Plateau Seeks Media Partnership for Progress

Media organisations in Plateau State have been commended for promoting peaceful coexistence in their reportage.

They have also been enjoined to support the Rescue administration of Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong in the propagation of its five-point policy thrust.

The State Commissioner of Information, Yakubu Dati during his advocacy visit to  some Federal government owned media outfits in Jos particularly commended the press for their support during the visit of President Mohammadu Buhari to Plateau State.

Dati in company of his Permanent Secretary, Mr. C.C. Bello however urged media organisations to see the State Government as partners in progress, "willing to build relaionships that are mutually beneficial".

A press statement from the Information Ministry says the Commissioner at the Zonal office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), expressed the gratitude of Governor Simon Lalong and the State for the organization's coverage of State activities.

He assured NAN of the ministry's support and cooperation in order to benefit from its vast network and real-time coverage. , 

Responding, NAN's Zonal Director, Ephraim Sheyin said NAN was poised to support government programmes and policies in line with its mandate. 

He assured the commissioner of the organization's support, and urged the ministry's management to subscribe to NAN's mobile app, adding that it would be beneficial to the organization.

Dati at the NTA Jos, received by the Zonal Director of the network centre, Nurudeen Adesina Idris was urged to build closer collaborations between the ministry and the station.

Mr. Idris charged the ministry to consider the promotion of jingles on the theme of peaceful co-existence using the different ethnic groups in the state

Mr. Sheyin thanked the commissioner  for always responding promptly to inquiries and appealed to him to look into the issue of the state-owned newspaper, The Nigeria Standard with a view to regaining its lost glory.

FIVE USEFUL IDIOTS AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ACCURSED SLAVE (PART 2) || by FFK

By Femi Fani-Kayode

On his part Mafindi Danburam gave a press conference in Jalingo, Taraba state on Sunday 18th March in which he complained that 54 Fulani herdsmen, who were all members of Miyetti Allah, had been arrested by the police and that his Fulani people were being subjected to persecution by the security agencies and  indigenous political leaders in Taraba state simply because they were Fulani herdsmen and members of Miyetti Allah.

If the herdsmen were not Fulani and members of Miyetti Allah I doubt he would have bothered to say a word.

Not only was he arrogant and defiant but he also refused to express regret or offer any apology for the slaughter of thousands of Jukuns and members of the other local and indigenous ethnic groups that his Fulani kinsmen and fellow cattle-rearers have slaughtered all over Taraba state in the last few weeks, months and years.

Finally in his contribution, Garus Gololo said that his Fulani people and members of his organisation Miyetti Allah in Benue were responsible for the carnage and slaughter in the state and that they had unleashed the terror because some of their cows were stolen and because the state had passed an Anti-Grazing Law against their counsel and advice.

He warned that if that law was not scrapped that his Fulani people and members of Miyetti Allah organisation in Benue state would organise themselves for the second time and slaughter the people of Benue state yet again.

These are the type of people and the sort of mindset that some useful idiots are attempting to defend. And when these Fulani leaders not only confirmed that the murderers and genocidal maniacs were their people but aso attempted to rationalise and defend their shameless actions people like Omokri, Momoh and all the other useful idiots and accursed slaves remained silent because they had heard their masters voice.

It was only after Atiku Abubakar attempted to deceive Nigerians by weaving the self-serving lie that the terrorist herdsmen are not Fulani and when others, including yours truly, challenged him and told him to stop being economical with the truth that they crawled out of their woodwok and started complaining, whining and opening their big mouths.

They popped out of nowhere like the shameless cheerleders that they are and, like clowns in a paupers' circus, started spouting rubbish.

I can understand the attempt to deceive us about the true identity of the terrorists coming from a Fulani like Atiku Abubakar who is clearly ashamed of what his people are doing and who understands its implications for the Fulani race and for his own presidential ambitions.

I cannot however understand, appreciate or abide such deceit coming from non-Fulanis like Reno Omokri and Tony Momoh? This is made even worse given the fact that the former claims to be a Pastor. It is shameful and it is evil. Both of them are desperately trying to be more Fulani than the Fulani themselves and the truth is that that they deserve to be pitied.

Did they not glean anything from the inspiring and courgeous words of General T.Y. Danjuma. On March 24th he said,

"There is an attempt at ethnic cleansing in the state and of course some rural areas in Nigeria. We must resist it. We must stop it. Everyone of us must rise!"

He then said  "The Armed Forces are not neutral. They collude with the armed bandits that kill Nigerians! If you are depending on the Armed Forces to stop the killings you will all die one by one. They will every single one of us! The army facilitates their movements: they cover them!"

He went on to say,

"The ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba and it must stop in all the states of Nigeria otherwise Somalia will be a child's play. I ask every one of you to be alert and to defend your country".

And finally he said "Defend your country, defend your territory, defend your state! You wont have anywhere else to go!"

Can anyone dispute all that this great and courageous man has said? What Christians and non-Fulani Muslims are suffering at the hands of the Fulani in Nigeria today is similar to what the Jews suffered in Hitler's Nazi Germany.

Danjuma is one of the most powerful, fearless, consistent, reverred and respected military officers in the history of our country and he has finally spoken. What we are going to do about it is now left to the rest of us.

We either stand up like lions and resist the evil in the land with all our strength or we sit down, crawl, beg, hope against hope and die like cowardly dogs with our tail between our legs!

The truth is that there is nothing that Danjuma has said that I and others have not said before. Nnamdi Kanu said it as far back as 2014 and I said it in 2015. Many insulted us, called us alarmists and laughed at us at the time. They are not laughing anymore!

In the light of all this some questions need to be put to the useful idiots in our midst and those questions are as follows:

Do we resist it and defend our land, territory and country by bending over, touching our toes with our heads, putting our fingers on our buttocks and spreading them wide open for the enemy to have his wicked way? Is that how to rise up and resist?

Do we resist by capitulating and behaving like slavish cowards? Do we resist by refusing to say who they are and where they come from and by failing to let the world know their true identity, race and mission? I think not.

And if any useful idiot and accursed slave  is still in any doubt about who the killers that are carrying out these horrendous acts and this ethnic cleansing are and where they are from I challenge them to seek private audience with General T.Y. Danjuma and ask him. He is a man of wisdom and knowledge and there is very little that he does not know about this matter.

Those that secretly and covertly support genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder and that seek to hide the true racial identities of the animals that indulge in such cruel barbarity deserve worse than curses. They deserve to be hung, drawn and quartered.

And they have much to learn from the counsel of the great writer and veteran journalist Mr. Simon Musa Reef who said,

"when you betray your people, you render yourself untrustworthy before the very people you seek to impress".

This is wisdom but sadly the useful idiots, blinded by their greed and their lust for favour, power, money and fleeting fame from their Fulani masters will not heed it.

They should visualise and imagine the killer herdsmen visiting their homes and as they are doing "one corner" with their wives, slitting open the throats of their daughters, sodomising their sons and hacking off the body parts and vital organs of members of their household they should ask them in Fufude whether they are Fulani or whether they are Chinese.

The fact of the matter is that these Fulani terrorists have slaughtered hundreds of thousands of innocent and defenceless people all over the country over the last three years and these imbeciles and shameless fools are still trying to defend them, rationalise their actions, hide their identities and cover their tracks?

And they call themselves Christians? They are not Christians but slaves and "useful idiots" to the Fulani terrorists.

Worse still I suspect that they are under a spell. If  Fulani herdsmen rape their mother in their prescence, slit open her throat, drain all her blood in the gutter and gut her with a 12 inch Bowie knife before their very eyes they will simply say "thank you sir" and still defend them. That is how depraved, debased and self-hating these misguided creatures are.

On March 22nd, one day after the return of the Dapchi girls and in reference to the biggest, most repugnant, most nauseating, most stomach-wrenching, most repulsive, most cowardly and most chicken-hearted turncoats and useful idiots in the nation, I tweeted the following:

"Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and all the other useful idiots and accursed slaves have much to learn from a deeply courageous 15 year old Christian girl from Dapchi by the name of Liya Sharibu about what it means to be loyal to your faith and to be faithful to your God even in the face of death!"

I believe that each and every one of the useful idiots and accursed slaves that I have mentioned in this essay and all those that think like them, including that fat, ugly, frog-like, pamper-wearing polyglot from Imo state, that poisonous little midget and bearded dwarf from Anambra and that corrupt, lying, pot-bellied, mentally-unstable eyeball-rolling creek Haramite from Rivers, also need to learn the same lesson.

God will surely judge them for betraying their faith, for supporting the evil, for attempting to deceive the Nigerian people and for defending the indefensible.

Every drop of innocent blood that the Fulani terrorists have shed over the last three years will not only speak against the physical perpertrators of the crime but will also speak against accomplices like them too.

We live in perilious times and we are in a dire situation. Yet regardless of the dangers we owe it to the people that we love to stand up for what we believe in.

Our saving grace is that for every foolish southern and Middle Belt slave and useful idiot there are hundreds of thousands of clear-thinking, courageous, sensible, rational and inspiring ones that know the score, that are servants of truth, that are prepared to call a spade a spade, that speak truth to power, that are blessed with a brave heart, that are imbued with an excellent spirit  and that are as constant as the northern star.

Nnamdi Kanu, Asari Dokubo, Gani Adams, Charles Ogbue, Government Ekpemupolo (AKA Tompolo), Bosun Emmanuel, Aniko Briggs, Ayo Fayose, Tony Nnandi, Matthew Hassan Kukah, Musa Asake, David Oyedepo, Paul Enenche, Johnson Suleiman, Isa El Buba, T.B. Joshua, Solomon Musa, Daniel Wilson, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Tony Nyiam, Ayo Adebanjo, Ben Nwabueze, Pastor Chris Okafor and so many others are worthy of mention in this respect.

As an example permit me to share the words of my friend and brother Nnamdi Kanu which he spoke in February 2014 and which have proved to be prophetic.

He said,

“As they campaign vigorously for elec­tions you would think they are coming to grow the economy, en­throne justice, breed unity and tol­erance and love for one another. No! They are coming to enthrone Hausa/Fulani supremacy, to reposi­tion the security agencies by sacking all competent hands and replace them with their kinsmen in order to drive their ethnic domination of the south. The Fulani herdsmen will be armed and encouraged to slaughter us with impurity and their masters will protect them. They are coming to ensure that my people are enslaved forever. Those who do not believe me will soon see it happen before their eyes. The Fulani will take over the en­tire south as a continuation of their age-long agenda to Islamise Eastern Nigeria. They will brazenly seize our land in pretence of creating grazing fields for the Fulani. Then the con­quest will be complete and we will be­come their serfs forever.”

This hideous and unholy agenda is unfolding before our very eyes but many of our people are still in denial because the bitter truth is too difficult to grasp and too frightful to admit, accept or comprehend. (TO BE CONTINUED).

Corruption Charges: Falsehood must fail - GEJ

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says even out of power, his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

Jonathan who took to his Facebook page to respond to fresh allegations of corruption brought against him by the Presidency expressed shock that while he is away promoting democracy in Sierra Leone, a campaign will be unleashed against him "to falsely impugn" his name using both faceless and identified persons.

"When I was in power I said my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

"Even out of power, I continue to hold that belief.

"What I will say however, is that no matter how far and fast falsehood has traveled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth," the ex President said.

The Presidency on Sunday reportedly said there was evidence that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN got specific instructions to move billions of naira from the bank directly to the residence of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.






GOSA President appeals to Nigerians to Invest in their Alma Mata

By Pam Moses

President Gindiri Old Students Association (GOSA), Prof. Rotgak Gofwen, has appealed to Nigerians to always give back to their Alma mata as a sign of appreciation.

Addressing journalists after a road walk from GOSA secretariat in Jos to COCIN headquarters Church, kick starting the 'Diamond Jubilee' celebration of Girls High School Gindiri, Plateau State, the union's boss charged citizens to always remember the sacrifices of those who have contributed to making them who they are.

"We have a responsibility to the school as old students, we leaving on the sacrifices of others; some other persons made sacrifices to come here and start these institutions and you can imagine what it was 60 years ago and today we better persons," Gofwen said.

According to him, the old boys association has contributed to the development of the college and intends to do more.

"In terms of contributions, we have done that not only to the immediate environment, but to Plateau State, Central Nigeria and the Country as a whole", he explained.

The essence of the walk he said, "is to create awareness and kick start events marking the 'Diamond Jubilee' celebration of   Girls High School Gindiri Old Students Association.

"The Girls High School is a premier institution in Nigeria, its an institution to reckon with when it comes to girl child education in Northern Nigeria.

"We believe that having clock sixty years, we intend to look at back at how far, in terms of where we are coming from, to enable us chat a away forward.
He said the school has produced students who can be found in all spheres of life.

"Hence the need to create awareness to kick start activities of the main event, which will come up in November."

In his submission, both the Girls High School and the Boys Secondary School Gindiri have graduated over 5, 000 students since their establishment.

While the Boys High School was established in 1950, the Girls High School was established in 1958, he revealed.

He called on other members of GOSA who are doing well to remember to always take time to reach out to the schools, by contributing to its development.

Also speaking, the Chairperson of the Planning committee for the" Diamond Jubilee", Engr. Esther Gunda, said the impact of products of the aforementioned schools in Plateau State and the nation in general has been wonderful.

"The very first Secretary to the Government of Plateau State and who was also Head of Service, Susan Jenfa is a product of the Girls High School Gindiri, infact the first female medical doctor in northern Nigeria graduated from this school.

On the standard of the school, Gunda who retired as a Federal Permanent Secretary and the second graduate of Electrical Engineering in northern Nigeria, decried that the educational standard of most schools in the country has gone down, attributing other competing demands as the reasons behind some of the challenges being faced by some schools.

She said as products of the school, they have built an ICT library for the Girls High School as part of their contribution for the diamond jubilee celebration, which will be commissioned soon.

Some of the prominent citizens who graduated from the Boys High School were Late Joseph Gomwalk the first Governor of old Benue/Plateau State, Professor Ochapa Onazi, Professor Nenfot Gomwalk, among others.

Plateau United FC: Thugs who abducted Journalist acted on their own

The Management of Plateau United Football Club of Jos has condemned in strong terms the physical assault on a staff of Jay FM Jos, Mbum Ferdinand by allegedly the club's supporters on the orders of the club General Manager,  Pius Henwan. 

A statement signed by the Media Officer of the club, Albert Dakup, says the assault was never on the orders of the GM, "a law-abiding citizen who abhors violence in any ramification."

The statement explained that at no time did the GM nor the management of the club order such "barbaric action against a journalist who was discharging his duties to the public."

"The GM, to prove how unhappy he was about the incident, immediately rushed to the Police Station where Mr Mbum was held and tried a much as he could to douse the tension," the statement added.

While disassociating itself from the "unfounded actions of the supporters club members",  the management of the club in the statement apologized to Mr Mbum Ferdinand, his family and Jay FM for the "embarrassment caused by this unfortunate and totally unnecessary act."

It said, Plateau United has enjoyed tremendous support from Jay FM and Mr Mbum in the past and as such could not be part of anything malicious to either cause him or the station any embarrassment.

It also apologized to the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ for the "unacceptable conduct of the thugs" who acted on their own interests rather than that of the GM or the management of the club.

"Henwan (Club GM), who describe the press as partners in progress, promised to fish out all those responsible for this act and deal with them decisively while also reiterating Plateau United’s love for the media and journalism in Nigeria as a whole," the statement says.

Ferdinand Mbum, a sports presenter with Jay FM, Jos was on Saturday evening reportedly assaulted and whisked away by a group led by the head of the Plateau United Football Club supporters club.

He was said to have 25mins before then reported alleged financial fraud in the club on his show.

Mbum's employers believe the Club GM ordered the assault in disahreement with the report as a case of defamation was filed against the presenter in a police station after the abduction.

The management of Jay FM is thought to be considering legal actions against the club.



UN Youths, Student Union Slam Award of Honour on Ex PLASU VC, Prof. Sheni

Campus Correspondent Report:

Immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University, PLASU, Bokkos, Professor Danjuma Doknan Sheni has been awarded for his role in promoting academic advancement in Nigeria. 

The Don recently bagged an award of "The Ambassador of Modern Education" courtesy the United Nations Youth Assembly, North Central Nigeria and the "PLASU Transformation Ambassador Award" courtesy the Students Union Government (SUG), PLASU.

The leadership of the Student Union Government which paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Jos lauded his efforts at promoting student-management relationship.

The union leadership through their President, Comrade Izang Ajik Dogo and the Speaker of the Union's Legislative arm, Comrade Ladan Samson praised the inclusive leadership style of Professor Sheni which has further enhanced students' welfare in the institution.

The Union's President, Comrade Ajik disclosed that his government had singled the Don for its maiden award owing to his "laudable" achievements which could not be ignored.

He listed some of the achievements to include facilitation of the accreditation of all 17 courses offered in the institution, actualizing the first and second joint convocation of the institution, rapid infrastructural development, sponsorship of academic  staff on PhD training within and outside the country among others.

"These achievements being few among the numerous list are worthy of our praises and accolades," the union leader said.

Similarly, the United Nations Youth Assembly, North Central Nigeria led by its President, Ambassador Dewan Gabriel, during a courtesy call on the ex PLASU boss praised Professor Sheni for "moving the highest state owned institution from grass to grace."

The U.N Youth President who conferred the “AMBASSADOR OF MODERN EDUCATION” merit award on the Don, also said the award was the first of it kind to be issued by his office.

Accepting the two awards, Professor Sheni said he was humbled that the society was watching all his efforts even when it didn’t seem so.

He assured the groups of his readiness to justify the confidence reposed on him.

South South Leaders Back Buhari for 2019

By Ebireri Henry Ovie

South-South leaders have expressed satisfaction with the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

At a meeting to appraise political actors in Nigeria, the region's leaders praised Buhari for facilitating development in areas of physical infrastructure and security among others.

They also commended President Buhari for promoting sustainable economic growth and human capital, strengthening the capacity and innovation of micro, small and medium scale enterprises and enhancing food security.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting in Uyo, the Chairman, South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry described names of supposed Presidential aspirants floated so far by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and others as "men with no electoral values."

He was also appreciative of the APC Chairman, John Oyegun’s role in the development of Nigeria’s democracy.

The group which ruled out plans to support the opposition parties in 2019 praised Oyegun for enhancing political discourse, maintaining a good working relationship with President Buhari, strengthening the democracy within the party, eliminating practices that suffocate the development of democracy in Nigeria and winning new electorate in order for APC to remain an important political force in the country.

“Oyegun’s grip on internal party matters is unique” the leaders' rep said.

He regarded the moves of those against tenure elongation as a threat.

“The performance of the Oyegun –led NWC shows great hope for expanded democracy, reforms and coherent programmes. The tenure elongation is important for the party right now given the 2019 electoral challenges. Odigie-Oyegun has the right experience in the nitty-gritty mechanics of managing a political party during and after elections”

Oyegun, a quiet leader with a unique affinity for building strong relationships, according to the leaders was instrumental in negotiating a peace agreement between the Presidency and the National Assembly.

“The friction between the executive and legislature has forced the party to rethink its role and to lay ground for healthy executive-legislature relationship.

The SSF commended the ruling party for fulfilling key functions such as political recruitment, interest articulation and participation.

“The purpose of APC at the time of formation was not only to serve as electoral vehicle for major political figures or push PDP out but to guarantee good governance, grow the economy and sanitize the system”

“APC is not a one person show. It represents citizens’ interests. The party is remarkable for internal unity, consensual decision making and strong clientelistic elements especially at the local level. PDP still suffers from factional divisions, problematic shallowness and lack of meaningful engagement with ordinary citizens. The party has lost its direction,” the leaders added

Gov. Lalong demands arrest of Plateau attackers as Dong residents reveal how three were killed, Thursday night

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has appealed for calm, following last night's attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Dong village, Jos North Local Government Area which led to the death of three.

The Governor, in a statement on Friday, noted that relative calm had been restored to the area following the deployment of "adequate" security while urging citizens  to be law-abiding.

Governor Lalong in the statement sympathized with the bereaved and injured in the attack, assuring that government was taking steps to alleviate their pains.

He called on citizens to  volunteer useful information to enable securities track the "criminals".

"Security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to smoke out the perpetrators of the crime from their hideouts in order to end the repeated orgy of violence in the state. 

“Besides the logistic support to security agencies, the state government has already procured 51 operational vehicles to enhance their operations.

“This is in addition to the upgrade of the communication gadgets at the State Police Command Headquarters, aimed at augmenting  the efforts of the security personnel, some of whom have paid  the supreme price,” the statement says.

Meanwhile, following last night's gun blasts in Dong village near Jos Wild Life Park which MKB reported, three people killed in the incident were today given mass burial in the village.

The three, MKB learns were members of vigilante group, stationed to guard an entry point of the village. 

An eyewitness and member of the community told MKB that the deceased were taken unaware while keeping watch during a youths' meeting in the village.

The eyewitness who prefers anonymity believes someone amongst thevillahers may have hinted the assailants that security at the entry point was weak as a result of the meeting which most vigilante men on duty attended.

Another source at the scene of the attack, Sekat Rotdunna however reported that the youths were ambushed while moving to take positions for vigil.

"I was told by youths around there that at around 1930hours (7:30pm), they dispersed themselves as usual to keep vigil over their community.

"On reaching the hills around Mai Farin Mota, unknown to them, Fulani herdsmen had laid ambush waiting for their arrival.

"As they were sharing their members to various locations on the hill, the Fulani herdsmen opened fire on them killing two and wounding so many and the shooting continued; the unarmed youths ran and took cover with calls for help which did not come in time," he said.

The attacking gunmen, Mr. Rotdunna said overpowered security operatives drafted to dislodge them during the attack.

A military armoured vehicle is reported to have frequented the Fulani settlements around Dong village which locals suspect mighr be supplying the herders with military hardware.

The allegations have however not been verified by MKB.







Heavy gun blasts reported in Dong village near Jos

There have been sounds of heavy gunfire around Dong village, a remote community near Jos Wild Life Park, Jos North LGA, Plateau State.

A resident of the community told MKB the gun blasts have persisted for hours believed to be a duel between security forces and attacking Fulani herdsmen.

The source who pleaded anonymity said securities had advised him to vacate along with other residents having received reports of a planned attack.

Security authorities have not commented on the situation as efforts to reach them as of publishing time were unsuccessful.

Dong community was recently attacked by suspected herdsmen with series of losses - human and economic recorded.

Some youths were reportedly arrested from the village by soldiers while trying to protect their homes from being razed down.

The development which attracted widespread condemnations followed the killing of some security personnel around the village by the attacking Fulani militia whom the Defense Headquarters described as heavily armed.

No Fulani herder has however been arrested in connection to the incident.

Plateau Attacks: IGP Hails Gov. Lalong on Peace

The Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong has been commended for making peace a cardinal objective of his administration. 

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris stated gave the commendation at the Ground Breaking ceremony for the newly established 66 Nigeria Police Mobile Squadron in Shendam and the formal presentation of security vehicles to some agencies in the State.

The IG commended Gov. Lalong for donating a large expanse of land for the project, enjoining others to emulate.

He further appreciated the Plateau state government for equipting the State Command with communication gadgets.

Mr. Idris also charged members of the police force to respect citizens' rights.

Earlier in his welcome address, Gov Simon Lalong paid glowing tributes to the Inspector General for his dedication and commitment to securing lives and property.

Lalong however emphasised the need for intensified vigilance and community participation towards lasting peace.

The comments preceded the performing of the ground breaking ceremony by the IG which followed the hoisting of the Nigeria Police Force flag.

Also preceding was the commissioning of 51 security vehicles one of which the IG personally drove in company of Gov Simon Lalong to the delight of all guests who gave them a standing ovation.

Jos: Lady Misses Dad's Burial Due to Bonny Way Vehicle Failure

A young Plateau native, Miss Tina Stephen might be needing medical help after being excessively delayed from attending her father's burial in Jos today.

Tina whose dad, Late Mr. Stephen Lidam passed on yesterday, March 20, 2018 has been in tears since she got the news.

Tina told MKB that she last saw her father in December 2017.

"I suddenly got a call yesterday that he passed on after falling ill," she said in tears.

She had boarded a Marcapolo luxurious bus belonging to Bonny Way Transport Company from Lagos to Jos at about 6pm with the hope of arriving Jos at 10am, Wednesday before the burial.

The bus which did not take off immediately as scheduled however broke down near Akoko, Ondo State at about 11pm heralding her first disappointment.

The bus with Lagos registration number FKJ654XN reportedly began overheating at about 10pm due to a suspected fan belt failure.

The problem which persisted till 4pm on Wednesday had the driver deploying different mechanical experts towards resolving it.

While some passengers boarded another vehicle since 6am without compensation or refund of transport fair and continued their journey to Jos, others including Tina were grounded by lack of funds.

No substitute vehicle was sent to convey the stranded passengers as calls to the Company's office were busted till about 4pm on Wednesday when the driver decided to call to report the problem.

Tina who protested along with other frustrated passengers before the driver apologized for the delay and called his employers, said all she wanted was to at least see her late dad's corpse before he was buried.

She was however told on the phone that the body of her late father could not wait until her arrival as sympathizers had waited too long.

The bereaved lady who hails from Shendam, Plateau State has managed to look strong but not without the redness of eyes which suggests likely depression.

The alternative vehicle being deployed is expected to lift the stranded passengers at about 6pm to arrive Jos tomorrow morning.

The journey is approximated to sum up to nearly 40hrs as against the usual 15-16hrs by road.

Jos Bonny Way Passenger Breaks Down after 20hr Delay from Lagos

A young Plateau native, Miss Tina Stephen might be needing medical help after being excessively delayed from attending her father's burial in Jos today.

Tina whose dad, Late Mr. Stephen Lidam passed on yesterday, March 20, 2018 has been in tears since she got the news.

Tina told MKB that she last saw her father in December 2017.

"I suddenly got a call yesterday that he passed on after falling ill," she said in tears.

She had boarded a Marcapolo luxurious bus belonging to Bonny Way Transport Company from Lagos to Jos at about 6pm with the hope of arriving Jos at 10am, Wednesday before the burial.

The bus which did not take off immediately as scheduled however broke down near Akoko, Ondo State at about 11pm heralding her first disappointment.

The bus with Lagos registration number FKJ654XN reportedly began overheating at about 10pm due to a suspected fan belt failure.

The problem which persisted till 4pm on Wednesday had the driver deploying different mechanical experts towards resolving it.

While some passengers boarded another vehicle since 6am without compensation and continued their journey to Jos, others including Tina were grounded by lack of funds.

No substitute vehicle was sent to convey the stranded passengers as calls to the Company's office were busted till about 4pm on Wednesday when the driver decided to call to report the problem.

Tina who protested along with other frustrated passengers before the driver apologized for the delay and called his employers, said all she wanted was to at least see her late dad's corpse before he was buried.

She was however told on the phone that the body of her late father could not wait until her arrival as sympathizers had waited too long.

The bereaved lady who hails from Shendam, Plateau State has managed to look strong but not without the redness of eyes which suggests likely depression.

The alternative vehicle being deployed is expected to lift the stranded passengers at about 6pm to arrive Jos tomorrow morning.

The journey is approximated to sum up to nearly 40hrs as against the usual 15-16hrs by road.

IGP to Launch Mopol Force Squadron, Hilux Vans Purchased by Gov. Lalong to Fight Insecurity in Plateau State

The Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris will on Wednesday launch some newly deployed security vans for use by some agencies in the State .

The vans purchased by Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong are meant to strengthen the security architecture of the state in view of recent attacks, an official statement says.

The Statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Dati says the IGP will equally perform the "ground-breaking ceremony" of newly established Police Mobile Force Squadron.

The statement says the event holds at Longvel, Shendam Local Government Area, by 11am.

This ceremony somewhat silences recent public outcry alleging that the Governor cares less about the security of the State.

MKB  had three weeks ago reported efforts by the Governor to curb the persistent killings by suspected herders in the State.

The report quoted the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati as saying 40 hilux vans had been purchased and were to be launched by the IGP.

Some security sources had accused the governor of under-supporting their operations especially in the area of logistics.

The latest efforts are therefore expected to see an improvement in the protection of lives and property by the federal troops over whom governors have little or no control.

Jos Residents reportedly repel attack after rumours of Fulani invasion

Residents of Plateau's Kampala community along Jos-Rukuba road yesterday reportedly repelled suspected Fulani attackers saving several lives.

The incident which occurred in the late hours of the day followed hours of rumours alleging a planned attack by Islamic militia on non-Muslim communities.

"The attack is true and there were actually elements of threats within the state, but the rumours in circulation hyped the threat level.

"Based on that rumour, the state should be grounded from its normal activities, and that won't be good for us," a security source said.

Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State, Tyopev Terna when contacted requested to reach the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area to confirm the incident.

Rep member, Solomon Maren "touched" by plights of IDPs in Daffo

A member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Hon. Solomon has expressed pain over the plights of people displaced by violent herdsmen attacks in Daffo, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State.

Maren delivering relief materials to the IDPs in Bokkos town however enjoined them to forgive their aggressors.

The lawmaker whose native village is located few kilometers away from Daffo, said he was doing all he could to facilitate the return of peace in the area.

Maren who represents Mangu-Bokkos Federal Constituency therefore commiserated with the Daffo Community over the "unfortunate" attacks.

Hon. Maren's visit to the IDPs commenced with a homage to the District Head of Daffo to commiserate with him and the good people of Daffo over the crisis that took place.

He then proceeded to COCIN RCC Daffo where he addressed the internally displaced persons there and donated relief materials to them.

From Daffo town,  Hon Maren and his entourage moved to Bokkos town where he addressed another set of internal displaced persons who fled Daffo.

He donated relief materials ranging from bundles of Zincs,  bags of rice,  bags of Maize, bag of garri, cartons of soap,  cartons of Maggi, wrappers, mats, and sacks of slippers alongside others. 

The relief materials were received on behalf of the IDPs by Rev. Samuel Matawal Masok who appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture.

Mrs. Bilkisu Mafwala an internal displaced person also appreciated the lawmaker but called on Government to restore normalcy in the affected villages to enable them return home.

Hon. Maren was accompained by his wife, Engr Victoria Maren, Hon. Micheal Abi the Chairman of Bokkos PDP, Prof. Barnabas Mandong, Rt. Hon. Titus Alams, Hon. Monday Kassah, Hon. Moses Dongo, Hon. Akans Talpack, Hon. Vincent Arings, Commander Garry Matiyek (Rtd) and others.

Plateau Attacks: Group Donates Relief Itens to Daffo IDPs

A Plateau interest group, Run Muruwi Dialogue Forum on Friday donated relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the recent Daffo attacks in Bokkos.

The group which was moved by the plights of the IDPs donated toiletries, cutleries, sanitary pads and some cash amount among others.

The group according to its spokesperson, Evangelist Philip Alams had since the Daffo attacks constituted an Emergency Response Committee to help drive the humanitarian vision.

The Committee had Rev. Ayuba Matawal as Chairman, D'yong Mangut as Secretary as well as Evangelist Philip Alams, Magit Mangut Mafyai, and Ezra Pollong as members.

Receiving the items, the National Chairman of Daffo Mangai community appreciated the gesture believing it would aide the psychological recovery of the IDPs after the trauma undergone during the attacks.

The items received by the representatives of the IDPs and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for onward distribution were facilitated through personal contributions of members.

The group is about the first among its contemporaries to stage such a move since the outbreak of violence in the Irish potato rich Daffo community.

Breaking News: Jos NNPC Filling Station on Fire

There has been a fire outbreak at the Building Materials NNPC Filling Station, Jos this afternoon resulting in several losses, officials say.

The fire started at about 3pm causing commotion along the Bukuru - Jos express road, sources say.

The cause of the disaster has not been ascertained but a Fireservice official confirmed to MKB that efforts were already on to quell the inferno as at publishing time.

Plateau Herdsmen Attacks: NASS Adopts Motion to Restore Lands Forcefully Taken by Herdsmen as group lists 40 sacked villages in two LGAs

The Nigerian House of Representatives has resolved to step up measures at enforcing law and order in areas witnessing violent attacks by suspected herdsmen.

The House at a recent plenary resolved to to stem the tide of violent attacks and bloodletting in Plateau State by disarming "killer herdsmen".

Acting on a Motion of Public Importance on the resurgence of violent attacks in Plateau State and its implications on National Security sponsored by member representing Barikin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency, Istifanus Gyang, the House also resolved to put up measures to recover all farmlands forcefully occupied by armed herders.

It further agreed to ensure that persons displaced by violent attacks repossess their ancestral habitat, properties and farmlands.

Presenting the motion, Hon. Gyang lamented that the herdsmen attacks seem to be defying all "known theories and practice  of conflict resolution" as no sooner had communities agreed to peacefully coexist than the attacks resurfaced.

Gyang observed that if urgent steps were not taken against the violent attacks, the situation could "complicate" national security.

The motion which drew reactions from other members in favour of Hon. Gyang's prayers was adopted with the House expressing  concern that the attackers showed no respect to the President on his visit to Plateau State, as while he was being hosted to a Town Hall meeting, communities in Bokkos and Bassa Local Government were under herdsmen attacks.

The House expressed worry that despite the military led Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State, the "Killer herdsmen" are still having a field day attacking and sacking whole communities and villages.

Meanwhile, a Plateau Youth Group, G-17 has listed 40 villages under forceful occupation by Fulani herdsmen in Riyom and Barkin Ladi LGAs of the state.

A social media broadcast by its leader, Musa Bagos wondered how long the attacks would be left to continue.

The broadcast reads:

It all started in a remote village called Mahanga in Riyom. It then spread to many more gradually.
The following are the comprehensive list of villages completely sacked by gunmen (herdsmen)

Riyom LGA:
1. Rankum (Mahanga)
2. Fass
3. Loton
4. Rot Chun (Rafin Acha)
5. Darin
6. Gwon
7. Shong 1
8. Shong 2
9. Maseh
10. Janda
11. Rakweng
12. Kak
13. Nangam
14. Nincha
15. Taballeng
16. Wull
17. Rachos
18. Rachot
Barkin Ladi LGA:
19. Rahol Mazar
20. Rakwok
21. Vatt
22. Kungot
23. Zakupang
24. Dorong
25. Rubong
26. Udeh
27. Fanzat
28. Zim
29. Jong
30. Shurum
31. Loh-Birin
32. Rarin
33. Ningon
34. Khai/Kiokwo
35. Kaffi-Abu
36. Kaching
37. Dogo
38. Kufang
39. Pwakuduk
40. Hyai

We earlier warned that if attention is not given to the security situation in our  villages it will one day meet us in the city, we laughed about it and said it will never happened. The bad news today is that; it's not a dream,  it is a reality.

Dong village is just by wild life park and  wild life park is just by federal Lowcost then state Lowcost from the other side of wild life park is mado village then Tudun Wada
It took them almost 10 years to sack 40 villages in Riyom and Barkin ladi

The question is, how many years will it take them to occupy most of the villages in Bassa, Bokkos, then parts of Jos South and Jos North?

Lets be United against the common enemy before our children become slaves.
It's not about APC or PDP,  bullet or machete​ don't know party.

With strategies, prayers, political will and purposeful leadership we will be victorious
Pray and be wise as a serpent
The time is now or never.

Undated Open Letter Calls Ex-Plateau Deputy Gov. Jethro Akun to Apologize to his Kinsmen over Comments at town-hall meeting with Buhari

An undated open letter has emerged calling firmer Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Chief Jethro Akuns to apologize to his people in Bokkos and Plateau State to save his name.

The letter purportedly written by one Aginai Joseph Akushai from the Plateau State University, Bokkos, and mailed to this platform berated the elder statesman for allegedly remaining indifferent on the issues of insecurity in his native home.

The letter reads:

OPEN LETTER TO JETHRO AKUN, RAYFIELD, JOS

Dear Sir,

APOLOGIZE TO DAFFO, RON/KULERE & PLATEAU STATE TO KEEP YOUR NAME.

To start with, I am perhaps the most insignificant of all people deserving of your attention especially on a matter like this. However, I am compelled to bare my mind given that no one seems bold enough among the influential persons in the great Ron/Kulere Kingdom to go public on the issue.

Sir, since the 8th March 2018 comments you made at the town-hall meeting organized with President Muhammadu Buhari, you will agree that the narrative concerning you and a host of others in the political scene has been rather on the negative. This is really unfortunate as unhealthy as it is, especially given your antecedence as a seasoned politician of repute and a fine opinion molder.

I have personally admired your courage and focus in the pursuit of life goals. No wonder the chasms of achievements to your name. Indeed, not many people get the privilege of ascending to the positions that you’ve attained in your political pursuits. You have been a Chairman of the erstwhile Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State and have headed the association of microfinance banks in Nigeria, aside the numerous federal and state appointments you have earned due to your political dexterity. This is why I'm not surprised that you are the Saf Ma Bwol (Sarkin Yaki) of Ron/Kulere, about the most exalted advisory position in the traditional council of Ron/Kulere Chiefdom. Permit me to also note that you have done exceedingly great by establishing the Global College of Education, Jos.

I am indeed proud to share sociocultural similarities with you. I believe there are millions of people out there who share my belief that Plateau and indeed Nigeria needs more people like you.

It is rather unfortunate that you didn't achieve your aspirations to run for governor of Plateau state in the runoff to the 2015 elections. Perhaps you would have brought your wealth of experience into the governance of plateau state. Many like me wished you had made it through to the general elections. However, Sir, those wishes belong to the era before the onset of Fulani labeled attacks on the good, hospitable, peaceful and productive people of Daffo, the very district from which you hail.

When the attacks started on January 24, 2018 at Farundonghai, many including my humble self-expected that men of strong vision, character, courage, and influence like you would rise up to the challenge of defending the sociological, psychological and physiological interests of the people. After all, you are the Saf Ma Bwol, the adviser to the traditional council, who coordinates all issues of security. Unfortunately, when a meeting of stakeholders of Daffo District was summoned on February 3, 2018 in Daffo central primary school after the Farundonghai attacks, you clearly demonstrated that your personal ambition was more valuable than the lives of the people under torment; four people were killed by gunshots, two were severely injured by gunshots, two are still missing, over fifty houses were razed by fire and an assortment of assets were either looted or burnt to ashes!!!.

It is surprising that instead of fighting for what the people are yearning for, you have been more particular about the traditional stool occupied by your younger brother, Da Jonathan Sunday Akun, a position he has occupied since January 6, 1999. This same stool you had turned down until it became somewhat clear that you could leverage the stool to ascend to the position of the Paramount ruler of Ron/Kulere, the Saf Ron/Kulere. Ironically, the stool of the Saf Ron/Kulere became vacant about two years ago by an assassination of Da Lazarus A. Agai, the erstwhile incumbent to which you have surprisingly kept mute all this while!!!

Sir, it is unbelievable that while your full blooded younger brother, the Galadiman Daffo was risking his life openly agitating for the Fulani herders from the village to embrace peace, you were busy personalizing issues at the 3rd February 2018 meeting, saying he had grown rich and stubborn. As if that was not enough, you went ahead to invite the Fulani to a meeting in your house in Jos on the 7th of February 2018 after the Daffo meeting where you were alleged to have discussed issues that seem to not bring succor to the prevailing situation. The same thing happened in your Jos residence on Saturday 10th March 2018 after the Thursday 8th March 2018 propaganda you made in favour of Simon Lalong and Muhammadu Buhari during a town hall meeting.

Come to think of it, Sir, you were not supposed to be the one to speak on behalf of the elders of plateau state, but when you ceased the opportunity, you failed to raise your voice for the yearnings of the communities of people traumatized by the massive carnages of 24th January & 8th March 2018. I hope you now appreciate the damage that sudden change that resulted in you speaking has brought for the entire strata of Bokkos LGA, plateau state and the APC in general. Time will tell of the degree of this damage. This is aside the fact that your inability to bring to bear the realities of the carnage in your land, and your very ancestral native village, Ganda, in Daffo for that matter. Rather than crying out loud, over eight villages that were being razed by fire with almost 7,000 people being evicted from their ancestral homes beside those killed and injured, you were glibly singing praise songs together with your political clone, Joshua Dariye.

Fortunately or unfortunately Sir, Joshua Dariye has attempted making atonement for his supposed sins by issuing a written press statement condemning the attacks. You on the other hand have not, whether or not you still remember that you can no longer visit or sleep in your village due to insecurity. The narratives making the rounds blaming your brother, Da Jonathan Sunday Akun, are stoked by no one but you, and amount to nothing but a decoy that no sensible person can take serious. Instead, they have the tendency to further dent your image as it is likely to be perceived to be emanating from the conflict you have with your brother. This is not healthy and it calls for urgent steps from you. The longer you allow these narratives to continue whether against you as they already loom since your meeting with Buhari or against your brother with whom you are believed to be aggrieved, the implication remains that you could lose your reputation being an elder statesman and an older person who is expected to lead the way for reconciliation with a younger full blooded brother, no matter the issues at stake.

Sir, I advise that to save your hard earned reputation, you need to come out clean by apologizing to the people right from your ancestral land all through to plateau state, and initiating a move for reconciliation with your brother as a first step towards reconciling the warring groups in Plateau. You must also be seen to be firm in speaking out in favour of the people, whose voices, votes and material support have propelled you to the heights of life that you’ve accomplished, if you must continue to enjoy their respect and support. You should also show a good example to the upcoming generation of leaders in Nigeria by living a life worthy of an elder both publicly and privately as many of them innocently look up to you and could end up emulating your values and transferring same to future generations.

Thank you and God bless.

Yours humbly,

Aginai Joseph Akushai,
Plateau State University,
Bokkos, Nigeria.

Attackers have declared war on our State - Coalition of Lalong Support Groups

The Coalition of Lalong Support Groups, a combination of various interest groups in support of Gov. Simon Bako Lalong says the recent "unfortunate" attacks which coincided with the President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the State has proven that the attackers do not mean well and have "declared war" on the State.

The group in a statement on Thursday said the development calls for unity amongst citizens of the state regardless of religious, ethnic or political differences.

The statement signed by Steven Jings, Iliya Ajang and Dalyop Choji however faulted the way and manner some commentators have reacted to the happenings, suggesting the Lalong administration does not have regards for the sanctity of lives.

"This shows that they either lack knowledge or deliberately refuse to appreciate the effort of the Rescue Government in handling the Security situation in the State," the statement says.

The group therefore call on such individuals to "Separate Politics from Security issues" as victims of the attacks cut across political divides.

It said, "This group strongly believes that with the support of the citizens of the state and synergy amongst the various Stakeholders, this government along side the various Local government administrations has the capacity to curb these incessant attacks."

The statement recalls efforts by the Lalong government at building peace to include various peace meetings from the start of the administration and the recent Peace Roadmap launched by President Buhari.

The group said, "On assumption of office in May 2015, the administration held series of town hall meetings with all stakeholders in the state towards finding lasting solution to Peace.

"One of these is the constitution of peace and reconciliation committee amongst the Berom and Fulani ethnic Nationalities that had suffered worst casualties.

"During the interaction and reconciliation, over 22 causes of crisis were identified and both parties also suggested series of solutions, one of which included the establishment of Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA).

"Achievements of the Agency include:
Constant advocate engagements with several media outlets and created an outline presence were good programs and activities on peace building are discriminated;

"Periodical consultative dialogues with youths, traditional ruler’s religious leaders, women organizations and members of the civil society groups;

"Developed practical and proactive strategies and policy measures for addressing some of the underlying causes of conflict in the state;

"Engaged in inter-agency collaboration especially with Operation Rainbow and Plateau State Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs Development Agency (PLASMEDA) where synergies are built on issues of conflict resolutions and peace building and the launch of the Plateau Peace road map by the President lately."

The group therefore called on the security agencies to be more proactive in intelligence gathering "which is the only way such attacks can be prevented."

The relationship between the Security men and the communities need to be improved in order to build more confidence and trust, the group said.

It further advised the state government to "adopt similar approach taken with the Beroms and the Fulanis when it assumed office."

While appreciating the effort of the Federal government in tackling security challenges across the nation, the group demanded for more efforts and attention to Plateau State in order to bring an end to the "needless" loss of lives and properties.

"We also call on the government at all levels, non-governmental agencies and spirited individuals to come to the aid of the displaced persons in the affected communities in order to alleviate their sufferings," it added.
    
The Lalong groups appreciated the role of the press in reporting security issues and peace building in the State, but however charged journalists to avoid sensational reportage capable of "escalating" the situation.

Jos: 2 Soldiers, 23 Others Killed in Rafiki Attacks Yesterday says Defense HQ

The Nigerian Defense Headquarters Abuja says Troops of 3rd Division Garrison, Jos Plateau State yesterday discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare near Rafiki Village in Bassa LGA following attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

A press statement by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director Army Public Relations on its website says two soldiers were also killed when Fulani herdsmen opened fire on the military convoy drafted to restore order in the area.

"Many civilians including 2 other soldiers wounded are receiving medical attention at 3 Division Military Hospital and Medical Services," the statement says.

The statement adds that troops arrested seven suspects and recovered weapons in the operation.

Photos shared by the DHQ supposedly of those arrested were however said to be of people picked from Rafiki community to stop reprisal attacks, so as to reduce the tension and more deaths.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Dong and Rafiki communities following the outbreak of violence yesterday morning.

Plateau: Miango Villages Currently Under Attack, Residents Fleeing

Plateau: Miango Currently Under Attack, Residents Fleeing

Bloody attacks are said to be intensifying in Rafiki and Dong communities of Miango District, Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State.

Security sources say the attacks began in the early hours of Wednesday forcing residents to flee for safety.

A social media broadcast purportedly by the Plateau State Peace Building Agency had earlier called for calm over the attacks.

Security intervention has not been confirmed in the affected area but a directive is said to have been given in that regard by the civil authorities.

The renewed attacks follow the burial of 29 yesterday at Dundung village of Kwall District in the LGA killed in two different attacks on Thursday last week and Monday this week.

About four Fulani herders were reportedly arrested yesterday with AK47 rifles in connection to the attacks.

No official communication had however been received in that regard.

Photo news: Building of Rural Market at Hoss in Riyom LG by Rep ID Gyang Nearly Completed

Rep ID Gyang rural market at Hoss in Riyom LG.

The MANDATE is speaking!

ID Gyang: HBD Baba Jang even as we pray for the realisation of your “greater vision for a better Nigeria" in the days ahead

BABA JANG, A FATHER @ 74.

The humble beginnings and meteoric rise of Baba Jang to ordained heights  of today is sure a function of grace and share determination.

Being one that has had rare opportunities in the service of our nation  and matching same with good  performance, Baba Jang is not only  a blessed man but a success story.

At 74, one cannot but wish Baba Jang HBD, being one  among the elderly statesmen in our nation whose success, succeeding generations should emulate and replicate.

HBD Baba Jang even as we pray for the realisation of your “greater vision for a better Nigeria" in the day's ahead.

Rep ID Gyang.
NASS, Abuja.

Plateau: Again, 25 Killed in Fulani Attack in Bassa

Police have confirmed the killing of 25 in a fresh attack in Central Nigeria's Dundu Village of Kwall District, Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The attack by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on Monday night reportedly left two others injured.

At least 500 people are equally said to have been displaced after the attack which saw to the desteyction of houses.

The attack came hours to a planned mass burial of some four persons killed on Thursday in the locality.

The Plateau State Governor had on Saturday said he would not sleep until every life was safe in the state.

He had directed securities to go after the Thursday killers in Bassa and Bokkos LGAs of the state.

Police and STF had reportedly improved surveillance in Daffo, Bokkos LGA after about 25 were killed in three says of sustained attacks.

The latest Bassa attacks may have taken advantage of the shift in security attention to Daffo to descend on "soft targets" in Bassa, a security source said.

Another security source blamed the state government for not providing sufficient logistics to enable securities function optimally.

The state government had however on Saturday through its commissioner for Information, Yakubu Dati told MKB that it had procured about 40 patrol vehicles for use by Police.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna on Sunday reported the arrest of a Fulani youngster with a military AK47 rifle in Daffo village.

Following the latest attack in Bassa, the State Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie has directed his Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Operations, Taiwo Jebiyisu  to mobilize to the scene of the "crime for an on-the-spot assessment, Terna said.

Normalcy is believed to have returned to the affected village as heavy military presence has been reported.

The village has however been in mourning since the incident occured last night.



Gov. Lalong clears 50% debts, borrows $11m more

The Plateau  State Government says it has been able to reduce the debt it met by over 50 per cent.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr.  Yakubu Dati, in a statement said that out of the N220 billion debts the APC administration inherited in 2015, it has settled N122 billion.

The statement said,  "The records are available at the Debt Management Office for confirmation. The bandied figure of N1 trillion is tales by moonlight.

Dati, who was reacting to recent allegations by the Minister of Sports, Mr.  Solomon Dalung on excessive spendings and borrowings by the Lalong administration also denied that the state has incurred a fresh loan of $2 billion.

"The amount secured by the Federal Ministry of Finance is 11 million dollars and not the 2billion dollars being bandied.

"The facility was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of Wednesday, July 26 2017.

"The loan was secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the development of the Irish potato value chain, and the project is expected to create 60,000 jobs.

"Plateau State would be providing N599 million as counterpart funding for the project.

"The loan has a five years moratorium thereafter whatever remained of the loan would be paid at the rate of 1% in 20 years."

Dati explained the gains from the loan to include job creation and infrastructural development.

"The loan would be used to develop the Irish potatoes value chain in 17 local local government areas of the state.

The implementation would be jointly executed by FADAMA project and a unit in the state Ministry of Agriculture. About 70 percent of the loan would be used for the provision of infrastructure, extension services, improved planting and marketing.

"The whole exercise is aimed at boosting production and minimising wastages in Plateau State which is the largest producer of Irish potatoes. The rescue administration remains focused on delivering on its mandate," the statement stated.

Plateau: Soldiers Takeover Daffo Village as Gov. Lalong Swears on Fulani Attacks

A fully fledged military base has been established in Daffo village, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State to combat violent attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen, sources say.

This follows the resurgence of the attacks in the area on Wednesday last week, which persisted till Saturday.

At least 25 people have been reported dead in the attacks which also saw to the displacement of over 2000 people from about five villages.

The attacks drew condemnations from different individuals and groups including the Nigerian Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Sunday gave a marching order to the security  agents in the state to "immediately" arrest and prosecute the criminals that perpetrated the killings of a couple of persons in Bassa and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the state.

The Nigerian Defense Headquarters also said it was working to end the attacks.

Army spokesman Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu said the army and other security agencies were working assiduously to identify and arrest all those involved in those acts, “regardless of their disposition in the society, including government functionaries”.

Gen. Chukwu said the attention of the army had been drawn to the continued disturbing, senseless killings and wanton destruction of properties in the three states and “strongly warns the perpetrators of these crimes to desist forthwith”.

“We would like to unequivocally reiterate that the Army Headquarters warns the arsonists and the killers to stop or face decisive action by troops.

“Our Rules of Engagement (ROE) are clear on arson and murder. Therefore, no such criminal acts would be allowed in any of the aforementioned states.

“The public is please reminded that when troops are called out for internal security operations, they are not to joke or persuade anyone.

“We have warned our commanders on the ground to take decisive actions or face "Court Marshal".

A group of concerned Ron Kulere stakeholders represented by Amb. Mamot Adams and Arch. Macham Makut on Sunday demanded local and international government actions on the attacks.

One Muhammadu Musa Bimini a Fulani Herdsman has so far been arrested by the Police Mobile men on the 08/03/2018 at Daffo with military AK47 riffle number HC2614.

Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau state, Mathias Tyopev says the suspect has since been transferred from Bokkos to the State CIID and is assisting Police with investigation.

Plateau: Soldiers Takeover Daffo Village as Gov. Lalong Swears on Fulani Attacks

A fully fledged military base has been established in Daffo village, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State to combat violent attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen, sources say.

This follows the resurgence of the attacks in the area on Wednesday last week, which persisted till Saturday.

At least 25 people have been reported dead in the attacks which also saw to the displacement of over 2000 people from about five villages.

The attacks drew condemnations from different individuals and groups including the Nigerian Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on Sunday gave a marching order to the security  agents in the state to "immediately" arrest and prosecute the criminals that perpetrated the killings of a couple of persons in Bassa and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the state.

The Nigerian Defense Headquarters also said it was working to end the attacks.

Army spokesman Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu said the army and other security agencies were working assiduously to identify and arrest all those involved in those acts, “regardless of their disposition in the society, including government functionaries”.

Gen. Chukwu said the attention of the army had been drawn to the continued disturbing, senseless killings and wanton destruction of properties in the three states and “strongly warns the perpetrators of these crimes to desist forthwith”.

“We would like to unequivocally reiterate that the Army Headquarters warns the arsonists and the killers to stop or face decisive action by troops.

“Our Rules of Engagement (ROE) are clear on arson and murder. Therefore, no such criminal acts would be allowed in any of the aforementioned states.

“The public is please reminded that when troops are called out for internal security operations, they are not to joke or persuade anyone.

“We have warned our commanders on the ground to take decisive actions or face "Court Marshal".

A group of concerned Ron Kulere stakeholders represented by Amb. Mamot Adams and Arch. Macham Makut on Sunday demanded local and international government actions on the attacks.

One Muhammadu Musa Bimini a Fulani Herdsman has so far been arrested by the Police Mobile men on the 08/03/2018 at Daffo with military AK47 riffle number HC2614.

Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau state, Mathias Tyopev says the suspect has since been transferred from Bokkos to the State CIID and is assisting Police with investigation.







Daffo Attacks: 23 Buried in 3 Days, Plateau Govt. Furious

About 23 people have so far been buried following multiple attacks in Josho communities of Daffo District, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State that have persisted since Wednesday.  

A security source told MKB that of the 23 corpses recovered between Friday and Saturday, many were burnt while several other victims survived with injuries.

Another source, a former LGA Chairman in Bokkos, Zakka Akos who hails from Daffo however said "There was a mass burial of 18 people yesterday (Friday) and another burial today (Saturday)  though a lesser number."

The current Chairman of Bokkos LGA, Simon Angyol and a top ranking cleric in COCIN however said death toll as of yesterday was 16.

Another cleric in Daffo however gave a different figure from five villages.

"17 confirmed dead and the village destroyed are Nghakudung, Morok, Hottom, Wareng and Ganda villages," he said.

Sources in Daffo say search is still on to find more corpses if there are, as many people are still missing.

Over 2000 people are said to have been displaced in the attacks.

Angered by the situation, the Plateau State government has vowed to do everything possible to track down the "criminals."

The State Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Datti in an interview with MKB said, "The Governor has commensurated with the people of Bokkos over the dastardly act carried out by criminal elements as far as we are concerned. Any one who doesn't respect human lives is a criminal."

Datti regretted that State governments have no control over security but assured the State governor was working to provide logistical support to enable Federal troops carry out a clean job.

"The governor though chief security officer of the state has no control over security. We can only provide logistical support."

He said 40 patrol vehicles have been purchased for use by poloce and would soon be launched.

"We have 40 patrol vehicles soon to be launched by the IG and the security agencies have been mobilized to take care of the situation," he said.

Datti however pleaded with members of the public to provide useful information to securities to enable them function effectively.



Ex-Plateau SSG faults renaming of road after Buhari

By Andrew Ajijah

A former secretary to the government of Plateau state, Shedrak Best, on Saturday faulted the renaming of the Mararaban Jama’a Road in the state to “Muhammadu Buhari Road.”

The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, renamed the Mararaban Jama’a Road, newly rehabilitated by his administration to Muhammadu Buhari Road last Thursday after President Buhari ‘commissioned’ the road during his state visit that ended Friday.

Mr. Best who served the state under the Jonah Jang administration argued that President Buhari does not deserve to be accorded such honour from Plateau state, because “he has done nothing significant for the state since he became President”.

“To my mind, President Buhari has done nothing to Plateau state to deserving such honour, he has not initiated any project to Plateau state; more so that the road that was renamed after him (Buhari) is a getaway in and out of Plateau state,” he said.

The former SSG disclosed this Saturday in Jos, during a live phone-in programme “Viewpoint” with a private FM radio station, monitored by PREMIUM TIMES in Jos.

However, the commissioner for information and communication, Yakubu Datti, who was also a guest on the programme, said President Buhari had done a lot for Plateau state.

According to Mr. Datti, the bailout funds provided by the Buhari lead administration allowed Plateau state government to pay over nine months backlog of unpaid salaries by governor Lalong’s predecessor.

Commenting on the town-hall meeting President Buhari held with Plateau citizens, Mr. Best blamed those invited and given the opportunity to speak for not allowing the president to know the true state of things in the state.

According to Mr. Best, all of the six people who spoke at the town-hall meeting were rather “political and selfish in their submissions”.

But again, Mr. Datti disagreed saying everyone who spoke at the meeting were allowed to air their views freely.

Mr. Datti also said there was relative peace in the state, a view countered by Mr. best.

The spokesman also refuted a claim by the former SSG that the town-hall meeting was an exclusive event for slated Plateau elders.

Mr. Datti said that President Buhari’s visit to the state was open to all, and he (Buhari) was received by entire Plateau people devoid of political difference.

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Ex-Plateau SSG faults renaming of road after Buhari

By Andrew Ajijah

A former secretary to the government of Plateau state, Shedrak Best, on Saturday faulted the renaming of the Mararaban Jama’a Road in the state to “Muhammadu Buhari Road.”

The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, renamed the Mararaban Jama’a Road, newly rehabilitated by his administration to Muhammadu Buhari Road last Thursday after President Buhari ‘commissioned’ the road during his state visit that ended Friday.

Mr. Best served the state under the Jonah Jang administration.

He argued that President Buhari does not deserve to be accorded such honour from Plateau state, because “he has done nothing significant for the state since he became President”.

“To my mind, President Buhari has done nothing to Plateau state to deserving such honour, he has not initiated any project to Plateau state; more so that the road that was renamed after him (Buhari) is a getaway in and out of Plateau state,” he said.

The former SSG disclosed this Saturday in Jos, during a live phone-in programme “Viewpoint” with a private FM radio station, monitored by PREMIUM TIMES in Jos.

However, the commissioner for information and communication, Yakubu Datti, who was also a guest on the programme, said President Buhari had done a lot for Plateau state.

According to Mr. Datti, the bailout funds provided by the Buhari lead administration allowed Plateau state government to pay over nine months backlog of unpaid salaries by governor Lalong’s predecessor.

Commenting on the town-hall meeting President Buhari held with Plateau citizens, Mr. Best blamed those invited and given the opportunity to speak for not allowing the president to know the true state of things in the state.

According to Mr. Best, all of the six people who spoke at the town-hall meeting were rather “political and selfish in their submissions”.

But again, Mr. Datti disagreed saying everyone who spoke at the meeting were allowed to air their views freely.

Mr. Datti also said there was relative peace in the state, a view countered by Mr. best.

The spokesman also refuted a claim by the former SSG that the town-hall meeting was an exclusive event for slated Plateau elders.

Mr. Datti said that President Buhari’s visit to the state was open to all, and he (Buhari) was received by entire Plateau people devoid of political difference.

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