora Owu's intervention was not only welcome but also timely.

His counsel has removed whatever little was left of the spiritual foundation of the APC and the Buhari government and it has stripped them naked before the civilised world.

Today they are nothing but a sorry bunch of castrated and weakened renegades who are living on the fading glory and diminishing power of an "all-conquering" ethnic hegemonist and religious bigot. Simply put, they are nothing but a shell of their former selves.

Baba Obasanjo's intervention also creates the potential for a new beginning and a massive and purposeful realignment of political forces that may end up saving Nigeria.

Let us hope that thousands of others that have hitherto been hiding under their beds out of fear of Buhari will follow the Ebora's lead and find their voice.

Yet if we really want to ensure that Buhari does not return in 2019 we need to go much further than offering wise counsel or letter-writing.

The truth of the matter is that this whole issue goes far beyond party politics: it is a struggle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. I say this because what we are faced with is pure tyranny and unadulterated evil.

As a matter of fact it is probably the greatest evil that we have ever known in our entire history.

Quite apart from the sheer duplicity, double-speak, greed, mendacities, double-standards, nepotism, ethnic and religious motivations, clanishness, cruelty, incompetence and monumental corruption of the Buhari administration, under their watch more people have been slaughtered by the security forces and by state-supported and protected ethnic militias like the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen than at ANY other time in our history outside the civil war.

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Too much blood has been shed. Too much suffering and devastation has been wrought and inflicted. Too much has gone wrong. The very root of our foundation and our source of strength and unity has been tampered with and damaged almost irreversably over the last three years.

Worse still is the fact that the neo-fascist forces that Buhari and those that are still with him represent will not let go of power without a hard and bloody fight.

Those forces are far more entrenched, determined, bloody-minded, dangerous and devastating than anything we have ever known or that we have ever been confronted with in our entire history. They are not only ruthless but they are also relentless.

If anyone doubts that they should read the words of the Minister of Defence when he attempted to defend, justify and rationalise the activities of the Fulani herdsmen.

I said this during the 2015 Presidential campaign and many refused to listen. I am saying it again today. Buhari and those behind him will not go down without a fight yet they must be stopped before they soak the whole of Nigeria in innocent blood and shatter whatever little is left of our fragile unity.

They must be stopped before they ignite a second civil war in which brother will kill brother and to which there will be no end.

We must avoid this at all costs and we must settle our many differences in a peaceful and civilised way through dialogue, fair play, justice, restraint,  understanding, free and fair elections and, most important of all, the restructuring of our nation.

We must also be ready to confront the tyranny in the land and face down the evil wherever and whenever it raises its ugly head.

Those that choose to play down the dangers of our situation and that have turned a blind eye to the gravity of the unfolding crisis would do well to consider the words of Mr. Abdulazeez Adeniyi Sulaiman. He wrote,

"Buhari's legacy of bigotry and ethnic hatred is set in stone. There is no amount of makeover under the sun that can change that. Fulani herdsmen set a 150-acre palm plantation ablaze in Oyo state".

Disturbing? Indeed. Yet no-one has managed to capture the mood better than Mr. Nnaemeka John who wrote the following on 21st January,

"I love the Fulanis! Our political scientists take time to study Machiavelli, Gramsci, Shaka the Zulu, Hans Morganthau's 'Power', Guevara et al ignoring a rare and unique political philosophy in our midst- "the Fulanism-Jihadism!"

See how they took Hausa land, took Ilorin, used and dumped Ken Saro Wiwa, used the Tivs, Igalas, Idoma's et al and dumped them. Unongo is now a wailing wailer, David Mark has lost his voice, Gemade is lost, Audu is still somnambulistic, Fani-Kayode is screaming, Olu Falae is now a chronic wailer: learnt they visited him again yesterday. Na so life be?

Now, let it be known all over southern Nigeria, that the march to dip the Koran into the Atlantic ocean has began in earnest. Any obstacle will be ruthlessly crushed.

They tested the people's will by threatening to soak dogs and baboons in blood, they got their way.

The killed and burnt the entire family of a Resident Electoral Commissioner nothing happened. They appointed only people from their side into their kitchen cabinet, southerners were made to justify it.

They closed the Chapel on the Rock at Aso, our Christian Vice president, explained it away. They released murderous Boko Haram members, without any kind of penal measures into society, we hissed and went about our normal businesses. They paraded our people accused of corruption in handcuffs like common criminals, we kept quiet.

They picked up Nnamdi Kanu, whose words pierced their conscience, exposed their plans and cried to the world; they handcuffed him, like a common criminal while Boko Haram kingpins, who have murdered hundreds, appeared in court unfettered, we only grumbled.

They sent herdsmen to cause havoc in our homelands, rather than defend ourselves, we begged them to stop killing us in own ancestral homes. They pushed further by appointing only their own into the National Defence Council, something that has never happened before, not even immediately after the civil war, all we did was murmur.

They took on unarmed IPOB, proscribed them, labeled them terrorists and militants, politically correct people hailed them and clapped for them.

For the jihadists, it was a sign that the time has come, the time to implement the time tested strategy that worked in Ilorin, Lebanon, Turkey and several other places.

Since it is now very obvious, that the people have been cowed, intimidated and politically outsmarted, it is now time to introduce the Trojan horse, under the guise of cattle colonies.

They will take the people's lands, develop them with proceeds from oil, gotten from the people's land and hand them over to their people. They will move in with their families, one man to four women, each woman have at least five children, in twenty years time, they'll outnumber the Aborigines, use their numbers to get strategic political positions and declare an Islamic state.

Sounds like fiction? No! That's exactly how Lebanon moved from a very popular trading and beautiful tourist country that it was, to the ruins and debris laden country that it is today.

The Christians in the South have a choice, they either hand over the colonies to the Jihadists, sorry government, and convert to Islam or say "No!" to the colony project and begin to prepare for the consequences. To be forewarned, is to be forearmed! God help us".

The unfolding scenario is indeed grave and it is fraught with danger. War is on the horizon and the sheer madness, greed, bloodlust and callousness of the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen coupled with the conspiratorial collaboration and criminal collusion of the Buhari administration in their unconsciable evil is stirring a retributive, wild, dangerous and  uncontrollable rage in the hearts of their victims and in the communities that they consistently terrorise, burn down and subject to ethnic cleansing and genocide.

That rage is like a massive volcano that is waiting to erupt and explode. And when it does not one of the perpertrators or the objects of its hate will escape the wrath of its burning lava. The message is simple and clear: "we shall not be conquered".

By Femi Fani-Kayode

Jos: DSS Frees Man Detained for Allegedly Converting Muslim Girl, Courtesy CAN

A young man arrested three weeks ago in Jos, and detained in Abuja by the Department of State Securities (DSS) for allegedly converting a Muslim girl has been freed.

This follows several efforts by the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to secure his release.

The CAN leadership, acting on a request forwarded through the ECWA President, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado, sources say mounted pressure on the Director General of the DSS until he agreed to release Engr. Simput Dafup and one other without conditions.

Mr. Dafup and his co-detainee who were arrested for converting one Miss Nabila Sanda Galadima, daughter to a renowned northeast businessman, arrived Jos yesterday at about 9pm in company of the CAN Northern Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam who signed his bail form, and other Christian leaders.

He was thus reunited with his family amidst cheers.

Special prayers were offered for his health and safety after which he was taken to an undisclosed location where he is expected to undergo medical examination.

The case filed by Barr. Prof. Francis Kwede of the university of Jos in regards of his arrest is expected to be heard at the Jos Federal High Court this week.

Jos: Newly Established Industry Employs 200 Youths, Plans Massive Community Development Projects

By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

In compliance with the Federal government campaign to encourage local industries with the aim to also reduce the unemployment ratio in the country, a Jos based industrialists, Ambassador Uba Nelson Mkparu has set up a pipe manufacturing company in Plateau with a workforce of over 200 staff on pay role.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Jos, Amb. Mkparu who is also the Managing Director and CEO, NELMACO Global Resources, said, "being and indigenous company that is passionate about creating employment for Nigerians, all our staff members are Nigerians who are drawn from different ethnic groups, and their welfare and safety is as important to us as the products we push to the public.

"In view of our rapid growth, we continue to employ capable hands who partner with management to take the company to new heights", he said. 

 The company which produce the high quality Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride (UPVC) Pipes,  Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Pipes, PVC Ceiling, Borehole Pipes, Conduit Pipes, Water Tanks and Prepaid Water Meyers, is also seeking to partner with state government to further expand and create more job opportunities to the teeming youths aimed at halting youth restiveness and poverty in the State. 

Commanding Governor Lalong for restoring peace in the State, Mkparu said without peace businesses and industries such as NELMACO will not thrive.

Here him, "before now, business men and industrialists were scared of coming to invest in Plateau, but we thank God for the peace been enjoyed in the state which has made people like us to invest in the State.

"To me Plateau is home and remains the safest place to stay and do business in the country and I am calling on the state government to continue to provide the enabling environment for companies to thrive in the State.

"We have also ensure to maintain our Corporate Social Responsibility to our host community without hesitation and as I speak to you we have over 200 indigenous citizens of Plateau working as employees of the company". 

The MD of NELMACO said the company's product remain unbeatable compare to the ones produced by their foreign counterparts adding that clients come from as far as Cameroon and other parts of the country to Jos to purchase the company's pipe. 

"Many people also come from far and near to buy our products, I have people who come all the way from Cameron and other parts of Northern Nigeria to buy our products".

Mkparu said what motivated him to go into the business was because he found out after a carful thorough research that Nigeria does not have a single indigenous pipe making company as most are been run and owned by Indians and other foreigners.

He however lamented that some persons are hell bent on destroying the image of the company, by making wrong insinuations about the company and this has made the company contemplate relocating from Plateau, Mkparu said. 

Bassa: Again, 3 killed in Friday night attack, Police set for showdown

Police in Plateau state say they have uncovered the tactics used by killer herdsmen in their operations.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Matthias Terna, the "suspected" herdsmen have adopted "Gorilla Tactics" of hit and run to achieve their aim.

The PPRO said the same trick was used by the suspected herdsmen when they launched a fresh attack on Huke village, Miango chiefdom, Bassa LGA killing three aged men and burning 10 houses.

He said the attack took place at about 6:30pm when Police operatives were sustaining patrols around Rafi-Bauna, Jebu-Miango.

The team after receiving distresses calls could not arrive the scene before the destructions.

He said, "On 26/01/2018  at about 1830hr while our men were sustaining patrols around RAFI-BAUNA, JEBU-MIANGO areas, they received information that at about 1815hrs of same date, a gang of armed men suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen were seen killing people and burning down houses at Huke Village in Miango Chiefdom, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

"On receipt of this information they immediately mobilised to the area.

"While getting close to the village the suspected Herdsmen on  sighting our patrol vehicles took to their heels".

ASP Terna gave the names of those killed as Ahmadu Hwie, 100 years, Hwie Odoh, 90 and Gado Kondo, 70 years.

The Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Undie Adie sequel to the persistent nature of the attacks has deployed more Police personnel to the area for "effective coverage and robust patrol," the PPRO said.

Equally, the CP according to Terna has deployed the State investigation Bureau (SIB) Operatives to intelligently sniff for information to end the attacks and bring perpetrators to book.

The Police spokesperson therefore appealed to the public to avail the Command with useful information to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the attacks for a "permanent solution".

Plateau: 200 Armed Fulani Reportedly Intimidate CP, Govt Officials in Daffo, PPRO Debunks

Armed Fulani herdsmen on Thursday held surrounding villages of Daffo Chiefdom, in Plateau's Bokkos LGA under siege after Wednesday's attack that left four dead and several others wounded.

According to an official source, the armed men numbering about 200 appeared from the mountains firing gunshots when the Police Commissioner, Aide Undie went to visit the affected village along with some government officials.

According to the source, the Police Commissioner who did not go to the village with enough security backup was forced to leave the village when the gunshots persisted.

"He left us there but we had to be there partly because they are our people and if they die, we die with them," the source said.

He revealed that one dead body was recovered with gunshot injuries while another, a woman was found unconscious with machete cuts on that Thursday.

Another source, an ex government appointee who was at the Josho village on Thursday however said he did not witness the said fleeing of the CP but confirmed there were gunshots.

He said, "When we got there, the Police Commissioner had left but it is true there were gunshots much later after the military searched the stream and found the dead body of one Makundias Book with bullet wounds which was deposited the mortuary.

Another source, a journalist and lead stakeholder in the Christian Association of Nigeria said "I was there live and I witnessed it all," but however did not give details.

Responding however, the Police Public Relations Officer for Plateau State, Matthias Terna said, "The CP was in Daffo on Thursday with some other government officials for on the spot assessment. 

"He came back on that same day for Officer's Conference. 

"No exchange of fire, no intimidation, no harassment."

Meanwhile, about 48 houses and five vehicles were reportedly burnt down by suspected Fulani armed men, with a total of five people killed between Wednesday and Thursday in the Josho, Daffo village.

Officials put the number of those injured at five but the Village Head of Daffo, Da Dauda Maren said over 10 people were injured in the attacks.

The STF is said to have taken over the affected area and normalcy is gradually returning.

Plateau: 200 Armed Fulani Intimidate Police, Govt Officials in Daffo, Official Sources say. PPRO Debunks

Armed Fulani herdsmen on Thursday held surrounding villages of Daffo Chiefdom, in Plateau's Bokkos LGA under siege after Wednesday's attack that left four dead and several others wounded.

According to an official source, the armed men numbering about 200 appeared from the mountains firing gunshots when the Police Commissioner, Aide Undie went to visit the affected village along with some government officials.

According to the source, the Police Commissioner who did not go to the village with enough security backup was forced to leave the village when the gunshots persisted.

"He left us there but we had to be there partly because they are our people and if they die, we die with them," the source said.

He revealed that one dead body was recovered with gunshot injuries while another, a woman was found unconscious with machete cuts on that Thursday.

Another source, an ex government appointee who was at the Josho village on Thursday however said he did not witness the said fleeing of the CP but confirmed there were gunshots.

He said, "When we got there, the Police Commissioner had left but it is true there were gunshots much later after the military searched the stream and found the dead body of one Makundias Book with bullet wounds which was deposited the mortuary.

Another source, a journalist and lead stakeholder in the Christian Association of Nigeria said "I was there live and I witnessed it all," but however did not give details.

Responding however, the Police Public Relations Officer for Plateau State, Matthias Terna said, "The CP was in Daffo on Thursday with some other government officials for on the spot assessment. 

"He came back on that same day for Officer's Conference. 

"No exchange of fire, no intimidation, no harassment."

Meanwhile, about 48 houses and five vehicles were reportedly burnt down by suspected Fulani armed men, with a total of five people killed between Wednesday and Thursday in the Josho, Daffo village.

Officials put the number of those injured at five but the Village Head of Daffo, Da Dauda Maren said over 10 people were injured in the attacks.

The STF is said to have taken over the affected area and normalcy is gradually returning.

Plateau: Fulani Roast 3, Wound 8, Burn 20 Houses in Fresh Bassa Attack

Police have confirmed three deaths in last night's renewed attack by suspected Fulani armed men in Jebbu-Meyango, Bassa LGA, Plateau State.

The attack which took place at about 7pm, Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Matthias Terna said also left eight others wounded.

According to him, the attackers killed and roasted the deceased, with two beyond recognition torched houses numbering 20.

The attackers he said fled on sight of the Police rescue team drafted to the area after a distressed call.

He said, "Yesterday at about 1900hrs, the Police Division in Bassa Local Government received a distress call that Jebbu-Miango in Bassa was under attack.

" The Division immediately informed the Command and we mobilised to the place.

"While we were close to the village, the armed men suspected to be Fulani Herdsman sighted us and took to their heels.

"Three people were killed and burnt by the armed men: One Danlami Gomaster male of Kwall District and one Emmanuel Audu male of Jebbu-Miango were identified while the last person is yet to be identified.

"8 other persons sustained various degree of gun shot injuries and were taken to Enos Hospital in Bassa for medical treatment.

"20 housing units were also set ablaze."

The Police spokesman said investigations were on to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the attacks.

EARLIER REPORT BY MKB

Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen last night attacked a passenger vehicle near Jebu Bassa, leaving scores dead, officials say.

Although details of the incident are still sketchy, the Public Relations Officer of the Irigwe Development Association, Malakai Gulu said the gunmen opened fire on the vehicle believed to be conveying travellers from Jos, killing many on board and wounding others.

A security source however said the attack extended into nearby villages, resulting in more casualties and burning of houses.

This is the third attack in the Meyango area this week, believed to be carried out by herders.

On Monday, three people were killed in a village near Rafiki village.

On Wednesday, two others in the Rafiki village identified as Mangwa James 52 and Sunday Gani 38 were killed in another attack in Rafiki while Daniel Abba Age 29, Friday Ira Age 26, and Guriya Sunday 28 were badly injured.

Securities link the attacks to reprisals by the Fulani who had last two weeks reported the loss of some cattle and a youth in attacks by suspected Irigwe youths.

On Tuesday also, two other Fulani youths were killed around the borders of Bassa and Kaduna, a security source said, believing that was a trigger to more attacks by the Fulani.

The IDA PRO, Mr. Gulu however said, "That is all propaganda because when they go for attacks and they lose one or two people in self-defense, they will take pictures of the casualties and begin to paint we the victims as the culprits."

The IDA had last week raised alarm over threats by the Fulani to attack Bassa villages following a press statement by the Fulani umbrella body, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association alleging that the Irigwe youths killed their cattle and a youth near Ganawuri in Riyom.

The IDA had alarmed that previous attacks in the locality were preceded by such "unfounded" claims.

Police authorities had assured of investigating the latest claims but the attacks somewhat resumed before they completed the job.

Plateau: Again, Many Dead as Fulani Strike Bassa LGA

Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen last night attacked a passenger vehicle near Jebu Bassa, leaving scores dead, officials say.

Although details of the incident are still sketchy, the Public Relations Officer of the Irigwe Development Association, Malakai Gulu said the gunmen opened fire on the vehicle believed to be conveying travellers from Jos, killing many on board and wounding others.

A security source however said the attack extended into nearby villages, resulting in more casualties and burning of houses.

This is the third attack in the Meyango area this week, believed to be carried out by herders.

On Monday, three people were killed in a village near Rafiki village.

On Wednesday, two others in the Rafiki village identified as Mangwa James 52 and Sunday Gani 38 were killed in another attack in Rafiki while Daniel Abba Age 29, Friday Ira Age 26, and Guriya Sunday 28 were badly injured.

Securities link the attacks to reprisals by the Fulani who had last two weeks reported the loss of some cattle and a youth in attacks by suspected Irigwe youths.

On Tuesday also, two other Fulani youths were killed around the borders of Bassa and Kaduna, a security source said, believing that was a trigger to more attacks by the Fulani.

The IDA PRO, Mr. Gulu however said, "That is all propaganda because when they go for attacks and they lose one or two people in self-defense, they will take pictures of the casualties and begin to paint we the victims as the culprits."

The IDA had last week raised alarm over threats by the Fulani to attack Bassa villages following a press statement by the Fulani umbrella body, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association alleging that the Irigwe youths killed their cattle and a youth near Ganawuri in Riyom.

The IDA had alarmed that previous attacks in the locality were preceded by such "unfounded" claims.

Police authorities had assured of investigating the latest claims but the attacks somewhat resumed before they completed the job.

Plateau: 4 Killed, 10 Injured, Houses Razed as Fulani Attack Daffo Village in Bokkos

At least four people have been killed following yesterday's attack on Josho village in Daffo Chiefdom, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State.

More than ten people were also injured in the attack with dozens of houses razed down, the Daffo village Chief, Saf Dauda Maren told MKB.

According to Saf Maren, the attack was a followup to an earlier dispute over grazing space between some Fulani and native youths.

An eyewitness said the conflict began when some three people went to excavate sand for block molding at a site claimed by the Fulani as a grazing route.

"They saw them digging sand and confronted them that they should stop spoiling their grazing land.

"The two young men and a woman digging the sand didn't even talk to them.

"Obviously upset that they were talking and were ignored, one of the two Fulani accousters stroke one of the young men at the site with a stick.

"The two of them (Fulani) started brutalizing him till he went into coma.

"The other guy and the woman wanted fleeing but one of the Fulani accousters rushed him and hit him severally before he used a hoe to strike him in defense."

The eyewitness said after the Fulani accouster was stroke down, more of the Fulani appeared with guns and started shooting at random, and later torched the natives' houses in the village.

Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau State, Matthias Terna who put the number of deaths at three said one person has been arrested in connection to the attack.

Normalcy is however said to have returned following series of peace  meetings between the Fulani and Ron community leaders yesterday.

The meetings are expected to continue today towards preventing Amy further violence.

Meanwhile unofficial sources say fresh Fulani attacks were recorded yesterday in Tashek, Jop village in Riyom LGA and Rafiki village, Bassa LGA, Plateau state.

At least five persons were fatally injured during the separate attacks.

Details later


YOWICAN Hails Appointment of Elder Edward Lametek Adamu as Deputy Governor of CBN

We received with profound joy, the appointment of Elder Edward Lametek Adamu as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). We are indeed grateful to President Mohammadu Buhari for his decision to appoint Elder Adamu into this position.

Elder Edward Lametek Adamu has distinguished himself in the field of financial management and is no doubt, one of the most qualified in the country to fill this post.

The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) is indeed grateful because in the not too distant past, we advised the federal government to imbibe the wisdom of balanced appointments, one which would reflect balanced religious, gender and ethnic dispositions. The position of the deputy governor of CBN is one of such sensitive and influential positions which required the adherence to this call for fairness in choice of persons who filled these appointments. With the appointment of Elder Adamu as Deputy governor of CBN, we affirm that the federal government has done well.

We wish to further encourage the federal government to maintain this tempo and see that the fairness exhibited in this appointment be a constant and one which would be extended to all other key positions of authority in the socio-economic and political sphere of our blessed and beloved nation Nigeria.

We congratulate Elder Adamu on the new position which is on merit and extend to him our best assurances of our support and prayers for the Lord Almighty to grant him the wisdom, strategic insight and strength he needs to meet expectations in the new appointment!

Signed.

Engr. Daniel David Kadzai
National President
Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN)

Breaking: YOUWICAN Hails Appointment of Elder Edward Lametek Adamu as Deputy CBN Governor of CBN

Appointment of Elder Edward Lametek Adamu as Deputy Governor of CBN

We received with profound joy, the appointment of Elder Edward Lametek Adamu as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). We are indeed grateful to President Mohammadu Buhari for his decision to appoint Elder Adamu into this position.

Elder Edward Lametek Adamu has distinguished himself in the field of financial management and is no doubt, one of the most qualified in the country to fill this post.

The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) is indeed grateful because in the not too distant past, we advised the federal government to imbibe the wisdom of balanced appointments, one which would reflect balanced religious, gender and ethnic dispositions. The position of the deputy governor of CBN is one of such sensitive and influential positions which required the adherence to this call for fairness in choice of persons who filled these appointments. With the appointment of Elder Adamu as Deputy governor of CBN, we affirm that the federal government has done well.

We wish to further encourage the federal government to maintain this tempo and see that the fairness exhibited in this appointment be a constant and one which would be extended to all other key positions of authority in the socio-economic and political sphere of our blessed and beloved nation Nigeria.

We congratulate Elder Adamu on the new position which is on merit and extend to him our best assurances of our support and prayers for the Lord Almighty to grant him the wisdom, strategic insight and strength he needs to meet expectations in the new appointment!

Signed.

Engr. Daniel David Kadzai
National President
Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN)

Bokkos: Bloody Clashes Erupt Between Fulani and Daffo Villagers

Deadly clashes have emerged between native villagers and Fulani herdsmen in Plateau's Daffo community, West of Bokkos, sources say.

An unconfirmed number of casualties has been recorded in the clashes which began yesterday in Farandong village, near Josho in Daffo district.

Security sources say the clashes were sparked by land disputes between some natives and Fulani residents.

Officials have confirmed the incident but haven't released details.

The Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong was said to be mobilizing to the village as at the time of publishing this report.

Plateau: Fulani kill 3 in Bassa, days after community reports threats


Three people were on Monday killed by suspected Fulani gunmen in Rikwe Chongu village, Miango district of Bassa LGA, Plateau state.

The three were returning from a mining site when they were attacked, officials say.

A survivor, Sunday Samson, said the attackers bore AK 47rifles, which they used to kill two and used a machete to kill the third one and severe his head.

Confirming the incident, the plateau state police PRO, ASP TERNA TYOPEV, said the commissioner of police has since deployed security personnel to the area to beef up security and restore normalcy.

The latest attack comes just days after the IRIGWE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, the umbrella body of the IRIGWE nation issued a press statement, calling for vigilance, especially by security agencies, saying attacks such as this were eminent following a release by the miyyeti Allah cattle breeders association, MACBAN which had alleged lost of cattle around the area.
The community members who denied the claims had viewed the earlier statement as a move to justify attacks such as the latest one.

The Police PRO in the state had said that the Officer in charge of Homicide had been commissioned to specially investigate the latest claims and prevent any bloodshed.

Late last year, over seventy People were killed from various night attacks in Bassa villages with houses razed and the villagers sacked.

Some community leaders in the area, have called on the government to exhibit sincerity and seriousness in halting the continuous attacks on innocent members of the community.

Fulani vs. Irigwe: Plateau Police Get Fresh Orders

Police in Central Nigeria's Plateau State have commenced investigations into recent claims of attacks by both Fulani and Irigwe communities in Bassa Local Government Area.

The two communities last week issued statements accusing each other of posing security threats.

The umbrella body of the Fulani, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) had alleged that Irigwe youths from Bassa attacked their youths and stole their cattle in Riyom LGA.

In a reaction, the Irigwe Development Association (IDA) said its youths could not have left their territory to launch attacks in another LGA.

The IDA alarmed that the Fulani was giving a subtle warning to a planned attack, owing to last year's experience where they made similar claims and followed up with massive attacks on its communities.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Matthias Terna however said the claims of the two communities are not to be taken serious until investigations are completed.

According to him, the Police Commissioner in the state has issued fresh directives to relevant departments of the Force to ensure that the truth is revealed.

He said, "Not only the DPO is on the case. The CP has directed the officer in charge of homicide to take charge of the case to be supervised by the Deputy Commissioner on Criminal Investigations Department and Intelligence.

"Lets not start throwing blames and wait for investigations. It's after then that we can say whether or not the claims are anything to go by.

"If we want to take their arguments as anything, it will not take us anywhere.

"Let's just calm down and wait for investigations. It is important so we don't put the cart before the horse. If we begin to take sides, then what is the essence of investigation?"

The Irigwe communities last year lost dozens of people from attacks by Fulani herdsmen in over 10 villages.

Authorities have linked the attacks to reprisals owing to claims by the Fulani.

Observers are however of the view that the law takes its stands on such reprisal attacks or legalizes it to allow everyone a chance to safety and justice.

BREAKING: 3 gunned down in a SARS raid on Jos community

At least three people are said to be in critical condition following a late evening shooting by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Zawang community, Jos, Nigeria.

The shooting according to eyewitnesses followed an attempt by the operatives to arrest a group of youths, whom Police describe as "hoodlums" in a beer parlour.

The three casualties -  Dung chollom, 45, Dung Chung, 42 and Henry Anthony Dokotri aka "16" were among those arrested, it was learnt.

Sources say they and others ambushed in the beer parlour had cooperated on the arrest but were shot while seated on the SARS patrol van.

The operatives, owner of the beer parlour, Japhet Nnadi said opened fire randomly when he tried enquiring what their mission was.

"They tied them all to one another by the shirts and started brutalizing them, forcing then into the van like animals.

"I tried to ask what the offence was and the jumped on me too that I must follow them.

"I was just about stepping into the van when I heard gunshots everywhere.

"They kept shooting and I had to run for cover just as everyone else.

"Those on the van were shot, one on the head and leg, another was also brushed with a bullet on the head and another on the hand," he said.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Matthias Terna however said the shooting was a raid on a notorious jungle in the community.

He said, "On the 22/01/2018 at about 2030hrs raided a notorious jungle located at Dorowa village in Jos south local government area of Plateau State where hoodlums were found smoking weed suspended to be Indian hemp.

"At the point of arrest, there was an exchange of gun fire between the FSARS Operatives and the hoodlums.

"As a result, three of the hoodlums were injured and taken to Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos by FSARS men.

"Two were treated as discharged while one is still on admission and two of the Operatives have been keeping vigil there since yesterday.

"The FSARS Operatives also recovered one locally made pistol with three live cartilage as well as some parcels and wraps of weed suspected to be Indian helm on the scene of crime.

"Thirteen suspects were also arrested on the scene and they are undergoing investigation."

Youth President of the Dahom Dorowa community, John Ayuba however said the community has not had any record of criminal activities except a gang fight reported to the Police yesterday noon.

He described the actions of the SARS as uncivilized and illegal, saying the youths have had enough of the harassment and might consider legal actions if it persists.

The latest incident was one of numerous cases of alleged harassment by securities in Jos.

This month alone, a youth activist, Simpun Dafup was allegedly brutalized and detained by the DSS along with some family members and neighbours for allegedly converting a Muslim girl.

Few days later, same DSS Operatives attempted arresting a popular preacher, Isah ElBuba for condemning Buhari's leadership style.

Between June and November last year, the SARS operatives were said to have arbitrarily arrested, brutalized and detained innocent persons in Ahmadu Bello way and Rayfield, Jos.

Two other similar incidences occurred in Riyom, Bassa and Jos North LGAs where STF personnel allegedly brutalized, shot and killed innocent persons between September last year and early January, 2018.

In Zawang where the latest incident took place, at least three of such "unprovoked" assaults have occurred over the past two weeks, sources say.

The Plateau Youth Council is thought to be making moves to fight against such perceived injustices involving its members, MKB learnt.

The Nigerian Crisis: The Pursuit of Social Justice:| Dominic Gwaman

The Nigerian Crisis can be described largely as a struggle for survival. The farmer wants to protect his crops from the herdsman, the herdsman wants to feed his cattle, the youth is struggling to buy his clothes to meet up, women want to be able buy clothes and bags whenever they want, parents want to pay school fees and pay home bills and so on and on. The is mostly made manifest in the quest for “equitable” distribution of Government positions both in the state and in the Federal. Each of these issues are taken in isolation by those affected and see theirs as more important than those of others. The quest to resolve these issues is what draws youths to crimes, parents to cut corners at workplace, housewives to cut corners in the home, farmers clash with herdsmen and a lot more. For those that are not able to resolve their “issues” by those means, they are full of anger and flare up at the slightest provocation transferring their underlying problems to any member of the society: animate or inanimate. 😊

Each aggrieved person is angry with the Government rightly thinking “if there was a better Government, I won’t be in this shit”. Each feels that he would have the “solution” to the problem if his “Brother” is appointed to a governance position. Then the struggle goes into politics: some pick up tribal lines, some religious, some regional, some nepotistic and some just revolt against government. Unfortunately, all those that have won through any of the primordial segregations are discovered to be worse as the issues persist. Voters then change their approach to the solution to another primordial sentiment and the circle continues without the “Solution” to their problems in view.

This is the root of the crisis in Nigerian polity: Social Injustice (real or perceived).
So what is “Social Justice”? It is the concept and practice that promotes fairly equal opportunities, political rights, distribution of wealth and privileges (etc.) to citizens without regard to their race, religion, tribe or other primordial sentiments. Social justice allows communities to achieve development looking at the society as the provider and not an individual. Social justice reduces the crave for crime and anger among members of society that normally translates into violent clashes between either societies or individuals.

The absence of social justice brings about all sorts of segregations in the society including nepotism, sectionalism, racism and religious (etc.). These are just consequential survival strategies.

The crisis in my state, the Plateau, is not too far from this. The solution we always try to proffer are solutions that further aggravate the problem itself. For example, to “appease” the Hausa community, an appointment is given to a Hausa man. Well, one Hausa man is not the community of Hausas. After giving him the appointment, the percentage of Hausas who are in poverty does not reduce. It raises another “murmuring” amongst the other communities. Then we have communities against communities and the cycle continues.
The pursuit of social justice is the solution to our unending crisis.

-Datong, Dominic Gwaman
dgdatong@gmail.com
Conflict, Security and Development Expert

Plateau youth activist  felicitates with paramount ruler on birthday 

By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

Plateau Youth activist  Hon Pius Hommen, has felicitated with the paramount ruler of Gomeai  Nation  His Majesty,Miskom Martins Shaldas as he celebrates his birthday.

This was contained in a statement signed by the activist  and made available to newsmen in Jos yesterday .

The statement reads that "I felicitate   with  our First Class tradition ruler Long Goemai His Majesty,Miskom Martins Shaldas lll , the  traditional ruler of Goemai land  as you celebrate another birthday today."

"I wish our traditional ruler a  very happy birthday celebration ,I must say our tradition ruler Miskom  Martins Shaldas lll , has  deployed his immense experience, knowledge and wisdom for the great benefit of his people since his assumption of the throne of Long Gomeai .

"I pray that the legacy of peace, harmony, prosperity and steadfast progress which the Long Gomeai   has witnessed during his reign would endure perpetually."

The statement adds, "I also prayed to God to continue to bless our  traditional ruler with robust health and many more years of fulfilment."

"I   pray  for God’s continued protection and prosperity for our leader , people of Goemai  Nation and Plateau in General .

Pius Hommen   also pray that God Almighty who  would continue  to   grant him many more years of good health and commendable service to his community and the nation.

Plateau: Boko Haram suspected in Riyom, Police seek information to tackle threats

The Plateau State Police Command says it is impressed with the level of security awareness among citizens of the state.

The Command is particularly happy that strangers are never allowed to settle in communities without proper screening.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Matthias Terna in a telephone interview said the awareness has greatly reduced the tendency for attacks in the state.

He however appealed that information on perceived threats be channeled to security authorities for proper investigation rather than social media broadcast.

He said, "The police is there, the army, air force and every security outfit is there to report to.

"Our phone numbers are out there, give us information and see if these elements will not be apprehended and screened or even arrested."

The PPRO was reacting to social media reports on the suspected presence of Boko Haram elements in Rankum village otherwise known as Mahanga in Riyom LGA, Plateau State.

The reports which have been on for about three days now allege that the elements are planning massive attacks in Riyom and Barkin Ladi.

On Monday when the issue was first reported, one native of Riyom was said to have been attacked on his farm by armedmen.

Two days later, a group of armed militia thought to have emanated from the Mahanga area was said to have been dislodged while plotting an attack on miners in Jol village.

Spokesperson of the STF, Captain Umar Adams, as the PPRO could not confirm the reports as at the time of publishing this report.

However, about 50 people were said to have been saved when a native who sighted the assailants raised alarm to securities and the villagers.