Matele attack survivor insists 100 soldiers corpses rotten beyond recognition

A survivor of the Matele army base attack in Guzama Local Government Area of Borno State, Emmanuel Ada (not real name) says officials' claims of recovering only 23 bodies were false.

He insists over 100 of his colleagues were killed by the insurgents who appeared more equipped with greater manpower.

The November 18 attack, the Nigerian Army authorities yesterday said only led to 23 deaths and 31 injuries.

It also claimed to have called the families of the deceased soldiers.

In a telephone interview with MK however, the surviving noncommissioned officer, Ada said the 23 could only be those recognized.

"Many of the corpses recovered had decomposed beyond recognition and it's not like when you are out there in the jungle you wear your name tag all the time," he said.

He revealed that it was not until Wednesday that corpses were recovered, nearly two weeks after the attack after an earlier attempt was foiled by the insurgents.

The army officials had claimed to have recovered the corpses a day after the attack.

Mr. Ada had however revealed in a Facebook post that a fresh attack on the search team which included him forced the mission to abort.

Since the Facebook post which suggested there were anomalies in the running of the army and the fight against the insurgents, Mr. Ada has continued to cry that his life was under threat.

"If anything happens to me, let the Nigerian public hold the Army authorities responsible," he told MK.

Ada who had pitched tent in 119 battalion camp along with surviving colleagues after being displaced from the Matele 157 battalion camp has been forced to evacuate obviously due to increasing threats to his life.

Matele Attack: "My life is under threat" - Surviving soldier who exposed conspiracy

A soldier who survived the Matele army battalion base attack in Northeastern Nigeria, Emmanuel Ada (real name withheld) has alarmed that his life is under threat.

Mr. Emmanuel was quoted in a news report by MKB to have narrated his ordeal during the November 18 attack in Matele, Borno State wherein he revealed that contrary to army officials' claims, only eight of the corpses of the "over 150" slain soldiers have been recovered.

In the report, reference was made to his Facebook post which contained revelations on the attack and a subsequent attack on him and his colleagues during a search and rescue mission a day after the attack.

The soldier in the post said a surveillance team sent to inspect the Matele base and confirm its safety for the evacuation of corpses deceived the search team dispatched from 119 that everywhere was "Charlie-Charlie" meaning everywhere was clear, when the insurgents had taken over the camp.

MKB had established contact with him after the post which was shared by over 1000 people on facebook, Wednesday.

On Thursday morning however, the soldier told MKB that his life was in danger.

In a telephone chat, Mr. Emmanuel said "They are threatening to kill me if I don't take out the post I made."

He suspected the army officials to be behind the threats, saying "In case anything happens to me, let the Nigerian public hold the Nigerian Army responsible."

Efforts to reach the army officials in Maiduguri proved abortive at the time of publishing this report, likewise Human Rights organizations.


Plateau: Police yet to comment on murder of 60yr old in Bokkos

Police in Central Nigeria have yet to comment on the murder of a 60yrs old man, Mr. Sunday Yak in a village near Plateau State University, Bokkos.

Mr. Yak was reportedly shot to death by unidentified gunmen on Sunday evening in his house in Nabong village.

Four days later however, Police are still to give a report on the incident or confirm any investigation.

MK Reporters sent an enquiry to the Plateau State Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, Matthias Terna but no response has been received.

It is believed that the State Police headquarters has not been notified of the crime by the Bokkos Divisional Police Headquarters.

MKR cannot however authoritatively confirm that, neither has it been able to reach the Bokkos Police Division for comments.

Previous attempts to get Divisional Officers comment on similar crimes however failed as the officials always referred reporters to the State Headquarters.

Nigeria: Plateau Monarchs get govt node for community policing

Nigerian government on Wednesday mandated traditional institutions to play "critical roles" in community policing.

Community leaders, the government believes know their terrain and members more than any other for security roles.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plataau State who gave the charge at the installation of a First Class Chief of Ganawuri community, locally known as "Ata Aten", His Royal Highness, Yakubu Chaimang Your Royal Highness, maintained that traditional institutions, though "old-fashioned", function in "development and peaceful co-existence".

In carrying out the tasks however, Mr. Lalong insisted that the village Chiefs must uphold truth and advise on varied matters as "security officers" in their domains."

Matele Attack: Surviving Soldier insists 150 corpses still unrecovered



“The Nigerian Army has not recovered any dead bodies aside the eight corpses we recovered.
“Don't let any General deceive you. We lost more than 150 soldiers in the attack, not 44 (as claimed by the Army authorities), I can testify this anywhere.”


A soldier who claims he survived the Matele military base attack in Northeastern Nigeria, Emmanuel Ada (Not real name) says only eight of ‘over 150’ slain soldiers’ corpses were recovered during a search the next day.


The search team was repelled by the terrorists who took over the army base after the initial attack, preventing further recoveries, he said.


The Nigerian Defense Headquarters had dismissed a news story on a New York based online news site, Sahara Reporters which reported that the bodies of the soldiers killed in the military base attack were still to be recovered.


Mr. Emmanuel however disagreed with the claims in a post on his Facebook timeline, saying “Up till now, soldiers’ dead bodies are still in that bush.


“The Nigerian Army has not recovered any dead bodies aside the eight corpses we recovered.

“Don't let any General deceive you. We lost more than150 soldiers in the attack, not 44 (as claimed by the Army authorities), I can testify this anywhere.”



“So-called air surveillance report claimed all was clear” 


Mr. Emmanuel who had made series of posts on his timeline about the situation of the 157 military battalion before the November 18 attack said air surveillance reports gave the rescue teams clearance into the base only to be attacked again.

He said, “The following morning of the attack after we fled to 119 battalion camp, the 7 Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Yahaya came and asked us to go for evacuation of soldiers’ dead bodies.

“We were given air support, so-called surveillance with which we communicated on the way to Metele for the recoveries.

“We asked the pilot to move ahead of us and report to us the situation of the camp.

“He went ahead and came back that everywhere is Charlie-Charlie, meaning everywhere was okay.

“From there, we proceeded to the Matele camp and carried only eight dead bodies on the road leading to the camp.

“Then from nowhere, we heard gun shots from the camp.

“Boko Haram were in our camp from where they were firing at us with AA (Anti Aircraft artilleries) and we had to turn back to 119 camp.”


“I counted 13 AA artillery trucks, 2 M-RAG, 3 Armored Personnel Carriers”

According to the soldier, the Boko Haram terrorists engaged them with at least 13 Anti-Aircraft Artillery vehicles, two M-RAG artillery tanks and three Armored Personnel Carriers, a higher firepower than the army base had.

He said, “When we noticed the type of weapon and the rate of volume of fire that was coming from their weapon we were demoralize by their fire power and heavy volume of fire.

“We ran into the bushes to save our lives before locating our colleagues to move to 119 battalion camp.”

Mr. Emmanuel recalled that the attack started at about 5pm after a soldier at the base’s observation post alerted the troops that the terrorists were sighted advancing towards the camp.

“We all took cover in our trenches and exchanged fire with the terrorists for about 15mins before they overpowered us,” he narrated.

Several media reports had carried that the troops were overpowered, with the commander of the base killed in the attack.

Nigeria: International film experts warn against popularizing terrorist videos

The African International Documentary Festival Foundation, AFIDFF says recklessly sharing propaganda videos by terrorists groups popularizes and strengthens their operations which have over the years "thrived on the spread of fear."

Creating documentaries and other visual storytelling elements that better promote unity and confidence in the capacity of government forces to take out insurgents against all odds is therefore best in the face of terrorism, AFIDFF said, Tuesday.

In a press statement by its Head of Media, Mr. Joseph Ibeh, the organization offered to train Nigerians along with other Africans in visual storytelling this December to support the capacity of the continent to rebuild.

"AFIDFF has since establishment, produced documentary films that
promote the strength and capacity of Africa to rise from its past miseries.

"We urge as many Nigerians as possible to be part of this so as to collectively secure the continent," the foundation's anchorperson said.

The Documentary Foundation disturbed at the recent killing of troops in Northeastern Nigerian by suspected Boko Haram terrorists pleaded that "urgent corrective steps be taken to forcefully stop the rampaging insurgents from further decimating the nation's armed forces."

Any delay in this regard the AFIDFF said could lead to depleted manpower and reduced public interest in military jobs which could be "greatly threatening" to the safety of the growing population in the country.

The Nigerian military authorities had last week threatened sanctions against media outfits publicizing videos of attacks by terrorists as Boko Haram released clips showing its members attacking and killing government troops.

The government has however received a backlash for the pronouncement.

Whether the AFIDFF's caution reduces the pressure on the government on the matter however, only time will tell.

Jos: Police snatch 6yr old, three others from kidnappers

The Nigerian Police says it has secured the release of four kidnap victims without ransom in three weeks.

Among those freed is 6 year old Master Aliyu Aminu, 16 year old Miss Rabiat Umaru and Mrs. Adama Umaru, 56 year old woman.

The Plateau State Police Command told journalists in Jos yesterday that it had launched mass hunting of the suspects on receiving information on the incidents which occurred at different times and locations in the State.

The Command had last weekend reported the release of a kidnapped monarch, Mr. David Dongbam, the paramount ruler of Dorock Kingdom of Shendam Local Government Area last weekend.

Five suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime, State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor said.

Similarly, seven armed robbery suspects were arrested as 115 rustled cattle were also recovered, the Police boss said.

Mr. Agbonlahor blamed the upsurge of crime in the state to "negative drive by some criminally minded individuals who are bent on celebrating the forthcoming festivities in style".



My father is the captured soldier in latest Boko Haram video - Best Oluwayi

In a latest propaganda video released by the Islamic State West Africa Province affiliated Boko Haram, a soldier is seen being herded by a group of armed assailants.

The soldier is seen in the last 1 second of the 2mins video lying in the open booth of a pickup van, obviously wounded and terrified.

A pro-army group, "Support for the Nigerian Army" has released excerpts of a supposed private mail from one Mr. Best Oluwayi who claims the captured soldier is his father.

The message published on the group's Facebook page which identifies the soldier as Warrant Officer Festus Oluwayinka says his whereabouts is still unknown since the incident occurred on August 30, 2018.

The literally embittered son of the supposed slain soldier in the post wondered why the country hasn't declared a day of morning for its deceased soldiers in the Northeast.

"This is just let you and I know what a failed country Nigeria is.

"100 soldiers died fighting to secure the territory of this failed country and the government can't declare a day to mourn them neither did any military flag is been flown at half mast for them.

"And we say we have a president. I doubt if we have at all," the Support for the Nigerian Army group quotes Mr. Oluwa as saying.

'Government using us to gamble'

A soldier serving in the troubled Northeastern Nigerian state of Borno has accused the Nigerian government of gambling with the lives of soldiers.

The soldier (ID withheld) who hails from Plateau State told MKB that welfare and logistics for the soldiers in the Northeast are at their worst.

"The army officials are using us to make money. They are using us to do chacha (gambling)," he said.

Asked if any new arms have been deployed to them as claimed by the government, the 28yr old soldier said "forget Buhari," suggesting no such equipment had been received.

The soldier who was only able to chat on WhatsApp using WiFi as his location hadn't mobile network coverage said he has been in Borno for six years without any hope of transfer.

Earlier in the year, a group of soldiers had staged a riot in Maiduguri town over their continued retainment in the Northeast without adequate welfare.

Last month, social media went rife with a voice note believed to have been recorded during a chat by a VOA correspondent and a deserting soldier suggested many soldiers were quitting their jobs due to poor welfare and equipment.

Similarly, last three weeks, a video surfaced online showing a group of obviously famished soldiers complaining of poor welfare, with some, said by a narrator in the video to have fainted.

Last week again, after the killing of over 100 in Matele village in Borno, a video surfaced online showing the destructions in the 157 battalion military base wherein a narrating voice decried the obsolescence of equipment deployed for use by the army in the fight against the insurgents.

Local media reports have quoted survivors of the attack as having been overpowered by the terrorists who accosted them with "superior firepower".

The Nigerian government has said it was still committed to neutralizing the terrorists but has not specifically said what it would do differently this time.

The same promises have been made by President Muhammadu Buhari since his election in 2015 where he vowed to take out Boko Haram in three months.

2019: Afro Hip-hop star Falz, others to launch voter campaign in Jos

Thousands of entertainment stars, activists and political actors from across the globe are expected in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in Central Nigeria for the launch of a high-powered voter campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Official communications say the #VoteRight Campaign slated for Saturday December 8, 2018 at Hill Station Hotel by 9am will feature special appearances by Nigeria's frontline Afro HipHop star, Falz among other top entertainers.

Organized by a political activists group, Voice Out Vanguard, the event is expected to feature talks by the Plateau State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr. Haliu Pai among others.

A Statement by the convener of the forum, Miss Okhuelegbe Obosetale popularly known as Miss Whyte says former Nigeria Head of State, Yakubu Gowon will be honoured at the event which hopes to have in attendance an international beauty Queen, Miss United Nations.

News Alert: Nominations invited for 2018 Plateau awards

The 4th edition of the famous Plateau award ceremony is billed to hold February 3, 2019, officials say.

Nominations for all the available categories according to the organizers will commence tomorrow, November 26, to close December 10, 2018.

A social media broadcast by the Chief Executive Officer of COA Media, the organizing body, Pastor Cletus Ahime says while voting for the positions will be opened on 14th December to 31st December 2018.

The award categories cut across politics, tourism, fashion, media and film production among others.

Venue for the award/gala night fixed for February 3rd 2019 was not announced in the broadcast.

The message reads in part:

The following should be considered before nominating any individual for the categories below..

*. Why is my nominee unique?

. *. What are his /her major achievements?

*. What is the extent of the nominee's impact in his/her immediate community or LGA and beyond?

*. Has he/she made any huge sacrifice to accomplish these achievements?

*2018 Awards Categories*

1. Plateau Award Hall of Fame.

2. Plateau Man of the Year, 2018.

3. Life time Achievement Award.

4. Outstanding Political Personality of the Year.

5. Outstanding Fed. Legislator of the Year.

6. Outstanding State Legislator of the Year.

7. Outstanding Public Servant of the Year.

8. Outstanding Leadership Award

9. Educational Development Award.

10. Humanitarian Service Award.

11. Outstanding Commissioner of the Year

12. Ambassador for Peace Award.

13, Outstanding Sports Humanitarian Award.

14. Outstanding Grassroots Sports Development Award.

15. Business/Entrepreneurship Development Award.

16. Industrialist of the Year.

17. Most Innovative Inventor of the Year Award.

18. Youth Development Award.

19. Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award

20. Outstanding School in Academic Performance

21. Most Outstanding Youth Leader of the Year.

22. Top Brand of the Year.

23. Super Model of the Year.

24. Women Empowerment Award.

25. Most Humanitarian Youth Engagement of the Year

26. Fashion & Style of the Year Award. (Male/Female)

27. Best Hotel & Hospitality of the Year.

28. Best Event Planner of the Year.

29. Best Event Center of the Year.

30. Best Hang-out Spot of the Year.

31. Make-up artist of the Year.

32. Media Award: * Radio/TV Station of the Year.

* Print Media of the Year.

* Publisher of the Year

* Journalist of the Year.

* OAP of the Year Male/female.

* TV Producer of the Year

* Blogger of the Year.

33. Film Maker of the Year.

34. Comedian of the Year.

35. Music Producer of the Year.

36. Most Outstanding Photographer of the Year.

37. Best Entertainment Outfit of the Year.

38. Dance Crew of the Year.

39. Best Indigenous Musician of the Year.

40. Artist of the Year.

41. Best Graphic Designer of the Year.

42. Posthumous: Hero Award.

Pls ensure you include all the necessary information about your nominee(s) before submission through the Email below:

plateauawards@gmail.com or WhatsApp only 07063751090

*FOR ENQUIRY, SPONSORSHIP/PARTNERSHIP, CONTACT:

* 08036615288, 07068375545, 08038249766.

Two Jos filmmakers, others shortlisted for international film training

After naming Plateau-born Dorcas Bello as the 2018 Best African documentary filmmaker, the African International Documentary Festival Foundation will this December train more Nigerians in video storytelling, MKB learns.

Among those to be trained are the AFIDFF's 2018 top two contenders, Miss Dorcas Bello and Mr. Eddymark Onoja, both from Jos, the capital of Central Nigeria's Plateau State.

The training holding in the capital of the West African State, Abuja on 17th and 18th December, 2018 brings renowned filmmakers from around the world.

Emmy Award winner, Dr. Janice Marie Collins and a Grammy awardee, Mr. Ranadeb Choudhury, as well as Ms. Lisa Alfred, another award winning professional from the USA are expected to coach the trainees in film production, script writing, directing, film editing and video journalism.

Themed "Africa Telling her Own Story", the training aims to expand the capacity and market for Africans to report their own experiences themselves for the development of the continent.

Director General of AFIDFF, Malame Mangzha told MKB that the event is preparatory to an international film festival the foundation aims to host in California, USA next year.

AFIDFF has subsidized the training fee by over 50% with only training materials and feeding to be sponsored by participants, it is learnt.

Proudly Plateau: Billionaire Singer, Davido hypes Jos Gospel Music Award holding today

Billionaire Afro music star, Davido might have been frenzied by the news of a Jos born gospel music award show coming up later today in the Central Nigerian Plateau State capital.

The show branded Jos Gospel Arts and Music Awards (JOGAMA), otherwise referred to as "The Green Awards" is  organized by Clear-Minds Entertainment based in the famed Tin City featured on a Facebook page believed to be operated by Davido's closest fans.

The page tagged "Davido Fanz" gave a full ad on the event slated for 2pm today Sunday 25th November, 2018 at Sarau Events Centre, Jiyep-Hwolshe behind NTA Jos.

Voting for the awards into various categories officially ended on Sunday 18th November 2018 with over 15,000 votes received, the highest so far in the history of the awards.

The 8 years old award ceremony specifically aims to promote gospel arts towards glorifying God the Master, Mr. Dawasim Luka, the CEO of Clear Mindz Ent. told MKB.

The event which started off as a local show appears to be gaining international popularity going by the votes received which were believed to have come from within and outside Nigeria.

Clearly, "Consistency, integrity and trust from the general public" as Mr. Luka says may have kept it this high.

This year's edition of the awards is expected to witness the launch of the maiden edition of the JOGAMA Magazine, which organizers say aim to "Recognize, Promote, Appreciate and Encourage gospel music artist/ministers and talents in Plateau State."

Entry tickets have been available online at www.finixtickets.com.ng at N1000 only.

Plateau IDPs stayed three days without food - Officials

By Rwang Tengwong

Internally Displaced Persons at COCIN Central Bokkos IDP Camp, Central Plateau State have lamented the neglect by government at all levels as IDPs are said to be out of food for the past 3 weeks.

Leader of the Camp, Magwai Peter disclosed this when a Non Governmental Organisation, Da Rwang Pam International Humanitarian Foundation in collaboration with the Military-Civilian Relief Initiative and the STF delivered relief materials at the camp.

Peter who revealed that the camp has 1,462 persons from 4 communities said since they were displaced from the their communities, the church from the support of few NGOs has been providing shelter, food and clothing to them without any support from government.

According to the Camp leader, for the past 3 weeks, the IDPs move around in the neighborhood for menial jobs to contribute for their feeding.

He also lamented that their crops which were due for harvest in their respective communities have been harvested by Fulani herdsmen who have occupied their houses and shared their farmlands among themselves.

He appreciated the NGO for supporting them and promised to utilize all that was given them well.

Also speaking on behalf of the clergy at the camp, Rev. Nehemiah Mutfwang commended for it's effort to return them back to their communities and challenged Security Personnel to by live up to their responsibility in securing lives and property.

Speaking earlier, Leader of the team, Pastor Grace Pam said they were at the camp to identify them the displaced persons considering the difficulty they are passing through.

Sector 7 Commander of the STF, Major FC Aya who represented the STF Commander called on the the people to continue to be law abiding and assured them that in no distant time, they will be relocated back to their communities.

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Nigerian anti-corruption group tracks two unaccounted projects in Plateau State

An international nongovernmental organization involved in tracking government spendings in grassroot communities, Connected Development (CODE) says it has identified two unreported projects in Central Nigeria.

CODE through its Nigerian Follow The Money project says the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funded projects in Langtang North and Qua'anpan Local Government Areas of Plateau State could be used to siphon public funds having been kept from the knowledge of local authorities.

"We know how corruption thrives in this country.

"Imagine that even the UBEC officials, Education Secretaries and other LGA officials and the communities are not aware of the projects.

"Someone can easily pocket the money and lie that they have been executed without a question," Mr. Chambers Umezulike said, Thursday.

Mr. Umezulike, Senior Program manager of Follow the Money, CODE said his organization was working to ensure that the projects which include classroom block construction in Langtang North and school furniture supply in Qua'anpan Local Government Areas respectively are executed to the latter as part of citizens' rights having been appropriated for by the Federal Government.

Although implementation has not commenced due to earlier delays in the 2018 appropriation process, the group has commenced town hall meetings to enlighten key stakeholders on the existence of the projects and their duties in ensuring their full execution, he said.

One of such was a meeting of community leaders, UBEC representatives, school based monitoring teams and local government representatives among others, held in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Thursday.

The program according to Umezulike specifically aimed to empower citizens with information on who to followup with and ask questions in case of a default in the execution of the projects.

The key goal for the organization according to the country official is to ensure transparency in governance and to ensure poverty eradication.

"To eradicate poverty and ensure development, to ensure that our kids learn in schools, as citizens, we have a role to play," he said.

"We are much more interested in grassroots development and this engagement is a way to get core stakeholders involved in driving development as it's not just government's but a collaborated job," the Plateau State Lead for Follow the Money project of CODE, Mr. Preston Obadan added.

Nigeria: ‘Growing impunity’ dims hope for ‘sexually abused’ orphans


Mr. Victor Hassan, orphan
Ex inmates of Southwestern Nigeria based Stephens Children Home, an orphanage facility in Abeokuta, Ogun State have said they are afraid that despite being sexually abused by the founder and Director of the facility,  Rev. Isaac Oluwole Newton Wusu, they might never find justice due to growing impunity in the country.

Secretary General of the Concerned Past Students of Stephen Children Home (COPASSTECH), Mr. Bawa Victor Hassan in this interview tells speaks of the “injustices” faced by inmates of the facility and how their struggles for justice have faced several obstacles for years.



Interviewer: Can you please introduce yourself Sir?

Mr. Hassan: My name is Bawa Victor Hassan, I am from Gombe State, Balanga Local Government Area to be precise. I am a graduate of Biology from Gombe State University. Interestingly, I am a former student of the Stephen Center International, Abeokuta, Ogun State where had my Secondary education. I am equally a member and General Secretary of the Concerned Past Students of Stephen Children Home (COPASSTECH). I got admitted into the Stephen Center International College in the year 2005. Stephen Center was established to carter for the children of those who lost their lives in the various religious crises in northern Nigeria. I lost my dad in the year 2004, May 15 to be precise, when religious violence broke out in Kano, Northwestern Nigeria. As a result, my two younger brothers and I were introduced to the Stephens children home, then known as the Nigerian Special Children, NSC.

Interviewer: When did you start to notice that something was wrong in the way the                                        school was being run?

Mr. Hassan: When I first got to the school, I didn’t particularly notice any anomaly therein. Moreover, we were all excited about the environment and new friends. I was 11 years old then. It was in my third year in the school, when I was in JSS 3 that I started hearing some things the Rev. Isaac Oluwole Newton Wusu, the Director of the facility was doing to the female inmates of the facility. I often heard some senior students talking about it, sometimes discussing ways to capture it on camera. By the time I was in SS2, the Director’s behavior had become more obvious. He had his favorite students among the girls, whom he often picked up to his house and sometimes to Lagos or Port Novo for weekends. Those female students often came back to share their experiences with us, most of which were heartbreaking but none of us could do anything about it because we were all afraid of being expelled. At that time, any staff or student who dared speak against the Director was immediately evicted and for us, that would have implied losing the free education we were enjoying. Therefore, we were all scared and locked in our miseries.

Interviewer: what was the primary mandate of the school in the first place?

Mr. Hassan: Before we got to the school, we were told that we were to be given free education and care as orphans and true to it, when I first got to the school, it everything we needed was provided – our wears, writing and study materials including books, toiletries, everything was free but things gradually changed as the years went by. We soon started buying our own books, our hostel wears and in fact, it got to a point where we began being issued lists of items to purchase and bring to school on resumption from the long summer holiday.

Interviewer:   When you noticed these anomalies, what specific actions did you as students take?

Mr. Hassan: Like I said, I was in SS1 when I started hearing of the man sexually abusing the girls, and frankly speaking, no girl ever told me she was abused while I was there and I personally never caught him doing so. Yes, many people shared with me how he was making advances to them, just as many others told me stories shared by their friends in confidence on the director sexually took advantage of them but it was not until we started this movement that we came face to face with some of the experiences of these girls. As we speak, we have identified over six victims of our guardian’s atrocities while in the facility and they are ready to testify anywhere anytime. Back in the facility however, the unusual behavior of the director, especially his regular habit of taking the girls out and staying late hours with them in his office or house was enough to arouse my suspicions. Nevertheless, no other authority existed other than the Director himself to have reported the matter. Even when we and the victims had the opportunity to open up to a team of visiting investigators came from VOM-USA, we were ordered not to say anything negative about the school to avoid a shutdown.

Interviewer:   It is understood that the school is being sponsored by international faith-                                  based organizations beyond the shores of Nigeria, was there a time at all                                  where these organizations moved against the perceived injustices therein?



Mr. Hassan: The school is an affiliate of the International Christian Association, with funding from sister missions such as VOM-USA, VOM-Finland, VOM-Australia, SDOK etc. These bodies came into partnership with the Centre after my graduation from the school. Unfortunately, they had come to the school to investigate the man but he was briefed ahead of their coming and he made sure that his wife and some of his staff prevailed on everyone including the victims of his abuses exonerated him. This made the sister missions to change their planned sanctions against the man to partnership because they couldn’t get anything substantial against him.



Interviewer:   It has been years since you left school, why is this matter still an issue?

Mr. Hassan: After graduating from the school, the reports from our younger ones still in the school got us concerned. It would appear that the man’s atrocities were getting worse day by day. Rev. Isaac who happens to be the director of the institution now sexually assaults even female minors in his care. This confirmed what we all heard and saw as rumours. The academic and moral standard of the school has dropped significantly and this was having a negative effect on the students. No one cared about their intellectual and spiritual wellbeing anymore and we thought that was a contravention of the initial agreements entered into between the school owner and our families. It is also a violation of the constitution in all ramifications and we thought that should not be. Personally, I desire justice and I am passionate about fighting for what is right. This is a man who is old enough to be a father or even a grandfather to some of us, but has decided to turn himself into a monster by forcing himself on young girls he should be protecting. He parades himself as responsible man while he's a wolf in sheep clothing.

Interviewer:   Is the government aware of this issue?

Mr. Hassan: Yes the government is aware of the issue, because after our press conference in Abeokuta this January, the State Government set up a committee to investigate the matter. Also, we have been to Abuja to table our petitions before the National Human Right Commission. We were also invited by the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Person (NAPTIP). So yes, the government is aware but you know, we are in a country or should I say in a world where the rich always think they can get away with any crime.

Interviewer:   Do you have any appeal to relevant authorities in this country?

Mr. Hassan: My appeal to the relevant authorities is for them to prove to us that no one is actually above the law. The rich always have a way of manipulating the justice system and tilting the scale in their favor. We have had this experience in one of the cases against the self-acclaimed Reverend Isaac. The ordinary citizen of this country needs something to assure him that this country can be better, and that his/her cry will be heard.

Interviewer:   Your advice to other students?

Mr. Hassan: My advice first to my colleagues who are in this struggle with me is that we should not give up. One day, the whole world will know the truth and the perpetrator of this evil act will be brought to book. For my friends who unfortunately feel we mean to repay the Director with evil, they should understand that for whosoever covers evil is same as the perpetrator of the evil and the punishment of the two is the same. They should also know that we don’t wish them or our then boss bad. They should come out of the dark and answer the call to stand up for truth and justice. We are all victims in this situation in one way or the other, because a self-acclaimed Reverend lied to our parents and Church leaders, making us to see him as a good man, just to use us to satisfy his personal interests. Let's   come out and expose the evil done to us especially to our sisters who were used as sex objects by a man with a wild selfish ambition.

Flash: Maskim blog defies litigations, upgrades to full news website this week

Central Nigeria's front line news blog, Masarakim.blogspot.com is set to begin operations as a full news website.

The site which is already built with a customized domain is expected to be launched this week.

The new site tagged MK-Reporters is expected to expand the blog's traffic which currently stands at an estimated 3000 clicks/day.

It is also expected to better serve the global community with quality - factual, truthful, objective, balanced and fair reportage.

Although famed in conflict reporting, MK news targets a wider range of issues as it migrates to a full news site.

The feat comes amid growing litigations against some perceived injurious news reports on the old news blog.

Top among them is the case of defamation against it by the JT Useni Campaign directorate.

The Director General of the Jeremiah Useni Campaign Organization, Prof. Dimis Mailafiya, Monday officially notified Masara Kim's blog of his intentions to head to court if an earlier news report accusing him of taking bribe to endorse Mr. James Dalork as the PDP Governorship running mate was not withdrawn.

In a letter dated 9th November, 2018, Prof. Mailafiya through his attorneys, Markus Saleh (SAN) and co Chambers demanded that the story headlined, "Plateau 2019: APC funding pairing of Dalok with JT Useni - Source" published on 19th October, 2018 be retracted with a "clearly worded written apology".

The letter tagged "Re: Your Libellous and Character Damaging Publication against Professor Dimis I. Mai-Lafiya on your Masarakim's blogspot.com" sent to MKB last week but turned down was received through DHL Couriers after consultation with defense lawyers.

In the letter, Prof. Mailafiya threatened to "resort to the courts of law and seek for substantial damages, as well as other reliefs" if his demands were not met.

He had verbally threatened that unless MKB disclosed it's sources, he will file an action in court.

Excerpts from the phone chat were published in another news report tagged "News Flash: JT Useni campaign DG threatens to sue MKB", an action he frowned at.

The letter reads; "Our client informed us that he got to you via GSM telephone call and text message expressing his dismay over the said publication and asking you to withdraw same but you informed him that you have credible sources which informed your publication.

"Instead of withdrawing the said publication, you went ahead to publish another story with the caption "News Flash: JT Useni campaign DG threatens to sue MKB" further repeating the same defamatory publication complained of."

MKB publisher, Masara Kim however claims to have only received a phone call and a message on WhatsApp with no clear demands for the withdrawal of the report but the release of the sources' identities.

He equally claimed in a statement to have sent a text message requesting Prof. Mailafiya's comments before publishing the first report.

"We have forwarded a copy of the text message, WhatsApp note and voice conversations with the Prof as well as the sources that provided the information that formed the initial news report to our team of attorneys for further action," the MKB boss said.

Mr. Kim equally claims to have not been assertive in the report, but written it as a mere allegation.

He said, "The last paragraph of that report clearly states that MKB cannot authoritatively confirm these claims (that is the allegations) as enquiries sent to the campaign DG and other officials had not been responded to as of the time of publishing.

"The PDP Chairman who was equally indicted in the report was later interviewed in his office and his defense was published.

"Prof. Mailafiya on the other hand was told when he first called to make claims that his own side of the story could still be taken on the same platform.

"However, even when he said he had never known the ITF DG, Sir Joseph Ari who was said to have paid the bribe let along taking any bribe from him, we asked if we could quote his submission as his defense but he refused."

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari has denied influencing the choice of Mr. Dalok as JT Useni's running mate ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial elections.

Sources close to Mr. Ari say the ITF boss was infuriated by the report on MKB alleging he paid several millions of naira to the JT Useni Campaign DG and other officials of the PDP to favour his then Director of Audit, Mr. Dalok as running mate.

Mr. Ari according to the sources had warned Mr. Dalok on his decision to join the PDP gubernatorial race knowing his connection with the ruling APC.

Mr. Dalok who however did not seem willing to rescind on his decision reportedly paid for leave of notice to proceed on voluntary retirement when the ITF boss asked him to consider the implications of his decisions for his job in case of a loss at the polls.

MKB has confirmed failing on efforts to reach Sir Joe Ari for comments before the initial report as his phone contacts were said to have not been obtained.


Nigerian Monarch kidnapped in Plateau State - Police

Police in Central Nigeria are investigating the kidnap of a high ranking village Chief in Plateau State, Tuesday.

Mr. David Isah, the Second Class Chief of Dorock Kingdom locally referred "the Longdorock" of Shendam Local Government Area was kidnapped by yet to be identified gunmen at about 2200hrs, Monday and whisked to an unknown destination, Police authorities say.

A press statement by the Plateau State Police spokesman, Mr. Tyopev Terna says the Police Command in the State "immediately formed a search and rescue team which is working assiduously to rescue the Paramount Ruler unhurt" after receiving the report of the incident.

The Statement says, "On the 19/11/2018 at about 2200hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received an information that unknown gunmen stormed the residence of "the Longdorock" HRH Engr. David Isah Dongbam, the Second Class Chief of Dorock Kingdom of Shandam Local Government Area of Plateau State and Kidnapped him to unknown destination.

"After the receipt of the information, the Command immediately formed a search and rescue team which is working assiduously to rescue the Paramount Ruler unhurt.

"The Command shall update members of the public as soon as new information crops in please."

Plateau: Tour of attacked villages by Lalong shameful display of desperation for 2019 - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, Plateau State chapter has berated the recent visit by the State Governor, Simon Lalong to villages attacked by suspected herdsmen in June 2019 as "shameful display of desperation...to continue his bad and incompetent leadership beyond May 29, 2019."

"Five months after the gruesome massacre of hundreds of people and the destruction  of their homes, as well as forceful occupation of their villages and towns under the watch of the APC government,  it is only now that our dear governor would be visiting  one of the many scenes of this dastardly crime," the party said in a statement.

The statement signed by the party's publicity secretary, Mr. John Akans alleged that the Governor was carefree about the attacks and the plights of the displaced persons until now that elections were near.

The statement said, "Lalong would not even condemn the acts of sustained and bloody terror against his people; He would not even stay at home and mourn with his people in their critical moments; He relished instead in gallivanting and playing the Executive Personal Assistant in the Presidential Villa in Abuja - and he expects anyone to take him seriously?

The party questioned if the Governor had arrested the killers or condoled the victims for their losses to have the moral right to visit the attack scenes.

"It does appear he went to Gashish only to answer 'Present' as only unmarked and mass graves of the victims gave   him a rebuking welcome. And it is in such errie environment that Governor Lalong would start his nauseating campaign for a return to office. Incredible Lalong!

"How could he have stood on the graves of these people and hoped that he  could still have their support? Have their killers been arrested? Or was he taking condolence mesages to the dead and deserted homes?" it said.

Gov. Lalong had however visit one of the attacked villages in Gashish on Tuesday last week after receiving the report of his July constituted IDP resettlement committee on Monday.

He had however admitted at the General Church Council meeting of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) on Wednesday that his Tuesday visit to Gashish where over 200 people were killed by attacking armed herders in June was the second in his life, with the first being during his time as Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly.

Lawyers write MKblog over JT Useni campaign bribery scandal as ITF Boss denies backing Dalok for deputy

The Director General of the Jeremiah Useni Campaign Organization, Prof. Dimis Mailafiya has officially notified Masara Kim's blog of his intentions to head to court if an earlier news report accusing him of taking bribe to endorse Mr. James Dalork as the PDP Governorship running mate was not withdrawn.

In a letter dated 9th November, 2018, Prof. Mailafiya through his attorneys, Markus Saleh (SAN) and co Chambers demanded that the story headlined, "Plateau 2019: APC funding pairing of Dalok with JT Useni - Source" published on 19th October, 2018 be retracted with a "clearly worded written apology".

The letter tagged "Re: Your Libellous and Character Damaging Publication against Professor Dimis I. Mai-Lafiya on your Masarakim's blogspot.com" sent to MKB last week but turned down was received yesterday through DHL Couriers after consultation with defense lawyers.

In the letter, Prof. Mailafiya threatened to "resort to the courts of law and seek for substantial damages, as well as other reliefs" if his demands were not met.

He had verbally threatened that unless MKB disclosed it's sources, he will file an action in court.

Excerpts from the phone chat were published in another news report tagged "News Flash: JT Useni campaign DG threatens to sue MKB", an action he frowned at.

The letter reads; "Our client informed us that he got to you via GSM telephone call and text message expressing his dismay over the said publication and asking you to withdraw same but you informed him that you have credible sources which informed your publication.

"Instead of withdrawing the said publication, you went ahead to publish another story with the caption "News Flash: JT Useni campaign DG threatens to sue MKB" further repeating the same defamatory publication complained of."

MKB publisher, Masara Kim however claims to have only received a phone call and a message on WhatsApp with no clear demands for the withdrawal of the report but the release of the sources' identities.

He equally claimed in a statement to have sent a text message requesting Prof. Mailafiya's comments before publishing the first report.

"We have forwarded a copy of the text message, WhatsApp note and voice conversations with the Prof as well as the sources that provided the information that formed the initial news report to our team of attorneys for further action," the MKB boss said.

Mr. Kim equally claims to have not been assertive in the report, but written it as a mere allegation.

He said, "The last paragraph of that report clearly states that MKB cannot authoritatively confirm these claims (that is the allegations) as enquiries sent to the campaign DG and other officials had not been responded to as of the time of publishing.

"The PDP Chairman who was equally indicted in the report was later interviewed in his office and his defense was published.

"Prof. Mailafiya on the other hand was told when he first called to make claims that his own side of the story could still be taken on the same platform.

"However, even when he said he had never known the ITF DG, Sir Joseph Ari who was said to have paid the bribe let along taking any bribe from him, we asked if we could quote his submission as his defense but he refused."

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph Ari has denied influencing the choice of Mr. Dalok as JT Useni's running mate ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial elections.

Sources close to Mr. Ari say the ITF boss was infuriated by the report on MKB alleging he paid several millions of naira to the JT Useni Campaign DG and other officials of the PDP to favour his then Director of Audit, Mr. Dalok as running mate.

Mr. Ari according to the sources had warned Mr. Dalok on his decision to join the PDP gubernatorial race knowing his connection with the ruling APC.

Mr. Dalok who however did not seem willing to rescind on his decision reportedly paid for leave of notice to proceed on voluntary retirement when the ITF boss asked him to consider the implications of his decisions for his job in case of a loss at the polls.

MKB has confirmed failing on efforts to reach Sir Joe Ari for comments before the initial report as his phone contacts were said to have not been obtained.


The man Moses Godia Shipi, 2019 Presidential hopeful, All Blending Party ABP

Hon. Moses Godia Shipi was born on March 2, 1979 in Boi village, Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Northeastern Nigeria. A devout Christian and Ngas by tribe, Hon. M.G. Shipi is one of the ten (10) children of Mr. Moses and Mrs. Lami Dawaki Shipi.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Hon. Shipi began his educational career from Boi Central Primary School in Bogoro, Bauchi State-Nigeria, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in the early 80s before proceeding to Gonerit Memorial Collage, Tuwan, Kabwir, in Plateau State  for his secondary education. To further my education, Hon. Thereafter, he secured admission to the prestigious Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi State, where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Quantity Surveying.

OCCUPATION 

Since graduating from the university, Hon. Shipi has been largely into entrepreneurship and has distinguished himself as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in African continent. At his very young age, Shipi prides himself as the Chief Executive Officer of some of the dynamic and flourishing business establishments in Nigeria which include:

- La_Shipson Construction Nigeria Limited 

 - La_Shipson Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited 

  - La_Shipson Shipping Company Nigeria Limited, all of which have employed several Nigerians and made remarkable contributions to the nation's GDP for over a decade now.

POLITICAL LIFE 

Hon. M.G. Shipi's political journey began with his appointed as Personal Assistant to the Governor of  Bauchi State, Alh. (Dr). Malam Isah Yuguda in 2008 and 2010. Since then, he has been involved with several political movements and calculations, providing unbeatable guidance and consultations to many successful political office holders in the country. A silent achiever and a model for excellence and hard work, Hon. Shipi has worked with millions of youths across Nigeria, providing inspiration and leadership for self-reliance and goal attainment. He is one of the strongest proponents of the recently passed Not too Young to Run law and most importantly, good governance and justice.

His matchless reputation in the political workings of Nigeria in fact saw him emerging the National Chairman and Presidential flag bearer of the fastest growing political party in Nigeria, the ALL BLENDING  PARTY (ABP), which he cofounded. It is worthy of note that Hon. Shipi happens to be the youngest political party Chairman in Nigeria's history, and probably the youngest Presidential candidate whose prospects have so far proved unbeatable.

CONTROVERSIES

As is the experience of many successful politicians, Hon. Shipi has had his own fair share of controversies, all of which he has surmounted and emerged stronger from. One of these includes his recent accusation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which arraigned him on Thursday, Octorber 27, 2016 before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusufu of Federa High Court, Abuja on a 16-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence the sum of N6.5million, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Hon. Shipi is a respected and happy family man, with a beautiful wife, Mrs. Angela Bulus Gode. Their union is blessed with a lovely daughter, Queenkyra Hadassah Moses Shipi.

Hon. Shipi, a highly optimistic, pragmatic, resourceful and successful technocrat and politician who combines both courage and a rare sense humility, which are a very costly combination of attributes in the 21st century is offering himself for leadership not rulership; for service not to be served; for progress not politics and for the transformation of the generality of the Nigerian sociopolitical system, the advancement of the economy and the restoration of Nigeria's lost glory in the comity of nations. A vote for him under the All Blending Party, ABP in the forthcoming General elections as the next President of the great Nigerian nation will be a vote for positive growth and rebirth of the Nigerian nation.

God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

REFERENCE

www.lashipsongroup.com

Middle-Belt growth stunted by low numbers in NASS - Hon. Maren

Nigeria's central region otherwise called the Middle Belt might be suffering underdevelopment due to lack of adequate legislative representation.

A member of the country's House of Representative, Hon. Solomon Maren says many proposals by legislators from the region have been struck out for failing to secure majority votes in the parliament.

Addressing a General Church Council (GCC) meeting of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Jos, the capital of North central Plateau State on Tuesday, Mr. Maren blamed constitutional lapses for the shortfall.

"Our population (from the Middlebelt) in the House of Reps combined with that of the entire Southeast is only equal to that of the Northwest alone," he said.

Given that democracy is all about equal rights however, the lawmaker who represents Mangu/Bokkos constituency in the federal legislature called for the restructuring of the country's political structure to allow for equal representation of states in the legislative.

PDP Project 2019 back Hon. Bagos for Reps

By Pam Moses.

The People Democratic Party  Group known as PDP Project 2019 has visited the PDP Candidate for the House of Representatives Seat For Jos South/ Jos East Federal Constituency Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos and endorsed him ahead of the 2019 General elections.

The group also pledge their 100% support to Hon. Bagos during the campaigns for his election.

Coordinator of the Group Mr Frederick Na'anman Yakwai while Leading the group on a solidarity visit to Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos at home describes a role model for the Youths in the Plateau State and Nigeria.

"We are here to inform you of our 100% declaration and support  towards your campaigns to ensure that come 2019 your elected to Represents Jos South/ Jos East in the National Assembly, we are indeed proud of your legacies as Young and vibrant Youth as Role Model for the Society".

" The PDP Project 2019 Organization is a Platform created by the Youth and well meaning Plateau Citizens with the core aim of playing a role in the Plateau Rebuilding project come 2019 elections ".

An elder Hon. Dung Gyang who is Part of the group said the group which is make up of credible women and men of integrity will ensure vibrant Youth such as Bagos represents the state in the National Assembly for effective implementation of Government Policies.

He commended Bagos leadership qualities, saying he will do more than those that have gone to the National Assembly.

Another Strong PDP woman known as Mrs Anna Yakubu Popularly known as  Mama PDP from Bassa LGC and Deputy women leader Yoruba in Plateau State said the party in the state will surely regain it lost glory.

While Responding on the visit the House of Reps Candidate for Jos South/Jos East Hon.Dachung Bagos expressed happiness and appreciated the group for the trust repose on him, saying 2019 is very strategic and key for the survival of democracy and Unity of Nigeria.

He assure that his campaign organization will work with all genuine groups toward achieving the 2019 general elections.

Bagos charge all voters and lovers of democracy l to create more awareness on electoral act so that the 2019 election will not be rigged by the All Progressive Congress APC as was witness in Ekiti and Osun Governorship election as he alleged.

Plateau LG Boss faults securities over drug abuse

The Management Committee Chairman of Riyom Local Government Council, Emmanuel Danboyi Jugul has accused Some Security Personnel of encouraging young persons to abuse drugs.

The Chairman made the allegation at a one day Youth Sensitization on Drug Abuse organised by the Plateau Youth Council, Riyom Chapter in collaboration with Youth Initiative Against Violence and Human Right Abuse, YIAVHA, The NDLEA, and Security operatives in Riyom LGA at the council Secretariat.

Jugul expressed concern that Nigeria is loosing lots of talents to Drugs and called on youths to shun drugs.

NGLEA Officer in charge of Barkin Ladi Command, Shittu Rasaki called on citizens to report security personnel who encourage Drug Abuse in the community, adding no one is above the law.

Sector 9 Commander of the STF, Col. Etsu Ndagi commended the youths for the initiative inview of the relationship between Drug Abuse and Crime.

Earlier, the PYC Chairman of Riyom Local Government, Solomon Dachung Pam said as the 2019 elections approach, it important for the youths to be aware that nothing can work in the atmosphere of violence.

He called on the Plateau State Government to pass in law the bill prohibiting the Sell and consumption of illicit substances in the state.

The resource persons who were drawn from the NDLEA and YIAVHA identified availability and accessibility of Drugs as a major problem in Nigeria, adding that the high rate of crime witnessed in the Society is associated to the Abuse of drugs.

By Rwang Tengwong

Not all headlines come from us, Plateau Journalists tell new CP

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) says media employers sometimes craft headlines different from the original news stories sent by their reporters.

As such, originally fairly written news reports send messages contrary to the reporters' intentions, Chairman of the Plateau State Council of the NUJ, Mr. Paul Jatau said, Friday.

Receiving the new Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor on a courtesy call at the State NUJ Secretariat, the NUJ pointsman sued the understanding of the Police and the general public on the matter.

He however admitted that there are "bad eggs" in the profession who report issues mischievously, but pledged the sustained efforts of his Exco towards sanitizing the system.

The CP, Mr. Agbonlahor had appealed for fairness and conflict consciousness in news reportage for peace development.

He however said journalists in Plateau State have cooperated with and supported the Force through their reports, calling for the sustaining of the existing relationship.

"I'll never keep any incident from the press.

" We will not shut our doors to the press and please don't shut yours to us," the Police boss said.

The CP who was accompanied on the visit by his media relations officer, DSP Tyopev Terna and other officers of the Command presented a plague to the NUJ leadership as a mark of friendship.


Plateau: Gov. Lalong storms COCIN with 50 appointees after Church meet Buhari

Barely a week after the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) visited President Muhammadu Buhari to cry over the persistent 'herdsmen attacks' in Plateau State, Gov. Simon Lalong on Wednesday met its leadership in company of over 50 appointees.

Lalong had missed the official opening of the Church's General Council meeting on Tuesday while on an on-the-spot assessment of recently attacked areas in the State's Gashish district, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

His long time in-party rival, Barr. Solomon Dalung, the Nigerian Youth and Sports Minister who was at the opening had lashed him for not doing "his job".

Dalung was speaking on the recent COCIN visit to the Presidential villa, for which he claimed he was being made enemy.

Gov. Lalong in his remarks at the meeting however said at no point has the Rescue Administration under his watch contemplated abandoning the Plateau project "as is being insinuated for cheap political relevance."

He highlighted efforts by his government to ensure peace and religious freedom in the State.

According to Lalong, "Plateau is a project in God's hands," assuring of sustained partnership with relevant bodies including faith based organizations to grow the State.

"I must confess my visit to Gashish yesterday was the second in ever but again, my going there has kick-started the process of resettlement for the displaced persons," he said.

Lalong pledged to study and speedily implement the State's resettlement committee report submitted on Monday while announcing strides so far in conflict resolution and reconciliation after the June attacks that led to over 200 deaths in the State.

The Governor however appealed for closer working relationships between the Church and government for mutual understanding.

He disputed the figures given by the Church on the population of Internally Displaced Persons in the State, saying they are far below government records.

He said, "If we work together, we will be able to get the correct position on issues and be on the same page."

The COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri applauding the Governor for visiting the attacked communities and speeding the needs assessment process through the resettlement committee set up in July.

He however stated that the Church was not in opposition to government as being insinuated.

"When we say we don't agree with you on something, it is not that we dislike you but we want you to succeed," the Church leader said.

Foundations warns human activities driving wildlife loss 10,000 times faster


Mr. Chris Naylor (L) and Rev. Dr. D.C. Datiri, COCIN President
The world’s wildlife is being lost up to 10,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, an international nongovernmental organization has warned.

International A ROCHA, a foundation concerned with biodiversity conservation and environmental safety worldwide is worried that increasing human activities may soon lead to the extinction of many nonhuman creatures.

This, a top official of the foundation, Mr. Chris Naylor says could have severe consequences on the human world.

Addressing the 95th General Church Council of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) yesterday in Jos, the capital of Central Nigeria’s Plateau State, Mr. Naylor advocated ‘sustainable’ practices including economic activities for prolonged environmental benefits.

He condemned the traditional hunting and non-renewable energy use by African households as threatening human health and economic wellbeing for human populations.

Thus, A ROCHA International is involved in biodiversity campaigns in different countries in and around Africa for the purpose of improving human health, economic growth and environmental safety.

Mr. Naylor and Prof. McHopkins
However, the collaboration of relevant stakeholders including faith-based organizations he said is key to the success of the project.

“The mission of God addresses individual persons, society and culture, and creation.



All three are broken and suffering because of sin; all three are included in the redeeming love and mission of God; all three must be part of the comprehensive mission of God’s people,” he said, citing the ROCHA Lausanne Cape Town Commitment, 2010.

The Vice President of COCIN, Rev. Dr. Orbed Dashan in his response on behalf of the gathering called for a national programme to protect the local environment.

He assured of COCIN’s partnership with A ROCHA International to fast tract the campaign against environmental degradation for sustained biodiversity.
Participants at a biodiversity workshop by A ROCHA Int'l yesterday, Jos Nigeria