Grand Cereals donates 2,000 bags of grains to IDPs

Grand Cereals Limited, a subsidiary of United African Company (UAC), has donated 2000 bags of assorted grains to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by Boko Haram insurgency in Borno.

Mr Abdulrasheed Bello, the company’s manager in charge of supply, distributed the grains at the Gubio IDPs Camp in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Bello said the gesture is to augment government’s effort at addressing humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency.

He said the action is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to assist persons affected by conflicts.

The manager said it is also to support the Federal Government’s drive to provide the IDPs with live saving assistance and mitigate their sufferings.

He said the company had previously made similar donations to the displaced persons, and pledged continuing support to the humanitarian intervention in the Northeast.

UAC as a company provides support to communities and operational base, we share with people of Borno the challenge they are facing with regards to the insurgency.

“The state is critical to us in view of the high patronage of our products; anything that affects the people affects our business,’’ he said.

Mrs Yabawa Kolo, the Chairperson, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), lauded the gesture, adding that it would go a long way to improve the well being of the IDPs.

Kolo, represented by Ali Yawuba, the Director Relief and Disaster Management in the agency, called on individuals and development organisations to support the IDPs.

She said that the call is imperative to fast track support services, and to provide durable solutions to the humanitarian crisis in the region.

According to her, the displaced persons at the Gubio IDPs camp fled their homes in Kukawa and Kala Balge Local Government Areas (LGAS) of the state due to the resurgent of Boko Haram attacks in Northern part of the state.


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From R-L: Mr Alex Ikani (National Sales Manager - Edibles, Grand Cereals Limited;  Mr Abdulrasheed Bello - General Manager Supply Chain, Grand Cereals Limited; A Director at SEMA - Alhaji Isa representing the SEMA Chairman, one of the recipients and IDP camp residents and other officials during the presentation at Maiduguri) 


Plateau Social Media Awards to raise funds for community development projects

Funds generated from the proposed Plateau Social Media Awards will be used for community development projects, officials say.

A blueprint of the proposed program and projects is currently being developed for circulation to relevant stakeholders, it was learnt.

Officials of the event met last Friday and resolved to meet various agencies and organizations, both government and private for collaboration.

The consultations are expected to begin Monday with visit to the State Peace Building Agency and Information Communication Development Agency.

Plateau Pastor detained over attacks, twin-bearing wife narrowly escapes miscarriage

Joel Gomiyar

Wife of a Plateau Pastor who has been in detention since August 2018 for alleged involvement has delivered a set of twins.

This was however after after months of loneliness which nearly resulted in her having a miscarriage during her pregnancy.

46-year old Mrs. Rose Dachung who delivered her twins through caesarean session said in an interview that she survived through the encouragement of others.

She however cried that her husband who has been detained in an Abuja prison without trial be released

According to Mrs. Dachung, her husband has been in detention without trial since last year and appealed to authority concerned to release her husband for the sake of justice.

"Let him be tried in court to prove his Innocence or guilty on whatever charges they have against him.

"Life with six children without him is unbearable," she said.

PLASU Boss Bags ‘Living Hero’ Award in Academics

By Pam Moses

The Vice Chancellor Plateau State University Bokkos Professor Yohana Izam has been awarded 'Living Hero' in Academics, and best performing State Vice Chancellor from the Citizens Right and Leadership Awareness Initiative in collaboration with Oduduwa Watch News Online in the Plateau State Living Hero Award 2019.

According to the organisers, the selection of Professor Izam was due to his selfless service and the provision of quality leadership to the State owned University.

Similarly, his dogged disposition on standardization and the placement of the institution amongst "emerging competitive brands" in Nigeria's tertiary education system.

The VC who was represented by the Dean, Students Affairs of the University Dr. Jurji Gomos said the award has encouraged him to keep contributing to the development of the education sector.

He equally pledged to ensure that Plateau State University is rated among the best Universities in the country.

With the accreditation of its courses by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the institution according to the Don is poised for increased academic excellence.

“Plateau State University has now become an important asset, a centre of academic excellence and research incubation not only to the state and its people, but also to the entire nation.

"Basically, the strategic location of the university for manpower development and the critical sectors of the economy can only come about as a result of the right support from the state university in terms of projects and community activities.

“We are also talking about possibility of new programmes such as agriculture and ICT incubator, which will impact positively on our agrarian communities across the state. So, the university is poised to increase the number of academic programmes and platforms for innovations," he said.

Plateau Senator-elect crowned "Living Hero" of Nigerian politics

Nigeria's National Assembly member, Mr. Istifanus Gyang has been crowned "Living Hero" of Nigerian politics.

Mr. Gyang, a newly elected Senator in the country's Parliament was listed among few Nigerians selected for the "Distinguished Icon Of Leadership" award" by a local nongovernmental organization Citizens Right and Leadership Awareness Initiative.

The award organized in collaboration with Oduduwa Watch News Online aimed to motivate public officers in their services, officials say.

Mr. Gyang, the present member representing Plateau's Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency in the Nigerian House of Reps, and Senator-elect, Plateau Northern Senatorial District was visibly excited receiving the award.

The lawmaker who was represented by one of his aides, Mr. Friday Bako pledged to continue contributing to humanity and society.

Gyang said, "My 'Positive Impact' (his campaign slogan) agenda is geared towards human capital development, diversity management and societal transformation through people-oriented and result-driven leadership."

Other recipients of the Awards were Baba Gideon Dandam, the Plateau State Coordinator of Fadama III Project, the Management Committee Chairman Riyom LGA, Hon. Emmanuel Danboyi Jugul and Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board Prof. Matthew Sule.

Similarly, Hon. Emmanuel Solomon Dung, ex PDP Chairmanship Candidate Jos South LGA and Rt. Hon. Barr. Joshua Izang Madaki, the Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly were awarded the title.

Criminals now kidnap from homes, Plateau Police warn

Police in Central Nigeria say criminals now go into 'unsuspecting' homes to kidnap.

The kidnappers are "not far from the communities," Spokesman, Plateau State Police Command, Mr. Tyopev Terna said, Thursday.

Some of the criminals according to the Deputy Superintendent of Police have been been identified through "intelligence network".

"We have gotten the profile of  some of them through our intelligence network.

"Sooner that later, they will meet their waterloo," Mr. Terna said in a statement.

He therefore requested information from citizens whose relatives have been kidnapped to enable the Force track and rescue them.

"The Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command pleads with families of those affected to share information with  the police no matter the threat from the kidnappers with the assurance that such information will be treated with utmost confidentiality," the Police spokesman said.

Jos: Pastor suspected of rape battles female journalists, lawyers for defamation, June

By Joel Gomiyar

The Magistrate Court 3 in Kasuwa Nama in Jos, Plateau State has fixed the 18 and 19 of June 2019, for an accelerated hearing into a case of criminal defamation of character instituted against Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, International Federation of Female Lawyers FIDA, Plateau State Chapters and Concern Past Students of St. Stephen Center Abeokuta by Rev. Isaac Oluwale Newton-Wusu.

The case was earlier fixed for continuation of hearing today, the 28 of March 2019 but could not hold due to an official engagement by the presiding Judge, Justice Yahaya Muhammed in Abuja.

The petitioner, Rev. Newton-Wusu had also communicated the court pleading for absence on health ground while his lead counsel was  on another engagement in Abuja.

Reacting to this development, the defense counsel, Barrister Solomon Maren expressed his displeasure over  the inability of the court to communicate the interested parties on time.

"This is one of  the unfortunate development in our system, I wish we may not have had the trouble of coming all the way if prior information was sent through an SMS, how much would it cost?" Says Barrister Maren.

On her part,  spokesperson for FIDA, Barrister Grace Mamswa also raised concerned over the way and manner interested parties were not properly informed, noting that they would raise a preliminary objection in due time on how they were summoned.

According to her, FIDA is not an individual, it is an organization with headquarters in Mexico, so if they are suing FIDA then the proper place to take their surmon is to Mexico, but they are in the court because they have nothing to hide.

It would be recalled that the Director Stephen Center International, Rev. Isaac Oluwale Newton-Wusu had instituted was last year accused of sexually abusing female inmates of the center.

Rev. Newton had gone to court to challenge the allegations.

Plateau Govt official backs court actions by PDP, others over polls

The choice of court actions over violence by parties dissatisfied with the outcomes of the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria is patriotic, Mr. Joseph Lengmang, a Plateau Government Official says.

Such actions actions as opposed to violence, Lengmang said show desire for peace.

Addressing a "Monthly Peace Architectural Dialogue," Thursday in Jos, the capital of the State, the Director General of the State Peace Building Agency applauded the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among others for being civil amid political grievances.

The PPBA boss gave credit to Civil Societies and other stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of the General elections in the State.

Several researches had predicted the possibility of violent clashes in Plateau State during the elections, he said.

"We proved the whole world wrong about the possibility of violent conflicts during the polls.

The whole world was shocked about this feat but it shows how well we have evolved as a people after the experiences of the past.

"Curious minds keep wondering how we did it but it couldn't have been possible without the contributions of all of you," he said at the meeting organized by the Peace Agency.

Lengman however believes much still needs to be done to sustain peace in the State beyond the political transition period.

This is because the issues underlying violent conflicts in the State since the 2001 Jos crisis which claimed hundreds of lives have yet to be 'completely' addressed, he said.

"The issues that have caused conflicts in the State over the past 15 years have not been completely.

"It's not a one-off event. It's a gradual process and we'll continue to work together towards completely resolving the issues," said the state's peace anchorman.

The Thursday meeting of the agency specifically aimed to review the general polls for possible security issues needing attention.

The idea according to officials is to define ways to peaceful transitions later in May.

In attendance were representatives of different election observer groups, State Departments and Agencies as well as Government officials.

Stakeholders at the meeting, particularly Mr. Jerry Wells, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on NGOs and Inter-party affairs, as well as Prof. John Wade, the State Director General, Research, Strategy and Documentation said the agency's consistency in peace building processes was driving positive socioeconomic growth in the State.

The agency had organized similar meetings before and after the first round of elections in February, and aims to continue peace consultations before and after the 2019 political transitions, it was learnt.

Pastor kidnapped while seeking mobile network

A Nigerian Pastor, Rev. Emmanuel Haruna was Tuesday kidnapped while searching for mobile telecommunication signals in Nasarawa State, reports say.

According to family sources, Mr. Haruna was out of his house where telecom signals was weak, to take a phone call when he was captured.

The Boys Brigade Chaplain, Nasarawa State Council and former Chairman, Divisional Church Council, Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Lafia was reportedly taken amid heavy gunfire.

"He was yelling for help but no one could help because of the heavy gunfire," an eyewitness said.

The incident was said to have been reported to Police but no intervention came until the Pastor was taken away.

Three suspects were however said to have been arrested, Wednesday morning in connection with the crime.

The suspects were picked after the recovery of shoes and other particulars traced to them.

No official comment has however been received on the incident.

CAN to Lalong: Your victory is for God, use it for him

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN has asked Gov. Simon Lalong and other elected citizens of Plateau State to see their victories in the just concluded General elections as an act of God.

As such, they should use their positions to glorify His "Holy Name" and serve the people of the state "with all their ability", the Plateau State Chapter of the body said, Monday.

In a Statement by Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang, its Chairman and Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, Secretary, the body asked "The losers" to join hands with 'winners' of the polls to build the State.

It said, "There shouldn't be any bitterness because God gives power to whom He wills.

"If they are not satisfied that justice has been meted to them, for the sake of God and the beloved people of the state, they should follow due legal processes to seek redress for the perceived injustices.

"No body should take the laws into their hands whatsoever." 

CAN in the statement however congratulated citizens of the state for peaceful polls.

"Prior to the elections analysis on the probable nature of the would be elections has Plateau mentioned among crises prone states, but to God be the glory there were no records of killings, maiming and assault on individuals as in some States.

"CAN commends INEC, the security agents, the citizens of the state for the matured manner in which they conducted themselves before, during and after the re-run elections," the statement says.

Plateau: Mysterious baby born with full teeth but no brains in Riyom

A mysterious baby was last Saturday born in Riyom, 20km Southwest of Jos the Plateau State capital with no brains.

The baby was reportedly born with complete teeth and bulged "frog-like" eyes in Korongfang village around the boundaries of Plateau and Kaduna States.

The baby was prematured but had features of a 10-year old, its mother, Mrs. Nchong Musa, said in an interview.

"It was in its 7th month when I started having abdominal pains which were followed by a water break," she said in a local dialect through an interpreter.

Although the baby died minutes after delivery, Mrs. Musa had an encounter with some mysterious creatures believed to be evil spirits the night before her baby was delivered, a memory that still torments her.

Details of this and other stories to be brought to you in April edition of The Light Bearer Newspaper.

Despite political clashes, Gov. Lalong to parley with fellow contestants

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong says his reelection is victory for the entire State, with "no victor, no vanquished."

Thus, citizens should celebrate him in 'harmony' without harassment, intimidation and provocative statements against anyone, Lalong said.

In an acceptance speech after he was declared winner of Saturday's rerun Gubernatorial elections in the State, the Governor saluted the "mature conduct" of his fellow contestants, asking them to join him in building the State.

"I also extend my hands of friendship and urge you to share in the patriotic zeal of building a virile Plateau so that we can bequeath a positive and lasting legacy for the younger generations," the APC flag bear said.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong after the rerun elections scored 595,582 votes to beat his closest rival, Jeremiah Useni of the PDP who polled 546,830 votes.

An official broadcast on the Governor's reelection is expected anytime from Sunday.

Proudly Jos: World's first "Miss Natural Black" emerges from Plateau

The World's first "Miss Natural Black" beauty Queen has emerged from Central Nigeria's Plateau State.

Miss Winifred Matthias, a Federal College of Education, Pankshin student was crowned on Friday at the maiden contest held in Pankshin town.

The contest expected to continue in different higher institutions in Plateau for a start, and later Nigeria's major cities aims to climax with the continental rounds in South Africa, organizers say.

The pageantry is organized to celebrate "black beauty," and encourage natural skin among black Africans, President of Mash Global Ideas, the organizing firm, Mr. Peter Mashem said at the event.

"We are not in any way trying to discriminate against those with light skin but to encourage those with dark complexions not to fall to the temptation of bleaching their skins," he said.

The contest comes as Rwanda joins Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and South Africa to ban bleaching cosmetics.

Mash Global Ideas, a Nigerian entertainment company with presence in different African and European countries is starting a Foundation to promote "natural skin" among black Africans, Mr. Mashem said.



Plateau farmer in agony as 2yr old son gets kidnapped

A Nigerian peasant family was, Tuesday thrown into mourning as its 2-years-old schoolboy, Master Obedience Ishaya was reportedly abducted by an unknown person.

Little Master Ishaya, a kindergarten pupil of Government Primary School, Dong, 2km West of Jos Wildlife Park in the Plateau State capital was said to have gone missing after closing from school at about 1230hrs local time.

Fellow school kids say the boy was invited for some 'biscuits' by a "man with a car," when he went missing.

"I was with him, the man asked us to come and take biscuits, I refused but Obi (missing Master Obedience) followed him to his car," a 4-year old kid said.

The incident was unknown to the school authorities until the next day, it was learnt.

Parents of the boy were equally uninformed until they commenced search when the boy could not return home hours after school closed.

"He always comes home with his fellow pupils, latest, one hour after closing as they mostly trek.

"The day it happened, we asked his colleagues when they came home and we got different stories.

"That made us to start asking until we got the kids he was last seen with," heartbroken parents of the kid, Mr. and Mrs. Ishaya Moses narrated in tears.

The case was reported to a local Police station at about dusk, but no action was taken, it was gathered.

The parents of four could not bear it and therefore contacted higher Police authorities at Rantya Police Division, Jos on Thursday to facilitate the search, they said.

However, as of Friday, no report on the missing child was received from the law enforcements, said the farming family.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, Mr. Tyopev Terna when contacted simply said, "let me call you back."

The disappearance of the little boy has not just brought pain upon the affected family but the entire Dong community, local authorities say.

Mr. Augustine Agwom, the village Chief of Dong Katon said in an interview that the incident was the first of its kind in the community.

According to him, a meeting of stakeholders was already being considered towards preventing a reoccurrence.

He however pleaded with government to thoroughly investigate the case and speedily recover the missing boy.

Jos: 2yr old peasant farmer's schoolboy abducted by biscuits offering "man with car"

A Nigerian peasant family was, Tuesday thrown into mourning as its 2-years-old schoolboy, Master Obedience Ishaya was reportedly abducted by an unknown person.

Little Master Ishaya, a kindergarten pupil of Government Primary School, Dong, 2km West of Jos Wildlife Park in the Plateau State capital was said to have gone missing after closing from school at about 1230hrs local time.

Fellow school kids say the boy was invited for some 'biscuits' by a "man with a car," when he went missing.

"I was with him, the man asked us to come and take biscuits, I refused but Obi (missing Master Obedience) followed him to his car," a 4-year old kid said.

The incident was unknown to the school authorities until the next day, it was learnt.

Parents of the boy were equally uninformed until they commenced search when the boy could not return home hours after school closed.

"He always comes home with his fellow pupils, latest, one hour after closing as they mostly trek.

"The day it happened, we asked his colleagues when they came home and we got different stories.

"That made us to start asking until we got the kids he was last seen with," heartbroken parents of the kid, Mr. and Mrs. Ishaya Moses narrated in tears.

The case was reported to a local Police station at about dusk, but no action was taken, it was gathered.

The parents of four could not bear it and therefore contacted higher Police authorities at Rantya Police Division, Jos on Thursday to facilitate the search, they said.

However, as of Friday, no report on the missing child was received from the law enforcements, said the farming family.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, Mr. Tyopev Terna when contacted simply said, "let me call you back."

The disappearance of the little boy has not just brought pain upon the affected family but the entire Dong community, local authorities say.

Mr. Augustine Agwom, the village Chief of Dong Katon said in an interview that the incident was the first of its kind in the community.

According to him, a meeting of stakeholders was already being considered towards preventing a reoccurrence.

He however pleaded with government to thoroughly investigate the case and speedily recover the missing boy.


Little Master Obedience Ishaya, missing since Tuesday

Herdsmen Killings: Military Taskforce deploys Medics, Humanitarian teams to S/Kaduna


Skytrend News: Nigeria’s Military Task-force code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), mandated to restore peace in Plateau, Southern Kaduna and some parts Bauchi state, on Wednesday deployed 23 Doctors to Nandu-Gbok village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state, to care for the displaced locals who suffered wanton killings as a result of a face-off with suspected Fulani bandits.

The doctors as at press time recorded a treatment of over 1,200 people suffering from different medical conditions, our correspondent reports.

Speaking to newsmen, the Commander OPSH, Major General Augustine Agundu, said the medical outreach became imperative, as his Command seeks a non-kinetic approach in resolving disputes.

“My doctors told me that they have so far treated 1,200 people and as you can see, more people are on queue. I appreciate our collaborators; the 23 medical doctors, the 10 nurses, the lab technicians and pharmacists”, he said.

Recall that on Monday, Nandu-Gbok community in Southern Kaduna recorded death of about 10 persons, with no fewer than 30 houses burnt, a sad tale that fingered Fulani herdsmen as perpetrators.

However the OPSH boss said that troops were immediately deployed to the area when the crisis broke out, adding that more troops have been reinforced to the area to prevent a re-occurrence.

Agundu told reporters that military/civil relationship adopted as a strategy to win the hearts and minds of the affected communities is aimed at boosting and sustaining peaceful coexistence among the people.

The gesture which also includes feeding and distribution of cloths, brought hope to the locals whom one after the other narrated how they were able to escape from the bandits.

Gen. Agundu explained however, that the task force has held many stakeholders’ meetings with the affected communities to forestall future conflicts. 

“Do not forget that the planting season is by the corner and if we don’t encourage the people to remain in the community, they might not farm this year”, he said.


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Plateau Governor, Lalong, Opposition rival, Useni trade words over Governorship Rerun


The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong says Saturday's Governorship rerun elections in the state would be a 'mere formality'.

This according to a statement, Wednesday from his Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati is because the main elections of last two weeks reflected the wishes of the electorates.

The APC incumbent led his closest opposition rival, Jeremiah Useni of the PDP by over 40,000 votes according to the results announced.

The polls were however declared inconclusive owing to the number of canceled votes which superseded the vote difference between the two leading parties.

The PDP candidate, Jeremiah Useni yesterday told journalists that he was sure of victory in the rerun elections scheduled for Saturday this week.

His APC counterpart, Lalong, however, regards the claims as 'self –delusion'.

The Statement by the State Information Commissioner said, "No doubt the PDP tried by scoring a handful of votes in the elections by a margin thought to be impossible considering the manner it mismanaged the state in the past years, but to claim that it can defeat and APC administration that has cleared the mess it visited on the people of Plateau State is the worst form of self –delusion."

The PDP candidate had also alleged that the main elections were characterized by irregularities and widespread voter inducement and intimidation.

The State Governor, however, believes that Mr. Useni "has been misled into throwing tantrums over the election by lending his voice to the attempt to fault the March 9, 2019 elections rather than act as an elder statesman and concede victory to the winning party."

In Useni's words, "The results released by INEC showed that PDP maintained very good scores across all the LGAs.

"This is in spite of the widespread thumbprinting, vote-buying and outright intimidation by some Security men who had absolutely no business with the election;

"In one instance, I personally went out to Tudun Wada Collation Center and freed voters who were made to lie down on the ground by some Security men;

"Civil servants and our traditional rulers were threatened to either deliver to APC or lose their jobs or be dethroned;

 "Votes were simply allocated to APC or bought with large sums of money;

 "In some places, PDP supporters were not allowed to vote, or their votes were torn to pieces;

 "Many young people were recruited as thugs without any regards to their future well-being. They even burnt up some ballot boxes!

 "The card readers were not used in many polling units while in some units they were reported even stolen

 "Results were declared without any regard to the choices of the people who voted;

But the Governor in his reply said, “The PDP is only crying wolf where there is none. Its allegations of alleged widespread thumb printing, vote-buying and

"Intimidation by some security men are things that are alien to the APC and an attempt to cover for its failures.

"One of the laughable claims of the PDP is that Lalong intimated civil servants and traditional rulers. This is ridiculous because Governor Lalong does not need to threaten civil servants and traditional rulers to vote for him because he has been the only governor who has been consistent in the payment of workers’ salaries in the state and has seen to the improvement of the welfare of traditional rulers with the creation of chiefdoms and upgrading traditional stools.

"His all-inclusive governance of emancipation won him, several ardent followers.

"On the allegation of vote buying, let me stress that Governor Lalong since his foray into politics after a successful legal career has never lost an election hence cannot be moved to influence voters with money. The governor, unlike the PDP days, believes that his works would speak for him and as far as many would acknowledge, that was what has earned his second term as governor. The PDP should not reduce everybody to their level of politicking where money holds sway.

“The claim that some PDP supporters were not allowed to vote cannot be true as all with PVCs were duly accredited and allowed to vote."

The PDP Candidate has however threatened legal actions against the APC and INEC over the polls.

Gov. Lalong is coming back, LG Commissioner confident


By Kenzy Gupar


The Hon. Commissioner, Plateau State Ministry for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Dayyabu Yusuf Garga says Governor Simon Lalong is sure of "another resounding victory" at the rerun elections holding Saturday.

Speaking to newsmen after interacting with several groups working for the reelection of Governor Simon Lalong across the state, Garga hinged his confidence on the level of mobilization ahead of the polls.

The groups he said have been working towards the reelection of President Muhammad Buhari, Governor Simon Lalong as well as other candidates of the APC across the entire state.

The Commissioner commended the groups over which he is Patron for their efforts, charging them to ensure Governor Lalong is reelected so as to continue with the laudable developmental strides he has started.

According to Garga, Governor Lalong is so passionate about the unity and growth of Plateau state as such he has ensured an even distribution of the state's resources without any bias.

He added that the return of Governor Lalong to little Rayfield will afford him the opportunity for consolidation and that is what plateau people have seen hence they gave him their votes and are ready to complete by Saturday.

Garga then called on plateau citizens to come out and vote peacefully in areas where election rerun will take place pointing out that for them they are certain that the people's verdict will go with Governor Lalong.

Proudly Jos: University graduate declines Govt jobs, makes millions from farming

Mr. Ali Zabolo on his farm
A Nigerian graduate of Biochemistry, Mr. Ali Zabolo says working as a private farmer has earned him more than any paid job would have offered.

The Chief Executive Officer, Zabolo farms, headquartered in Jos the Plateau State capital has, therefore, turned down several jobs offers to care for his private farms, he said.

In an interview on Wednesday in Jos, Mr. Zabolo estimated his monthly income from farming at N500, 000 ($1,388.9).

“Aside from the fact that no paid job would give me that much, the problems associated with the Nigerian labor system are discouraging.

“Salaries could delay and employers could fire at any time.

“More so, you never get the freedom to do what would be of benefit to you and I can’t bear that,” he said.

strawberries cultivated by Zabolo
Mr. Zabolo's greenhouse farm produces different exotic fruits, spices, and vegetable all-year-round.

The products are supplied to customers across Nigeria and beyond, raw or processed.

The 2016 graduate of the University of Maiduguri, Northeastern Nigeria has at least ten staff on his payroll, managing the farms which are spread across several hectares of land in different locations in Central and Northwestern Nigeria.

He, however, hopes to mechanize the farms in no distant time for maximum output.

Mr. Ali Zabolo is available on 08060923117 and www.zabbolorfarms.com.

See pix of farm products from Zabolo farms:
processed spices from zabolo farms 


Justice alone not solution to conflicts - Plateau Peace Agency

The Plateau State Peace Building Agency says serving justice without reconciliation does not guarantee peace in a conflict situation.

The ability ofgovernments and other stakeholders to meander between issues without having to create fresh grievances makes for an easier resolution of disputes, Director General of the agency, Mr. Joseph Lengmang said, Tuesday.

Speaking at a conflict sensitive symposium for journalists, organized by the agency in Jos, Mr. Lengmang said corrective, reconciliative and reconstructive justice which sometimes involve dialogue and forgiveness work best in multiethnic conflict communities.

The PPBA according to him has been woeking in conflict communities in Plateau State with the sponsorship of the United States Embassy to identify and sustainably address the root causes of conflicts.

Journalists he said have played significant roles in peace development, reasons for which the symposium was organized.

"This program is organized to afford an opportunity for the Peace Building Agency to share ideas with the journalists community towards finding ways to better sustain the peace that we currently enjoy in the State," he said.


Gunmen kill Policeman, two others in Plateau

A Mobile Police Personnel was Saturday shot dead near Kura Falls in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, reports say.

The Officer whose identity is yet to be ascertained was said to be returning from Anquil village at about 9 pm, where he'd gone to drop his girlfriend when he was attacked by an unknown gunman.

A native of the community believed to be fiancé to the Police Officer's supposed girlfriend is suspected to have masterminded the attack.

He was said to have commenced the fulfilment of traditional marriage rites with the lady.

It is not however clear if the young man has been apprehended.

A day earlier however, one Mr. Jelmang Daniel was reportedly shot dead in Kumben village of Kombun District in Plateau State's Mangu Local Government Area.

Mr. Daniel was said to have been killed by cattle rustlers believed to be neighboring herdsmen.

About 20 cattle were carted away with from different feedlots in the village by the armed rustlers.

Youths from the community were however said to have recovered the cattle on Saturday from some herdsmen settlements following a tipoff.

Efforts to get security personnel to facilitate the recovery proved abortive when the youths took the challenge upon themselves, a source in the village said.

Meanwhile, a boy believed to be 15 years old was Sunday shot dead in a road ambush near Nyarwai village od Fan District, B/Ladi L G A.

The boy was said to have been returning from a birthday party in Nafan village along with two others.

He was however the only one killed as the two others escaped unhurt.

Officials have not commented on any of these incidences yet.

Why I seek to be Speaker, House of Reps - Hon.Yusuf Buba Yakub


In the past few weeks ,I have had the opportunity to sit down alone and ponder upon the reasons that keep pulling me towards the quest for the Speakership of the House of Representatives.



As dignifying as the position may sound and as attractive as its allure may also be ,I have managed to ask myself,again and again, what do I really desire in seeking this position. Is it the mere craze for attention or a  consuming desire to be seen and heard that has continued to egg my inner make-up on to continue to canvass support from colleagues in the House and from Nigerians in general?



Hon. Y.B. Yakubu
For the umpteenth time,I have found out it is the latter. My answer to myself and,indeed,to anyone who has bothered to ask me the reason I am vying for this position,remains the same:I am merely driven by  the ideals of SERVICE to continue to offer my humble talents,treasure and time to see how I can adequately contribute to the growth and development of my country.



Across the country, anywhere I go I find myself asking the same question and getting the same answer:What can I do to make my country better?What steps should I take to be in the position to actualise my noble dreams and vision for our great country,believing,albeit incurably, that God has given us all we need to succeed as a nation and that with the right leadership Nigeria can lead the world.



For me, there is so much to do within so short a time. Our nation requires nothing but men and women who share the vision of a Great Nigeria to beat a path of national vision,rebirth and ambition so that others will follow.



What we require is for a group, like we have in the House of Representatives or in the National Assembly as a whole,to position itself as a vanguard for a New Nigeria. Definitely,we shall win many a convert in the dream as long as I our intentions remain pure and our focus remains defined. I am prepared to be one of the leaders of such a vanguard;hence this quest.



As I move around in the weeks and months ahead to solicit your support and cooperation for me to emerge Speaker in the Ninth Assembly House of Representatives due to be inaugurated early June, one thing will remain clear on my mind and that is the very possibilities that we can realise as a people if we place development in the heart of our individual and collective efforts.



I see our nation getting better. I see Executive-Legislative harmony and collaboration that would make for a better Nigeria. I see Nigeria becoming better in our time. I see the best years ahead and I know that we at the National Assembly, particularly, we in the Green Chambers, can make it work if we believe in it



 I,therefore, call on all of you,my dear colleagues,to join me to realise the Nigeria of our collective dreams by supporting my humble aspiration to lead the next House ,not as one who requires power for the sake of power,but one who would with your kind partnership achieve Unity,Stability, Accountability, Quality Service- Delivery,Accessibility and National Cohesion. I shall in my Legislative Agenda that will soon become public document enumerate for the sake of clarity the road maps that I have designed to aid our reaching the afore-stated goals.



Long Live the House of Representatives

Long Live the National Assembly

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



Thank you for your time.



Hon.Yusuf Buba Yakub.

Member Representing Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency and Aspirant to the Speakership 2019.

54yr old man rapes, infects teen girls with STD in Jos

Police in Central Nigeria are investigating alleged sexual abuse of two teen girls by a 54-year old man identified as Mr. James Otuneruke.

Otuneruke is believed to have had carnal knowledge of the girls in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, several times for 16 weeks before he was caught on Monday.

The suspect often lured the 13 and 11-year-old children of his neighbor with beverages, noodles and other eatables to his apartment before abusing them, it was gathered.

The girls according to a family source have revealed that they were often offered cash rewards to keep mute about the act.

Mr. Otuneruke after being caught and mobbed
Mr. Otuneruke was once suspected of the offense but he claimed he only invited the girls for errands, the source said.


Caught 'red-handed'


The father of two whose wife and kids reside in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja was however caught ‘red-handed’ at about 11 pm, local time while attempting to have another encounter with one of the girls, said the source.


Watchful neighbors according to the source perceived suspicious movements which they traced to Mr. Otuneruke’s apartment.

The discovery reportedly sparked protests leading to a near mob action against the suspect.

He was however handed over to authorities at the Anglo Jos Divisional Police Station, Rayfield Road, Jos at about midnight, it was learnt.

Medical examinations conducted on the girls, however, show that they have contracted Sexually Transmitted Disease, it was gathered.

Efforts to get details of the disease were unsuccessful as of publishing time but Mr. Otuneruke is said to have confessed to the crime.

Inquiries sent to the Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tyopev Terna had also yet to be replied as of the time of publishing this report.

However, Mr. Otuneruke is expected to undergo trial at the completion of investigations.

If found guilty, Mr. Otuneruke could face life imprisonment with a possible fine attached.

 What the law says

Section 357 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act states, “Any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a woman or girl, without her consent, or with her consent, if the consent is obtained by force or by means of threats or intimidation of any kind, or by fear of harm, or by means of false and fraudulent representation as to the nature of the act, or, in the case of a married woman, by personating her husband, is guilty of an offence which is called rape.”

The CCA states further in Section 358 that “Any person who commits the offense of rape is liable to imprisonment for life, with or without caning.”
Mr. Otuneruke after being caught and mobbed


The CCA in Section 359, in fact, states that any person who attempts to commit the offense of rape is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years, with or without caning.


Similarly, Section 282. (I) of the Penal Code Act says “A man is said to commit rape who, except in the case referred to in subsection (2) of this section, has sexual intercourse with a woman in any of the following circumstances-  (a) against her will;  (b) without her consent;  (c) with her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her in fear of death or of hurt;  (d) with her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married;  (e) with or without her consent, when she is under fourteen years of age or of unsound mind.  

The Penal code in Section 283 specifies punishment for whoever commits rape to include imprisonment for life or for any less term, in addition to a fine. 

Breaking News: Four Plateau miners killed in night attack

A mining site in Jos, near Plateau State Polytechnic B/Ladi

An attack on a mining site in Dan-Bukuru village, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Sunday left four dead, reports say.

The attack reportedly followed arguments between two groups of miners earlier in the day.

"One of the groups left in anger after the argument and returned in the night with an attack," a security source said.

Two of the deceased according to him have been identified as natives of the mining host community.

One he said is a Berom native while the other has not been identified.

No suspect has been arrested but the four corpses as of the time of publishing this report were laying at the Bokkos Divisional Police Station.

Chairman of the LGA, Mr. Yusuf Machen when contacted hurriedly said, "I will call you back, I am at the DPO's office" and hung up.

How varsity student escaped suicide after 17 exam failures



CAMPUS PRESS: A final year student of the University of Benin, Mr. Oluwasayomi Ahmadu says sharing one's feelings as opposed to suicidal thoughts is the best solution to human problems.

Those undergoing depression must share their problems with "a family member, friend, therapist, member of the clergy, teacher, family doctor, coach, or an experienced counselor," rather than contemplate suicide, Ahmadu told campus correspondents.

The award winning student whose inspiring story on how he wrote O'Level examinations 17 times recently went viral on the internet advised those passing through depression to not to let fear, shame, or embarrassment prevent them from seeking help.

"If the first person you reach out to doesn’t seem to understand, try someone else.

"Just talking about how you got to this point in your life can release a lot of the pressure that’s building up and help you find a way to cope,” he said.

Mr. Ahmadu's Non-Governmental Organization, Mr Voiceover  Mentorship Initiative is organizing Community Mental Health Awareness And Sensitization Programmes in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to encourage depressed youths, he said.

He however called on government, well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to support him in fighting the rate of  suicide in Nigeria. 


Plateau Elections: 300,000 unclaimed PVCs used for secret accreditation - Observers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may have used the unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards in its possession to accredit ineligible voters for the recent Governorship and State Assembly elections in Plateau State.

Available data shows that of the 2,480,455 registered voters in Plateau State, only 2,095,409 voters collected their PVCs, leaving INEC with 385,046 unclaimed cards.

INEC had said it had deposited all the unclaimed cards at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN for sage keep but a local observer group, Plateau Peace Movement International (PPMI) says the body used the unclaimed cards to carry out "secret accreditation at various corners" in the State.

In a Press conference, Friday in Jos the Plateau State capital, the group led by Rev. Joseph Bot also alleged that INEC hired card carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress party as Returning Officers.

The Officers according to PPMI "imported figures to suit their Party" during the polls.

It also accused INEC of denying Observers the chance to monitor elections in some areas while relocating certain collation centres to Government facilities including the State Government House.

"It was gathered that Quaanpaan, Shendam collation centres were translocated to somewhere in Government House, Rayfield," the group said.

Aside the swapping of smart card readers between polling centres, INEC changed result sheets and cancelled "genuine votes" in some polling units without 'tangible' reasons," Observed PPMI.

The group therefore called for the cancellation of the entire elections in Jos North, Shendam, Wase, Kanam, Qua'anpan, Langtang South and Mikang Local Government Areas.

It also called for the resignation of the Plateau State Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Mr. Halilu Pai.


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Plateau rerun: JT Useni fights on, maintains campaign funding says Official

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau State says its Gubernatorial candidate, Jeremiah Useni has never contemplated withdrawing his campaign funding ahead of next weekend's rerun elections in the State.

Prof. Dimis Mai-Lafia in a press statement on Friday said reports alleging that the Gubernatorial candidate had complained of having been betrayed by people he gave funds to during the electioneering campaigns are "just mischief".

The statement also dispels rumours of the ex Military General signing a pack to hire Mr. Yakubu Jang, son of the Ex State Governor, Jonah Jang as his Chief of Staff.

The statement reads in full:



It has become compelling to respond to certain insinuations that have been released as loose canons on the person and campaign of the Plateau PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Distinguished Senator Jeremiah Timbut Useni. 


The first is that a small quote attributed to him: 

“I will not remove 10kobo for any supplementary election. People lied to me and betrayed me. If they think I will win, let them vote me on their own. I am tired.”- JT Useini. Monday, 11th March, 2019.


That same day, we showed the quote to the Candidate, Senator Useni. After reading it he was quite amused at what was being attributed to him.


 And his response was,

 

"I have read this text. It  was even read to me. It doesn't make sense. Or does it make sense to you?  I have not complained to anybody. Why should I? It is my duty to lead the people of Plateau. I am resolved to do it. I am not complaining."


This was placed in the public domain the same day. 


But those who choose to excite themselves by themselves have continued to amplify the earlier quote – as if a child has just been given his first Christmas clothes! 


There is nothing to go to the market with on this. We cannot flog, and even over-flog a non-issue. "If the PDP in Plateau decides to go in for the re-run, there will be funding," says J.T. Useni.


 “JT", as we fondly call him, will, by the grace of the almighty God, provide the funding – as he has done with many projects in the past since he came into the PDP family.  


As far as we know, the Distinguished Senator has not harboured any frustration on this matter, not to talk of sharing it with anyone. 


Instead, our Governor in-waiting has been deeply appreciative of the massive support he has been receiving from the people of Plateau all through his campaigns and right through the elections. They have voted massively for him to be their governor. 


They  have unanimously voted out the APC right from the local government elections of October 2018 to the presidential/National Assembly right to the governorship/House of Assembly elections of 2019. Their message has been  persistent and consistent:  Enough of APC!


So Plateau people know what they want. And they know that  they have won all their elections so far by voting out the APC. 


It should therefore be apparent that if there is to be any frustration at all, it is that any democratic channel that Plateau people have followed to free themselves from the choking shackles of APC misrule in the state has been met by desperate looting of votes, engagement of the military to intimidate voters and the bare-faced deception of the APC government.   


Distinguished Senator JT Useni, is glad to receive the support of the people of Plateau along the path of our democratic  experience. And he is determined to do even much more to  Restore Plateau.


The second perversity we need to respond to is a poster with a massage suggesting a *“JT Useni & Jang Agreement: Make Yakubu Jang Chief of Staff."*


Such roguery!


Well, let’s put it as plainly as we can: There is no such agreement. As far as we know, ever since Senator Useni started the race to the Government House in Rayfield, he has not made any promise to anyone to place the person in any governmental position.


His disposition has always been that he will draw from the pool of the best that Plateau offers of human resources.  

JT Useni will give a level-playing ground for the youth, women and the physically challenged to make it into his team.


 There will be no favouritism or discrimination. 


The naughtiness of those trying To distract the Candidate and sow seeds of suspicion and disunity must  therefore  fall flat on its face.  


The two items attributed to our Candidate are obviously the work of mischief makers who want to draw the state backward. But too late. 


The  *Restoration* Agenda  of Distinguished Senator Useni is firmly on ground. It will give confidence to Plateau people. It will build Plateau. It will secure Plateau. 

 

Signed:

Prof. Dimis Mai-Lafia

Director-General,

Plateau PDP State Campaign Council

Okorocha Bribes INEC with N1bn for Certificate of Return

Indications emerged on Saturday that the embattled governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has perfected plans to bribe some top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with N1 billion to issue him a Certificate of Return.

He was said to have been declared winner of the Imo West Senatorial District election which held on February 23, 2019 under duress.

Sources at the Imo Governor’s Lodge at Asokoro, Abuja revealed that Okorocha relocated to Abuja a few days ago to lobby for the issuance of the Certificate of Return.

But the top hierarchy of INEC is not willing to give in, as sources told close confidants that he was facing the greatest humiliation of his life and the only option left for him was mobilize state funds to buy his way through to get the certificate.

In the plot, the governor is quoted to have said that he would use monetary inducements to penetrate two National Commissioners and some Directors in INEC to swing the table in his favour anytime the issue of his certificate of return is tabled for discussion.

It was gathered that the officials at INEC who are willing to compromise have advised Okorocha to immediately rush to court and obtain an order compelling INEC to issue him the certificate to guide against poor public perception.

The source revealed that the governor in the last few days has been very sober and that there were heightened nocturnal meetings at the Governor’s Lodge to perfect plans on how to seamlessly penetrate the INEC officials without a backlash.

“Governor Okorocha intends to dole out about N1 billion from the state treasury for the purpose and when reminded that the INEC officials may not be swayed by any amount of money he simply said ‘I am ready to up the game if they reject the offer because I am ruined.’

“The Governor’s greatest worry now is what would become of him after the May 29, 2019 hand over date as his puppet in the Imo State Governorship Election- Uche Nwosu has been roundly defeated coupled with the level of antagonism against him by the Imo people and the Federal authorities”, the source stated.

Only a few days ago, the  governor said it is unconstitutional for INEC not to issue him a certificate after he was declared winner of the Imo West Senatorial District Election which held on February 23, 2019.

He was quoted to have said that only a court has the power to annul the election in which he was declared winner.

“It is therefore a surprise that he suddenly made a volte-face and wants to use illegal means to obtain the certificate of return”, a source stated.

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