From Turkey|| Plateau in the hands of 2023 - by Satmak Dapar

Quite recently, I had a conversation with one of my friends from Bokkos Local Government. Interestingly, here is a man who knows the XYZ of Plateau politics and to a large degree, the greater conventional politics.  The import of our conversation was on the fast approaching 2019 election which would perhaps serve as a litmus test for 2023.

Some of my readers I’m certain will ask rhetorically why I am writing on the upper political dispensation and not the one at hand. I think I’ve written a lot on that.

Thus, it’s time to join the league of advanced planners. The reality is that, next year’s general elections will form the dynamics that will remarkably define and usher 2023’s dispensation. Firstly, let me come clean. I am a passionate advocate of peaceful and truly democratic elections reflective of the people’s will.

Quite frankly, I wish we could have this electoral breakthrough in 2019. Is this possible? The answer is a thunderous yes. However, the ball is in our court to make it happen. I grew up learning the art, science and practical sense of politics  at Campus unionism level before I took a bow and joined the mainstream, albeit, it is not my primary calling. I do so as part of my contributions to nation building. In other words, my kind of politics is not one based on the projection of a party but very fundamentally, on the basis of support for one’s quality of vision and manifesto.

Assessing the Impact of Rotational Politics in the Light of 2023’s Election
What impact does zoning agreement have on democracy? This part of the article will focus on the critical analysis of the pros and cons. Over the years, the theory had generated both heavy and light criticisms. Many have debunked the theory on the grounds that it doesn’t have roots in the 1999 constitution (as amended). On the other hand, many others have upheld it because directly or indirectly, they have benefited from it. As I earlier mentioned, it has its advantages and disadvantages in my view. The people of Plateau state and indeed Nigerians have become accustomed to it.

The Governorship seat for example rotates within the 3 senatorial zones that make up the state (Plateau North, Central and South). Democratically, his Excellency Gov. Joshua Chibi Dariye held sway for 2 terms (1999-2007). He hails from Bokkos in Plateau Central.

Thereafter, he was succeeded by Gov. Jonah David Jang from Jos South in Plateau North who served from 2007-2015. Now, in the spirit of zoning, the natural progression would have been a credible person to succeed Gov. Jang from the Southern Zone. He anointed his political son GNS Pwajok of blessed memory. Here was a man with outstanding and rich political credentials but unfortunately he lost to the incumbent Governor Simon Lalong from Shendam (Southern Zone). GNS Pwajok didn’t enjoy much supported not because he was not credible or perhaps his manifesto wasn’t convincing. He had a unique blueprint and I truly admired his courage. Gov. Lalong got overwhelming support from different angles in the spirit of zoning and he coasted to victory with a total of 564,913 votes against his closest opponent GNS Pwajok who got 520,672 as announced by INEC. Having served for one tenure, the incumbent seeks to be re-elected in 2019. His performance can best be judged in the court of public opinion. Now in the spirit of zoning, almost all the political parties have zoned their Governorship seats to the South except that of Aliance for New Nigeria (ANN) with Alex Ladan as its flag-bearer. He hails from Mangu in Plateau Central.

On the other hand, Social Democratic Party (SDP) is enmeshed in crisis. Prior to the crisis, Amb. John Pofi from Plateau Central emerged winner of the primaries but after the manifestation of some developments, Godfrey Miri from Plateau South debunked the earlier result and got recognized by the national headquarters. However, John Pofi took the matter to a court of competent jurisdiction and presently awaits the outcome. Other flag-bearers are Gen. John Temlong of ADP, Gen. Jeremiah Useni of PDP, the incumbent Gov. Simon Lalong of APC, Chief Joe Bitrus Musa of ADC among others all from Southern Zone. Surely, a winner will emerge among the aforementioned and this will be based on the collective decision of Plateau people.

After 2019, What Next?

After 2019 governorship election, preparation in earnest will begin for that of 2023. Ideally, the seat would be zoned to the Central zone. Gladiators and analysts have started making their projections and charting different roadmaps. Hopefuls are beginning to set their eyes on the seat and are making moves covertly and overtly to see the possibility of clutching the opportunity.

Both new and old faces in politics are expected to emerge. It will be interesting quite frankly. Different interest and youth groups are mounting pressure on some people in Central Zone with accomplishments in leadership, philanthropy, education and business to go for the plum seat and use what they have got to move the state forward. If the pressure becomes huge in scope and scale, in other words, if the pressure is consistent with their motivation, the following names will ring a loud bell in 2023: Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Mr. Alfred Dapal, Dr. Patrick Dakum, Nde Hezekiah Dimka, Hon. Timothy Golu, Joseph Lengmang (Joelengs), Kefas Ropshik (Kefiano), Dr. Chinnan Maclean Dikwal, Chief Pedro Dafur, Dr. James Dalok, Prof. Shadrack Best, Santos Ayuba Larab, Amb. John Pofi, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, Rt. Hon. Istifanus Mwansat, Dr. Bala Yilkyes, Arch. Hart Bankat, Hon. Jiritmwa Morgak, Hon. Diket Plang, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Goar among others.

What INEC should do

I truly commend INEC for its role in sustaining and strengthening democracy. Elections are crucial to the sustenance of democracy undoubtedly. Although, the electoral umpire has its weaknesses in many respects but I do believe that it will overcome those weak areas and emerge stronger than ever before. INEC needs to rekindle the confidence of all electorates by ensuring the conduct of free, honest and transparent elections. It should collaborate with security forces to maintain peaceful and credible elections. There must be a level playing field for all candidates irrespective of their party platforms and all policy initiatives must be respected to the latter so history could place the country as a truly democratic one.

My wish for Plateau State

Plateau is one of the 36 states in Nigeria. It is remarkably cosmopolitan. Our politics is a boiling point in the Middle-Belt and perhaps the North in general. We’ve got boundless human and natural resources. What do we lack, almost nothing. governments come and go. Dariye did it. Botmang did it. Jang did it. Lalong is doing it. After the incumbent, somebody will come and continue. They all did their best but the best of the best is yet to be attained. Plateau needs security. Our people have suffered beyond measure. The youths need to be engaged on critical ventures so they could feel the motivation to contribute to development. Education and the elimination of poverty must be taken to heart as cardinal priorities of current and future governments. I believe in the capacities of those I mentioned earlier who might seek for governorship election. Anybody that emerges in 2019 and 2023 respectively deserves our collective support, prayers and solidarity. I sincerely hope for a better future. I wish Plateau state the best.

Satmak Dapar writes from Cyprus International University, Northern Cyprus, Turkey. He can be reached via satmakdapar1@gmail.com

Plateau: VP Osibanjo, Oshiomole, others to receive opposition defectors on Friday

Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo will this Friday receive a "large" number of decampees from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party as well as other political parties in Plateau State.

Chairman of the All Progressives Party in the State, Hon. Letep Dabang on Monday announced that the defectors will be received at the Rwang Pam township stadium in Jos.

The VP is to be accompanied by the national Chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomole, Mr. Dabang told journalists in Jos.

Among the defectors he said is Mr. Ayuba Gufwan, a recent PDP Chairmanship candidate in the state.

Plateau: Sunday night attackers fled as Police raced to crime scene - officials

By Macham Makut


Police authorities in Plateau State say perpetrators of the Sunday night attack in Nding village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area had fled when their men got to the scene of the crime.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor had on receiving information on the incident "immediately" dispatched a team of operatives who "raced to the scene of crime but discovered on arrival that the attackers had left," State Police Spokesperson, Tyopev Terna said in a statement.

The Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the death of four as of the time the detachment arrived the scene of the attack.

Eyewitnesses however put the figure at five aside two cases of severe injuries.

Those killed in the attack which was launched on a moving vehicle conveying Church Youth fellowship members are  Miss Favour Nintel, Miss Felicia Nuhu, Mr. Bulus Dung Sunday, Miss Jenet Yakubu Pam and Mr. Jok Danladi, Whistle Nigeria can confirm.

Plateau: 7 killed in fresh attacks as Police, Journalists team up for peace

Seven persons were yesterday killed in two separate attacks in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Local sources say the attacks which occurred almost simultaneously in Nding and Dorong villages at about sunset left several others injured.

The Nding attack was said to be an ambush on a car conveying some Church youth fellowship members returning from a picnic in Jos the Plateau State capital.

Five people identified as Miss Favour Nintel, Miss Felicia Nuhu, Mr. Bulus Dung Sunday, Miss Jenet Yakubu Pam and Mr. Jok Danladi were killed in the ambush.

In the second attack in Dorong village, Miss Janet Markus and Mr. Dung Pam were killed, sources say.

No details were given on the attack.

Officials were yet to confirm the incidents as of the time of publishing.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Police Force yesterday at a get-together party in Jos resolved to work together for peace.

Mr Austin Agbonlahor, Commissioner of Police (CP), Plateau Command, was concerned that negative reportage was harmful to the society.

Thus, synergy between the two groups according to him was needful to minimize harm especially on contentious issues.

“We are available to confirm information that you are not sure of.

“It will not be fair to us if you go to press on an issue that concerns us without verifying with us,” he said.

The Chairman of the NUJ in the State, Mr. Paul Jatau assured the CP of the union's cooperation towards crime prevention and eradication.

Plateau: Drive by shooters kill two in Mangu

Yet to be identified gunmen yesterday opened fire in a civilian suburb near the Plateau State National Youth Service orientation camp, killing two, reports say.

The gunmen reportedly stormed the area on motorcycles at about dusk, zooming off after few minutes of sporadic gunfire.

Two young men identified as Mr. Abba and Mr. Mohammed were said to be the ones killed.

It is not yet clear what might have informed the attack.

Police authorities had yet to respond to enquiries on the incident as of the time of publishing this report.

Jos: Police, Journalists on special date ahead of New Year

The Nigerian Police Force, Plateau State Command will today host the State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists on a special get-together party.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor in a statement through his spokesman, Tyopev Terna said the occasion holds by 2pm at the Police Officers Mess, Jos.

The statement did not give reasons for the parley but it is believed to be in celebration of the forthcoming new year and in honour of the outgoing year.

Plateau Gubernatorial Debate: Lalong to battle five candidates on January 29

The Plateau Debate group has shortlisted Mr. Samuel Dan-Auta Kyarshik of the ABP, ADP's Jon Temlong, ANN's Alex Ladan and Jeremiah Useni of the PDP for its 2019 Governorship debate slated for January 29.

The four will along with Mr. Godfrey Miri, the Governorship candidate of the SDP battle the present Governor of the state, Mr. Simon Lalong who has been offered automatic ticket to the event.

While all the other candidates secured entry into the debate through online public nomination and field survey, Mr. Daniel Meshak, the leader of the debate group said in a statement on Saturday that Mr. Lalong was considered on the basis of "incumbency".

"It is fair and natural that an incumbent should participate in a debate where several candidates are contesting for the office he occupies," the statement says.

The debate was initially designed to host only four candidates but six were later picked "because the final aggregate scores were quite close and it would have been difficult to exclude any of the top six candidates fairly," Mr. Meshak said.

Consequently, the event would be aired for three hours as against the two hours earlier allotted to it, the group leader stated.

Boxing Day Attack: Plateau Police boss orders investigation, arrest of culprits

The Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, CP Austin Agbonlahor has ordered  the "immediate" investigation of yesterday's attack in Rawuru village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

The CP according to a statement by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tyopev Terna wants hasty arrest of the perpetrators of the attack to face the full wrath of the law.

The statement confirmed that five people were killed in the attack which occurred at about 9pm local time.

"On 26/12/2018, at about 2115hrs, some unknown gunmen attacked some people when they were returning from a birthday party from Pugu Village.

"As a result of the attack, five people were killed and two were injured.

"The five persons who lost their lives have since been buried while the two injured are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital Barkin Ladi," the statement says.

So far, no clue has been announced yet as to who the attackers were, but locals suspect Fulani herdsmen.

On Monday, there were series of anonymous messages circulating on social media, warning of impending attacks.

Police in the state had however announced the deployment of over 2000 personnel across the state to maintain peace during the Yuletide.

Nigeria: Scores killed in festive night attack near Jos

At least five people were yesterday killed in Central Nigeria when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a group of young boys said to be returning from a festive celebration.

Several others reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries while the attackers disappeared without a trace.

The attack near Rawuru village in Barkin Ladi Local Government, south of Jos the Plateau State capital followed a similar incident on Christmas day at Mafeng Hotel where three people were reportedly killed.

"It's quite unfortunate, but it only means we need to do more to rid the land of the embers of hatred and disunity," said Mr. Istifanus Gyang, a Nigerian House of Reps member who hails from the village of the attack.

ID Gyang as the PDP Senatorial candidate for Plateau North is popularly called vowed to never seize trying to restore peace and unity in the state.

Five of the Rawuru attack victims will be given mass burial this morning, MK Reporters learnt.

Proudly Plateau: Africa Documentary Prize winner, Dorcas Bello, others earn varsity honour

Today's Challenge magazine: Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Daniel Izam has honoured  Ms. Dorcas Bello, winner of the best documentary at the African International Film Festival, Mr. Hosea Gumbias Issac, who emerged fifth at the IET World completion, and Mr. Japheth Waziri the best actor at the 2018 edition of Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) hosted by Plateau State University.

Professor Yohanna D. Izam-Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos

Izam expressed satisfaction that the university was producing world class granduates that would take centre stage at local, national and world competitions and establish their authority without feeling inferior and enjoined the awardees to see themselves as proud brand ambassadors of the institution.

According to him, it was always a thing of joy for teachers to see their students excelling and urged the lecturers to continue to teach and mentor the students to be great leaders in the society.
He disclosed that the Plateau State University which was previously regarded as a ‘one building’ institution was rapidly attaining world class status.

Professor Izam disclosed that they would be fully represented at next year’s Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), saying that the school had already started preparations with the aim of winning laurels.

He added that eight degree programmes of the university had been fully accredited while the outcome of the remaining five was still being awaited and expressed the hope that the result would be favourable, adding that staffers who studied overseas had started returning with their Ph.Ds.

The awardees, Dorcas Bello, Hosea Gumbias Issac and Japheth Waziri, said they were proud of the university and their lecturers who mentored them well, assuring that they would continue to project the institution in good light.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has promised to improve the education sector in the state and continue to utilize available resources to improve the quality of education at all levels.

Members of PLASU Governing Council and Management in a Group Photograph With the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden

He gave this assurance when he received members of the Governing Council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, led by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at the old government house in Rayfield.

Governor Lalong, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonny Gwanle Tyoden, commended the Council and management for their efforts aimed at repositioning the institution saying that the quality of the members of Council and management had set the university on the path of progress.

He commended them for successfully hosting the 2018 Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF), the full accreditation of courses, the emergence of one of its students as the winner of a documentary competition organized by the African International Documentary Festival and planting over one thousand trees, among others.

Professor Tyoden observed that although funding university education was expensive, the Lalong administration would continue to work within limited resources to ensure that the vision of the state university in become globally competitive and occupy a pride of place among the committee of universities was not compromised.

Earlier, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega thanked the Visitor to the University, Governor Lalong, for growing the institution and appealed to him for more funding and the provision of critical infrastructure as, according to him, the over reliance on Federal Government interventions was not sustainable.

He said that other areas of need included inadequate staff and their welfare and appealed to the Visitor to consider the implementation of a better plan that would improve these as they were important in delivering quality education.

The Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University, Professor Yohana Izam and other members of management accompanied him on the visit.

Proudly Plateau: African documentary prize winner, Dorcas Bello, others earn varsity honour

Today's Challenge magazine: Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Daniel Izam has honoured  Ms. Dorcas Bello, winner of the best documentary at the African International Film Festival, Mr. Hosea Gumbias Issac, who emerged fifth at the IET World completion, and Mr. Japheth Waziri the best actor at the 2018 edition of Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) hosted by Plateau State University.

Professor Yohanna D. Izam-Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University Bokkos

Izam expressed satisfaction that the university was producing world class granduates that would take centre stage at local, national and world competitions and establish their authority without feeling inferior and enjoined the awardees to see themselves as proud brand ambassadors of the institution.

According to him, it was always a thing of joy for teachers to see their students excelling and urged the lecturers to continue to teach and mentor the students to be great leaders in the society.
He disclosed that the Plateau State University which was previously regarded as a ‘one building’ institution was rapidly attaining world class status.

Professor Izam disclosed that they would be fully represented at next year’s Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), saying that the school had already started preparations with the aim of winning laurels.

He added that eight degree programmes of the university had been fully accredited while the outcome of the remaining five was still being awaited and expressed the hope that the result would be favourable, adding that staffers who studied overseas had started returning with their Ph.Ds.

The awardees, Dorcas Bello, Hosea Gumbias Issac and Japheth Waziri, said they were proud of the university and their lecturers who mentored them well, assuring that they would continue to project the institution in good light.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has promised to improve the education sector in the state and continue to utilize available resources to improve the quality of education at all levels.

Members of PLASU Governing Council and Management in a Group Photograph With the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden

He gave this assurance when he received members of the Governing Council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, led by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at the old government house in Rayfield.

Governor Lalong, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonny Gwanle Tyoden, commended the Council and management for their efforts aimed at repositioning the institution saying that the quality of the members of Council and management had set the university on the path of progress.

He commended them for successfully hosting the 2018 Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF), the full accreditation of courses, the emergence of one of its students as the winner of a documentary competition organized by the African International Documentary Festival and planting over one thousand trees, among others.

Professor Tyoden observed that although funding university education was expensive, the Lalong administration would continue to work within limited resources to ensure that the vision of the state university in become globally competitive and occupy a pride of place among the committee of universities was not compromised.

Earlier, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega thanked the Visitor to the University, Governor Lalong, for growing the institution and appealed to him for more funding and the provision of critical infrastructure as, according to him, the over reliance on Federal Government interventions was not sustainable.

He said that other areas of need included inadequate staff and their welfare and appealed to the Visitor to consider the implementation of a better plan that would improve these as they were important in delivering quality education.

The Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University, Professor Yohana Izam and other members of management accompanied him on the visit.

Boko Haram: Nigerian troops complain of weaker firepower, get attacked shortly later

Nigerian troops who escaped Boko Haram's November 18 attack in Matele, Borno State were yesterday dislodged from their hideout.

Military sources say the troops were attacked at about 5pm, local time in a location called "Cross", near Baga in the northeastern state.

MK had reported earlier in the week that the troops had been deployed to the location without sufficient weapons.

The Army authorities who had allegedly declined the soldiers' request for stronger firepower had asked them to flea at the sight of the insurgents, a source said.

Over 100 survivors of the Matele attack were deployed to the new base by the 7th Brigade authorities but only 30 had mobilized when the attack took place, said the source.

It was however not clear if any casualties resulted from the attack.

The new base which the army authorities said could not be left vacant has however been deserted, the source who is one of the soldiers sent there revealed.

The base according to him has severally been attacked by the insurgents.

Corruption Scandal: CAN President, VP at loggerheads

The Vice President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Prof. Joseph Otubu on Sunday challenged his superior, Rev. Dr. Sampson Ayokunle to give account of the body's funds allegedly missing in his custody to save the church from ridicule.

Specifically, Mr. Otubo, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology demanded that the CAN President should account for the N4 million given by governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, during a courtesy call on him which he (Otubu) rejected.

Others included the N25 million received from President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of CAN, out of which the acting General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Bade Daramola admitted that he received N500,000.00 and the various sums of money running into millions of Naira Ayokunle received from the Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa-Ibom State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on behalf of CAN.

When contacted, an Aide to Ayokunle who did not want to be mentioned because of its sensitive nature said, “the matter is being handled by higher authorities in CAN. It is an internal issue and will be settled amicably.”

Otubu in a letter to Ayokunle dated December 12 2018, entitled: “Corruption in CAN - A Final Advice”, obtained by Religious Affairs Journalists in Abuja threatened to “allow the law to take its full course”, if the CAN President refuses to take immediate and necessary steps to account for and refund to CAN all the funds, including the Cotonou car purchase scandal without receipt.

Part of the letter reads: “Permit me also to remind you that I was present when the Benue State Governor gave money reported to be N4,000,000.00 (four million naira only) to CAN during our courtesy call on him. You handed the money over to a non-official of  CAN and later declared that it was N1,000,000.00 (one million naira only) out of which you apportioned N200,000.00 (two hundred thousand naira only) as my own share which I promptly and flatly rejected, insisting that the money belongs to CAN and should be paid into CAN account. The money is yet to be paid into CAN account.

“May I remind you further that the N25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million naira only) which you received from His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of CAN, out of which Mr. Daramola admitted that he received N500,000.00 (five hundred thousand naira only) and others including your good self, received various sums of money is yet to be accounted for by you. It does appear, Mr. President that you have forgotten that Article 5(i) & (iv) of the CAN Constitution provide that the CAN Treasurer shall be the KEEPER of the Association’s funds and that he shall receive and pay into the bank within 48 hours of working days all monies received by the Association.

“Permit me, therefore, to warn that if you do not take immediate and necessary steps to account for and refund to CAN all the funds which you and your collaborators have converted, the subject of my complaint, and at the same time address the issues raised therein, we shall be compelled to allow the law to take its full course. LET US endeavour to save the Church for the present and the future.”

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Dear President,

RE: RESOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC) ON CAN RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE’S REPORT

A FINAL ADVICE

The letter of the Ag. General Secretary of CAN dated 24th November, 2018, Mr. J. B. Daramola, captioned ‘RESOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC) ON CAN RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE’S REPORT’ and my reply thereto dated 30th November, 2018 respectively refer please. (copies attached for ease of reference).

Please recall that in my said reply to Mr. Daramola’s letter, I quoted his earlier written admission of 18th July, 2017 wherein he stated categorically that he received a gratification of N500,000.00 (five hundred thousand naira only) through Dr. Testimony Onifade, your unofficial CAN operative and an unnamed ‘Deacon Agent’ employed by the said Onifade, on your directives, for the dubious and questionable purchase of vehicles in Cotonou for designated CAN Officials.

Please recall further that Mr. Daramola in the said letter stated that yourself Dr. Sampson Olasupo Ayokunle, the CAN President, Dr. Testimony Onifade and the CAN Treasurer received unspecified sums of money as gratification from the same inglorious transaction in Cotonou. Mr. Daramola’s letter of 18th July, 2017 is attached for ease of reference.

It is on record, and you will agree with me, that when at the CAN NEC Meeting you and your cohorts wanted to punish Mr Daramola alone for that bribe of N500,000.00, I objected and stood my ground that not only Mr Daramola but all who were involved in that scandalous deal and who were reported to have received gratifications including yourself should be held accountable. That was why Daramola was not punished at that time.

Permit me also to remind you that I was present when the Benue State Governor gave money reported to be N4,000,000.00 (four million naira only) to CAN during our courtesy call on him. You handed the money over to a non-official of  CAN and later declared that it was N1,000,000.00 (one million naira only) out of which you apportioned N200,000.00 (two hundred thousand naira only) as my own share which I promptly and flatly rejected, insisting that the money belongs to CAN and should be paid into CAN account. The money is yet to be paid into CAN account.

In my reply to Mr. Daramola referred to above, I requested him to remind you Mr. President that you and your collaborators are yet to account for the various sums of money you received from the Governors of Akwa-Ibom and Rivers States on behalf of CAN.

May I remind you further that the N25,000,000.00 (twenty-five million naira only) which you received from His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of CAN, out of which Mr. Daramola admitted that he received N500,000.00 (five hundred thousand naira only) and others including your good self, received various sums of money is yet to be accounted for by you. It does appear, Mr. President that you have forgotten that Article 5(i) & (iv) of the CAN Constitution provide that the CAN Treasurer shall be the KEEPER of the Association’s funds and that he shall receive and pay into the bank within 48 hours of working days all monies received by the Association.

I have not minced words in reminding you and all other CAN Operatives that your receiving, withholding and misappropriating funds given to you in your official capacity as CAN President for CAN by individuals and organizations amounts to conversion and stealing. Explaining it further, under our laws, when a person takes or converts anything capable of being stolen, in such circumstances as would otherwise amount to stealing, it is immaterial that he himself has a special property or interest therein or that he himself is the owner of the thing taken or so converted. Make no mistake about it, the monies referred to here, form part of the ‘Additional Revenue’ which according to Article 18(a) of the CAN Constitution, ‘shall be raised from State Branches of CAN, wealthy Christians, institutions and organizations’. They can in no wise be converted to “kola” or personal gifts to the CAN President as you claim.

For the avoidance of doubt, all official tours are to be funded by CAN in the normal process. The rules of CAN like in any other organisation, public or private, provide that official duty tours are to be officially funded. Official visits to the President, State Governors or other institutions or duties, therefore, as in the present case, are to be paid for by the Treasurer and as such the CAN President or any other person for that matter cannot convert CAN’s funds in the guise of official tours.

One final word on the vehicles purchased from Cotonou; it is on record that custom duty was not paid at the point of entry into Nigeria for the vehicle purchased for the CAN Vice President. I’m not sure that the said duty has been paid till date. It is very reprehensible that a body like CAN will indulge in such illegality and at the same time close its ears to the complaint thereto. Evidence of payment, if any, should be produced so as to lay this particular matter to rest. The Body of Christ should not indulge in illegality for whatever reason.

The purport of this letter and the detail, as a final warning, is to stress the fact that neither you as the President of CAN, the CAN Executive Committee or CAN itself, has the power under our laws to compound felonies as in the present case. It has to be stressed further that our laws do not grant immunity from criminal prosecution or civil action to the CAN President or any official of CAN for that matter. It does appear, and I stand to be corrected, from your reactions and that of the CAN Executive Committee, so far, that the only credible alternative to resolving the issues raised in my earlier petitions is to allow the law to take its course.

If as Christians, we are to teach and admonish others to live by the law and eschew corruption in all our doings, then the crusade should start from inside the body of Christ, and in this case the Christian Association of Nigeria.

You and I are aware of the full details of the respective Reports of the General Zamani Lekwot and Honourable Justice James Ogebe, JSC, CON Rtd Committees. We cannot wish those away as they fully address the issues at hand if actually we want to save the image of the Church of Christ in Nigeria.

Permit me, therefore, to warn that if you do not take immediate and necessary steps to account for and refund to CAN all the funds which you and your collaborators have converted, the subject of my complaint, and at the same time address the issues raised therein, we shall be compelled to allow the law to take its full course. LET US endeavour to save the Church for the present and the future.

Signed

Professor Joseph A.M. Otubu.
MB, BS (Ibadan), D.A.(Ibadan), M.P.H (Texas), PhD (London),
FRCOG (UK), FMCOG (NIG),FWACS, Dip. Theology (Ibadan).
Specialty:  Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Subspecialty:  Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Executive Director:  Centre for Reproductive Health Research, Abuja.
Telephone: +2348062654690, +2348059930334

Email: crhrojam@yahoo.com

2019: Plateau Central Youths Pledge 750,000 votes for Lalong

A Coalition of youth groups in Central Plateau State says despite scarcity of funds, the Gov. Simon Lalong administration in the state has justified the support it received from citizens during the 2015 General elections.

The administration had it 'tough' from inception but still "assiduously to see that Plateau State has been truly rescued from the shackles that had held it captive," Comrade Kamji Bagas, Chairman of the youth coalition said, Saturday.

He listed some of the 'notable' achievements of the Lalong-Tyoden administration to include "The restoration and creation of Chiefdoms for the extension of good governance to the grassroots and the promotion of unity.

"The appointment of sons and daughters of Plateau central zone into key positions in government. Today, the zone has the highest number of appointees amongst the 3 zones of the state.

"Restoring permanent peace in the State, some of which includes the creation of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, establishment of an early warning signals under the watch of Operation Rainbow, establishment of additional security outfits ( Mobile barracks in Shandam and Gashish, Search and Rescue Airforce Barracks in Kerang), constitution of a Committee on the return of displaced persons from the crisis to their ancestral homes, reform of the Justice law in the state inline with contemporary happenings etc.

"The massive employment witnessed in the different ministries, departments and agencies. i.e recruitment of One thousand (1000) teachers under the Teachers Services Commission (TSC), 4600 staff for State Universal Basic education (SUBEB), Over 200 employed Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), 45 in ministry of housing, Reinstatement of about 100 sacked Staff in PRTVC by the last administration and 300 in Lands and Survey amongst many other unmentioned.

"Completion of abandoned projects prominent including the completion of Plateau State Secretarial Junction flyover, British American - Marraraban Jama’a Road, Tudu Wada/Domkat Bali Road, State Lowcost/ Dong/ Rakafiki Road, Plateau Specialist Hospital By-pass, Anguwan Rogo road, Tina Junction - Dutse uku- St Michael Church etc.

"The construction of twenty two (22) rural roads in all the 17 local government of the State to open up new areas to development as well as ease movements in our communities.

"Timely payment of salaries, pensions, gratitude and offsetting of the backlog of salaries owed by the immediate past administration which has increased the economic power of Civil Seril Servants.

"The diversification of The Plateau economy via agriculture i.e. the purchase of Tractors, revamping of the fertilizer blending plant in partnership with private organization and the increased funding of agricultural related activities.

"The revival of youth activities in the state after being outlawed and disbanded by the past administration over a decade ago. This has led to the conduct of Plateau Youth council elections across every district in Plateau.

"Sustaining cordial relationship amongst all arms and tires of government by upholding democracy and ensuring the independence of each segment of government.

"Attraction of federal projects e.g. the Mangu Water project, Chigong/ Garram road, Sharram Babban Lamba road Abuja/Jos dual carriage, Jos inland dry port, the federal polytechnic Shendam, the air force military base at Kerang/Mangu, police mobile unit at Shendam, Police mobile unit at Gashish District etc.

"Facilitated the Appointment of many Plateau sons and daughters into boards of federal parastatals and agencies.

"The reactivation of some moribund industries in the state and restoration of Jos International Trade fair, Jos carnival etc."

Mr. Bagas therefore said the group will not only mobilized youths, but also "women, elders, men and all eligible voters in Plateau Central zone to garner not less than 750,000 votes for the actuation of Rescue Mission Administration continuity in office come 2019."

Plateau youths hail ID Gyang over scholarship

Youths in Plateau State under the aegis of Plateau Northern Youth have applauded the recent award of scholarships to 300 students by National Assembly member, Istifanus Gyang.

Mr. Gyang who had earlier in the year issued scholarships to nearly 300 students from Plateau North, this week gave same to another set of four students.

Secretary General/Director of Research, Planning and Documentation of the Plateau Northern youth group, Mr. Babayaro Augustus said by the move, Mr. Gyang has demonstrated more commitment towards citizens' educational advancement than any of his contemporaries.

He described the Legislator as a credible and result-driven leader whose performance has distinguished him among his peers.

He therefore urged the electorates in Plateau North to support Mr. Gyang in his Senatorial bid for greater impact by the member.

The scholarship award was however to support the students in the pursuit of their dreams, "not for political reasons," Head of the scholarship program, Mr. Friday Bako said at the presentation of the package to the benefiting students in Jos, Thursday.

Chief of Staff to Barr. ID Gyang, Mr. Yakubu Lobadungze at the event charged the students to be live responsible in chasing their dreams.

Director General of the ID Gyang Positive Impact Campaign Hon. Arushe Ayiki also tasked them to take their academics seriously.

After Matele attack, Nigerian Army sends surviving troops to more porous location without weapons

The Nigerian Army has redeployed all its troops who survived the recent Boko Haram attack on its Matele base in Northeastern Borno State to a more porous location.

This according to a source was done without any upgrade of their operational equipment.

The new base located near Baga village has been attacked severally with the army suffering severe casualties.

The Army officials in 7th Brigade however last month insisted that the location could not be left vacant.

Thus, the soldiers who fled the Matele base after an attack that left over 100 of them dead, were deployed to the base with the instruction, "run when you see them coming," one of the soldiers told MK.

The base is however located in a "flat and open" terrain with no place to take cover, the soldier said.

"These guys use AA on human beings and these are weapons used to bring down aircrafts, which's round can go as far as 2km," he said.

The soldier whose name cannot be revealed for his safety suspects a conspiracy by the Army authorities to have the surviving troops extinguished.

The Nigerian government had last month vowed to upgrade equipment for the soldiers fighting the Boko Haram terrorist group in the Northeast, but this appears not to have been kept.

Efforts to reach the army authorities in Borno and the Defense Headquarters were however abortive as of publishing time.

Nigerian Govt returns IDPs home, months after herdsmen attacks

Over 200 families from three Central Nigerian villages violently displaced in June, 2018 have returned home, officials say.

The IDPs from the less seriously destroyed Kakuruk, Kurafalls and Kuzen villages of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State were reportedly relocated from camps to their homes on Thursday through joint government-military efforts.

The Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong and the Commander of the Peacekeeping mission in the state, Major General Augustine Agundi had both promised the IDPs' return before year end.

Mr. Lalong said while bidding the IDPs farewell that government has in place needed measures to guarantee "comfort and security" in the villages.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Richard Tokma, the Governor pledged to help those whose houses were  completely burnt down rebuild.

The Commander of the military Taskforce in the state, Mr. Agundu assured that his troops will have "permanently" takeover the attacked villages to protect the villagers.

All the IDPs were however moved from the Geosciences school camp with nothing to start life after the displacements, Mr. Ezekiel Dambo told MKB.

"We are only hoping that will follow soon but for now, everyone is to himself," the 45 year old said.

Other sources however say a truckload of food items accompanied the returning IDPs.

CoA Plateau Awards: Masara Kim, others make journalist of the year list

Controversial news blogger and journalist, Mr. Masara Kim has been listed for the 2018 Journalist of the year award in the 4th edition of the Plateau Awards holding January 2019.

Kim, a public affairs analyst, photojournalist and cinematographer has been listed alongside two of his senior colleagues and acclaimed mentors Mr. Abraham Tonjin of Plateau Radio Television Corporation and Mr. Yemi Kosoko of Channels TV.

Also on the list are Mr. Funom Joshua of TV Continental, Mrs. Martha Azi Asama of News Agency of Nigeria and recently detained Mr. Friday Olokoh of Punch newspaper.

The award nominations released, Wednesday by the organizers of the event, COA media also show Rhythm FM, Peace FM, Unity FM, KT FM and Jay FM all in Jos making the radio station of the year category.

One time winner of the award, Plateau News Online has again been listed for the print media of the year award.

Appearing on the list along with PNO are The Beacon, Reality Newspaper, Nigerian Standard and The Rescue Messenger.

Also on the list are National Agenda, The Headline, National Rescue, Grassroot News and Factfile News.

Records show that Masara Kim has directly or indirectly worked with all of the above radio and newspaper outfits.

He is believed to have started his career as a Public Affairs Analyst in Peace FM, from where he began writing for the Radio Nigeria national network news.

Since joining the journalism profession in 2008 as a reporter for The Voice newspaper in Makurdi, Benue State, Masara Kim has been reputed for investigative journalism and risky conflict reporting.

He was in 2011 bundled to be buried alive along with two of his colleagues while on a conflict reporting assignment in an attacked community in the outskirts of Jos.

Kim who reports for The Light Bearer newspaper, a faith based publication headquartered in Jos the Plateau State capital also bore the risk of visiting the Sambisa forest, Chibok and other Boko Haram ridden parts of Borno State in June 2017.

That was barely a year after he was attacked, brutalized and his camera seized by government securities while covering a protest at the Plateau State Government House in Jos.

On 23rd June this year, Kim was ambushed along with dozens of others while returning from a funeral in Gashish village, in Plateau's Barkin Ladi LGA, on the eve of the attacks that left over 200 people dead.

Kim, the Publisher of https://mkreporters.media and Masarakim.blogspot.com had taken advantage of the funeral to cover the unreported cases of isolated attacks that had become daily occurrences in the area.

He had reported many of the incidences but chose to go down and see things for himself when he was attacked.

At least six people died in that ambush, with another six including a man on the same car with Kim sustaining gunshot injuries.

He is however said to have nominated different people for the same award he has been listed for.

"I'm surprised my name appears instead," Kim said in a public WhatsApp chat.

He has however refused publicizing the nomination, expecting to be promoted and voted (on http://coamedia.com.ng/4th-edition-the-plateau-awards-2018/) only on merit.

See the full nominations below:

1, *PLATEAU MAN OF THE YEAR, 2018*
* Dr. Chris Kwaja PHD
* Sir Joseph .N. Ari (KSM).
* Mr. Joseph Lengmak (Joelengs)

2. *OUTSTANDING POLITICAL PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR*.
* Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong.
* Sen. Gen. Jeremiah T. Useni (Rtd.)
* Hon. Barr. I.D Gyang.
     
3. *OUTSTANDING FEDERAL LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR.*
* Hon. Edward Pwajok.
* Hon. Timothy Golu.
* Hon. Solomon Maren.
* Hon. Idris Ahmed (Maje)
    
4. *OUTSTANDING STATE LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR.*
* Hon. Joshua Madaki.
* Hon. Yusuf Gagdi.
* Hon. Daniel Nanlong

5. *OUTSTANDING COMMISSIONER OF THE YEAR*.
* Hon. Festus Fuanter.
* Hon. Alh. Gayabu  Garga.
* Hon. Tamwakat Weli.
* Hon. Victor Lapam

6. *OUTSTANDING GRASSROOTS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT AWARD.*
* Coach Bros.
* Baba O G-links.
* Mohammed Derby.

7. *OUTSTANDING SCHOOL IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE*
  *Primary*
* Plateau Private School.
* Founders international.
* Royal Crown Academy.
* Kingdom Heritage Model School
  *Secondary*
* Betney Christian Academy.
* Omega High school.
* Faith Academy

8. *Super Model of the Year.*
* Daniel jem.
* Vivian John.
* Stephanie Agida.
* Gift Candy.
* Augustine.
* Jane pam

9. *Fashion & Style of the Year*.
  *Male*
* Dell Africa.
* Glamour Designs.
* El- luks.
   *Female*
* Threads by Kwete.
* Iphi Creation.
* Nancy Chris Couture.
* Wainasami Fashion.
* Granmon24 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     10. *BEST HOTEL & HOSPITALITY OF THE YEAR*.
* The Crest Hotel & Garden.
* Silk Suits.
* Stefans.
* HBC Resorts.
* The Point.
* Elim Top Suits

11. *BEST EVENT PLANNER OF THE YEAR.*
* Renny Ballons.
* Anista Marketing.
* ALbamak.
* Macqueen.
* Icy Berg Ent.
      
12. *BEST EVENT CENTER OF THE YEAR.*
* Mee’s Palace.
* Usuji.
* Zumji.
* Ornate Pavilion.
* Langfield.
* Eliel Centre

13. *BEST HANG-OUT SPOT OF THE YEAR.*
* Chillers.
* Vallin.
* Dimples.
* Astorial lounge.
* Steffans

14. *MAKE-OVER ARTIST OF THE YEAR.*
* Joey’s Galleria.
* Awtik Beauty Parlour.
* Bimz Makeover.
* Tanex Makeover.
* Genevieve Beauty Palace.
* Infinity Makeover

15. *RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR.*
* Rhythm FM.
* Peace FM.
* Unity FM.
* KT FM.
* Jay FM

16. *PRINT MEDIA OF THE YEAR*.
* The Beacon.
* Reality Newspaper.
* Plateau News.
* Nigerian Standard.
* Rescue Messenger.
* National Agenda.
* The Headline.
* National Rescue.
* Grassroot News.
* Factfile News

17. *JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR*.
* Usman  Masara Kim.
* Abraham Tonjin.
* Yemi Kosoko.
* Funom Joshua.
* Martha Azi Asama.
* Friday Oloko

18. *OAP OF THE YEAR.*
* David king – Rhythm.
* Lukman Bello – Unity.
* Nansat Gunin – Peace FM.
* Pedro – Jay-FM.
* Gogwin Delmwa – KTFM..
* Andrew Gogwin Unity FM.
* Tok Morgan AKA bigblunt KT FM

19. *BLOGGER THE YEAR*.
* Joeheman.com.
* Jostotheworld.
* 4wardwego.
* Jtowncluster.
* Jtownexclusive.
* Lumidysblog.
* Jtown vibez.
* Globalcasting.
* Naijahitvibez.
* Jtownhub.com.
* Splen9ja.com.
* VJ Twitch

20. *FILM MAKER OF THE YEAR*.
* Prinz.
* Agba U Emmanuel.
* Legendry Mixer.
* Lonny John Nonang.
* Ifeanyi Oryeanbor.
* Sidney Peacemore.
* Sam Nyukop
* Mr. Size.

21. *COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR.*
* Osama.
* Senator.
* Ayuba Dutse.
* Funny Gee.
* Omo Dan.
* Mc2.5.

22. *MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR.*
* Elmore.
* Morgan Azi.
* Dave Azi.
* Nemis Sounds.
* Craziebless.
* Zeebeats.
* Padrebeats.
* Haskebeats.
* Realtricks.

23. *MOST OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR*.
* Bisola Bryme.
* VAD.
* Ditomalic.
* Fred Photography.
* Crispy Photography.
* Nicky Photography. Photography.
* Photo World.
* King James

24. *DANCE CREW OF THE YEAR*.
* The Genesis.
* The Eagles.
* FBI.
* Royal Dc.

25. *ARTIST OF THE YEAR*.
* Dizzo.
* Zeepee.
* Aseed..
* Fresh Gee.
* Promphizzy.
* Realtricks.
* Dex Dee.
* King pally.
* Lapse.
* Tijemanari.
* Crynery.
* Freezelinks.
* Timzy mani.
* Jesse kallamu.
* Bits keem.
* Fresh gee.
* Pop solo.
* Neken Chuwang.
* Felix Joe.
* Nexbee .

26. *BEST GRAPHIC DESIGNER OF THE YEAR*.
* Timwizzy Design.
* Icetunez.
* Splen Concept.
* Ikechukwu Uchenna Victor.
* Muscular Graphics.
* Mjay Print concept.
* First Graphics.
* Face Fix.

27. *EVENT OF THE YEAR*
* Jos Ignite.
* Jos Chilling.
*  Jos Rocks.
* Jos Hip Hop Festival.
* Rhythm Unplugged.

28. *BEST DIGITAL MARKETING FIRM*
*  ihub Digital Solutions
* Top YouGo Digital Marketting
* Blue Marketting Solutions.

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Proudly Jtown: Ever imagined such Yankee-type restaurant in Central Nigeria?

The collaged pictures look like shots from a Hollywood film, but they are real live images taken from one of the most exotic, yet affordable restaurants in the Central Nigerian city of Jos.

Here, you find the best of intercontinental eatables - assorted drinks and dishes, served in the most beautiful, romantic and peaceful environment you can ever think of.

Where in town is this restaurant located? You may ask. MKB brings you detailed multimedia reports shortly...

Plateau awarded for financial prudence

A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in North Central Nigeria has awarded the Plateau State government for properly utilizing state resources for development.

Leader of the group, Evangelist Dandaura Takalis while presenting the award to the State Commissioner of Finance, Hon. Mrs. Regina Soemlat said after thorough research, the state was found to have used all funds released by the federal government for developmental purposes.

He lauded the State Finance Commissioner for ensuring prompt payment of Salaries, empowerment of youths and revolution of the agricultural sector among others.

Mr. Takalis pleaded with other states to learn from Plateau and deliver good governance to their citizens.

Responding, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon Mrs Regina Soemlat attributed the successes of the Rescue Administration in the state to the "dynamic" leadership style of Governor Simon Lalong.

She applauded Civil Societies in the country for playing key roles in the fight against corruption, urging them to support the government agenda in repositioning the state for greatness.

US merchant moves to link Nollywood, others with Hollywood

A major film distribution company in the United States, Barnett Digital Partners is currently working to link Nigerian documentary film and movie makers with marketers around the world.

The project is in agreement with the  Hollywood based Digital Distribution Coalition, a conglomerate of top US. film marketing firms, Warner Bros Ltd included, said Mr. John Barnett, founder and CEO of the company.

The biggest holdup for Nigerian films despite their popularity according to Burnett is poor distribution.

"A Nollywood film is considered a major success if it hits 300,000USD.

"This is because the distribution of of Nollywood is limited to Nigeria and some other West African States, completely missing the most lucrative market in the world," he said.

While BDP has for the past five years worked to link Nollywood with the US' Hollywood for global quality and distribution, it is equally making efforts to promote Nigerian documentaries across over 1600 theatres, representing over 32000 screens in six major cities in the United States, the BDP boss stated.

He said, "We take a product (film), beam it into the satellite and then transmit such to the theatres with all the revenues tracked."

Poor revenue tracking, Barnett said has resulted in poor funding of Nigerian films, resulting in poor quality productions.

Mr. Burnett was speaking on digital Documentary distribution at a documentary workshop organized by the African International Documentary Festival Foundation in Abuja, the capital of the West African State.

The training holding at Alien Prose Studios aims to train Nigerian journalists and documentary filmmakers, to better communicate African stories through films and other forms of visual art.

Senior Advocate seeks review of immunity for Nigerian Executives

By Joel Gomiyar

A former Plateau State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Clement Dakas has advocated the review of the absolute immunity for executive officials in the Nigerian.

Mr. Dakas, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria wants "restrictive executive immunity" for Presidents, Governors and their deputies instead of full protection from investigation and prosecution.

Absolute immunity he said has led to abuse of power by office holders.

"The immunity is gradually transforming into impunity, there by undermining the fight against corruption in the country," the legal luminary said at a Public Lecture in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Dakas who is also a university Professor however faulted the ambiguity of section 2 of Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act  in its definition of "corruption" which simply highlights "bribery, fraud and other related offences".

"However, the act, in section 8 to 26, criminalizes several corrupt practices such as accepting gratification, corrupt offers to public officers, fraudulent acquisition and receipt of property, etc, in more specific terms". He said.

AFIDFF funds 100 Nigerians to 2019 Documentary Festival in USA

The African International Documentary Festival Foundation says it will sponsor 100 Nigerian documentary filmmakers to its 2019 International Documentary Festival in California, USA.

The foundation on Monday said it was committed to developing the capacity of African filmmakers to independently "tell their own story" for the advancement of the continent.

Director General of AFIDFF, Mrs. Malame Mangzha at the foundation's 2018 Documentary Box Workshop tagged "Africa telling her story" said those to be funded would be filmmakers with outstanding documentaries.

According to her, a documentary competition would be opened towards the end of the first quarter of 2019 to identify such films.

Already, the foundation has a beneficiary, Miss Dorcas Bello who won its 2018 African documentary challenge.

Her victory at the continental challenge, the foundation said has won her an automatic ticket to the US festival.

US filmmaker excited Nigerians are aggressive

Award winning U.S. documentary filmmaker, Dr. Janice Collins says Nigerians' 'very' open, aggressive, gun-hold goal-getting lifestyles are exciting.

Dr. Collins, Monday said in Abuja, the capital of Africa's most populous country believes these attributes distinguish Nigerians as teachable and progressive people.

Opening a training for local practicing and intending documentary filmmakers, the Emmy award winning broadcast journalist described Africa as the genesis of "everything".

"Africa is where everything began - the books, libraries...," she said, excited about coming to train Africans in visual storytelling.

Mrs. Collins, a university Professor in the United States of America believes the more voices are empowered across the globe, the better humanity would be.

The training facilitated by her, organized by the Africa International Documentary Festival Foundation aims to promote the skills of young African documentary filmmakers, storytellers and journalists for national impact, Mrs. Malame Mangzha, the Director General of AIFDFF said.

The training is expected to last two days in the Nigerian capital.

VARSITY HONOURS EX-STUDENT FILMMAKER

Meanwhile, the Plateau State University, Bokkos is to honour Miss Dorcas Bwetisun Bello, a 2016 graduate of its English Literature department who recently clinched the 2018 best African International Documentary award.

The institution had reached and hailed Miss Bello in November 2018 after she beat dozens of other candidates in the October challenge organized by the African International Documentary Festival Foundation.

Sources in the university say the Vice Chancellor alongside top management of the institution have fixed between Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December 2018 to specially receive the filmmaker in Bokkos.

The idea according to the sources is to identify with the ex student for the feat attained, and identify areas of partnership for mutual benefits.

Miss Bello is however in Abuja for the two-day workshop organized by the US partnered African International Documentary Festival Foundation based in the Nigerian capital city.

The training is to be facilitated by 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.

The three are expected to coach participants, mainly Nigerians 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, Mrs. Malame Mangzha says.

The event according to her 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, she said in a chat with MKReporters.

Foundation clothes 150 poor pupils in Central Nigeria

About 150 poor pupils in Central Nigeria have received free school uniforms from a local foundation, Clothe a School Child Initiative this year.

The donations mainly in Sabon Gida community in Langtang Local Government Area, Plateau State aimed to raise hope and self-esteem for the kids, to enhance their learning capacities for future national impact, founder of the organization, Dr. Cornelius Gofung said.

50 pupils were reached earlier in the year when the foundation started and 100 more drawn from three primary schools in Sabon Gida received uniforms including school sandals and socks as well as deworming tablets, it was learnt.

Sports: 2018 PRTV/Golden Boot Soccer Championship ends in Jos

The 2018 PRTV/Golden Boot Soccer Academy annual age-grade championship yesterday came to an end with a cluster of personalities and spectacle on display.

Special guest of honour at  the ceremony, Mr. Daguk Fompun who is chairman Plateau State civil service commission called for proper synergy amongst existing stakeholders in grassroots football development.

The PRTV General Manager, Mr. Jeftha Jackden said the fundamental principles of staging the competition is to promote unity and provide a platform for youth career progress.

Supervising Director, 5 aside organising committee, Mr. Yakubu Taddy appreciated collaborators and called for more collaborative gestures from private organisations in what he termed as necessary in a time resources are dwindling for government amidst other top remarks from guests.

Eli boys fc beat Flying shooters 4-2 to claim the bronze medal shield after a largely rampaging James Bala netted four goals to help Eli boys put behind them their semi- final loss to Bwin fc.

In the final game,the tournament's leading scorer, Umar bala secured a brace for his side ,superstars Gangare  to include a quick finish in the opening minutes.

Bwin fc however had their  plans as a largely physical Bwin side got back to secure a 6-2 victory with Nenchin Titus bagging a number of goals.

Winners were presented with a winning prize of two- hundred thousand naira only while first runners up took home one hundred and fifty thousand naira and one hundred thousand naira for the second runner up.

The 2018 age- grade championship was brought to you by grand sponsors,Golden boot soccer Academy, Bukuru and supported by Mwaghavul micro finance bank, Mangu, Highland Micro finance bank, Bukuru, Nigeria Medical Association ,plateau state and Bejafta Group Nigeria limited.

- Source: PRTV News

PLASU to honour ex-student African Documentary award winner as group trains more Nigerian filmmakers

The Plateau State University, Bokkos is to honour Miss Dorcas Bwetisun Bello, a 2016 graduate of its English Literature department who recently clinched the 2018 best African International Documentary award.

The institution had reached and hailed Miss Bello in November 2018 after she beat dozens of other candidates in the October challenge organized by the African International Documentary Festival Foundation.

Sources in the university say the Vice Chancellor alongside top management of the institution have fixed between Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December 2018 to specially receive the filmmaker in Bokkos.

The idea according to the sources is to identify with the ex student for the feat attained, and identify areas of partnership for mutual benefits.

Miss Bello is however expected to be in Abuja during the two days considered by the institution, for a workshop organized by the US partnered African International Documentary Festival Foundation based in the Nigerian capital city.

The training is expected to be facilitated by 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.

The three are expected to coach participants, mainly Nigerians 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, Mrs. Malame Mangzha says.

The event according to her 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, she said in a chat with MKReporters.

How to participate in the online Gubernatorial Debate Poll

As you may have been aware, Plateau Debate Group is conducting a pre- debate qualification poll for all gubernatorial candidates in the state to determine the four candidates that will participate in the live debate scheduled for next January.

We invite you to be part of the online voting process by logging on to:

https://m.facebook.com/questions.php?question_id=342053389917519

Upon logging in, you will be directed to the online voting site on our Facebook page.

To cast your vote online, all you need do is to click on the circle before the name and party logo of your preferred candidate

Immediately under the poll is a comment trail.
You may wish to comment on it but note that those comments do not qualify for votes cast

Disclaimer

Plateau Debate Group wishes to inform that this exercise is purely for pre-qualification purpose towards the 2019 gubernatorial debate and does not in any way represent or stand in place of 2019 general elections results

Thank you

Plateau Debate Group

Countdown to Plateau Awards begins, make your nominations

*4th EDITION OF THE PLATEAU AWARDS Holds February 2019*

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Plateau attacks beyond farmer-herder conflicts

The Plateau State Peace Building Agency says the problem of "herder-farmer clashes" in the State is beyond disputes between the two groups.


The causes are as complex as the actors involved and the  underlying issues are wide ranging also, Director General of the Agency, Mr. Joseph Lemgmang said.


Flagging off the phase two of the agency's monthly peace architecture dialogue funded by the United States Embassy in Nigeria on Wednesday, Mr. Lemgman blamed "mercenaries and outlaws-Cattle rustlers, ethnic militias, aggrieved young men on revenge mission for past injustice, arm dealers, bad politicians, bad law enforcement officers, bad local chiefs and religious as well as community leaders for the lingering problem.


He also blamed among others, desertification and climate change as well as overpopulation for the crisis.


"The crisis is further worsened by the breakdown of social relations between farmers and herders over the years etc," the agency's boss said.


While there is 'absolutely' no easy way out, Mr. Lengman said stakeholders "just have to dig ways out of the problem by adopting a multifaceted problem-solving approach as opposed to mere emotional outbursts or sentiments."


"We cant keep spilling blood as no one can ever win this war and we don’t want to be caught in this vicious cycle of violence.


"We also cannot expel neither the Fulani nor the indigenous farmers - the country belongs to all of us and there is no way out for us other than to learn to reconcile our differences and live in Peace with one another," said the PPBA pointsman.


December Rush: Red Cross, FRSC in joint safety patrols

The Nigerian Red Cross Society and Federal Road Safety Corps have agreed to jointly patrol highways for accident prevention and management, this festive season.

The two entered the tie yesterday at the request of the FRSC, which says it is worried that traffic offences might increase during the festive celebrations, raising the risk of road accidents.

The FRSC believes partnering with Red Cross and other civil organizations would save lives before and after accidents for improved socioeconomic growth.

"Most of those dying through accidents and lack of prompt medical care are people who are supposed to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria," the Jos zonal Acting Corps Commander of FRSC, Mr. Imoh Etuk said during a courtesy call at the Jos headquarters of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Plateau State Branch.

The FRSC boss said end of year patrols by the agency will begin from December 15, 2018 terminating on January 15, 2019 along all Federal highways to prevent emergencies and provide life saving first aid in case of any.

"This is where we will need to work together, because FRSC cannot do it alone," Mr. Etuk told the Red Cross officials in the State.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Plateau State Branch, Chief John Mankilik assured of the organization's partnership not only in end of year patrols but also sensitization and first aid provision during recruitment exercises.

He however called the FRSC to insist on motorists attending approved driving training schools before securing drivers licenses to reduce traffic offences.

Plateau college students kidnapped in March still missing - families

Two Plateau College students declared missing in March 2018 are still to be found, family sources say.

Mr. Darlington Davou and Steve Rowland Ronku, both students of the Plateau State College of Health Technology, Zawang, Jos were thought to be abducted sometimes between March 12th and 17th, 2018.

Their disappearance was noticed when they were conspicuously missing from school during examinations.

The case said to have been reported to the B Division of the Plateau State Police Command was believed to have been abandoned until the affected families approached the Special Anti robbery Squad.

Mr. Davou was reported to have called his mother on April 3rd, 2018 using an unknown MTN line.

Family sources say Mr. Davou hurriedly uttered in a trembling voice, "mama don't cry" three times in Berom language before going off the phone.

His mother was said to have called the line back and heard a different male voice which warned that it was a wrong line before the phone went off.

The Police Special Anti Robbery Squad in Jos reportedly traced the phone line to one Mrs. Hindatu in Sokoto, Northwestern Nigeria.

A female voice had reportedly warned family members calling Mr. Davou's phone line in Hausa language, that they should stop disturbing with calls.

""Pass me that bastard here," the voice said in Hausa language after warning us before she hung up," a family member said.

Mrs. Hindatu, the prime suspect was however traced and arrested after families of the abductees facilitated the transportation of Police agents from Jos to Sokoto but soon released by the B Division Police authorities in Jos.

An independent cyber investigation said to have been sponsored by families of the abductees on the request of the Police was expected to facilitate further investigations.

The case which is still to be cracked by the Plateau State Police Command is however feared to already be considered for court hearing.

Families of the missing students are worried that the suspects might use economic and political might to influence the case in their favour even if guilty of the crime.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tyopev Terna however on Wednesday assured of thoroughly investigating the case for justice and the possible rescue of the missing students.

Efforts to get comments from authorities of the Plateau State College of Health Zawang proved abortive at the time of filing this report as the available phone lines were unreachable.

Proudly Jtown: 16yr old Plateau schoolgirl wins Peace Ambassador Award

16yr old Maryam Mahmud
A 16 year old Nigerian schoolgirl has won a state recognition for ‘reconciling’ conflicting communities in Jos, the Plateau State capital.


Miss Maryam Mahmud in September brought together different stakeholders in Jos North Local Government Area, one of the most socially segregated communities in the State to a peace dialogue. 
Her aim according to her was to build peace and restore harmonious coexistence in the acclaimed ‘Home of Peace and Tourism’.

“Most of us were born in the era of conflict,” the just graduated student of Usama Arabic Secondary School, Yanshanu, Jos said.

Attracted by her ‘passion for peace,’ the Plateau State Peace Building Agency on Wednesday officially recognized her as ‘Peace Ambassador.’

Mr. Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of the Agency said the recognition was to encourage youth participation in peace building.

Aside an undisclosed reward to her, the PBBA boss announced an indefinite partnership with Miss Mahmud in its peace building programs.


SDP Senatorial candidate escapes assassination

A social Democratic Party (SDP) Senatorial Candidate, Barrister Natasha Akpoti on Wednesday urged the Inspector General of Police to invite the administrators of Okehi and Adavi Local Government Areas, Hon Abdulraheem Ozovehe Ohiare and Hon Joseph Omuya Salawu for questioning over assassination plot, destruction of campaign posters and billboards.

She accused the duo of instigating series of criminal activities leading to violence, civil unrest, vandalism and threat to life in Kogi State.

In a petition to the inspector General of Police, Akpoti urged the police chief to arrest and prosecute some political thugs identified to be members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi State chapter.

Akpoti said Ismaila Kashim, Ajinodu Ojo, Adams Kabiru, Ozovehe Lawal,  Hamidu Jamiu, Adullahi Suleiman, Ahmed Fatai, Ojo Ebo, Ibrahim Kuroko, Wahab Ozuwaya, Mumuni, Baba, Itopa, Aloma, Aje, Daddy Ozi Eti, Momoh  Jimoh Yakubu, Gwancy Adino Jimoh, Shuaibu Muhammed and Otori Jimoh were responsible for the destruction of her election materials and beating of her supporters in Kogi State.

Entitled “The destruction of Our Candidate’s campaign posters, banners, billboards, intimidation of our members and destruction of our gatherings, Akpoti gave details of how APC candidate and supporters destroyed her billboards and posters.

She accused the APC senatorial candidate, Alhaji Yakubu Oseni , Ojo Egbo, Wahab Ozuwaya, Onujabo Idanuha, Abdulmumuni  Jegenyi, Adavize Jagaban, Dollar Igayi and Ajinodu Ojo of removing and destroying her campaign materials and chasing her supporters away from the venue of their meetings.

“On Sunday, December 9, 2018, some hoodlums closely associated with the Adavi Local Government Administrator, Hon Joseph Salami stormed the venue of our ward meeting at Alhaji Badams Compound, Inorere in Adavi Local Government Area with arms and ammunitions. They chased our members with their weapons, stoned some of the women, set ablaze the plastic chairs they were seated on and destroyed some properties belonging to our coordinator and host, Mr Badams Abdulrahaman. This happened in the presence of four policemen after we have written officially to the Divisional Police Officer to notify him of the meeting in our letter dated December 7, 2018 which was acknowledged and the same notification was conveyed to the Area Commander in charge of Adavi Local Government” she said.

Akpoti also accused Abdulraheem Ozovehe, Kamuche, Liedown, Ocha, Dollar, Sule Director, Fatai Commander, Okenykenyi, OZ, Ogunje, Ahi, Mado, Tutunkunu, Okubaibai, Janku, Adams Ozi Ganyi, Topgel, Adoke and Arisa of plotting to assassinate her.

“On the 22nd of September 2018, our candidate, Natasha Akpoti averted attack as APC thugs invaded Ihima Youth Summit organized by the youths of Ihima Community when hoodlums allegedly under the sponsorship of Kogi State Government aided by the Okehi Local Government Administrator invaded the Ihima Youth Summit. They destroyed some of the items prepared for the events while the organizers were putting plans together to set the venue before the arrival of their guests among which was the Ajaokuta Steel Company Advocate, Barrister Natasha Akpoti”
 
The Kogi Central  SDP senatorial flag bearer recounted that “on October 22 in Okehi, a reported case was instituted by our party to the DPO and the Zonal Area Commander in charge of Kogi Central Senatorial District where our supporters {Enimire Ojo, Bello Mohammed Sadig and his wife Hajarat Adams) were beaten, maimed while Abdulazeez Abdulkareem, Abubakar Salami and Adamu Yusuf were arrested by Okehi Division Police Officers allegedly on the order of Okehi Local Government Administrator, Hon Abdulraheem Ozovehe Ohiare.

“ On subsequent days after the incident, we had some of our supporters which include Haruna Bashiru, Onimisi Ahaad, Habib Adinoyi Umar, Haruna Babana being threatened by thugs especially one Abdullahi Suleiman who is associated to the Okehi Local Government Administrator”.

Akpoti averred further that Adams Kabiru, Ismaila Kashim, Hamidu Jamiu and Ozovehe Lawal on the 30th of October invaded the residence of the Okehi LG SDP Chairman, Hon James Segun Onimisi.

“They issued threats of unleashing mayhem on him and his family. They also destroyed Akpoti’s banner while shouting songs of war against anybody who identifies with Akpoti. On the 20th of October, some police officers in company of Ismaila Kashim and APC Obeiba ward 1 chairman, Abdulwahab Koto allegedly under the instruction of the Okehi LG Secretary, Hon Ibrahim Sheidu came to remove the banner of the SDP candidate on the claim that the banner was mounted too close to the venue of the APC Obeiba Ward 1 meeting”

“One Ajinodu Ojo led his gang to destroy Akpoti’s banner mounted opposite Ihima Community Secondary School Street, Obeiba Ihima, Okehi LGA. On December 2, some alleged APC armed thugs attacked the women wing of the Akpoti Campaign Organization during their weekly ward meeting at Enyi Dudu Primary School, Ebogodo”
She advised that the ruling party in the state should write undertaking on peaceful campaign and elections.

“That henceforth, the APC agents and other political parties should be refrained from tampering with SDP/Natasha campaign materials and rallies or any other constitutional gatherings of our members and supporters.

The senatorial hopeful urged security agents to hold Kogi State Government and Alhaji Yakubu Oseni responsible for whatever happens to her and SDP faithful in the state”

She also urged the Inspector General to investigate the actions of these APC chieftains and bring them to book.