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.