Pregnant Plateau College student delivers in kidnappers' custody


Mrs. Leritmwa Dunji Diyal, kidnapped Sunday in Jos, Nigeria, hours to expected date of delivery
A Nigerian college student, Mrs. Leritmwa Dunji has been delivered of a healthy female child in the custody of kidnappers.

Mrs. Dunji, 30, was kidnapped on Sunday in Jos, Plateau State while on her way to the hospital, it was learnt.

The Zawang, Jos College of Health student was already having labour signs when she was taken, it was gathered.

She was taken to a bush, believed to be somewhere near the Nigerian capital city, Abuja, some 300kms away from Jos.

Her kidnappers had reportedly demanded a ransom of N2m.

Her peasant family could however only raise N200,000 as of Tuesday when she delivered.

The kidnappers had reportedly insisted on detaining her till at least N1m was paid.

The "gun bearing men" however released the first time mother on Friday after additional N200,000 was paid.

The kidnappers were said to have used her mobile phone and bank account for negotiations and ransom collection, family sources say.

The ex highschool teacher was said to have been dropped off on Friday evening, near Farin Gada, a commercial area located near University of Jos.

Her husband who is based in Shendam, in Southern Plateau could not be reached for comments as of publishing time.

The 7years-old couple is however expected to go for medical examination today. 

Nigeria's population fast outgrowing its resources, experts warn

Experts in family planning and reproductive health say Nigeria's population is growing faster than its resources.

This if not checked could result in the total collapse of the country's economy, Mr. Josiah Mutihir, Chairman, Voice for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Centre, Plateau State said, Friday.

Insurgency and other violent crimes eminent in the acclaimed African giant are partly a result of available resources not meeting its growing population, said Mr. Mutihir, a reproductive health physician.

"Ideally, population should only grow according to resources but in developing countries, it's the reverse and this poses a great challenge to socioeconomic development," he said at a meeting with media professionals in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

The family planning professional warned against political and sociocultural practices encouraging overpopulation.

He said, "Aside from voting for politicians with our numbers (large population), I don't know what else we get from having large families that we can't cater for.

"We seek to outnumber one another for religious and cultural supremacy but what other than enimity do we get?"

The "Breakfast Meeting" of media professionals with officials of Voice for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Centre, Plateau State was organized to create partnerships for wide population control advocacy.

Gov. Lalong: The making of a Quintessential leader II by Joseph Lengmang


Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State

Upon assumption of office in 2015, Lalong immediately sought to address the mindless perennial bloodletting that dotted the landscape of a society which hitherto prides itself as the Home of Peace and Tourism. 

More than a decade-long horrific experience of violence has exacted a massive toll on the development of the state. The very social fabric of the society was broken leaving behind a deeply entrenched feeling of mutual distrust, suspicion and consternation of an overstaying power. In many ways, Lalong did not only inherit a near-chaotic security environment, but came into office in the midst of a financial downturn that posed both systemic risks to his administration and the state.

In the face of these obstacles, he survived. There were some false starts and some mistakes during his first term-which is normal by the way yet, he avoided scandals, paid salaries promptly; cleared backlog of allowances and pensions; completed his predecessor projects-an odd thing to do going by the history of governance in Nigeria.

In addition, he initiated  an inclusive governance framework as both a conflict prevention and conflict resolution strategy; designed and completed some new projects of his own and largely steered the state towards a whole new governance paradigm which many people are yet to recognise or even appreciate.  Early in the life of his administration, Lalong settled for what I would describe as the pragmatic, middle-path in driving through his agenda.

His inclusive and community-driven approach to conflict settlement for example signifies a fundamental departure from the traditional top-bottom approach that characterised government’s response to peace and security challenges in the past. The strategy paid-off as evident by the decline in the spate of nocturnal attacks in some remote and hitherto, sleepy communities in Riyom, Bakin Ladi and Jos South LGA’s respectively.

Through his systematic, sincere and passionate drive to break the cycle of violence that had been the persistent plight of our people for more than a decade, the governor sought to reconcile communities by repairing broken relationships and enhancing resilience. Using a carefully crafted community-based framework, he negotiated a conflict settlement in the first six months of his administration which enjoyed the support and buy-in of conflict parties.

The success of his effort led to the cessation of open hostilities, attacks and counter-attacks between erstwhile fighting communities especially in the first three years of his first term. We did not witness the outbreak of any high intensity violence until the last one year of his first term; a situation that is not unconnected to the ignoble roles and activities of peace spoilers-the sophisticated shadow actors who orchestrate chaos only to serve their political and economic high ends. In the face of this renewed peace and security challenges the governor remained undaunted as he continues to advocate for the pursuit of peace through justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In a sense, the significance of Lalong’s emergence as governor of Plateau state with no support from the so-called god-fathers should also not be dismissed. Though social and elite animus persists, his success signals longer-term normative and generational shifts favourable to displacing the historical precedence of elite politics in Plateau state. Indeed, even the son of a “mai ciminti” can against all the odds be a governor and a successful one at that. His story is not only inspiring but opens up a new chapter in our democratic experience.

In terms of legislation, the governor achieved some big things in his first term which include inter-alia: creation of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) which happens to be the first attempt by a subnational government in Nigeria to institutionalize conflict prevention and peace building’; Plateau State Microfinance and Development Agency (PLASMIDA); Plateau State Information Technology and Development Agency (PICTDA) and Plateau State Bureau for Procurement (PSBP).

Those are big changes in what government does and the kinds of activities it undertakes. Clearly, his approach was to expand the social contract by focusing on specialised agencies to deliver the public goods to many citizens. Within the last three years for example, PLASMIDA has been working to empower young people through skills acquisition as well as the establishment of new businesses — typically startups. The agency offers important services ranging from training, provision of business advice and networking support through to the development of financial and non-financial incentives.

Similarly, the relatively newly established Plateau information technology development agency has been working to help stimulate economic growth and development through the use of technological innovation, networking and knowledge-based information. Reasonable investments in agriculture, health, education, water, energy and tourism sectors have also been made. Although their impact may not be felt instantaneously, and perhaps, might have even produced a mixed result in some cases, notwithstanding, those investments are a clear demonstration of the governor’s commitment to translating his vision to ensure that the benefit of good governance trickles down to a vast majority of citizens.

While no one can deny the fact that our state is still far from a perfect and peaceful society, what is never in doubt however, is that the governor is gradually transcending socio-economic and political boundaries to turn the state into an idea that stands for something unique and powerful – an oasis of peace, stability and prosperity for all. His inclusive approach to governance opened the space for those ethno-religious groups that were hitherto marginalized to thrive. Moreover, the dignity, humility and grace that he brought into the governance process will no doubt constitute one of his most enduring legacies.

And talking about legacies, truth of the matter is, legacies can be complicated and nuanced, yet simple when it comes to the basics: win two terms in office and get big things done on your policy agenda. After all, the mark of a leader is the impact he has on the people he leads.

On 29th May 2019, Governor Lalong took the oath of office for his second term on 29th May 2019 in a colourful and electrifying atmosphere. Dignitaries and supporters defied the early morning rains to be witnesses to an historic moment. Yet, the importance of that moment goes far beyond the excitement that greeted the air on that faithful day. It means a lot, and speaks essentially on the hopes, fears and aspirations of our people and how he would probably be remembered.

..to be cont…

Joseph Lengmang is the Director General , Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA, Jos.

Gov. Lalong: The making of a Quintessential leader II by Joseph Lengmang


Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State

Upon assumption of office in 2015, Lalong immediately sought to address the mindless perennial bloodletting that dotted the landscape of a society which hitherto prides itself as the Home of Peace and Tourism. 

More than a decade-long horrific experience of violence has exacted a massive toll on the development of the state. The very social fabric of the society was broken leaving behind a deeply entrenched feeling of mutual distrust, suspicion and consternation of an overstaying power. In many ways, Lalong did not only inherit a near-chaotic security environment, but came into office in the midst of a financial downturn that posed both systemic risks to his administration and the state.

In the face of these obstacles, he survived. There were some false starts and some mistakes during his first term-which is normal by the way yet, he avoided scandals, paid salaries promptly; cleared backlog of allowances and pensions; completed his predecessor projects-an odd thing to do going by the history of governance in Nigeria.

In addition, he initiated  an inclusive governance framework as both a conflict prevention and conflict resolution strategy; designed and completed some new projects of his own and largely steered the state towards a whole new governance paradigm which many people are yet to recognise or even appreciate.  Early in the life of his administration, Lalong settled for what I would describe as the pragmatic, middle-path in driving through his agenda.

His inclusive and community-driven approach to conflict settlement for example signifies a fundamental departure from the traditional top-bottom approach that characterised government’s response to peace and security challenges in the past. The strategy paid-off as evident by the decline in the spate of nocturnal attacks in some remote and hitherto, sleepy communities in Riyom, Bakin Ladi and Jos South LGA’s respectively.

Through his systematic, sincere and passionate drive to break the cycle of violence that had been the persistent plight of our people for more than a decade, the governor sought to reconcile communities by repairing broken relationships and enhancing resilience. Using a carefully crafted community-based framework, he negotiated a conflict settlement in the first six months of his administration which enjoyed the support and buy-in of conflict parties.

The success of his effort led to the cessation of open hostilities, attacks and counter-attacks between erstwhile fighting communities especially in the first three years of his first term. We did not witness the outbreak of any high intensity violence until the last one year of his first term; a situation that is not unconnected to the ignoble roles and activities of peace spoilers-the sophisticated shadow actors who orchestrate chaos only to serve their political and economic high ends. In the face of this renewed peace and security challenges the governor remained undaunted as he continues to advocate for the pursuit of peace through justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In a sense, the significance of Lalong’s emergence as governor of Plateau state with no support from the so-called god-fathers should also not be dismissed. Though social and elite animus persists, his success signals longer-term normative and generational shifts favourable to displacing the historical precedence of elite politics in Plateau state. Indeed, even the son of a “mai ciminti” can against all the odds be a governor and a successful one at that. His story is not only inspiring but opens up a new chapter in our democratic experience.

In terms of legislation, the governor achieved some big things in his first term which include inter-alia: creation of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) which happens to be the first attempt by a subnational government in Nigeria to institutionalize conflict prevention and peace building’; Plateau State Microfinance and Development Agency (PLASMIDA); Plateau State Information Technology and Development Agency (PICTDA) and Plateau State Bureau for Procurement (PSBP).

Those are big changes in what government does and the kinds of activities it undertakes. Clearly, his approach was to expand the social contract by focusing on specialised agencies to deliver the public goods to many citizens. Within the last three years for example, PLASMIDA has been working to empower young people through skills acquisition as well as the establishment of new businesses — typically startups. The agency offers important services ranging from training, provision of business advice and networking support through to the development of financial and non-financial incentives.

Similarly, the relatively newly established Plateau information technology development agency has been working to help stimulate economic growth and development through the use of technological innovation, networking and knowledge-based information. Reasonable investments in agriculture, health, education, water, energy and tourism sectors have also been made. Although their impact may not be felt instantaneously, and perhaps, might have even produced a mixed result in some cases, notwithstanding, those investments are a clear demonstration of the governor’s commitment to translating his vision to ensure that the benefit of good governance trickles down to a vast majority of citizens.

While no one can deny the fact that our state is still far from a perfect and peaceful society, what is never in doubt however, is that the governor is gradually transcending socio-economic and political boundaries to turn the state into an idea that stands for something unique and powerful – an oasis of peace, stability and prosperity for all. His inclusive approach to governance opened the space for those ethno-religious groups that were hitherto marginalized to thrive. Moreover, the dignity, humility and grace that he brought into the governance process will no doubt constitute one of his most enduring legacies.

And talking about legacies, truth of the matter is, legacies can be complicated and nuanced, yet simple when it comes to the basics: win two terms in office and get big things done on your policy agenda. After all, the mark of a leader is the impact he has on the people he leads.

On 29th May 2019, Governor Lalong took the oath of office for his second term on 29th May 2019 in a colourful and electrifying atmosphere. Dignitaries and supporters defied the early morning rains to be witnesses to an historic moment. Yet, the importance of that moment goes far beyond the excitement that greeted the air on that faithful day. It means a lot, and speaks essentially on the hopes, fears and aspirations of our people and how he would probably be remembered.

..to be cont…

Joseph Lengmang is the Director General , Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA, Jos.

Gov. Lalong: The making of a Quintessential leader II by Joseph Lengmang


Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State

Upon assumption of office in 2015, Lalong immediately sought to address the mindless perennial bloodletting that dotted the landscape of a society which hitherto prides itself as the Home of Peace and Tourism. 

More than a decade-long horrific experience of violence has exacted a massive toll on the development of the state. The very social fabric of the society was broken leaving behind a deeply entrenched feeling of mutual distrust, suspicion and consternation of an overstaying power. In many ways, Lalong did not only inherit a near-chaotic security environment, but came into office in the midst of a financial downturn that posed both systemic risks to his administration and the state.

In the face of these obstacles, he survived. There were some false starts and some mistakes during his first term-which is normal by the way yet, he avoided scandals, paid salaries promptly; cleared backlog of allowances and pensions; completed his predecessor projects-an odd thing to do going by the history of governance in Nigeria.

In addition, he initiated  an inclusive governance framework as both a conflict prevention and conflict resolution strategy; designed and completed some new projects of his own and largely steered the state towards a whole new governance paradigm which many people are yet to recognise or even appreciate.  Early in the life of his administration, Lalong settled for what I would describe as the pragmatic, middle-path in driving through his agenda.

His inclusive and community-driven approach to conflict settlement for example signifies a fundamental departure from the traditional top-bottom approach that characterised government’s response to peace and security challenges in the past. The strategy paid-off as evident by the decline in the spate of nocturnal attacks in some remote and hitherto, sleepy communities in Riyom, Bakin Ladi and Jos South LGA’s respectively.

Through his systematic, sincere and passionate drive to break the cycle of violence that had been the persistent plight of our people for more than a decade, the governor sought to reconcile communities by repairing broken relationships and enhancing resilience. Using a carefully crafted community-based framework, he negotiated a conflict settlement in the first six months of his administration which enjoyed the support and buy-in of conflict parties.

The success of his effort led to the cessation of open hostilities, attacks and counter-attacks between erstwhile fighting communities especially in the first three years of his first term. We did not witness the outbreak of any high intensity violence until the last one year of his first term; a situation that is not unconnected to the ignoble roles and activities of peace spoilers-the sophisticated shadow actors who orchestrate chaos only to serve their political and economic high ends. In the face of this renewed peace and security challenges the governor remained undaunted as he continues to advocate for the pursuit of peace through justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In a sense, the significance of Lalong’s emergence as governor of Plateau state with no support from the so-called god-fathers should also not be dismissed. Though social and elite animus persists, his success signals longer-term normative and generational shifts favourable to displacing the historical precedence of elite politics in Plateau state. Indeed, even the son of a “mai ciminti” can against all the odds be a governor and a successful one at that. His story is not only inspiring but opens up a new chapter in our democratic experience.

In terms of legislation, the governor achieved some big things in his first term which include inter-alia: creation of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) which happens to be the first attempt by a subnational government in Nigeria to institutionalize conflict prevention and peace building’; Plateau State Microfinance and Development Agency (PLASMIDA); Plateau State Information Technology and Development Agency (PICTDA) and Plateau State Bureau for Procurement (PSBP).

Those are big changes in what government does and the kinds of activities it undertakes. Clearly, his approach was to expand the social contract by focusing on specialised agencies to deliver the public goods to many citizens. Within the last three years for example, PLASMIDA has been working to empower young people through skills acquisition as well as the establishment of new businesses — typically startups. The agency offers important services ranging from training, provision of business advice and networking support through to the development of financial and non-financial incentives.

Similarly, the relatively newly established Plateau information technology development agency has been working to help stimulate economic growth and development through the use of technological innovation, networking and knowledge-based information. Reasonable investments in agriculture, health, education, water, energy and tourism sectors have also been made. Although their impact may not be felt instantaneously, and perhaps, might have even produced a mixed result in some cases, notwithstanding, those investments are a clear demonstration of the governor’s commitment to translating his vision to ensure that the benefit of good governance trickles down to a vast majority of citizens.

While no one can deny the fact that our state is still far from a perfect and peaceful society, what is never in doubt however, is that the governor is gradually transcending socio-economic and political boundaries to turn the state into an idea that stands for something unique and powerful – an oasis of peace, stability and prosperity for all. His inclusive approach to governance opened the space for those ethno-religious groups that were hitherto marginalized to thrive. Moreover, the dignity, humility and grace that he brought into the governance process will no doubt constitute one of his most enduring legacies.

And talking about legacies, truth of the matter is, legacies can be complicated and nuanced, yet simple when it comes to the basics: win two terms in office and get big things done on your policy agenda. After all, the mark of a leader is the impact he has on the people he leads.

On 29th May 2019, Governor Lalong took the oath of office for his second term on 29th May 2019 in a colourful and electrifying atmosphere. Dignitaries and supporters defied the early morning rains to be witnesses to an historic moment. Yet, the importance of that moment goes far beyond the excitement that greeted the air on that faithful day. It means a lot, and speaks essentially on the hopes, fears and aspirations of our people and how he would probably be remembered.

..to be cont…

Joseph Lengmang is the Director General , Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA, Jos.

Insecurity: We are unsafe even with securities - Plateau natives

The Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) says most Nigerian communities are unsafe despite security presence.

This according to the Plateau native association is because securities have not been efficient in tracking armed attackers of communities.

"We are no longer safe in our homes, communities and neighborhoods, in the midst of armed security men.

"The security agencies should, at least for once, do the needful in bringing the killers to book and let them face the law," Mr. Chollom Gyang, BECO Secretary General said in a statement.

This according to the statement is more crucial as the Federal Government moves to retrieve gun licenses from civilians.

"This is a big source of concern to us, as the 'unknown gunmen' have never been subjected to the same law as their vulnerable victims," said the group.

The organization condemned Sunday's attack in Nakai  Danwal village of Ganawuri Chiefdom in Riyom Local Government Area where a family of six was eliminated, calling on government to take the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens with "greater sense of commitment."

Insecurity: We are unsafe even with securities - Plateau natives

The Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO) says communities in Nigeria are unsafe despite security presence.

This according to the Plateau native association is because securities have not been efficient in tracking armed attackers of communities.

"We are no longer safe in our homes, communities and neighborhoods, in the midst of armed security men.

"The security agencies should, at least for once, do the needful in bringing the killers to book and let them face the law," Mr. Chollom Gyang, BECO Secretary General said in a statement.

This according to the statement is more crucial as the Federal Government moves to retrieve gun licenses from civilians.

"This is a big source of concern to us, as the 'unknown gunmen' have never been subjected to the same law as their vulnerable victims," said the group.

The organization condemned Sunday's attack in Nakai  Danwal village of Ganawuri Chiefdom in Riyom Local Government Area where a family of six was eliminated, calling on government to take the protection of the lives and properties of its citizens with "greater sense of commitment."

Plateau Governor frees condemned prisoner

Central Nigeria's Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Wednesday granted absolute pardon to a prisoner on life sentence.

Mr. Evaristus Mozie who was until the pardon detained at a Federal facility in Jos, the Plateau State capital was freed on reason of "good conduct", said Mr. Lalong at his second term inaugural ceremony.

The Governor at the event in Jos said the decision was taken in exercise of his constitutional powers enshrined in Section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

It was equally taken in consultation with the State Advisory Council On Prerogative Of Mercy, Lalong said.

Burki to Lalong: Guard your heart, Huge tasks ahead

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairmanship Candidate for Mangu Local Government Council in Plateau State, Chief Ayuba Gufwan says Governor Simon Lalong's second term comes with "enormous responsibilities."

The state looks forward to "leadership, vision and dedication," said the renowned disability rights activist.

Burki as Mr. Gufwan is fondly called, however in a congratulatory note on Wednesday expressed confidence in the capacity of the Governor.

"Our future as a people is very bright.

"We trust in God to guide and see you through to consolidate and continue on the path of inclusive governance and even development which the Rescue administration is known for.

""Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Proverbs 4:23). We shall always remember you in our prayers," Gufwan said.

Second Tenure: Plateau Governor turns Humanist

Central Nigeria's Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Wednesday said his second term will be based on "Religious Humanism".

People have a right to seek truth and oppose "authoritarian rule", said Mr. Lalong at his second-term inauguration in Jos, the capital of the State.

"These ideas of liberty, human rights, democracy, and public scrutiny of opinion and governmental actions are essential to the smooth functioning of society," stated the Governor.

Lalong, recently elected as Chairman of the 19 Northern Nigerian Governors, however did not give details of his policy programs for the next four years.

This according to him will be done on June 12, 2019, which was recently adopted by the country as its new Democracy Day.

Simon Lalong: The making of a Quintessential Leader || By Joseph Lengmang


Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State


Yesterday at the pre-inaugural dinner held in honor of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Laong, I paid a particular attention to His Excellency’s remarks on the lessons he learnt from the leadership styles of his predecessors.


 From J.D. Gomwalk, Chief. S. D. Lar, S. B. Atukum,  Fidelis Tapgun, Joshua Dariye and J.D. Jang, Lalong in his typical humorous fashion took us through an historical journey that not only provides a window into understanding his leadership style but offers deep insights on his persona, character and perhaps, how he would like to be remembered after leaving office in 2023.  


But I am not ready to delve into this discourse just yet.  This piece is about the beauty of today; the beautiful rainy day in which the inauguration of Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong the duly re-elected governor of Plateau state will take the oath of office for his second term. 


This three pact series is about him, our governor and perhaps, about us too.


As they say, some people are born great, some acquire greatness along life`s journey while others have greatness thrust upon their shoulders. 


The second or third instance, perhaps, aptly captures the historical and political evolution of the governor of Plateau state, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong. 


Born into a humble and relatively poor family background in a small village in Ajikamai, Shendam local government area of Plateau State, according to those familiar with his trajectory, Lalong exhibited sterling leadership qualities at a very early age. 


His simple upbringing by a contented and God-fearing parent would later shape his philosophy of life which is anchored on hard-work, discipline, selflessness and above all, his signature virtue, -humility.


 From his critical formative years to adulthood, his nag to carve a niche for himself gnawed him to daunt the odds and overcome the vicissitudes of life and thus earned the respect of his peers and society at large.


 Against popular perception, Lalong was an excellent student who tops his class throughout his primary and secondary school days. 


While growing up on the streets of Shendam, he masterfully blended his academic pursuits with sports. He was very popular within his local government and across neighboring LGA’s due to his highly entertaining and scintillating football skills.


 His unassuming nature would naturally endear him into the hearts and minds of those who crosses his path. 


At the completion of his secondary education in GSS Shendam, Lalong would proceed to study law at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Studying under very harsh social and economic conditions, he thrived both in the university and subsequently in law school. 


 Following a somewhat brief practice in the legal field, destiny would knock on his doors; his people wanted him to represent them at the Plateau State House of Assembly. Yet, this would be the second time his people would beckon on him for public service.  After all, his character and leadership skills were tested earlier when he contested and won the position of the Goemai Youth Movement (GYM) some few years back. 


His resounding victory at the polls in the 1999 state of assembly election was nothing but a reflection of the level of acceptability  he enjoyed by a vast majority of his immediate constituents. 


In his characteristic nature, Lalong did not only settle down to conduct his legislative duties but built a resounding working relationship based on mutual trust, respect and confidence with his esteemed colleagues.


 His humility, interpersonal skills and team spirit earned both their friendship and respect so much that the mantle of leadership of the house fell on his shoulders when his predecessor, Rt. Hon. George Daika resigned as Speaker barely two years into office.


The Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong wasted no time in galvanizing the support of his colleagues to address a wide range of governance issues troubling the state and most importantly, the festering sectarian crisis that started on 7th September 2001. 


The spate and intensity of the ethno-religious violence that greeted the return of democracy in Plateau state was unprecedented and therefore puts to test the ingenuity of a relatively new and inexperienced House of Assembly headed by the Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong. 


 He led the house to pass motions on the floor which were followed with actions to address the crisis as well as mitigate against the risk of a recurrence. 


Under his leadership, the state house of assembly worked hand-in-gloves with the executive arm to tackle the growing conflict plaguing the state. 


To his credit, some of the far-reaching decisions taken by the Dariye administration to manage or contain the outbreak and spread of violence were recorded under his leadership. 


This experience is remarkable in the sense that it highlights his passion for Peace as well as prepared him for the somewhat daunting task that lies ahead. At no other time was his loyalty to the state ever put to test like in those troubling years. 


 In 2006, Lalong went through a baptism of fire as a result of governor Dariye’s brush with the Obasanjo administration. Despite the initial entreaties followed by threats and intimidation for him to cooperate in the removal of Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye through crass subterfuge, he refused to bulge. 


He was staunchly opposed to the idea of circumventing the rule of law to feed any individual’s interest no matter how powerful. As the Speaker of the House, he stood firmly behind the unconstitutional impeachment saga of the former governor.


 Not one to easily concede defeat, the Obasanjo administration connived with some elements in the state to plan, albeit unconstitutionally, his recall from the house of assembly.


 To the chagrin of many, the recall would fail woefully and he emerged from the experience somewhat unscathed. He was re-elected into the house as member and subsequently, Speaker of the House of Assembly in 2003 respectively. He held that position for good six years-making him the longest speaker to have served in the Plateau state house of assembly.


Having served his term in the legislature without any blemish to his name, the Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong led a quiet life after leaving office in 2007. The quiet life would howecer be disrupted in 2014 when the hunt for successor to the immediate past governor of the state shifted to the Southern Senatorial district of Plateau state. 


The All Progressives Congress, APC, unanimously voted him to be the standard bearer of the party in the gubernatorial elections of 2015. Propelled by the unsavory political developments that characterized that material time, Lalong mobilized and galvanized a movement against impunity; the calculated antics of a political demi-god determined to establish a political dynasty against the popular will was challenged and defeated. 


Against all the odds, Lalong won the election and was sworn into office on 29th May 2015. 


..to be cont..


Joseph Lengmang is the Director General, Plateau State Peace Building Agency, PPBA, Jos.

Lalong: What I learned from our father Jonah Jang

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Tuesday paid glorying tributes to his predecessors, his immediate, Senator Jonah Jang included.

The combination of the unique qualities of all his predecessors, Lalong said defines his political success.


Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State

Speaking at his pre-inaugural dinner at Eliel Centre in Jos the capital of the State, the Governor said he has specifically learned infrastructural development from Jang.

Except for failure in salary payment, Jang according to the Governor was a great leader.

"You don't do physical infrastructure forgetting stomach infrastructure and that is payment of salaries.

"Maybe if he had combined the two I would not have been here (as Governor)," Lalong said.

Governor Lalong who is often perceived to be at variance with the Plateau North Senator said he has decided to improve on Jang's achievements by prioritizing workers' salaries.

He said, "What I did in the last four years was to pick a little from Joseph Gomwalk, to combine with what Solomon Lar did, and I went further to pick something from Sir Fidelis Tapgun.

"I learned also discipline in some cases from former military Governor Samuel Atukum.

"I am also using my youthful exorbitance to do what I am doing now like Chief Joshua Dariye.

"I have also learned infrastructure from Chief J.D. Jang.

"But I combined that with payment of salary and that is why we have peace today."

Jos: Suppressed Sunday riots, sign of victory for peace says Govt

NIGERIA: Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Tuesday said the ability of citizens to prevent last Sunday's protests in some suburbs of Jos from escalating is a testimony of the "deepening peace efforts" of the State.


Gov. Simon Lalong, Plateau State

The resolve of citizens to resist being lured into violence has given the State a positive  image, Lalong said through his Information Commissioner, Yakubu Datti.

"Purveyors of bad news who had gone to town about another crisis in the state have been put to shame as citizens stood together to defeat the ghost of war mongers," the Governor said in a press statement.

The statement however called for vigilance and prompt security information sharing by citizens.

The Governor also pledged "better days" ahead as his administration works with citizens and security agencies to prevent criminal activities in the state.

Plateau mother escapes with 1yr old baby as gunmen kill husband, five others in Ganawuri


Six members of a family were Monday killed in Central Nigerian Nghakai village, 15kms West of College of Nursing, Vom, in Plateau State's Riyom Local Government Area.

The attack at about 8pm, local time, was carried out by gun-bearing men, who spoke amateur versions of Berom and Fulani languages, an eyewitness said.

Mrs. Lyop Gideon who survived the attack along with her 1year old baby said the attackers killed her husband, Mr. Gideon Gyang, 30, his two parents, two siblings and a cousin before fleeing through a mountain-bound valley.

The 25yrs old mother of one said she escaped by pretending to be dead, while her baby, Esther Gideon was unhurt in her slain grandmother's arms.

"I laid flat on the ground as they opened fire, killing everyone.

"My baby yelled from my dead mother in-law's arms but she was unhurt," Mrs. Gideon said.

According to her, the family was having dinner together when the armed men attacked.

She said, "My husband was in our room few meters away from my father in-law's room where seven of us were eating.

"They shot him first, and my terrified mother in-law started screaming.

"As he (husband) was groaning and my mother in-law screaming, they came into the room where we were.

"One of them tried to say something in Berom language but wasn't so fluent.

"He spoke also in Fulfulde saying 'Hurut mu hilleh' after opening fire in the room but I don't think that language was standard too."

The attack lasted 5mins with no arrest made, Youth leader of the community, Mr. Dalyop Boi said.

Police operatives were however seen at the scene on Tuesday trying to console members of the affected family.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, DSP Tyopev Terna in a statement has solicited for "credible information to track and arrest the perpetrator(s) to face Justice."

Jos Sunday killings: Police, Pastors differ on death toll

Police on Monday said a total of five persons were killed in Sunday's clashes in Central Nigeria's Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

12 houses were burnt as youths protested the discovery of the corps of a resident of Dutse Uku community in Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau Police spokesperson, Tyopev Terna said in a statement.

However, the Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association (ASIPA) says over 30 Christians were where killed and over 20 houses burnt in the "attacks by Muslim militia, some in military uniforms".

The violence in Tina junction, Cele bridge, Dutse uku and Nasarawa Gwong communities "during Church worship is a sacrilege unimaginable to be carried out in the month of Ramadan," Rev. Luke Shehu said in a press statement.

"These targeted attacks on innocent Christians is unacceptable, particularly with confirmed arrests of over thirty (30) Christian women fruit and food vendors by soldiers around Tina junction in Jos after the attack today, 27th May 2019," he said.

The group accused the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari of orchestrating an Islamic agenda.

"Though we have been consistently praying for Mr. President's good health and the nation at large as we are admonished in our Holy Bible, we are not unaware of Islamist elements and the protégés of Fulanization and Islamization at various levels.

"Other Nigerians cannot sit and watch the non arrest or prosecution of Fulani bandits and militia, more so,  this government is rewarding them with over one hundred billion naira (N100, 000, 000, 000.00)," the statement says.

It also accused the President of plotting to disarm Christians and expose them to insecurity.

"The purported executive order signed by Mr. President revoking all firearms licenses with effect from 1st, June 2019 is largely seen as a ploy to disarm Christians and minority tribes to the advantage of the Fulani militia and terrorist," says the statement.

COCIN to Lalong: Use your NGF position for peace and justice

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) on Friday asked Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State to use his position as the new Northern Governors Forum Chairman to "uphold the rule of law and bring peace and stability in the region."

In a communiqué after its 96th General Church council meeting, Friday in Jos the capital of Plateau State, the Church expressed worry over growing insecurity in Northern Nigerian States of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Zamfara and Borno states.

The communiqué read by its President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri also called on the Federal and state governments to take proactive measures to forestall the "inhuman acts."

"Human life is too precious to be wasted casually," it says.

The Church also tasked government at all levels to take seriously their constitutional responsibilities by restoring and rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons across the country.

"Many of them are left to fend for themselves in terms of feeding and accommodation," said the Church.

The document also condemned the Nigerian government’s "nonchalant attitude" towards the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok schoolgirls who have been in Boko Haram captivity for years now.

Plateau Peace Agency says reported Jos skirmishes under control

Central Nigerian authorities say earlier reported skirmishes in Jos the capital of Plateau State have been controlled.

Police had confirmed fresh disturbances in Dutse Uku, Rikkos and Cele Bridge communities on Sunday.

"We have mobilised our personnel to the area. As we speak, the Area Commander Jos Metro is on ground there," State Police Public Relations Officer said in a text message.

The State Peace Agency headed by Mr. Joseph Lemgmang in a Facebook post confirmed the deployment of troops to the troubled areas.

It however called for vigilance and relevant security information.

Violence reportedly broke out in the cold tin city, Sunday afternoon following the murder of an unidentified civilian.

Locals say heavy gunshots were heard in the affected areas for hours.

Authorities have however not confirmed the real cause of the clashes.

Nigerian Police neutralize tensions in Jos

Police in Central Nigeria say they have neutralized tensions in some parts of Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tyopev Terna, Sunday confirmed receiving reports of tensions around Dutse Uku, Rikkos and Cele Bridge communities in the city.

However, personnel of the Force were mobilized to restore order, he said in a phone conversation.

"As we speak, the Area Commander, Jos Metro is on ground there," Mr. Terna said.

Gunmen again attack Plateau college quarters, kidnap one

Gunmen believed to be herdsmen, Saturday kidnapped a female resident of Plateau State Polytechnic quarters, in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Local sources say the attack occurred at about 8:00pm local time, lasting few minutes.

"The abductors fired heavy gunshots, scaring the residents of the institutions who couldn't sleep throughout the night," a local nongovernmental organization tracking such attacks on local communities said.

The Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria said in a social media broadcast on Sunday that the kidnapped lady was alone at home when she was taken.

Armed men believed to be herders three weeks ago kidnapped a Senior Staff's daughter in the same Polytechnic quarters.

She was released at an undisclosed ransom just as the Polytechnic's Chaplain's son - Master Kim Andrew, 11, who was kidnapped last year summer in the same location.

Officials have yet to comment on the latest incident.

Plateau to start making money from snakes


Central Nigeria's Plateau State might soon start harvesting animal skin for wealth creation.

Federal Parliamentarian, Beni Lar, Friday launched the first-ever skin and hide entrepreneurial centre in Jos the State capital, to train youths in skin and hide processing.

The State has abundant livestock and wildlife but has not been exploring such for income, Ms. Lar said.

Some of these animals including snakes, cattle and sheep will henceforth not just be used for meat but also leather production, she said.

The centre is established as a branch of the Nigerian Leather Institute and Science Technology, Kaduna, said Lar who is the Nigerian House of Reps Committee Chairperson on Science and Technology.

Gov. Lalong vows to fight insecurity in Northern Nigeria

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong says he will use his experience to unite citizens and fight insecurity in northern Nigeria.



The newly elected Chairman of the Northern Governors forum, during a visit to the Commandant Nigeria Civil Defence Corps headquarters in Abuja commended the federal government for timely deploying troops to troubled areas in the country.

He equally commended the NSCDC and other security agencies for maintening peace in the country while pledging support to enable them do more.

The Commandant General of the Nigeria and civil Defence Corps, Abdulahi Muhammadu was full of praise for the Plateau State Government for purchasing office accommodation for the Corp in Plateau state worth four hundred million naira.

Buhari admits Ministers forced him to maintain them for full-term



Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday insisted he inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016.

Insecurity and "massive corruption" further compounded issues, said the President at his last Federal Executive Council meeting for the first tenure.

Despite public criticisms however, his Ministers he said remained firm in the drive 'rescue' the country from its "parlous state".

"Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless.

"However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state," he said.

Despite having a common vision, the cabinet according to the  President frequently had heated debates on the best way to achieve goals.

Thus, the Ministers were retained having contributed their different views to make the decisions the cabinet took all the more "rational", he said.

"It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term," stressed the President.

Nigeria's 2019 polls worse in history, says international Church

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), headquartered in Jos, Plateau State says Nigeria's March 2019 elections were the worse in the country's history. 

The church at the opening of its 2019 General Church council meeting faulted widespread military involvement and electoral petitions reaching a record 736.

The elections were however generally peaceful, proving wrong the apprehensions of potentially violent polls, President of the Church, Rev. Dr. Dacholom Datiri said.

Voting for Plateau Social Media Awards officially closes

Voting has officially ended for the Plateau Social Media Awards.

Official records show that the online voting platform generated a total of 7,895 votes over a period of three weeks.

Voting opened on April 25 and closed May 18.

The Award ceremony is slated for July 7, 2019 at Mees Palace, Rayfield, Jos, Plateau State.

Pre-Award lecture holds Friday, July 5, at Azi Nyako Youth Center, Jos.

The Plateau Social Media Awards is designed to recognize 'exceptional' social media content, officials say.

"The Plateau Social Media Awards (PSMA) will recognize excellence in content creation, innovation and awarding talents in various fields, who have carved a niche leveraging the social media platform," lead organizing official, Alfred Makut said in a statement.

Jos: Beer parlour shooters kill football fan watching FA Cup match



Suspected cultists, Saturday opened fire at football fans watching the FA Cup match between Mancity and Watford in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, killing one.

Eyewitnesses say the 'heavily armed' men stormed the Garden Palace Hotel and Bar in Busa Buji, 5kms West of the city's Terminal Market at about 7pm local time.

A local football star, Mr. John Davou was hit three times in the head and several times in other parts of the body, sources say.

Davou, 25, died instantly while a father of two, Mr. Francis Bot, sitted close to him sustained bullet wounds, it was gathered.

Davou was probably the target, said his neighbor, Mr. Nengak Matthew.

"He was the only one pelted with bullets while everyone else was hit by a stray bullet," Matthew said.

Mr. Davou was however just a hopeful undergraduate, rewriting his West African Examinations Council (highschool) papers after seating for the 2019 pre-university Joint Admission and Matriculations Board Examinations.

The reason for the attack by a mostly university-based cult group is therefore unknown.

Officials have yet to comment on the incident.

Jos: Beer parlour shooters kill football fan watching FA Cup match



Suspected cultists, Saturday opened fire at football fans watching the FA Cup match between Mancity and Watford in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, killing one.

Eyewitnesses say the 'heavily armed' men stormed the Garden Palace Hotel and Bar in Busa Buji, 5kms West of the city's Terminal Market at about 7pm local time.

A local football star, Mr. John Davou was hit three times in the head and several times in other parts of the body, sources say.

Davou, 25, died instantly while a father of three, Mr. Francis Bot, sitted close to him sustained bullet wounds, it was gathered.

Davou was probably the target, said his neighbor, Mr. Nengak Matthew.

"He was the only one pelted with bullets while everyone else was hit by a stray bullet," Matthew said.

Mr. Davou was however just a hopeful undergraduate, rewriting his West African Examinations Council (highschool) papers after seating for the 2019 pre-university Joint Admission and Matriculations Board Examinations.

The reason for the attack by a mostly university-based cult group is therefore unknown.

Officials have yet to comment on the incident.

Nigerian Berom International Concert raising army of peace singers, Officials say

West Africa's Berom tribe believed to have one of the highest number of displacements in Nigeria, due to violent herdsmen attacks, Saturday held an ecstatic 'reunion' musical concert in Jos the capital of Plateau State.


 Artistes performing at 2019 Berom International Concert, Saturday



The concert according to officials aimed to unite and promote peace among youths of Berom ethnic origin.

"It is a program carefully designed to bring together youths especially of Berom origin from all over the world to collectively cry to God for forgiveness and peace," Miss Eunice Danja, Manager of the 2019 Berom International Concert said.

Artistes from Africa and the United States of America were invited to "sing the hearts of the people and speak healing into the land (of the Beroms)," said the lead concert Official.

Among the invited Artistes is California-based Prince Chuwang Rwang Pam, a  Berom native.

The event equally aimed to promote local music talents to fight youth restiveness.

"We want to show our elites what we are made of and what they stand to gain by investing in us," said another official, Mr. Vincent Nyam, popularly known as Ja Device, a Lagos-based Nigerian reggae singer and the only African Artist signed with string Ray Records, UK singer.

The event was "electrifying" said many guests, among  whom were newly elected Nigerian House of Reps member, Mr. Dachung Bagos and the Commander of a local Peacekeeping Mission, Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundi.
Rubbish Nonsense

Newly elected Plateau Senator dishes N6.5m to widows for business

650 Nigerian widows, mainly crisis victims on Saturday shared a total of N6.5m (about $20,000.00USD)  for business in Plateau State.

The "one off petty trading financial grant" was one of several humanitarian interventions by newly elected Senator Istifanus Gyang in the crisis ravaged Barkin Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency.

It is intended to boost the earning capacity of the windows through income generating activities, Mr. Gyang said during the distribution of the fund in Barkin Ladi town, 30km South of Jos the Plateau State capital.

Each widow got N10,000 (about $30USD) "in the first instant".

The package will be "replicated and expanded," said the outgoing House of Reps member, when he assumes office in June as Senator of Plateau North in the Nigerian Parliament.

The Speaker of the Nigerian House if Reps, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, represented at the event by the House Committee Chairman on Army Operations, Mr. Rima Shawulu was confident the fund would lift the plight of the widows if properly utilized.

Newly elected member of the Parliament, Mr. Dachung Bagos however advised the beneficiaries to properly invest the fund for profit.

Explosion hits Jos Main Market 10am, keep off!!!

Experts hired to pull down damaged sectors of the burnt down Jos Main Market for reconstruction have arrived site.

Equipment and personnel of the hired wreckers from South Africa arrived the market site at 7am, local time, Saturday.

An official alert says 8:00am is designated for the sealing of the main gate of the market.

8:30am is for the placement of barriers in strategic locations to prevent entry into the market area.

9:00am is the final entrance to viewing area while warning siren goes on by 9:30am, to be followed by a radio confirmation.

There will be a repeat of the siren and radio confirmation at 9:45am, 9:55am and 9:59am before a 60sec countdown to the explosion which will be by 10:00am.

10:05am, explosives will be checked followed by radio confirmations.

All barriers will be removed by 10:30am after site is confirmed clear for entry by 10:15am.

Civilians are advised to stay off the location of the popularly known "Terminus" market.

Bayelsa hails Gubernatorial poll shift

The Bayelsa State Government has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for shifting the governorship election earlier slated for November 2 to November 16, 2019. 

The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson in a statement on Friday said the action of the commission is a welcome development that is highly appreciated.

He said the Prof. Mahmmud Yakubu led INEC has done for the state an unforgettable gesture that will never be taken for granted and assured them of the sincere and immeasurable gratitude of the government and people of the state.

According to him, by heeding to the plea of the government and other critical stakeholders to shift the date, INEC has demostrated that it listens to genuine complaints and that its decision on electoral matters are not cast in stone.

Iworiso-Markson said with such uprightness there is a renewed feeling among the people that the commission will conduct a free, fair and credible election on November 16 that will command positive commentaries the world over. 

The Information Commissioner stressed that the PDP led Restoration Government and all Bayelsans are looking forward to the election and believing that their votes will count and the outcome will be a true reflection of their ballot expression. 

The Government spokesman said with the shift in the date, the state can now have a successful thanksgiving day celebration, to appreciate the almigthy as usual for the peace and progress it has made in over seven years of the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson administration. 

The mouthpiece of the government stated that being the last for Governor Dickson as the state helmsman, this year's thanksgiving day celebration will be grandiose and called on Bayelsans to pray fervently and look forward to the day. 

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Plateau splits age-long traditional structure amid controversy

The Plateau State Government, Thursday announced the creation of two new traditional councils out of the age-long Jos Joint Traditional Council.

This is in compliance with Section 91(1) of the 2016 Local Government Law, a statement by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dayyabu Garga says.

The two new councils according to the statement dated May 2, 2019 are Riyom and Jos North Traditional Councils.

Citing Section 91(3) of the 2016 LGL, the statement says the two councils are to be headed by the most senior Chiefs in their domains.

Consequently, the Ataa Aten of Ganawuri and Ujaa of Anaguta are to head the new Riyom and Jos North Councils respectively.

The statement does not say anything about the stool of the Gbong Gwom Jos who currently heads the Jos Joint Traditional Council and the Plateau State Council of Chiefs.

However, observers say the new order implies reducing his stool to a Berom ethnic leadership.

Some have even expressed fears that the new structures might be heralding the emergence of an Emir for Jos, a plot the present State Governor, Simon Lalong has long been accused of.

"It undoubtedly portends great disaster because it initiates a process of dashing to the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy a prize their fore-bearers failed to secure through desperate Jihadic wars or what is now the modern day Maitatsine, Boko Haram or herdsmen killings," a firmer National Parliamentarian, Bitrus Kaze said in a social media broadcast.

Nigerian private radio station, Jay FM loses millions in 10 weeks of shutdown

A Nigerian private radio station, Jay 101.9 FM, Jos, says it has lost "millions of naira" in revenue since local authorities shut it down on March 1, 2019.

The station Manager, Mr. Mangna Wamyil told MKB on Wednesday that the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission was expected to compensate for the loss.

The Plateau state based station had sued the regulatory body, seeking a N500,000 relief from the regulatory body.

It was closed down few days to the country's general elections over "partisan and inflammatory broadcast."

The station was however reopened on Tuesday, 10 weeks later after a court order.

"This is part of ongoing settlement between Jay FM and NBC, in the suit we filed at the Federal High Court Jos challenging the March 1st, 2019 shutdown of the Station by NBC," an official statement signed by the station Manager says.

It is however the first step to resolving the feud between the two bodies.

"Since the station has been opened, the first prayer has been determined, what we are in court now for is for the court adjourn the matter to allow for further negotiations of the other prayers," Mr. Wamyil told MKB.

Killer of female Uni-Jos student bolted door, escaped through window - Sources

The suspected killer of the female University of Jos student who was found dead in hostel last week may have escaped through window after bolting the door from inside.

Detectives found the window slided open and the protective mosquito net torn open.

Autopsy reports have also shown that Miss Mercy Naan, a 200 level Marketing student was strangulated.

A suspect is already in custody undergoing interrogation.

Explosives deployed for Jos Main Market demolition on Saturday, Officials warn

Demolition and explosive experts from South Africa are for the 'controlled' demolition of the burnt down Jos Main Market on Saturday, officials say.

Tonnes of explosives are being deployed according to work plans to ensure "safe and efficient" demolition, Mike Pekins, Lead Demolition engineer for Mamco Wreckers Consortium and Kyle Pekins told journalists in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The State government last week warned civilians to stay 200 metres away from the market on or before 6pm, local time on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

A statement by from Mr. Yakubu Dati, the State Commissioner of Information says  vehicular movement will be restricted, and all roads to the market closed for public safety.

Autopsy shows dead female Uni-Jos student may have been strangulated


Autopsy results obtained from Central Nigeria's Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH have shown that the female University student found dead in hostel last week was likely murdered.

Official sources say from the results, the student, Miss Mercy Naan was probably strangulated.

Rumours had earlier suggested that the 200 Level Marketing student of the University of Jos, Plateau State took her own life after a quarrel with her 'boyfriend', who was thought to be Mr. Shitnaan Maimako, son to Prof. Sebastian Maimako, the University of Jos Vice Chancellor.

Mr. Maimako who committed suicide few hours after news of Miss Naan broke was alleged to have consumed poisonous insecticide "in solidarity" with his supposed girlfriend.

Police sources however say the two cases are not connected.

Miss Naan, a 19-year-old native of Kogi state was said to be exclusively dating a Jos-based student of Akwa Ibom State University in Nigeria's South South.

The two reportedly had quarels shortly before her demise over some money he was said to have borrowed from her schoolfee for sports betting but couldn't pay back.

The man (details withheld), 23 who originally hails from the Niger Delta region is now in Police custody undergoing interrogation.

The deceased student was however buried, Saturday in Jos after the completion of medical examination on her corpse.

Her parents who appear to still be broken and unstable over the case have yet to make any comments.

The couple however seems to be determined to secure justice on the murder of their daughter.

Plateau: Lalong Adviser quits APC Youth leadership

A Special Adviser to Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Mr. Alfred Makut has resigned as Secretary of the State's APC Youths Online Forum.

The SA on ICT in his resignation letter obtained by MKB, says he is moving unto "New terrain and  target...as a progressive youth and partner in the actualisation of the Plateau dream and Project."

The letter dated May 12, 2019 further states that the renowned APC advocate is withdrawing "To pave the way for others to steer the ship (of APCYOF)."

Makut who recently started a campaign for the positive use of the social media for development appreciated the support of his principals and fellows in the forum, believing the APC still holds great prospects in 2023 when the next General elections would be held.

The full content of the letter reads:


LETTER OF RESIGNATION AS PLATEAU STATE SECRETARY OF APC YOUTHS ONLINE FORUM.

12-05-2019


It is with a euphoric retrospect and a mood of triumph,trials and fulfillment that i write to all the members of the APC YOUTHS ONLINE FORUM..."The Strength Of Change".


As I look back on  how a phone call to two gallant comrades and ardent APC youth supporters snowballed into the formation of the APC YOUTHS ONLINE FORUM IN 2017, with over 500 members online and over 15,000 structures and members spread across the 17  Local Government Areas of the state,I  will gladly say to anyone that cares to Dare; that when there is a will there will always be a way.


Out of nothing,we created something worthwhile.

we created value and made ourselves relevant in the scheme of things as Youths that  set the stage for the metamorphosis of an APC YOUTHS based group saddled with the responsibility of engaging,  interacting and informing  the populace on the activities of Government both Online and at the grassroots.


Some called us E-rats,some say Tea and bread,some called us social media Thugs and Lalong errand boys, whatever that meant, we were focus on letting the people know the strides, challenges, successes and achievements of the Lalong led rescue administration.


As part of the Pioneer steering committee/Exco's, saddled with the formation and growth of the group, I will say it was a challenge that was worthwhile and revealing.


It is on record that this group in constant strategizing and useful engagements with the Lalong led Rescue Administration paved the way for the engagement of over 17 of its members as Special Assistants On ICT to the Governor and other empowerment's from Government and civil society as developmental partners on the Plateau.


It's reflective to take the back seat at this moment to pave the way for others to steer the ship of this visionary group going forward.


I am optimistic of the calibre of youths in the forum that are leaders and Comrades in the struggle that will steer the wheel of the forum to even greater heights as we approach 2023 electioneering voyage coupled with  the responsibility of informing the populace on the day to day runnings of Government.


I take a bow to move unto new terrain and  target that I have set for myself as a progressive youth and partner in the actualisation of the Plateau dream and Project.


I cannot end this without a special thank you to all the members of the APC YOUTHS ONLINE Forum for giving me the opportunity to serve them with this pioneer caretaker role.

 To all the dynamic Exco's, The Caucus, The Party Secretariat and all APC supporters and of course a big thank you to the opposition. Plateau is the winner at the end.


My sincere appreciation goes to The Governor Of the Youths and APC youth Online Forum -Chief JOHN DAFA'AN, The Engine Room-Engr Silas Vem, Dung Dalyop, Joseph Lengmang, Pius Hoomen, Rufus Bature, Festus Faunter, Prof.John Wade, Yakubu Dati, Hon.Yusuf Gagdi, David Daser and Chief Micheal George Makwal and many that supported and shared in the vision of the progressive group.


Most importantly my gratitude goes to Governor Simon Bako Lalong and Prof.Sonni Tyoden who endorsed the vision of the online forum from day one.


 We can clearly say it is a win-win situation at the end of the electioneering process.


PLATEAU will certainly Rise Again.

#letsDoMore


#MUNATARE MUNASHAK


#SIGNED

Makut Alfred Mashat

OUTGONE STATE SECRETARY, APC YOUTH ONLINE FORUM

#SECRETARY - Special  Assistants on ICT forum

JAMB Releases 2019 UTME Results, Withholds 34,120 Results


 

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2019 UTME results.

About 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.

The Registrar of the board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who made the announcement in Abuja on Saturday also stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.

He said, for the 2019 UTME, 1,886,508 candidates registered including those who registered at the foreign centres.

“Out of this number, which excludes the Direct Entry candidates, 59,667 were absent. A total of 1,826,839 sat the UTME. Today, we are releasing the results of 1,792,719 candidates.

“Some 34,120 results are being withheld including the results of 15,145 candidates being further clarified as identical twins and siblings” Professor Oloyede added.


Source: Channels Television  

Proudly Plateau: FG targets 500,000 tons of Pozzolana cement yearly from Bokkos


The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NIBRRI), Friday said its second pilot prototype Pozzolana Plant located in Bokkos, Plateau State will produce 500,00tons of cement yearly if fully utilized.

Acting Director General of the Institute, Mr. Samson Duda said at the launch of the Plant that government aims to replace ordinary Portland cement with pozzolana - a building material produced from volcanic ash, which he said is more environmentally friendly.

Ordinary Portland Cement emits 7% of global carbon dioxide, the Nigerian Science and Technology Minister, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu said at the event.

"It is common knowledge that carbon dioxide is harmful to human health, just as it is to wildlife and fauna.

"It causes many respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis and nasal infections," said the Minister.

In addition, OPC according to Mr. Onu could result in structural cracks in buildings leading to possible collapse, he said.

It is also found to be costly and 40% weightier than pozzolana which informs efforts by different African countries to reduce its use, he said.

The Bokkos Pozzolana Plant therefore in the words of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Bitrus Nabasu will reduce the cost of building in Nigeria.

The concept of the Plant which is attached to a skills acquisition centre was designed in 2011, immediate past DG of NIBRII, Mr. Slim Matawal said.

The first pozzolana plant was set up in 2017 in Otta, Southeast Nigeria.

The skills acquisition section he said is equipped to train citizens in welding, capentey, tailoring, and cosmetology among others.

NIBRRI has in its 40 years of existence developed several technologies that are "making a difference" in rural communities, its Board Chairman, Mr. William Wadni said.

It has in his words, produced rural access road technology, fabricated machines, and developed alternative construction materials among others.

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong through his Science and Technology Commissiiner, Dan Manjang, the representative of the Plateau State Traditional Council, Mr. Isaac Wakili and the Chairman, Bokkos Local Government Council, Yusuf Machen were all excited at the choice of Plateau for the Plant.



Alleged N100bn for Herdsmen: Fulani group warns FG

The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has warned the federal government against advancing the sum of N100 Billion to Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for any form of compensation or to halt the purported criminality amongst herdsmen.

Speaking with newsmen in Jos the Plateau State capital, the National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Sale Bayari, said if the reports and speculation about the government N100 billion advancement to Miyetti Allah is true, then there are better ways to empower herdsmen and that dealing with a particular group which has become political will not help the situation.

Alhaji Bayeri said should government do that, it would set a dangerous precedence because any association who wants to be relevant or invited by government will have to have an arm of armed bandits to qualify for government patronage.

"I have been hearing that the Federal Government is dealing with Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). One of the areas is that the government wants to compensate herdsmen who have lost their means of livelihood, which is cattle. The meeting took place In Birnin Kebbi and I understood that the DG State Security Service (SSS),  the DG National Intelligent Agency (NIA), the Inspector General of Police, the Governor of Kebbi State and the Minister of Interior were all there.

"When the meeting took place, what I heard was that the government will also be giving some funds to the tune of N100 Billion in order to halt arm banditry among herdsmen. I was expecting them to say arm banditry among Miyetti-Allah since it was them they called, but they said arm banditry among herdsmen. Though I cannot confirm the outcome of the N100 billion, but I reliably learnt that reasonable millions of Naira was given to the leaders of the Miyetti-Allah.

"What government is doing is setting a dangerous precedence, because it would simply mean that any association who wants to be relevant and invited by government will have to have an arm of armed bandits to qualify for government patronage. This is very dangerous. And the federal government should understand too that it is very dangerous to reward criminality with government resources. This is because this cannot be sustainable.

"After giving them such huge sum, give them some few years the money will not be there any longer, and I bet you that in this particular case, the money will not be invested for the well-being of herdsmen. When the money is finished, those people will want to go back for more funds from the government. So, if this is true the government should shelve that plan at once," he said.

He noted if the government wants to assist the herdsmen in the country, they should set up a proper committee and it should be done through a commission like that of the Niger-Delta as well as through the Ministry of Agriculture. By so doing, he said, the committee or commission will look for memoranda from every registered Fulani association with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The Chairman said they have about seven herdsmen association with good membership and reasonable control of herdsmen in the country, but that the government choose to deal with one association.

He said in their own association, they don't have criminal elements that will go and meet government to give them money so that they can stop criminal activities, despite the fact that they are in the six geo-political zones in the country and have official in the zones.

He said Miyetti Allah has become an appendage of a political party since 2014, but that not withstanding there are many ways government can patronize any tribal or cultural association without necessarily making them a kind of security outfit because it is entirely unconstitutional and unknown to any law in the country.

"What we have in GAFDAN is a security working partnership with the office of the Inspector General of Police and we have a covert vigilante group that supply us information about criminal activities of herdsmen or that of our members. We then work with security operatives in the country to help stop the dangerous tide. So, I am really baffled to hear that government is seeing or negotiating with one association. I do not know under which basis such should happen, and I do not know the blue print they gave to the government that such large sum should be given to them," he added.

END

Buhari reelection: Jos-north in need of compensation|| By Inuwa Othman


Since the beginning of General Muhammadu Buhari joining politics in 2003, Jos-People stands with him unconditionally. Jos-People are amongst the few communities that gave their unwavering support to General Buhari, they are second to none.


 In all the elections General Buhari contested, Jos-People either came first, second or third in terms of total votes casted by LGA. Jos-People deserves ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, RECOGNITION and PARTICIPATION to benefit from their love/believe for Baba and supports for All Progressive Congress (APC).


At the start of the 5th republic in 1999, Jos-People were mainly in different political parties, with majority in APP and PDP. Jos-People divided their votes between APP and PDP in almost equal proportion. 

In 2003, when the game changer joined politics and decided to participate actively, the politics of Jos changed completely where over 80% of Jos-People stamped APP as their party due to General Buhari’s joining APP. The slogan within the Jos ranged from “SAI-BABA-BUHARI” and “SAI-MAIGASKIYA”. This’s due to the love/believe and trust they have for BABA-BUHARI (as they fondly call General Buhari) because of their believe in his honesty, integrity and personal conviction of him taking them out of uncertainties. They strongly believe with Baba Buhari things will change completely, they shall have their basic rights, privileges and better standard condition of living.


During the 2003 elections, Jos-People gave Baba-Buhari/APP the highest votes casted by LGA in the whole of this country. Jos-People followed and stood by Baba-Buhari/APP throughout his/their sojourn at the Courts. Even after the Supreme Court Ruling, Jos-People didn’t forsake Baba-Buhari, instead their love for him increased.


When APP metamorphosed to ANPP, Jos-People were not left behind. They moved to ANPP following their “MAI-GASKIYA” (Trustworthy). During the 2007 elections, Jos-People did not disappoint at all, they campaigned, mobilized and gave their votes again to Baba Buhari/ANPP. They gave massive votes (A Kapa, A Raka, A Tsare), they still maintained their first position in terms of votes casted by LGA as they did in 2003.


In 2009 when General-Buhari formed a new political party unilaterally, The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), he wasn’t disappointed by Jos-People, to them it was a welcome development and a dream come true to have/join a political party formed by Baba-Buhari. Most ANPP members and others from their parties joined CPC. The Jos-People took CPC as their personal party, they opened offices and printed campaign materials, within the shortest time CPC became a household name.


 From that moment, the world knows Jos-People are Baba-Buhari People. It also became clear to all aspirants/candidates irrespective of political affiliations to identify with General-Buhari for them to be recognized by Jos-People. Aspirants/Candidates across party lines started printing their campaign materials with Baba-Buhari pictures by the side of theirs.


When 2011 election was conducted the whole Nation saw the votes Jos-People gave their hero (Baba-Buhari/CPC). During the elections, voters slept at polling units, the old, weak, sick and women were allowed to cast their votes first while the youths waited till late nights/early morning to cast their votes. It was during 2011 presidential election a pregnant woman nearly gave birth on the queue but for the intervention of other women who helped her to a nearby house to deliver of baby boy that was named Buhari. It will interest you to know the woman (mother) came back after delivery and casted her vote for Baba-Buhari. This is just to show/tell you the kind of unprecedented love Jos-People have for Baba-Buhari.


There was tremendous joy when Jos-People heard CPC and other political parties amalgamated to form All Progressive Congress (APC). Joyous and prayer session where held for the success of APC. 98% of Jos-People became APC members. Jos was decorated with APC colours, posters, etc. The APC phenomenon was so overwhelming that good candidates were sacrificed for others. Those that contested under the party of Baba-Buhari/APC became “saints” and won all elections within Jos. The old, young, men, women, boys and girls all came out and voted the syndrome “SAK”. All APC candidates didn’t do much campaign as Jos-People are for Baba-Buhari/APC/SAK.


When Baba-Buhari was declared winner of the 2015 presidential elections, Jos went agog with funfair, music and dancing. Jos-People slaughtered cows, rams, chickens and cooked varieties of dishes, it was weeklong celebrations. Sadly, some even lost their lives and some got injured from accidents during the celebrations.


Expectations were high/ripped, unfortunately Baba-Buhari named his cabinet without a single person from Jos-People. The ministerial appointment that came to Plateau State, went to Plateau-South that have the sitting Governor. Jos-People weren’t considered in any federal political appointment, not even for minor consideration. We have teeming qualified unemployed youths and no single feasible democratic dividends that can positively change the lives of those whom gave so much for Baba-Buhari. Jos-People are mostly self-employed, the roads linking Jos to Kaduna, Kano and other business areas are death traps, Jos-People are not even considered for the few intervention programmes. We believe Baba-Buhari knows our plight and we are expecting so much from him. When shall we reap from what we sow?


With all the disappointments and pains, hopes are not lost. Again during the 2019 presidential elections, Jos-People came out in masse against all odds, intimidations and difficult terrain and did what they know best and good at, they overwhelmingly voted their Baba-Buharin-dai! There was even a case of a young man that was bedridden, he asked his father to help him to the polling unit to go vote for Baba-Buhari, he later died few minutes after casting his vote for his beloved Baba-Buhari. Another aged person slept for a week at his polling unit due to distance and wanted to be first person to vote Baba-Buhari, another was carried in ambulance to his polling unit, some were harassed, intimidated, denied voting but Jos-People votes still remained votes to reckon with. Many Doctors/Lawyers offered free services during the election period to ensure Jos-People votes count.


Baba-Buhari, you promised considering those that supported you and loyal to APC. We wish to draw your attention to Jos-People that supported/labored/loyal to your course since 2003 till date. The benefit of politicking is ACKOWLEDGEMENT, RECOGNITION and PARTICIPATION. We, like any other community have the manpower/capacity to assist you/APC in moving this great country to the NextLevel. We request for inclusion into all democratic dividends, appointments, employment, etc.


Baba-Buhari, it may interest you to know we have capable tested sons with capacity and track records of achievement. Hon Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, former Secretary Jos-North LGA (1991–1993), NITEL Territorial-Manager Lagos (1997–2000), former Minister of State for Information (2007–2008); Hon Shehu Saleh Hassan, former Member House of Representatives (2003–2007); Alhaji Danladi Pasali, National Coordinator Buhari Campaign Organization (BCO), Hon Bashiru Musan Sati, Secretary Plateau State APC. Even in sports, we have one of the best sports administrator, Hon (Dr.) Suleiman Yahaya Kwande a great son and loyal party member. He is two term member representing Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency (2011 till date). He refused joining team with Hon Dogara and sided with Hon Gbajabimila due to party loyalty. He refused overtures to decamp to other parties when others did. He was promised automatic ticket, stayed when he lost the primary election and worked vigorously for APC in all elections. Hon. (Dr.) Kwande was Chairman, Mighty Jet Football Club Jos, 2000–2010, Pioneer Member, Nigeria Professional League (NPFL), 2006, Elected Member, Nigeria Football Association (NFA), 2010 till-date, Member, House Committee on Sports 7th Assembly, President, Nigeria Beach Soccer, 2015-2018.


While Jos Baba-Buhari’s supporters are not all Fulanis, they however imbibe the Fulani culture of shying away from begging. That was why all these while we keep quiet and render our unquantified support for Baba Buhari since he started contesting for the leadership of this country. We are however forced this time around to beg, (or put in political term, lobby) for ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, RECOGNITION and PARTICIPATION. We acknowledge the fact that the outgoing Sports Minister is from Plateau State. If Baba will retain this position and same be given to the most qualified person for the position who is one of us, we will appreciate it and become fulfilled. 


 


By:


Hon. Inuwa Othman (AnaTare)

Stakeholder, APC Jos-North

othman4u@gmail.com

08037009996