Plateau Attacks: 133,000 displaced, women declare war in place of men

At least 133,000 have been displaced in the attacks by suspected herdsmen in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, a local association of ethnic nationalities has said.

The Plateau Initiative for Development and Advancement of the Natives (PIDAN), acclaimed umbrella body of all ethnic nationalities in Plateau State on Saturday told journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State that of the total number, over 11,000 were taking refuge in at least 10 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state.

As of last count, 221 people were confirmed to have been killed in the attacks that lasted several hours in 11 villages, the group's Chairman, Dr. Aboi Madaki said.

"PIDAN in collaboration with the Conference of autochthonous Ethnic Community Development Association (CONAEDA) has a Committee on affected communities known as Committee of frontline communities and our data from members of the committee revealed the following deaths in four local government areas in the June 2018 attacks: Barkin Ladi - 205; Riyom-9; Jos South - 3 and Mangu - 2,"

The figures according to him were from the group's records of June 26, 2018.

"Even as of yesterday, more corpses were being recovered," he said.

The killings, a women group in Jos says are disheartening as they involve mainly women and children.

"This is therefore calling on all stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution to the problem of insecurity which has bedeviled many parts of our dear country for some time now," said Mrs. JOPHIA GUPAR
PLATEAU STATE COORDINATOR, WOMEN FOR WOMEN AND HE FOR SHE group in a Press conference in Jos, Saturday.

Failure to do so the group said would push women to pick up the challenge to fight for the freedom of the State.

"We have had enough, and if the men can't do something, we the women are ready to fight," Mrs. Gupar said.

Plateau State in central Nigeria was last weekend hit by series of attacks by armed men believes to be Fulani herdsmen.

Police gave the number casualties recorded in the attacks as 86.

Local media had however placed the figure at 200.

The State Governor, Simon Lalong also on Monday told the Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari during a town hall in Jos, that those killed were Kore than 200.

President Buhari had in the past maintained defiant silence on the killings by herdsmen from his Fulani tribe since he became President in 2015.

His ability to stop the killings, analysts say could determine the success of his second term bid in the country's General Elections fixed for next year February.

Despite curfew, Armed rustlers hit top Jos Bishop, kill vigilant resident

The home of the Jos Anglican Archdiocesan Bishop, Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi was last night raided by armed rustlers, resulting in the loss of nine cattle belonging to him, MKB has learnt.

The attack occurred at about midnight in Kangang village, Dadin Kowa, Jos, resulting in the killing of one resident of the area.

A source in the community told MKB, the deceased was shot while keeping vigilance by his house.

The gunmen who hurriedly chased the cattle by the house of the deceased after shooting him dead disappeared into the vast land behind Kings Secondary school, the source said.

The attack occurred despite an existing dusk to dawn curfew in Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas.

"Is the curfew for some and not others?" Wondered Bishop Kwashi in a Facebook post on the attack.

It is however not known who was responsible for the raid.

News of the incident hadn't reached the Special Task Force and the State Police Command when MKB got wind of it.

The information units of the two security outfits had requested to collect details before making official confirmation when they were contacted before publishing.

This is the third time the Bishop's is losing his herds to rustlers without a cattle being recovered.

The Special Task Force has in recent years made some strides in recovering stolen cattle belonging to Fulani herders.

It is hoped that similar intelligence and energy would be dedicated to recovering the stolen Bishop's cattle.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has also been rumoured to have paid compensations to some Fulani herders whose cattle were reportedly rustled.

It is not known if the Bishop who is a renowned figure in the state would equally be considered for such having lost his cattle for the third time in less than three years.

No official comment from the civil authorities in the state has been secured on the development yet.

Plateau Commissioner, Dayyabu Garga frowns at recent killings

- Received correspondence

The sanctity of life and right to human existence as enshrined in the Holy books and the Nigerian constitution has been stressed as panacea for peaceful coexistence.

This was contained in a condolence message by the Hon Commissioner Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Dr. Dayyabu Yusuf Garga on the senseless carnage which took away precious lives and destroyed properties in some Local Governments of the state.

The statement described the perpetrators of the act as enemies of Plateau State and Nigeria who are bent on truncating the relative peace that had been enjoyed across the state.

Dayyabu Garga described the killings across Barkin Ladi,Riyom, Mangu,  Bokkos, Bassa as a deliberate attempt to set back all efforts towards peaceful coexistence among the people.

While commiserating with the Government and People of Plateau State particularly the affected areas, victims and families the commissioner said all the Local Governments of the state are with them in this trying moment.

According to the statement, the recent distribution of security vehicles across the 17 LGAs and some security outfits was part of the determination of this administration to ensure lives and property are secured across the 17 LGAs pointing out that this ugly incident has called for more unity amongst the various peoples of the state as the enemy is a common one.

The statement commended efforts taken by the Plateau State Governor,Barrister Simon Lalong in ensuring the tragedy did not extend to more Local Governments.

It equally thanked security agencies for all their efforts and responding to the unfortunate incident.

Garga said all efforts will be made to collaborate with relevant Government and Non Governmental Organizations towards relieving the plight of the affected victims.
He then called for vigilance among the communities,close collaboration with security agencies,report of any suspicious persons  and above all not to take laws into their hands for improved security in the state.

Jos: STF Shows off, patrols towns for confidence building

The Special Task Force in Jos, Nigeria is currently on a show of strength as it patrols major towns in Northern Plateau to build public confidence.

The Task Force on Friday toured major streets in Jos and other parts of the troubled Northern Plateau where series of herdsmen attacks have been reported, displaying high-powered military equipment including armoured artilleries, water canons and large personnel.

The show off, Spokesperson of the Force, Major Umar Adams said in a telephone interview aims to send signals to both civilian populations and hoodlums that it is battle-ready to combat crime and terrorism.

Maj. Adams allayed fears of impending attacks on some communities within Jos, being fueled by rumours.

The Task Force had yesterday deployed over 50 special forces to Dorowa village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Southwest of Jos where over 15 people were reportedly killed by suspected herders three days ago.

The Special Forces according to the STF intelligence department were part a special reinforcement deployed by the Defense Headquarters in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja to combat violence in the State.

Plateau Killings: How our weak judgment fuels attacks on us - Sports Minister Dalung

Nigeria's Youths and Sports Minister, Barr. Solomon Dalung says it is unfortunate that social security in Plateau State has deteriorated over the past one and half decades without concrete political will to address it.

"In all these, the victims remain the poor people, while the criminals keep changing nomenclature and modus operandi," Dalung said in a media release.

The political approach to the conflicts in the state since the 2001 Jos crisis has been more of 'drama' than positive commitment to salvaging the situation.

"As plateau bleeds like an orphan, the voices of elders and political leaders which usually provide direction are marred with silence, indifference or cold complicity," Dalung regretted.

The Minister blamed the 'weak judgment' of Plateau people for the persistent attacks.

He said, "The crisis on the Plateau is perpetuated by a group of criminals feasting on our weak judgment to destroy us.

"They manipulate sentiments to promote criminal ideology while we compliment their nefarious activities with reactions which emboldened them."

The Minister also warned against disunity amongst Plateau tribes for there to be victory against any external aggression.

"Plateau people must rally round their communities to face these criminals.

"We are strong people with the capacity to contend with any challenge but all that is required is unity.

"I appeal to all to unite so that we can maximize our strength," he said.

The Minister who just led the Nation's National Football Team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Competition in Russia called the State Government under Governor Simon Lalong to "Take responsibility of galvanizing all interests and stakeholders for the survival of the state."

"I believe we can achieve peace and regain our unity with good guidance," he said.

Nigeria: 3000 women and children starve in IDP camps after Plateau attacks

At least 5000 persons displaced by the recent attacks in more than seven Central Nigeria villages might be starving as government fails to provide relief.

The displaced, National Assembly member from the troubled Plateau State, Istifanus Gyang said are over 70% women and children.

Having lost their homes, assets and farm crops following the killings and burnings by armed bandits believed to be Fulani herdsmen, these women and children presently in at least six IDP camps might be in difficult humanitarian conditions.

"The situation is very pathetic and challenging," said National Assembly member, Mr. Gyang in a social media broadcast after delivering humanitarian aid to the camps in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

No government support has been confirmed to have reached the IDPs since the attacks commenced four days ago.

President Muhammad Buhari was in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Monday to meet with the State government officials over the killing of over 200 villagers last Saturday.

The President in his speech announced measures to curb the violence but said nothing specifically to address the humanitarian crises created by the attacks.

Aside losing harvested crops and other valuables, the displaced villagers might find it difficult continuing their sole occupations of farming, raising fears of famine in the near future.

Amnesty International on Thursday worried that the affected villages and farmlands are being deserted because people fear going back to their homes.

“We are at the peak of farming season, and communities affected by this wave of violence are largely agrarian.

"Because of fear of attacks they have either been displaced or unable to cultivate their farms, therefore their major source of food and income threatened by the attacks,” said Mr. Osai Ojigho, Director Amnesty International Nigeria in a Premium Times report.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State was recently rumoured to have paid several compensations to Fulani herdsmen following claims of their cattle being rustled.

No attacked native community in the state has however received government support as compensation or humanitarian aid from the State, except Daffo village in Bokkos LGA which got food supplies from the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

This was after a group called Concerned Ron Kulere People raised alarm over the government's neglect in a press conference, sparking protests by women groups in March 2018.

The latest displacements are also feared to heighten poverty and illiteracy as thousands of school children are now homeless.

Amnesty International in a Press statement reported by Premium Times said the failure of Nigerian government to hold 'murderers' to account is encouraging them and fueling rising insecurity across the country.

The organization in the statement signed by its media officer, Isa Sanusi, Thursday said independently verified estimated figures showed at least 1813 people have been murdered in 17 states in the country this year, double the 894 people killed in 2017.

The statement which quotes Mr. Osai Ojigho, the Director, Amnesty International Nigeria said the death tolls reflect killings as a result of farmers-herders conflict, communal clashes, Boko Haram attacks and armed banditry.

Breaking News: Plateau Assembly Dissolves LGC Transition Committees

Information filtering in says the Plateau State House of Assembly has just approved the dissolution of interim transition committees across the state.

The legislature terminated the appointments of the committees at its sitting today at the State House of Assembly chambers, Jos.

Details shortly

Inside sources: STF shields 10 Fulani arrested with arms, parades only 2 along with natives as Gashish killers

Privileged information from security sources suggests that the Special Task Force (STF) in Jos, Nigeria might be shielding nearly 10 Fulani herdsmen arrested with firearms in Gashish district, North of Plateau.

Military sources say the suspects were in the STF custody yesterday when the 13 suspected protesters arrested in Jos South on Sunday were paraded.

"They were in more than one cell. Two were in one cell along with a local who was arrested in Zawang junction when the parade was made.

"Others were in other cells," the source said.

Three other suspects were paraded yesterday by the STF as having been arrested in Gashish village in connection with the killings therein.

Among them, a native, about 30years old was paraded.

Identified by the STF as Friday, the native suspect is believed to have been arrested while defending an attacked community.

Asked whether the Gashish suspects including the native confessed to the crimes, the STF Spokesperson, Major Umar Adams said they hadn't but investigations were still on.

It is not yet known why the other 10 Fulani suspects rumoured to have been shielded were not paraded by the STF.

A protesting suspect arrested in Zawang and detained in the same cell with the herders told MKB that the suspects confirmed their involvement in the killings to him while in detention.

It is however feared that unless paraded and charged to court, the suspects might be discreetly released as allegedly happened in Daffo, Bokkos LGA and other places.

MKB however learns that after the parade yesterday, the STF released the 13 protesters arrested in Jos South on Sunday after a top politician and renowned human rights lawyer intervened.

A security source had revealed that some National Youth Service Corps members were arrested along with the rioters but later released.

The arrests by the STF on Sunday were allegedly arbitrary on the request of the State Governor, Simon Lalong after landed at the Yakubu Gowon airport from Abuja where he had gone to attend the APC Convention.

At least four people were reportedly shot during the raid when they allegedly attempted obstructing the Governor's convoy.

The protesters were reported to have violently attacked passersby, damaging vehicles and allegedly killing innocent people.

The protests which followed the killing of over 200 in Barkin Ladi LGA between Saturday and Sunday began when the STF allegedly attempted preventing the locals from collecting and depositing dead bodies of those killed in the attacks at the mortuary for subsequent mass burial.

Apology for the wrong reporting of arms raid by soldiers in Heipang

MKB wishes to apologize to the Nigerian military authorities, the Government and the general public that the earlier report of a purported arms raid by soldiers was a huge, regrettable error.

The said incident was entirely false as residents simply got apprehensive on the sight of soldiers, believing they were there on the request of Governor Simon Lalong to mop up arms.

MKB received calls from two different sources who claimed to be in the village and made efforts to verify but couldn't wait for responses to its enquiries before publishing, given the perceived reliability of the sources.

We appreciate the patronage and support of our audience especially those who took time to share and/or scrutinize the report and wish to sincerely apologize for the unintended error.

We equally regret any inconveniences caused by that hoax.

We pledge to henceforth do a thorough job in verifying every piece of information at our disposal before floating it on the cyber space.

Thank you and remain blessed.

MKB Team

Plateau killings: Barr. Dalung seeks unity against injustices

Nigerian Minister of Youths and Sports, Hon. Barrister Solomon Dalung says those attacking and killing innocent souls in Plateau state are terrorists who must not be given a chance.

In a voice message from Russia where he has been with the national football team, the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, Dalung said Plateau people must wage a joint war against the killers whom he regards as enemies of the state.

The message in both Hausa and English appeals that Plateau people should not allow their differences rip them apart in the face of the raging persecution.

"Fellow citizens of Plateau State, I'm speaking with a heavy heart, in view of the things happening in our land.

"I'm appealing to our people to not let these things divide us. The people carrying out these acts are evil and our collective enemies.

"We are of different religious, ethnic and political orientations but the people killing us are terrorists and we must expose them.

"Let us confront them collectively and ensure that we overcome them.

"May the souls of those killed in this dastardly act rest in peace with the lord," Dalung said.

Plateau APC Chair, Letep Dabang Angry over killings, says no justification whatsoever

The All Progressives Congress, APC in Plateau State says there is no justification whatsoever for the recent 'senseless' killing of 'innocent' citizens and destruction of properties in some parts of the State.

A statement by the State Chairman of the party, Hon. Letep Dabang frowned at the 'ugly manner in which lives of innocent children, women, aged and the youths were 'wasted' by 'enemies' who are bent on returning the state which had enjoyed relative peace to its dark days.

According to the statement, the right to life of every citizen as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution must be respected.

Condoling those affected by the attacks, Hon. Dabang said the party mourns those killed.

He however commended steps by the State Governor, Simon Lalong and security agencies in curbing violence from escalating.

He said the visit by the President, the VP and other steps by security agencies aided in dousing the situation.

The Party's leader however frowned at the way some persons have attempted taking advantage of the situation to score "cheap" political goals while calling for the unity of well meaning citizens towards ending the menace.

"Such measures of ensuring peace in communities must be pursued with all vigour irrespective of religious, political, ethnic and other affiliations," Dabang said.

Plateau APC Chair, Letep Dabang Angry over killings, says no justification whatsoever

The All Progressives Congress, APC in Plateau State says there is no justification whatsoever for the recent 'senseless' killing of 'innocent' citizens and destruction of properties in some parts of the State.

A statement by the State Chairman of the party, Hon. Letep Dabang frowned at the 'ugly manner in which lives of innocent children, women, aged and the youths were 'wasted' by 'enemies' who are bent on returning the state which had enjoyed relative peace to its dark days.

According to the statement, the right to life of every citizen as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution must be respected.

Condoling those affected by the attacks, Hon. Dabang said the party mourns those killed.

He however commended steps by the State Governor, Simon Lalong and security agencies in curbing violence from escalating.

He said the visit by the President, the VP and other steps by security agencies aided in dousing the situation.

The Party's leader however frowned at the way some persons have attempted taking advantage of the situation to score "cheap" political goals while calling for the unity of well meaning citizens towards ending the menace.

"Such measures of ensuring peace in communities must be pursued with all vigour irrespective of religious, political, ethnic and other affiliations," Dabang said.

Its official, Undie back to Plateau as Police Commissioner

The Nigerian Police Force has confirmed the reversal of the transfer of Mr. Undie Adie as the Plateau State Police Commissioner.

Mr. Adie was transfered by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Idris on Tuesday as confirmed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tyopev Terna in a statement.

MKB which broke the news of the transfer before it was officially reported, had yesterday evening hinted that the transfer was reversed.

In a fresh statement this afternoon by the State Command however, PPRO Tyopev Terna confirmed that the IGP had reversed the transfer.

Mr. Adie who had yesterday handed over to the new CP, Bala Ciroma, an indigene of Yobe State, the statement says was returned to the state given that he was considered to have a better understanding of the terrain in the state.

The statement however warns that deployment of officers in any part of the country is at the exclusive discretion of the IGP and should therefore not be contested.

Mr. Adie according to the statement had since taken over from his initial successor.

CP Adie appreciated the support of Plateau people so far and sued for more, the statement says.

Rep ID Gyang launches #BRING BACK OUR LAND campaign

Member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom federal constituency in the Nigerian National Assembly, Dr. Istifanus Dung Gyang has just launched a special campaign to call for the restoration of the ancestral lands of Plateau natives to their original owners.

The campaign under the hashtag #BRING BACK OUR LAND -#BBOL is expected to call the international community to the ongoing killings and annihilation of Plateau natives.

This is what ID Gyang wrote on social media:

Join me as we kick start the 'BRING BACK OUR LAND (#BBOL)  demand for the full and total restoration of ALL ANCESTRAL LAND UNDER FORCEFUL OCCUPATION  following the violent killing and displacement of the native and aboriginal land owners by killer herdsmen in Plateau State.
The #BBOL shall be sustained until all our ancestral land and heritage  is fully restored and recovered.
Rep ID Gyang
#BBOL Convener.

Breaking News: Soldiers Storm Heipang for arms search on request of Lalong

There is an ongoing faceoff between military operatives and residents of Heipang community near Plateau State Polytechnic, Jos over an attempted arms search instructed by State authorities.

Sources in the community say soldiers arrived the village this morning attempting to raid houses but have been resisted by the villagers.

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong yesterday requested that the President, Muhammad Buhari should direct a house-to-house search of local communities for illegal firearms.

The request was last night rumoured to have been followed up with a directive by the Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Danbazzau for communities to be ransacked.

The request and the following rumours sparked tension across the state as locals who have been the victims of Fulani attacks were believed to be the prime targets.

Nigerian Musicians Pained Over Plateau Killings

The Performing Musicians  Association of Nigeria (PMAN) says it is 'greatly' pained by the persistent violence and "total disregard for the sanctity of life in Nigeria by a group of hideously evil persons who have no iota of respect for humanity, decency and civilization."

The group in a statement yesterday said it is disturbed by the repeated acts of mass killings and destructions in various parts of the country.

The statement by its National President, Dr.Gbenga Falope Jnr. demanded that President Buhari sits up on the issue of security by bringing to book the perpetrators of the "barbarous mass murder" and their 'clandestine' sponsors.

"These killings point to a grand evil design by enemies of peace and Nigerian unity who have desperately been trying to bring our dear country to a sorry point," the statement says.

Condoling with Nigerians affected by the recent herdsmen killings especially in Plateau State, the group tasked Nigerians to be watchful and avoid playing into the hands of "these agents of disunity".

Award winning Plateau Police Spokesman, Tyopev Terna jumps up the ladder

Plateau State Public Relations Officer, formerly, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Matthias Tyopev Terna has earned a new rank in his career.

Mr. Terna who was on Monday decorated with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) by the State Police Commissioner, Undie Adie might be earning his second promotion since he joined the Police service in 2012 as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police.

The 33 year old winner of the Meritorious Service Award and Pan-African Links Diamonds award is an alumnus of the Nigeria Police Academy in Wudil Kano State.

Gboko born Terna who is a graduate of the Benue State University, Makurdi also holds a National Diploma in Public Administration from Nasarawa Polytechnic, Lafia.

An Associate of National Institute of Public Relations NIPR, DSP Terna has been described by many as the most efficient PPRO ever deployed to Plateau State.

His Meritorious service award in 2017 was in fact in recognition of his prompt information delivery and matchless records in good media relations.

His promotion came with a charge to be more active in rendering service to the nation and humanity in general through his office.

The State Police boss, CP Undie Adie, decorating him with his new rank at the State Police Command reminded him that every elevation comes with increased responsibilities, a challenge the new DSP Terna gladly accepted.

With this promotion and his declaration to never let the Force and the nation down, the Force is on its way to achieving even more remarkable feats through his contributions.

Congratulations DSP Matthias Tyopev Terna from all of us in MKB.

Breaking News: Redeployment of Plateau Police Commissioner Reversed

Information available to MKB this evening suggests the earlier announced replacement of Mr. Undie Adie as Plateau State Police Commissioner may have been reversed.

CP Adie was earlier confirmed to have been replaced with Yobe State-born Bala Ciroma, ex Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID), FCT Command.

Sources who hinted of Mr. Adie's redeployment back to the State could not however confirm the reason for the decision by the Force headquarters.

"The CP was just parking his luggage ready to relocate to his new station when he got a call from Abuja to stay back," a source close to the CP told MKB.

It is however believed that the controversy created by the news especially among the Christian population in the state may have forced the reversal.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State, Tyopev Terna who was today confirmed to have been promoted from Assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Superintendent of Police was however still to respond to an enquiry text sent to him as of the time of publishing this report.

Confirmed! Yobe born Bala Ciroma officially replaces Undie Adie as Plateau Police Commissioner

Yobe born CP Bala Ciroma has officially taken over from CP Undie Adie as Police Commissioner for Plateau State.

MKB had Tuesday morning reported the move to replace Mr. Adie after he reportedly flouted directives from federal authorities to keep secret the death toll from the recent attacks in the state.

(See Breaking: New Police Commissioner takes over Plateau, youths declare zero confidence in securities https://masarakim.blogspot.com/2018/06/breaking-new-police-commissioner-takes.html)

Another sin of the outgoing CP, it was learnt was his seeming resolve not to outrightly support claims of cattle rustling, used by Fulani leaders as justifications for the attacks.

A statement by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna this afternoon however did not give reasons for his transfer.

The statement did not also say where Mr. Adie was transfered to.

It only reported that the new CP until his appointment was the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of the FCT's Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID).

CP Ciroma according to the statement is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri who has served in different capacities in the force and elsewhere, working in almost all 36 States of the federation and the FCT.

Breaking: New Police Commissioner takes over Plateau, youths declare zero confidence in securities

A new Police Commissioner has been assigned to Plateau State, official sources have revealed.

The new CP, a yet to be identified northerner was detailed to take over the administration of the State Force Command yesterday as Vice President Yemi Osibanjo was arriving the state.

The outgoing CP, Undie Adie had just released figures of the recent killings in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the State when he was transfered.

Mr. Adie had announced a death toll of 11 on Sunday and later apologized, announcing 86 as the death toll from one village in the attacks that ravaged Gashish district, presumably against a Presidential directive that the actual death toll should be kept secret.

Mr. Adie had equally denied knowledge of some missing Fulani cattle used as justification for the attacks by Fulani leaders.

Although his transfer has not been officially announced, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Tyopev Terna when contacted could not confirm or dispel the reports.

"When that is done we will let members of the press know," he said on the phone when MKB reached him.

Mr. Adie's transfer comes on the heals of a vote of no confidence in the security agencies in the state by the Plateau Youth Council.

Chairman of the Youths, Dr. Jemchang Fabong, through his deputy, Orthniel Gunden told journalists on Tuesday that it had evidences the Special Task Force in the state was collaborating with Fulani herdsmen to attack minorities in local communities.

"The presence of security agencies under a climate of mistrust from the communities who are currently vulnerable and helpless is not good for state-citizen relationship," Mr. Fabong said.

The youths' concerns came few hours to the President's visit to Plateau State.

Breaking: Buhari arrives Jos today amidst increased violence by herdsmen

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Jos today to assess the level of security following recent killings in parts of Plateau State.

Presidency sources say the President is billed to arrive Jos by 12 noon.

His coming follows a town hall meeting of critical stakeholders with the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo in Jos last night.

Mr. Buhari was last in Jos on March 8, 2018 when several killings were recorded in Bassa and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the State.

Top elites including the Governor, Simon Lalong at the town hall meeting with Buhari when he came last failed to give a true picture of the Fulani herdsmen attacks in the State.

Many of them who spoke at the meeting told the President the state was peaceful when over 120 people had been killed by  from January 2018 alone.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State recently said as always, there were only "pockets of clashes" in Plateau State which he had assured the President he had contained.

Buhari's coming this time is expected to provide answers to critical questions on his care for the Christian minority tribes in the Northern region and his inability to call his kinsmen, the Fulani herdsmen to order.

He had directed a military crackdown of militants in the Niger Delta region and other places, but has only called for "restraint" in a recent statement on the renewed killings in Plateau.

He is expected to direct the installation of a special military operation base in Mahanga, Barkin Ladi LGA, one of the suspected strongholds of the Fulani militia in Plateau State.

The fear for many however might be that the base could likely be used as a cover to further give the militia an edge over the defenseless civilians.

Buhari might also be faced with the question of the legality of violent retaliation as recently claimed by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, as against following judicial procedure in the face of crime.

He might also be challenged on the possession of illegal arms by the Fulani herdsmen as well as the recently reported excesses by the military against the native communities in the state.

The STF in the state has been accused of forcing attacked communities to secretly bury their members who have been killed by the Fulani presumably to shield the world from the overwhelming figures of those killed.

If Buhari's coming does not result in a permanent end to the attacks, it might be hard to stop already popular insinuations that he was on a mission to deliver Nigeria especially the Middle Belt region to Islam.

Buhari comes on the heals of peaceful demonstrations being organized by popular activist, Oby Ezekwisili in Abuja over the killings in Plateau.

A group of women in Jos was also said to be planning a peaceful rally to protest the killings.

Plateau Killings: Buhari arrives Jos today amidst renewed violence by suspected Fulani herdsmen

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Jos today to assess the level of security following recent killings in parts of Plateau State.

Presidency sources say the President is billed to arrive Jos by 12 noon.

His coming follows a town hall meeting of critical stakeholders with the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo in Jos last night.

Mr. Buhari was last in Jos on March 8, 2018 when several killings were recorded in Bassa and Bokkos Local Government Areas of the State.

Top elites including the Governor, Simon Lalong at the town hall meeting with Buhari when he came last failed to give a true picture of the Fulani herdsmen attacks in the State.

Many of them who spoke at the meeting told the President the state was peaceful when over 120 people had been killed by  from January 2018 alone.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State recently said as always, there were only "pockets of clashes" in Plateau State which he had assured the President he had contained.

Buhari's coming this time is expected to provide answers to critical questions on his care for the Christian minority tribes in the Northern region and his inability to call his kinsmen, the Fulani herdsmen to order.

He had directed a military crackdown of militants in the Niger Delta region and other places, but has only called for "restraint" in a recent statement on the renewed killings in Plateau.

Buhari might also be faced with the question of the legality of violent retaliation as recently claimed by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, as against following judicial procedure in the face of crime.

He might also be challenged on the possession of illegal arms by the Fulani herdsmen as well as the recently reported excesses by the military against the native communities in the state.

The STF in the state has been accused of forcing attacked communities to secretly bury their members who have been killed by the Fulani presumably to shield the world from the overwhelming figures of those killed.

If Buhari's coming does not result in a permanent end to the attacks, it might be hard to stop already popular insinuations that he was on a mission to deliver Nigeria especially the Middle Belt region to Islam.

Buhari comes on the heals of peaceful demonstrations being organized by popular activist, Oby Ezekwisili in Abuja over the killings in Plateau.

A group of women in Jos was also said to be planning a peaceful rally to protest the killings.

Plateau: Death toll from Dorowa attacks hits 15 as tension grips parts of Jos

Death toll from yesterday's attacks in Dorowa Babuje village near Jos Nigeria has hit 15, local sources say.

Five of them, sources say were killed by armoured artillery believed to be operated by Federal securities deployed to the village after distress calls during the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

MKB had earlier reported that the Special Task Force personnel who were said to have been helpful in fighting off the attackers were overstretched.

It was later learnt that a supposed reinforcement was called for which did arrive but with fierce aggression against the victims.

"The military in uniform and an Armour Personnel Car led Fulani's this evening to attack the village," a villager said.

Another villager told MKB, "They chased us with heavy gunfire right into the bushes, about 2km off, killing five people and wounding others.

"I personally took some two wounded persons to the hospital in Mangu.

"While they were chasing us, the Fulani were following behind, burning our houses."

MKB made a call to another source in the village who said he was still in the bushes hiding along with many others chased by the "armoured artillery."

He said "the initial STF personnel on ground were helpful but the reinforcements that came didn't seem to be government forces.

"They met us trying to find shelter from the attackers and we thought they were for us until they started killing us."

According to him, all the Christian villagers had been displaced and hadn't homes to stay even if the situation had doused down.

A Pastor from the village identified here as Pastor PGD for security reasons, whose family house was burnt in the attack said some Churches in the village were burnt down.

"Assemblies of God Church, First Baptist Church, Tsauke Baptist Church, Living Faith Church and COCIN LCC Ratatis, have all been razed down by fire by Muslims immediately after this (yesterday) afternoon sallah in Dorowa Babuje.

"All houses of Christians in Angwan Tudu (Upper Street of Dorowa Babuje), were burnt down."

Pastor PGD gave some names of those killed as Vincent Peru, Noxxy, Wash Turareh & others yet to be fully identified."

He also corroborated the claims of military collusion with the Muslim attackers.

"Soldiers openly chased the Christians from the town giving Muslims good back up to set Christians houses ablaze," he said.

MKB had earlier in the morning reported the smuggling of 3,500 fake military uniforms designed with ranks into the state for use by a gang of 10500 armed Fulani militia.

It had also earlier in the year reported the deployment of sophisticated military hardware including high-powered arms and ammunitions, military patrol vans and a team of militia for a planned ethnic cleansing in the state.

The reports have attracted wide criticisms and threats on the publisher, Masara Kim from both government securities and private individuals.

The use if fake military personnel in Plateau State dates back to the 2001 Jos crisis where many died by the bullets of fake forces.

The government has not done much in fishing these fake forces and guaranteeing security for the civilian populations.

In 2009, it was reported that names of over 4000 Boko Haram militants had been smuggled into the military recruitment list of that year.

The recruitment exercise was asked to be cancelled but that was not done.

Aside the commencement of violent attacks by the Boko Haram sect in 2009, several instances of suspected military aided attacks on Christian native communities became rampant from 2010.

Several groups have protested the presence of the STF in Plateau State, but no effort has been made to check issues of perceived complacency among the personnel.

Meanwhile, tension has been reported in New Abuja, Dadin Kowa and parts of Rayfield communities in Jos the Plateau State Capital.

This follows overnight threats of attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

Although unconfirmed, local sources say there were suspicious movements and call for prayers at midnight yesterday, which was abnormal and alarming.

Residents flew distress messages on social media but no attack has been confirmed yet.



Breaking: Armoured artillery allegedly sprays bullets on fleeing attack victims in Dorowa, Plateau State

At least seven people have been confirmed dead following renewed attacks on Central Nigeria's Dorowa Babuje village near Plateau State NYSC Orientation Camp, Mangu, Monday.

Five of the victims, sources say were killed by armoured artillery deployed to the village, evening.

MKB had earlier reported that the Special Task Force personnel who had been helpful in fighting off the attackers were overstretched.

It was later learnt that a supposed reinforcement was called for which did arrive but with fierce aggression against the victims.

"The military in uniform and an Armour Personnel Car led Fulani's this evening to attack the village," a villager said.

Another villager told MKB, "They chased us with heavy gunfire right into the bushes, about 2km off, killing five people and wounding others.

"I personally took some two wounded persons to the hospital in Mangu.

"While they were chasing us, the Fulani were following behind, burning our houses."

MKB made a call to another source in the village who said he was still in the bushes hiding along with many others chased by the "armoured artillery."

He said "the initial STF personnel on ground were helpful but the reinforcements that came didn't seem to be government forces.

"They met us trying to find shelter from the attackers and we thought they were for us until they started killing us."

According to him, all the Christian villagers had been displaced and hadn't homes to stay even if the situation had doused down.

MKB had earlier in the morning reported the smuggling of 3,500 fake military uniforms designed with ranks into the state for use by a gang of 10500 armed Fulani militia.

It had also earlier in the year reported the deployment of sophisticated military hardware including high-powered arms and ammunitions, military patrol vans and a team of militia for a planned ethnic cleansing in the state.

The reports have attracted wide criticisms and threats on the publisher, Masara Kim from both government securities and private individuals.

The use if fake military personnel in Plateau State dates back to the 2001 Jos crisis where many died by the bullets of fake forces.

The government has not done much in fishing these fake forces and guaranteeing security for the civilian populations.

In 2009, it was reported that names of over 4000 Boko Haram militants had been smuggled into the military recruitment list of that year.

The recruitment exercise was asked to be cancelled but that was not done.

Aside the commencement of violent attacks by the Boko Haram sect in 2009, several instances of suspected military aided attacks on Christian native communities became rampant from 2010.

Several groups have protested the presence of the STF in Plateau State, but no effort has been made to check issues of perceived complacency among the personnel.

As we witness another monstrous slaughter of over 200 innocent souls in Plateau|| Femi Fani-Kayode

As we witnessed the slaughter and were confronted with the monstrous obscenity of yet another 200 innocent souls being butchered by Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state yesterday there is very little that gives us cause for cheer in our country. 

Evil abounds, acts of kindness are rare and people have become insensitive, unfeeling, uncaring and hard-hearted. 

Worse-still, these barbaric events are undereported in the media, played down and quickly forgotten whilst the ruling class, from both sides of the political divide, do not appear to care less. 

As the good people of the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America, express sorrow and outrage about immigrant children being forcefully separated from their parents by Homeland Security and immigration officials and incarcerated at their southern borders, the people of Nigeria, as stoic and uncaring as ever, continue their day to day lives with little protest and no expression of horror, shame or disbelief as hudreds of thousands of their compatriots, including women and children, are butchered by heartless and cruel Fulani terrorists all over the country.  

Saddled with a President with an insidious and utterly hideous agenda and who leads a Federal Government that encourages, administers and sponsors terror and protects the terrorists, the truth is that wickedness, horror, the flow of innocent blood, violent death, carnage and the barbarous and bestial acts of an undeclared civil war have become the norm in our country and we have lost our sense of humanity and decency. 

Events that would literally traumatise people and give them sleepless nights in civilised countries hardly move us in Nigeria: we have become numb to our natural sensibilities of love, compassion, sensitivity and sound reasoning and our hearts have been turned into stone. 

That is what the sinister and dark forces that have seized our collective destiny and that have been ruling our nation for the last three years have done to us. 

We are used to abnormal bestial acts and the most barbaric courses of action and we sit back and crack jokes as our peoole are subjected to genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder by agents and friends of the state. 

We clap and make merry as we are confronted with the ugly sight of our perverse and vampiric President dancing on the coffins and defecating on the graves of the slaughtered innocents by going to Eagle square for a party convention at the very same moment that his subjects in Plateau state are being butchered and carved up by those that the Holy Bible describes as "evil and bloodthirsty men" like turkeys on Christmas day. 

Yet in this cacaphony of madness and theater of the absurd that Nigeria has been transformed into by the  tyrant and his underlings there are still a few acts of kindness that remind us that all hope is not lost and that despite the evil that we see and hear about every day, we are still human beings. 

We are reminded that in a nation which serves as home to millions of hard-hearted and unfeeling cruel souls, there are, thankfully, still a few good men. 

Consider the following. Some time back I went to  see a prominent and well respected man of God to discuss national issues and to ask him to pray for the nation. 

When I got there I saw a good-looking young man with him. He treated the young man with such love, affection and kindness that I thought he was his son.

When I asked him he said that he was not his son but someone that he took into his Church and that he had more or less adopted. 

He said that the young man's whole family, including his parents, brothers and sisters had been wiped out all in one night by a group of cold-blooded butchers and that during the killing spree the young man himself had had his throat slit open and was left for dead. 

He said that when he heard the story he was moved and decided to look for the youngman, take him in and look after him even though he had never met him before and he did not know his family. Such gestures and acts of kindness are rare and consequently I was deeply touched. 

On my way out I saw the young man again and this time I looked at him more closely. I noticed that there was a deep and long scar across his throat which had clearly healed over a period of time but which was nevertheless stilI visible. 

I also noticed that he looked confident, happy and relaxed despite his past travails and ordeal.  As I left the Church and drove off in my car I thought to myself that this is a true man of God. 

He took in and assisted the poor, the afflicted, the weak, the suffering and the vulnerable and he not only nurtured and strengthened them but he also gave them hope again. 

That is surely what being a preacher, a pastor and a servant of God is all about: to care for the stranger, to bring healing to the sick, to heal the broken-hearted, to set the captives free and to be a good Samaritan. 

This aspect of the glorious gospel of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in my view, is even more important than all the prophecies and miracles. 

It is only a truly strong man that is filled with the Spirit of God that goes out of his way to help those that are suffering, in danger or in need. 

The weak, the irresponsible and the morally reprehensible never help anyone but themselves whilst the strong, the responsible and the profoundly good are more than happy to lend a helping hand to those that are less fortunate. That is the message of Christ: to love and to do unto others as we would do unto ourselves and that is why the Holy Bible says "thou shall know them by their fruits". 

It is a joy and a relief to know that we still have such men in the Body of Christ and in our shores. 

The Pastors name is Prophet T.B. Joshua and his Church is called Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN). 

No matter what anyone may say or feel about this deeply committed and compassionate man the truth is as follows: 

If we had more leaders and clerics that showed as much compassion and love to the poor, the helpless and the suffering as he does, Nigeria would be a much better place. 

T.B. Joshua turned 55 years old on June 12th. Once again I wish him a happy birthday. He has done us proud.

Massive killings hit Dorowa Babuje as VP Osibanjo lands in Jos

Massive killings have been reported in Dorowa Babuje near Plateau State NYSC orientation camp, Mangu as Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo arrives Jos.

Mr. Osibanjo landed in Jos at about 4pm to find lasting solutions to the attacks that hit parts of Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Bokkos Local Government Areas over the past two days.

At least 200 people have been reportedly killed in the attacks.

The renewed attacks in Dorowa came as the VP was planning to come to Jos.

A source in the village who could barely speak when contacted on the phone said, "The situation is so bad right now."

A security source told MKB that the village was this afternoon surrounded by armed Fulani herdsmen who have been burning houses and killing anyone in sight ever since.

Military operatives from the Special Task Force in the village are said to have been overpowered by the attackers.

"There are military there but they have been overpowered," said a source from the village. 

Plateau Govt pleads for censorship of attack pictures on social media

The Plateau state government has expressed 'great concern' over the manner in which 'gory' pictures of victims of the 'unfortunate' attacks in parts of the state are being circulated on the social media.

While sympathizing with affected families and  communities, the government in a statement advised citizens to  respect the sanctity of both the living and  the dead, "particularly, at this time when the entire state is in mourning mood."

The statement signed by the state commissioner of information and communication, Yakubu Dati appeals to citizens to remain calm, vigilant and  report any suspicious persons or activities to security operatives.

He assured that government will never relent in its commitment to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

Plateau Killings: VP Osibanjo arrives B/Ladi today

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo is expected in the troubled Barkin Ladi Local Government headquarters any moment from now.

Mr. Osibanjo's coming is sequel to widespread killings in the locality and beyond by suspected Fulani herdsmen over the past two days.

Security sources say the VP will hold meetings with critical stakeholders on arrival.

According to the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati, Mr. Osibanjo will attend a townhall meeting at the State Government House after touring B/Ladi.

Osibanjo is expected to land by 4pm at the Yakubu Gowon airport.

Breaking News: 3,500 fake military uniforms, patrol vans smuggled to Plateau State for use by 10,500 armed militia

Privileged information available to MKB says about 3,500 fake military uniforms designed with ranks have been smuggled into Plateau State for use by a sworn legion of 10,500 armed militia.

A Presidency source revealed in confidence that the uniforms are expected to be used as a cover for an effective ethnic cleansing mission.

Areas marked for such operations according to him are parts of Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Bokkos, Jos East and Bassa LGAs, the source said.

"They are expected to offer military support mainly to the Fulani, supplying arms where necessary and disguising as army to invade areas the armed Fulani herdsmen cannot access," he said.

The source said the militia have been distributed to the target local governments for onward execution of the plan.

Their aim be said is to render as much as possible land belonging to Plateau natives desolate for easy occupation by Fulani herdsmen.

The ultimate objective for them, alongside many others sent to different states in Nigeria's Middle Belt region according to the source is to heighten the population of the Fulani within the region towards giving it a northern identity in case of a breakup in the now Nigerian nation.

"The breakup is in the pipeline and President Buhari will be the one to champion it under the pretext of pressure from prevailing circumstances," he said.

The source's claims have not been confirmed by any official in government or security but a top detective reported having knowledge.

Another security source last night also reported that a military patrol van believed to be carrying illegal arms was intercepted around Zawang, Jos South LGA on its way to B/Ladi.

Vigilant youths according to him chased the vehicle which fled and disappeared before they could make arrest.

President Buhari has not clearly shown any interest in splitting Nigeria but has directed a thorough search for crude oil in the country's northeast.

He has also allegedly recruited more northern indigenes in the nation's security forces than any other President in Nigeria's history.

In addition, Buhari has allegedly appointed more Muslims than any other religion in his government, signed several trade agreements with the Arab league as well as forced the membership of different Islamic unions on Nigeria.

Buhari who has appeared tough on all sociopolitical movements in Nigeria's Southern region, directing a military crackdown of the Niger Delta militants as well as proscribing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement has been defiantly mute on the sustained killings by his kinsmen, the Fulani herdsmen.

The herdsmen who according to the Global Terrorism Index have killed over 60,000 people, mostly in Central Nigeria since 2001 have held hostage of three LGAs in Plateau State with massive killings since Saturday.

As of yesterday, Police reported 86 deaths from about 11 villages in Barkin Ladi LGA.

Sources in the affected villages however put the death toll above 200.

The State Special Task Force is however reporting 72 as the death toll.

The STF has been accused of trying to conceal the figure obviously to douse tension.

Security sources say the STF has insisted on releasing corpses of the attack victims to individual families for burial instead of organizing a mass burial, a situation that sparked riots in parts of the Plateau State capital.

An internationally renowned civil society activist had made a social media broadcast alleging that the STF had vowed to withhold military, medical and other humanitarian assistance to the attacked communities until they quietly bury their deceased members.

MKB however learns that most of the affected villages, mostly in Gashish district of Barkin Kadi LGA were sacked by the attackers with hardly a house still standing as of yesterday.

In fact, MKB's sources in the villages, most of whom were still in hiding with no military intervention had reported continued killings by the herders who after displacing the communities were hunting and killing survivors in the bushes.

MKB also learns that the attacks had spread to communities along the boundaries of B/Ladi and Bokkos, causing tension in the surrounding villages including Butura, host community of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, which is barely 20km from B/Ladi town.

The Plateau State Police Command in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Terna had also said yesterday that the "corpses were released to the families for burial."

The State Government has however placed a dusk to dawn curfew on Jos South, B/Ladi and Riyom LGAs towards curbing the violence and the riots that followed the insistence by securities for the death toll from the attacks to be kept secret.

Many have however expressed disappointment at the State Government's approach citing previous instances where locals were kept indoors by the curfews while the attackers descended on them.

The curfew is also thought to expose local communities to military victimization.

Last night after the curfew was declared, it was reported that some people including students of the Plateau State College of Health technology, Zawang, Jos were shot by some men in army uniform on a military patrol van.

Authorities have not confirmed this report but it is said that B/Ladi town and a village called Kwi were invaded by unidentified gunmen last night.

Details shortly

Mass Attack: Nigerian Reps member, ID Gyang Indicts Government Over Killings

Nigeria's House of Reps member, Istifanus Gyang has cried for help for his people facing violent attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

More than 200 corpses are said to have been recovered so far from different locations in the locality.

Sources in the Special Task Force search and rescue team deployed to the affected villages, Sunday morning however say the figure is just slightly above 70.

Police authorities who had placed the death toll at 11 have reportedly returned to say 86 people were killed.

Viewpoint Nigeria placed the figure at 106 as of noon while an unnamed source puts it slightly above 160.

A source who claimed to have participated in the search for the corpses however said in all, 216 corpses were recovered and deposited at different mortuaries in Jos.

The Member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency at the Nigerian House of Reps in a social SOS described the attacks as "Painful holocaust, ethnic cleansing and genocidal killing of my people under the watch of a government that has abdicated its primary constitutional responsibility of safeguarding lives of law abiding citizens."

He was still to issue details of the attacks as according to him, the casualty figure was still "unfolding".

Meanwhile, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State has appealed for calm after an on-the-spot assessment of some areas affected by the "disturbances."

Gov Lalong in a statement by his state commissioner for information, Yakubu Dati further called on the citizens to observe the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on Jos South, Riyom and B/Ladi LGAs.

The Governor had announced a curfew on the localities in a statement through his Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature.

Gov. Lalong contemplates trip to Russia amidst fierce attacks on Plateau villages

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State has returned to Jos to douse tension following violent attacks that have persisted in some communities in Northern Plateau's Barkin Ladi Local Government Area since yesterday.

An earlier statement by the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati, Sunday afternoon said the Governor "cut short his participation at the on going All Progressives Congress National Convention in Abuja" to enable him "personally take charge of the security situation in the state."

Sources in the Government House say the Governor had planned flying to Russia after yesterday's APC Convention in Abuja with his wife, Regina Lalong to watch the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup competition.

The Governor had however reportedly promised arriving Jos from Abuja (4hrs drive) since morning on Sunday after several distress calls but never did till evening.

Some legislative sources who had reportedly called the Governor and the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Rufus Bature to respond to the security situation say the duo only pledged "to see what they could do."

Although the State Government through the SSG later imposed a 6pm-6am curfew on B/Ladi, Jos South and Riyom LGAs, some commentators had wondered why Gov. Lalong didn't consider chattering a flight as a concerned Governor just to be there for his distressed electorates.

The Governor's absence is believed to be responsible for the perceived laxity by security agencies to effectively neutralize the bloodbath ongoing in many communities.

Military intervention has been reported to be weak or totally absent in many of the affected communities.

The attacks which are reported to have intensified by the minute have resulted in the death of at least 200 people as confirmed by multiple sources.

Other sources however put the death toll at 82 as of 4pm, confirming from the records of the STF Search and Rescue team deployed earlier today.

While Police authorities have released names of 11 people as the only victims of the attacks that have lasted since noon yesterday, MKB learns that there have erupted bloody riots around Anguldi, Jos South LGA following a disagreement between the STF and local youths on the preservation of the recovered corpses.

A security source said while the STF wanted the corpses silently buried due to their large number in order not to raise alarm, the youths wanted the corpses deposited at Ola Hospital mortuary, Zawang among others for onward mass burial.

As of the time of publishing this report, some four people were feared killed as a result of the riots.

Gov. Lalong who arrived Jos at about 5pm mobilized for the neutralization of the riots but not the attacks which were said to be fast spreading to Bokkos.


Plateau Attacks: We cannot accept this spate of senseless killings|| Arc. Hart Bankat

It is indeed a dark period through our history as we daily witness the annihilation of our defenseless brethren with a mission yet unknown, about the underlying causes of such heinous and barbaric acts of extreme inhumanity.

It saddens us as a people the more as those victims of the mayhem rely on our voices to provide essence to their livelihoods. This is unjust and this is unacceptable. We condemn this continuous wave of violence and fear in loud totality. The hope of the masses is daily getting extinguished.

The call is NOW!!!

The need for transformation has never been greater and the bar for safety has never been higher for we to speak up and act. This is a call for Justice with the necessary set of tools to evoke and uplift the conscience of those in power to speedily come to the aid of her people.

Our People have been reduced to numbers and lives have been as expendable to say the least.  We have fallen into terrible statistics and no one is safer than others. The children, the women, the old, the young, the farmers, the traders... No one is spared.

"During the times of despair, we later do not remember the wickedness of our enemies but the silence of our friends"

We can not accept this spate of dastard killings in any part of our state and nation. Innocent people can no longer live at the discretion of their enemies. We mourned yesterday, we are mourning today and we will not mourn tomorrow.

The evil elimination of our sisters and brothers should not be left to prevail. We are here to encourage everyone involved in the sacred oath of protecting lives and properties to go beyond self and act accordingly to end this mayhem.

I am deeply saddened by this ugly reality and may our cry reach the depth of national conscience.

#PLATEAU_MUST_NOT_FALL

Arc. Hart Bankat.

Nigeria: 200 corpses recovered as military launch Search and Rescue Mission in attacked Plateau villages

Unconfirmed reports say at least 200 corpses of those killed last night in sustained herdsmen attacks on Central Nigerian villages have been recovered.

Though Police authorities place the figure at 11, the 200 corpses according to security sources were recovered by military Search and Rescue forces from over five villages in Plateau's Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

The villages given as Xland, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk all in Gashish district as well as Rakok, Kok and Razat villages all in Ropp district.

According to the source, Xland, Gindin Akwati, Kura Falls, Nghar and Ruku villages were completely sacked by the armed herders.

In Nghar village alone, about 70 corpses were recovered as the entire village was razed down.

Ruku village was equally razed down according to him but with no idea of casualties.

In Xland and Gindi Akwati villages where many survivors were believed to still be hiding in the bushes during the search operation, over 60 people were killed.

"Many people are still trapped in the bushes with no help for food, security, shelter or even medication.

"There isn't anyone to help evacuate them from the troubled area because the security authorities themselves are not responsive," he said.

MKB made contacts with some victims of the attack in Kakuruk village where it gathered that the STF men on ground could only secure lives but not properties.

Several houses including a Church and a top Pastor's house were burnt down in the village with one death recorded, it was learnt.

According to the sources, over 200 people were taking refuge in the STF base in the village expecting evacuation.

Security authorities had since yesterday assured of neutralizing threats before they escalated.

A top STF officer had also reported deploying "heavy reinforcements" to the troubled areas earlier today.

Sources in Xland village had cried that the STF personbel therein had complained of having insufficient equipment to work with.

Sources in the Presidency however say the claims were part of a plan to allow the militant Fulani have a field day, terrorizing the unarmed civilian population to forcefully secure a grazing field.

Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs have been under sustained attacks for the past eight years with nearly 50 villages sacked so far.

The member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal constituency in the Nigerian House of Reps, Istifanus Gyang has described the latest reign of terror in the area as senseless bloodbath.

The Plateau State Government has also said it is deeply pained that "despite concerted efforts which had led to the restoration of relative peace across the state, some unpatriotic elements are bent on disrupting the gains so far made."

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Yakubu Dati today condemned the attacks assuring government had mobilised the "full compliments of security forces who are restoring normalcy in the affected areas and the environs."

While his statement was being circulated however, reports filtered in that more attacks were ongoing in unsecured communities even while the search and rescue operation launched by the STF was on.

"They allow the securities to move to one direction and strike again in another direction where security attention is absent," a source in one of the affected villages said.

Thousands Join Saf Butura as he Celebrates Honourary Doctorate Degree in Jos

By Jimme Matyek


The Saf Butura of Bokkos Local Government, Plateau State, Da Engineer John Gabriel Mallo Makwal, has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Engineering, Honorus Causa (D.Engr.), by the University of Jos.

The village Chief was conferred with the award on Saturday at the Jeremiah Timbut  Useni Stadium located at the Unijos Naraguta Campus. 

Conferring the doctorate on him, the Vice-Chancellor of the university of Jos, Prof. Seddi Maimako said the honorary causa award waa in recognition of Engr. Mallo's contributions to humanity through his philanthropic gestures. 

The Saf Butura was accompanied to the 29th and 30th joint convocation ceremony by scores of prominent sons and daughters of Butura land amid cheers by students of the University of Jos from Butura land and Bokkos local government area. 

Two others were conferred with honorary degrees alongside the Saf Butura. They are the immediate past Chairperson of the Police Service Commission and former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro and the Executive Secretary of the National Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta. 

An honorary degree, in Latin a degree honoris causa ("for the sake of the honor") or ad honorem ("to the honor"), is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, a dissertation and the passing of comprehensive examinations. The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master's degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution or no previous post-secondary education. 

HRH Saf Butura a resourceful engineering professional with a wide range of experience in the Manufacturing and Oil & Gas industries was born on the 20th of January, 1970. He has a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

 

He started out as a Trainee Manager and rose to the peak of his career as the first Nigerian and black man to manage a multinational company - Tenaris Global Services. He is also the first black man and Nigerian to occupy the position of the General Manager at AOS Orwell Group.

 As an astute entrepreneur, he established Bejafta Group in 1998 and initiated activities actively in 2005 as the Managing Director. The company has grown to become a household name in the manufacturing services and the oil and gas sector.

Among his achievements is the development of all process control plan for the threading/ finishing line in TENARIS GLOBAL SERVICES NIGERIA(TGSN). Successful integration of a Warri facility after acquisition from former Hydril in 2007 /2008. Designing and fabricating a hydraulic pressure jaw required for the feed-in unit in FIRST ALUMINIUM ROLLING MILLS. This was locally done with available materials, thereby saving the cost of a new imported and expensive unit.

He has proven leadership skills and has attended various international training. He is a great motivator, a team player and is happily married.

Plateau: Journalist, 500 others returning from burial ambushed near Kura Falls

Over 500 people returning from a funeral service in Central Nigeria's Gashish village, near Kura Falls in Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State were this afternoon ambushed by armed men.

The attack which occurred few meters away from a military checkpoint in Kafi Abu village left many severely wounded and several cars shattered.

The attackers who opened fire on the convoy of sympathizers hit a vehicle on which a journalist, Masara Kim was riding, wounding one person.

At least four other travellers were critically wounded in different other vehicles.

In one vehicle, the driver and another woman were shot in their legs.

Another driver carrying over five passengers was shot in the arm resulting in the car crashing.

All on board reportedly evacuated and fled into the bushes amidst heavy gunfire.

The attackers who had laid another ambush about a kilometer ahead of the Kafi Abu military checkpoint were cleared by the few STF personnel on ground before the victims could be evacuated.

The STF Sector 7 headquarters in Barkin Ladi which could not be immediately reached during the attack due to mobile network failure was later able to deploy an Armoured Personnel Carrier to restore normalcy in the affected area.

The attackers by their looks were Fulani herdsmen who have dominated Gashish district after displacing the villagers in series of attacks since 2010.

They were earlier reported to have shot and killed a man and a woman in Kura Falls and Exland villages respectively while the funeral service of Late Da Peter Jakawa was ongoing at the COCIN RCC Gashish headquarters in Kakuruk village.

While the man shot in Kura Falls, a relative of the deceased was on his way to attend the funeral service when he was ambushed and killed, the woman killed in Exland was reportedly attacked at a mining site.

The suspect of the Kura Falls attack was said to have been apprehended while the others were still at large as of the time of publishing this report.

No official comment has been received yet.

Butura Community Celebrates Conferment of Honorary Doctorate on Village Chief

The Butura Community in Central Nigeria's Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State is set to honour its village Head, HRH, Engr. (Dr.) John Gabriel Mallo as he is being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate degree by the University of Jos today.

Engr. Mallo was on Tuesday listed among three distinguished Nigerians singled out for the award, in recognition of their contributions to national development.

Mallo according to the Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako is being awarded the Doctor of Engineering for impacting the manufacturing sector in Nigeria as well as contributing to educational development.

The conferment ceremony is billed to hold at the University of Jos' Jeremiah Useni Stadium, Naraguta Campus, Jos by 10am.

Reception for the village Chief is expected to follow immediately at the Millennium events centre, Domkat Bali road, Jos.

A communication signed by Prof. Benard Matur and Mr. Ibrahim Makut on behalf of the traditional council requests the presence of all and sundry at the event.

'Farmers consented to construction of new road through their crops,' authorities in Bokkos say

Authorities in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State say the recent road construction through crop farms between Mabel and Butura villages was fully discussed with the affected farmers beforehand.

Some farmers had reported losing huge investments in cash crops due to a sponsored road construction last weekend.

The contractor identified as Sergeant Danjuma Jamok was alleged to have created a diversion while grading an old road, cutting into crop farms without the consent of the concerned farmers.

One of the farmers told MKB that the construction was done last week Sunday when the villagers were attending Church service.

"We only returned from Church to see our farms in ruins," the farmer said.


The contractor, Sgt. Jamok however said he had met with all the affected farmers two weeks before the work was done.

A community leader in Kulyas village near Mabel, where the road was constructed, Mai Angwa Mallan Amalam said he personally summoned a meeting of all farmers along the designated road and discussed with them on Sunday 10th June, 2018.

According to him, "After the contractor mapped out the diversion, we told the farmers to write their names and the extent to which the work affects them for onward delivery to the village Head and they did."

A stakeholder in the community and former Councillor of Butura Ward, Hon. Josiah Mahwash said most of those protesting against the construction are "children" who were not part of the meeting held with the farm owners.

A heavy duty machine during the road construction that destroyed crop farms: Credit: Mark Mahwash

One of the farm owners, an elderly man who preferred anonymity however said the resolutions reached at the meeting did not involve cutting into people's farms.

"We were made to believe that the old road was only going to be expanded, stretching into nearby farms by an inch or two," he said.

The Secretary of Bokkos Local Government, Hon. Sylvanus Ayuba was however of the view that the farmers should not allow themselves to be used to cause friction for the work especially as the road would be of benefit to them in transporting their farm produce.

The Village Head of Butura, Engr. John Mallo had also confirmed being in the picture of the agreement reached with the farmers before the construction commenced.

It was however not sure whether any written agreements were
entered into.

It is however believed that the road is meant to link the Plateau State fertilizer blending plant operated by BEJAFTA Group Nigeria Limited, to which the village Chief is Chairman, and Butura Gida village, the traditional base of the Butura traditional institution.

Allowing thugs endangers govt peace efforts, says Plateau CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN says it is 'seriously' concerned that the efforts of the Plateau State Government towards restoring peace in the State could be jeopardized if thugs are raised and allowed.

According to it, politicians in the state must play 'clean' politics especially as the 2019 elections draw nearer in order not to return the state to its dark days of anarchy.

The body is particularly concerned about the activities of the Sara-Suka group which has been blamed for many deadly attacks in Jos in recently.

"We knew Sara-Suka to be a group of political thugs raised and bred in Bauchi State by a previous administration in that state for the purpose of winning elections, and has caused a great havoc to the state before its disbandment.

"We later heard that the group resurfaced in Jos, Plateau State capital. And having been dealt with by the security, we thought it was gone, but we were proven wrong by its recent nefarious activities exhibited on Monday," the State CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang said in a statement.

Rev. Bewarang expressed the body's "dismay" with Monday's attacks by the Sara-Suka group in Jos.

"It is with strong dismay that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State received the shocking news of attacks on motorists, pedestrians and vehicles by a gang called Sara-Suka in Jos North on Monday 18th June, 2018, at a time the state is enjoying the remaining Eid-el Fitr break declared by the Federal Government to enable Muslims in Nigeria celebrate the end of Ramadan," he said.

Commending the Plateau State Government, both executive and legislative, as well as the Nigerian Police for their 'swift' intervention during and after the attacks which resulted in the arrest of 33 members of the gang, CAN called on all stakeholders to be united in fighting the group to guarantee general societal peace especially as the 2019 elections draw nearer.

"We are calling on the State Government, elders and stakeholders in Jos and its environs to intensify efforts to ensure that all members of the group are apprehended to stop it from spreading to other parts of the metropolis especially now that we are drawing closer to 2019 general elections, in order not to allow anyone prevent citizen from exercising their civil rights of voting people of their choice, plunge the state in needless bloodbath and wanton destruction of properties and the return of the callous mutual distrust and religious bloodbath which had bedevilled the state for long," the statement says.

The Plateau State Police Command had yesterday announced the commencement of trial of the 33 Sara-Suka gang including their leader, saying after the first hearing, all the suspects were remanded in prison.

Hearing is expected to continue in Jos on June 25, 2018.