Jos: Woman who stole baby has several "carryovers" due to depression - College

 Mrs. Dunji Diyal, suspected of child theft

32 years-old Mrs. Leritshimwa Diyal who ‘stole’ a baby in Jos, the capital of Plateau State last month may have performed poorly in her Medical Studies while worrying over her childlessness.
An Official of the College of Health Technology Zawang where she schooled told MKNews that Diyal ought to have graduated last year but failed several courses.
“Her mates graduated last year but she has carryovers, too many for her to be considered graduated,” said the Official who prefers anonymity.
The ranking nonacademic Officer of the college believes her underperformance was due to depression.
“The situation is very complicated. She was better-off when she started. She is depressed and needs serious help,” said the Official.
Mrs. Diyal was arrested on allegations of child theft which she has owned up to.
She however told Journalists while being paraded in Jos by Police that she wished she was dead.
Police are still hunting for her supposed accomplices in the crime before initiating her trial.
Observers are however of the view that the suspect being a victim of social stigmatization should be considered for trauma counselling not punishment.
Others recommend lighter punishment for her having owned up to the crime and shown remorse.
Mrs. Diyal is however likely to stand trial for faking her kidnap, impersonation and child theft which are grievous offences under the Nigerian laws.

Plateau youths warn Governor, FG against Ruga Policy

The Plateau Youth G17 group says the Federal Government's proposed "Ruga settlement" policy will worsen social conflicts amongst crop and livestock farmers in the State.

The policy seeks to favour one ethnic group at the expense of others and therefore unacceptable, the group said in a press statement, Thursday.

"We see this as an act to displace indigenous natives from their ancestral lands and settlements under the guise of government scheme aimed at ensuring lasting peace and stopping the attacks on farming communities by Fulani Herdsmen," said the group.

It therefore warned the State and Federal Governments against proceeding with the "barbaric and outdated land-grabbing" move for national peace and security.

Witness to Tribunal: Lalong lied on oath about his identity

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State

JOS-NIGERIA: The Director General, Plateau State Peoples Democratic Party PDP Gubernatorial campaign Council, Prof. Dimis Mai-Lafia yesterday told the State Governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Jos that reelected Gov. Simon Lalong failed to tell the truth about his identity when contesting in the March 2019 elections.

Lalong who uses four different names on four different documents claimed in his nomination form to have never changed his name, said Prof. Mailafiya.

He said, “In the INEC form which Gov Lalong filled and signed under oath, the column that asked him whether he had ever changed his name, he placed a dash signifying ‘Nil’ or ‘None’.

“The Respondent swore and attached an affidavit that he changed his name from Sule Simon Lalong to Simon Bako Lalong but the other name in his WAEC Certificate which is Simon Sule was not reflected in the change of name.”

The opposition campaign pointsman submitted the different names used by Gov. Lalong as “Simon Sule: WAEC Certificate 1982, Sule, Simon Lalong, IJMB Statement of Result, 1986; ABU Degree Cert, 1990; NYSC Cert, Sule Simon L.: ABU Admission letter and Simon Bako Lalong: University of Jos Masters degree in Law 2006.”

Consequently, the Governor according to Mailafiya lied on oath and was therefore not qualified to contest the election.

The JT Useni/PDP legal team lead by Barr. Mike Ozekhome had proposed to present 12 witnesses yesterday.

Prof. Mailafiya was taken first before the tribunal adjourned to Friday after taking few more witnesses from Wase Local Government Area.

The Tribunal is expected to resume sitting by 10am today.

Arrested cattle rustlers indict SARS Operative

First five from left: Suspected cattle rustlers arrested in Plateau State

Five ‘notorious’ rustlers arrested by Police in Plateau State have claimed working with an Operative of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Mr. Mohammed Isah, Mr. Badung Dalyop, Mr. Sanu Mohammed, Mr. Mohammed Salisu and Mr. Abdullahi Idris were arrested on June 6, 2019 by SARS operatives.

They were arrested at midnight while trying to ‘escape’ with seven ‘stolen’ cattle, loaded on a bus, Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede told journalists in Jos last week Thursday.

“The suspects during investigation confessed to have rustled the cattle from Binchim village in Bassa LGA of Plateau State,” said Mr. Akinmoyede.

The suspects however exclusively told MKNews that they partnered with a SARS Operative to commit the crime.

They identified their partner as one Scooter, who allegedly guided them through security checkpoints during the act.

“He was the one giving us cover and telling us where to follow to avoid securities.

“He was also the one making contacts for a buyer for us but he was freed after the arrest,” one of them said.

They however could not say if they were sure he was not spying on them.

The suspects currently in custody are expected to be charged to court soon.

Court shifts Prof. Mailafiya's Defamation Case against Masara Kim to October 6

Hearing into the case of defamation, filed against a Jos based Journalist, Masara Kim, by the Director General of the Plateau PDP Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Prof. Dimis Mailafiya now starts October 6, 2019.

This follows an unannounced recess embarked upon by the Plateau State High Court, beginning Wednesday.

The case had been fixed for first hearing on Wednesday, by 9am at the High Court 4, Jos, Plateau State.

Kim and his attorneys from Komak Law Company appeared at the court alongside counsels to the plaintiff at the given time to find the new development.

Other cases fixed for the same day were equally rescheduled to different dates.

Kim was dragged to court in January 2019, over a news report he published on his news blog, in October 2018, wherein the Sen. Jeremiah Useni campaign DG was accused of collecting bribe to back a supposedly unpopular running mate for his boss.

A statement of defence and motion seeking to strike out the case was filed in May 2019, by his Solicitors, in followup to a memorandum of appearance filed in January 2019.

He was issued a notice of intention to go to court in November 2018 by Prof. Mailafiya’s Councils, M.Y Saleh (SAN) & Co law firm.

At the expiration of the grace period within which the said defamatory news story was expected to be retracted, Kim was served a writ of summons in January 2019.

The University of Jos Professor of Economics is demanding a N50,000,000.00 relief for the offense, a retraction and an order restraining the Publisher of from publishing any further ‘defamatory’ story against him.

Kim is however contending that the news report in question is not assertive and was published with no ill-will after offering a chance for defence which was not exploited by the complainant.

2,000 Plateau children orphaned by herdsmen attacks forced out of school

At least 2,000 children are out of school following last year’s violent attacks that claimed over 200 lives in Plateau State, Officials say.
Majority of these children were orphaned by the June 2018 violence that lasted weeks in the Central Nigerian Gashish District, Mr. Francis Chong, a Community leader told Journalists, Sunday.
“Many of them currently in IDP camps cannot go to school because their parents were killed in the attacks.
“The government schools in the attacked villages that even offer free education were destroyed by the attackers.
“Virtually every public facility – schools, hospitals were destroyed during the attacks,” said Mr. Chong, the Chairman, Gashish Community Development Association.
Worse still, Chong said the attacked villages are still inaccessible due to the presence of the killer herdsmen.
He said, “This camp (Anguldi Jos IDP Camp) started with over 3000 people from 12 communities including three that only fled out of fear.
“204 of those that fled out of fear from those three were mobilized back home by the government and the STF last year December.
“However, some of them were forced back to camp after the houses they attempted renovating to serve as temporary IDP camps within the villages were destroyed by the herders overnight.”
This according to the Community leader frustrates the IDPs’ dreams to return home to their normal lives.
The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Mr. Istifanus Gyang has asked the Nigerian government to evict the herders forcefully occupying the attacked communities in line with its resettlement plan.
At least 130,000 people were displaced from 11 villages, says the Plateau Indigenous Development Association of Nigeria, PIDAN.
About 30,000 of them were as of December 2018 in 18 IDP camps across Plateau State, records from the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN show.
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on June 12 vowed to resettle all the IDPs in one year’s time.
Security is however yet to improve in the villages despite government claims of establishing a Special Police Force Barrack in Gashish, the District worse-hit by the attacks.

Plateau Journalist, Masara Kim appears in Court, Wednesday for allegedly defaming PDP Gubernatorial Campaign DG

Photo Desc: Masara Kim Usman, Publisher, &

Hearing into a case of defamation, filed against a Jos based Journalist, Masara Kim, by the Director General of the Plateau PDP Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Prof. Dimis Mailafiya starts tomorrow, an official communication says.

Kim was dragged to court in January 2019, over a news report he published on his news blog, in October 2018, wherein the Sen. Jeremiah Useni campaign DG was accused of collecting bribe to back a supposedly unpopular running mate for his boss.

A statement of defence and motion seeking to strike out the case was filed in May 2019, by Kim’s Solicitors, Komak Law Company, in followup to a memorandum of appearance filed in January 2019.

He was issued a notice of intention to go to court in November 2018 by Prof. Mailafiya’s Councils, M.Y Saleh (SAN) & Co law firm.

At the expiration of the grace period within which the said defamatory news story was expected to be retracted, Kim was served a writ of summons in January 2019.

The University of Jos Professor of Economics is demanding a N50,000,000.00 relief for the offense, a retraction and an order restraining the Publisher of from publishing any further ‘defamatory’ story against him.

Kim is however contending that the news report in question is not assertive and was published with no ill-will after offering a chance for defence which was not exploited by the complainant.

The case comes up for first hearing by 9am at the High Court 4, Jos, Plateau State.

Plateau: Mass graves of Gashish attack victims ripped open

Photo Desc.: A man in Nghar village, Gashish District weeps after losing his relatives - AFP

Graves of over 180 people killed in last year’s herdsmen attacks in Central Nigeria’s Gashish District have been ripped open.

The top soil covering the graves ‘sunk’ inwards, bringing back disturbing memories of the attacks, said Chairman of Gashish Development Association, Mr. Francis Chong on Sunday.

“These graves tearing open are a sad reminder of the traumatizing experiences the people of Gashish faced.

“Over 2000 children cannot go to school now because their parents were killed,” Mr. Chong told Journalists during a Church service in honour of the slain victims of the attack.

He asked government to rebuild the broken graves and provide security for thousands of people displaced to return to their homes.

Over 300 people were reportedly killed in the June 2018 attacks that started in Gashish District of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, spreading to Ropp District, also in Barkin Ladi and Shonong District, in Riyom Local Government Area.

In Gashish alone, a total of 188 people, mainly women and children were killed, says Gashish Development Association.

Shonong and Ropp Districts recorded about 150 deaths, it is said.

Corpses of the slain victims of the violence were largely buried in a hurry by fleeing survivors of the attacks, it was learnt.

Government authorities had objected to a state burial while claiming a lower death toll.

Most Beautiful Face in Nigeria Queen to fight for violence victims

Photo description: Miss Aisha Isa, MBFN, 2019

Newly crowned Most Beautiful Face in Nigeria Queen 2019, Miss Aisha Isa says she will use her office to secure justice for victims of domestic violence and other social vices in the country.

This will start with public awareness campaigns on the dangers of social abuse to societal growth, Miss Isa told MK Reporters.

“I will be their mouthpiece and will also be having workshops and Seminars to sensitize the public about it,” said the Cross River native in an online interview, Monday.

Isa, 22, who has previously won several modeling contests hopes to use her new title “to bless lives positively.”

She however wants Nigerian parents to back their children seeking to make impact through modeling like her.

“Parents should learn to support their children’s dream.

“Modeling has shaped my life positively, so why wouldn’t I allow my child to become a model if she/he wishes to?

“There’s nothing absolutely wrong with modeling industry,” she said.

Miss Isa beat 20 other contestants to clinch the MBFN title on Saturday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

She faced several threats including eviction attempts while standing in the contest, before emerging top.

“I was up for eviction twice in camp.

“My fellow contestants nominated me for eviction but I made sure I was always early for camp activities and kept a cheerful personality in all that I did,” she said.

The Lagos university undergraduate will unveil her full programme plan this week, it was learnt.

Sen. Gyang to FG: Vacate Herders Forcefully Occupying Attacked Villages Now!

Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang says those ‘illegally’ occupying homes of displaced attack victims must be vacated.

This according to him should be done to allow the ‘rightful’ owners of the communities to return home, in line with the Federal Government’s resettlement plan.

Justice and peace cannot be achieved without ‘restitution’, Gyang said, Sunday in Jos, at a thanksgiving service organized to honour 188 people killed in Gashish District by suspected herdsmen in June 2018.

“No person should be allowed to displace another and takeover his land.

“It is like retaining the proceeds of crime,” he said.

The displaced villagers currently taking shelter in IDP camps and other locations outside their homes, the Senator said are in ‘dislocation’.

He said, “They are still in displacement and once someone is displaced, he is detached from his home and farmland, and is economically in dislocation.

“Generally, it’s a humanitarian challenge.”

Gyang pledged to followup on the Nigerian Government’s promise to set up a Police Base in the attack community to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

In the place of the Federal Police which he said is presently overstretched, the ex House of Reps member asked government to approve State Police to tackle ‘criminals’.

“For there to be peace, there must be order. And for there to be order, there must be implementation of laws. But if anyone will do anything and get away with it, it emboldens them in their criminality but once we enforce laws, it serves as deterrent,” said the Senator

Nigerian Mothers admit fueling suicide

An Official, Plateau Women Affairs Ministry, Mrs. Charity Dimlong speaking at NUJ anti-suicide workshop in Jos, Nigeria.

By Joel Gomiyar

The Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs. Hassana Atoka, Thursday said mothers should keep close relationships with their children to listen and relief them of any social or psychological burden.

The lack of this, Mrs. Atoka said is responsible for growing suicide cases in Nigeria.

Represented by the Ministry's Director of Women Affairs, Mrs. Charity Dimlong at an anti-suicide campaign organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, the official apologized on behalf of mothers for failing in their responsibilities to their children.

“I want to sincerely apologize to the youths on behalf of all mothers for failing to show you sufficient love and care, leaving you to face difficult choices alone,” she said.

Mothers giving attention to their children could identify and neutralize suicidal thoughts before they are acted upon, added the Plateau State Chairperson, Nigeria Union of Women Journalists, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima.

Dr. Tungchama Philip, a Consultant Psychiatric with JUTH and Dr. Bapi William, the Public Relation Officer of the Nigerian Medical Association, in separate contributions blamed eroding social relationships for growing suicide in the country.

“No one talks to the other to know how they feel even in the neighborhood and so when problems arise, we each battle and possibly die in silence,” he said.

Sadly, one person committing suicide negative impacts at least six people around him, the Medics said.

Instead of penalties, the NUJ Chairman, Mr. Paul Jatau said love should be considered for all persons including those who have attempted suicide, which is criminal in Nigeria.

“Even though our law criminalizes suicide, but I think that law is outdated, I know that section 327 of the criminal law says that anybody who attempted taking his life is liable to one year imprisonment. But I don’t think is right, we need to show those who have problems love” he said.

DPR Seals At Least 20 Illegal Fuel Stations In Plateau

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State, has sealed off at least 20 illegal fuel stations.

Operations Controller of the DPR Jos field office, Jerome Agada, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.

According to the officials, some of the retail outlets visited did not have the required permit to operate while some do not conform to technical and electrical specifications required as well as structural construction for such facility.

Meanwhile, 18 persons were also arrested for operating the various illegal retail outlets.

Agada noted that the exercise was part of measures to ensure sanity in the petroleum retail outlet business as well as compel operators to comply with rules and regulations in providing efficient services to the public.

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BREAKING: One Dead, Eight Others Missing In Fresh Zamfara Attack

One person has been confirmed dead and eight others missing after gunmen attacked Yan’Kaba village in Kauran Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Those missing are suspected to have been abducted by the gunmen.

The village head, Alhaji Buhari Ammani, is among those who have gone missing since the attack.

Chairman of the Local Government Area, Abdullahi Isah, said the gunmen stormed the village early Friday morning and killing one person and abducted eight others.

A team of search and rescue team has since cordoned the village.

Security officials are yet to make official statements regarding the incident.

More to follow…

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Jos: Woman who stole baby might take own life

Mr. Diyal, arrested for stealing baby

Mrs. Leritshimwa Diyal, the woman who ‘stole’ a baby in Jos, the capital of Plateau State two weeks ago might be contemplating suicide.

Childless Mrs. Diyal, currently in Police custody told journalists on Thursday, that she stole the baby out of desperation.

“I just need a child to call me mother,” tearfully said the 32year old Medical Student.

Admitting the ‘wrong’ in her actions, the Plateau College of Health Zawang student said she “Wasn’t thinking straight” when she committed the crime.

“I wish I don’t survive…I wish I’m dead (sobs)…I wish I’m dead (snorts),” said Mrs. Diyal as she breaks into tears.

This was the third time she was uttering such words since she came under investigation on May 31, 2019, after a baby was declared missing in Plateau Specialists hospital, it was learnt.

7yrs married without a child

Mrs. Diyal has been married for seven years without a child.

She is said to have a medical condition that prevents her from conceiving.

In 2018, she had a surgery in her fallopian tube in a bit to conceive, it was gathered.

Shortly after the surgery, the Southern Plateau native reportedly took in but lost the pregnancy due to an undiagnosed fibroid.

Afraid of her husband’s reaction, Mrs. Diyal concealed the truth about her pregnancy, using her bulged fibroid tummy as cover, said a family source.

She had assured him that the fallopian tube surgery was the ultimate solution to her infertility.

Failed child adoption moves

When her ‘pregnancy’ was clocking nine months, Mrs. Diyal began making contacts for a baby to adopt ahead of her expected delivery date.

“I went through orphanages but could not get a baby to adopt,” she tearfully said when she was paraded before journalists in Jos on Thursday.

Meanwhile, her husband, Mr. Dunji Diyal, a local Teacher had sent her N50,000 for “cesarean session” billed for Monday, May 27, 2019.

Faked kidnap

On Sunday, May 26, 2019, Mrs. Diyal left her school home in Jos to see her Doctor, but never returned, claiming she had been kidnapped.

While negotiations were on for her release, she announced on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, that she had given birth to a female child in her kidnappers’ custody.

Mrs. Mary Chukwuebuka whose baby was stolen

On this same day, one Mrs. Mary Chukwuebuka was delivered of a female child at the Plateau Specialists Hospital, Jos.

After a ransom of N400, 000 (about $1,200USD) was jointly paid by Mrs. Diyal’s husband and parents for her ‘release’, she returned on Friday, May 31, 2019, with her ‘newborn’ baby.

This was barely an hour after Mrs. Chukwuebuka’s baby was declared missing from the hospital.

‘Broke down’

Police arrested her a few days later; after intelligence showed she stole the baby.

Plateau Police CP, Mr. Isaac A.

“The police got intelligence that a woman by name Leritshimwa Diyal ‘F’ of Zawan in Jos South LGA who claimed to have given birth on the same 28/05/19 while in the kidnappers’ den took a female child to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos for medical examination.

“The Police immediately wrote to the hospital on 03/06/19 for the hospital to examine her as to whether she gave birth naturally within the period she so claimed.

“The Police also wrote to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) on 03/06/19 where she claimed she attended antenatal care so as to confirm her claim or otherwise.

“Due to the painstaking and diligent investigation coupled with medical reports, the Police discovered that the suspect, Leritshimwa Dungjil Diyal has not given birth as she claimed.

“When confronted with this obvious and naked reality, she broke down and confessed to the commission of the above-mentioned crime,” the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Isaac Akinmoyede told journalists, Thursday.

As of the time of filing this report, efforts were on to secure her mother’s bail from custody.

She was arrested alongside Mrs. Diyal’s Doctor for allegedly conspiring to commit the crime.

Mrs. Diyal, however, says she committed the crime alone.

She said, “Let me be prosecuted alone because I am the only one guilty of the crime,” but the Police Commissioner said the claims were still being investigated.

First Offender

Mrs. Diyal is expected to be charged to court at the end of investigations.

If found guilty, she could be punished under section 30 subsection (1) of the Nigerian Child Rights Act and Chapter 34 of the Criminal Code Act.

However, she might benefit some leniency based on globally recognized mitigating judicial factors.

His Lordship, M.M. Kolo J. on the Nigerian case of COP v Buhari, cited by Udosen Jacob Idem and Nkokom Eyo Udofia in the Donnish Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution Vol 4(1) pp. 001-010 of January, 2018 held that some of such considerations include the age of the convict, first offender status, and admission of guilt.

Conduct of the offender after the commission of a crime and also his good work record are also factors for consideration, the Nigerian Judge stated.

Mrs. Diyal

Both Mrs. Diyal’s biological and matrimonial family testify that she is a good person with exemplary habits.

She has also owned up to the crime and appears remorseful with each passing day.

Plateau APC Assembly members declare loyalty to Party

Plateau Assembly Speaker, Ayuba Abok (R) during the meeting

The Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) Party, Thursday vowed to back its State House of Assembly members in promoting good governance in the State.

Chairman of the Party, Hon. Letep Dabang said the Party is confident its legislators will promote good governance as proposed by the Party’s manifesto.

Mr. Dabang, applauded the peaceful parliamentary leadership polls, which saw its party men clinching lead positions.

The 14 APC State legislators were at the Party’s Secretariat in Jos, the capital of Plateau State to pledge their loyalty as they assume duty in the 9th Assembly, their spokesperson, Mr. Abok Ayuba said.

Mr. Ayuba, the State Assembly Speaker said the Party had performed creditably in developing the State, thus deserving the legislators’ support.

“You only support someone who has done well and the Party has delivered appreciable dividends of democracy to the State,” said the Speaker.

Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Naanlong Daniel also said the lawmakers will be united in executing the manifesto of the party.

The meeting later went into closed-door where strategies were expected to be drawn on how to advance State and Party development.

Plateau: Police confirm murder of soldier, others by herdsmen

Police in Central Nigeria say Monday’s attackers who killed a soldier and three others in Plateau State are still ‘unknown’.

“The villagers claim that Fulani herdsmen carried out the attack but we have yet to verify,” The State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Akinmoyede told journalists in Jos.

The attack in Kangboro village, Riyom Local Government Area reportedly occurred at about noon, leading to the destruction of at least 50 houses.

The attack is “yet another sad commentary in our quest for lasting peace,” said Senator Istifanus Gyang, representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly.

His counterpart in the House of Reps, Simon Mwadkon shares same position.

“The attack is shocking, barbaric, inhuman and thus condemnable,” said the member representing Riyom Federal Constituency in a press statement.

No statement has been received from state or military authorities.

Kogi polls: Monarchs endorse Bello for N2.5m each, get busted by Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday told traditional rulers from Kogi State to go home and let the people decide who should be governor in the forthcoming election scheduled for November 16.

Buhari stated this during a very brief meeting with a delegation of the monarchs who accompanied Governor Yahaya Bello to the State House to seek the President’s support for his reelection.

A source in Kogi State Government House alleged that the monarchs smiled home with N2.5 million after the Abuja.

A very dependable source in the Presidential Villa who was at the meeting which lasted for seven minutes said the Obaru of Kabba, who is chairman of Okun Council of Obas, presented their request by introducing Governor Yahaya Bello to the President.

The Kabba traditional ruler said that they had come to seek the support of Buhari for the reelection of Bello.

While thanking the delegation for the visit, the President then told them to “go back home and let the citizens of Kogi state decide as power truly resides with the people.”

The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland and traditional father of Governor Yahaya Bello, was said to be conspicuously missing from the meeting.

Kogites believed that the monarch from Ebiraland was dissatisfied with the performance of Bello in office and had, as a man of conscience, decided to stay behind rather than make the trip, because he cannot be bought over.

Kogi Gubernatorial Poll: Gov. Yahaya Bello allegedly forces self on Monarchs

Gov. Yahaya Bello, Kogi State

Indications have emerged on how traditional rulers in Kogi West, Central and East made a last minute U-turn after they had deliberated and adopted Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman (retd) as a consensus candidate for the November 16 governorship election.

They were said to have decided to present him to the Presidency as the anointed candidate only to be cajoled, harassed, and intimidated by Governor Yahaya Bello on their way to Abuja.

According to our source, the traditional rulers from the Central and West had met last week with their counterparts in the East and enquired about their preferred candidate.

At the end of the meeting, all traditional rulers from Kogi Central, West and East Senatorial Zones of the state resolved to adopt Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman as the preferred candidate after being tired of Bello’s government.

On getting the hint of the clandestine move by the traditional rulers to recommend a preferred choice, Vice Admiral Usman to the presidency.

Governor Yahaya Bello summoned all traditional rulers in the State to the Government House in Lokoja where he, out of furious rage, threatened to depose any traditional ruler who dare endorse and present any other gubernatorial candidate apart from him.

A source said, “In his usual Brooklyn Movies style, Governor Bello shouted on, bullied and cajoled them into reneging on their earlier resolution and changing the name of their agreed candidate from the Vice Admiral to that of him (Bello) and then presenting same to the Presidency.”

A traditional ruler from Kogi West who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that their original plan was hijacked by the governor.

“We met, discussed, and agreed to present the erstwhile Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman because we deem him as the only aspirant with the experience and capability to rescue the State from its current precarious predicament. We have always been bullied and affronted by the present governor who has reduced us to insignificant chiefs before our people. He bullied and threatened us to change our choice and we had no option than to do his bid. To obey is better than to be deposed”, he said.

It was not clear as at press time the exact amount the incumbent Governor used as a bargaining chip on the traditional rulers, but we got it on good authority that about N500 million was earmarked by Yahaya Bello to be frittered on his endorsement project and name presentation to President Muhammadu Buhari as the traditional rulers preferred candidate for the November guber today in Abuja.

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Autonomy: Monitor LG fund use, Ex Commissioner tells States

A former Plateau State Finance Commissioner, Hon. Davou Mang says States should closely monitor Local Governments to ensure proper use of Federal Allocations for development.

The Federal Government had set June 1, 2019 for the direct payment of monthly subventions to Local Governments, as against the previous system of paying through States.

The ex PDP appointee, Mr. Mang however believes such moves are prone to abuse without proper supervision.

As such, States should provide laws that will govern the use of the funds, he said in an interview with The Light Bearer in Jos.

The constitution says the State Houses of Assembly will make laws that govern the LGs – their tenure and mode of operations.

“If that can also be done providing monitoring mechanisms for the use of public funds, Mang said.

The implementation according to him must however be done in collaboration with the local governments for inclusion and effectiveness, he said.

“Both the Legislatures and the Executives in States and Local Governments have to bring up a joint way of monitoring because the State also has a contribution to the Local Governments.

“By law, 10% of the IGR from the Local Governments and States is supposed to be allocated to the development of the Local Governments.

“If there is such collaboration, they should both participate in ensuring that these directly paid funds are monitored,” said the ex Commissioner.

Taraba First Lady dishes free artificial limbs to 500 amputees

TGNEWS: The Hope Afresh Foundation which is a pet project of the Wife of Taraba state Governor Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku will provide an artificial limbs to five hundred Amputees across the state.

The program which is in collaboration with Centre for Advocacy for persons living with Disabilities and Tolaram Charity Foundation.

The exercise was flagged-off by the wife of the state Governor at the Hope Health Center Jalingo, the state capital.

Speaking at the occasion, Anna Darius who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Taraba state Ministry of Health Dr. Musa Obadiah restated her commitment towards assisting and improving the well-being of persons with special needs through such projects.

While appreciating Governor Ishaku’s led administration for it’s support to the Hope Afresh Foundation, Anna Darius also reiterated her resolve to continue touching lives of Tarabans in diverse ways.

The wife of the Governor however, advised persons with special needs to be committed in positive activities that will always make them happy, as well as encouraged them to see ability in disability to enable them contribute their quota to the development of the state.

In a remark, National President, Centre for Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Omotunde Ellen Thompson said that after taking measurements of the Amputees for identification of either is leg or hand, the free distribution of the limbs will commence in two weeks time.

She commended the founder of Hope Afresh Foundation Anna Darius for giving a sense of belonging to persons with special needs in the state, while she enjoyed disabled persons to be productive and not to be intimidated by how they are being looked in the society.

Earlier, Chairman Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Taraba state chapter Comrade Sadiq Muhammed appreciated the gesture by the wife of the state Governor and her partners, while he called on his members to remain as one family.

The Chairman who was the Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku however commended the Governor for giving them sence of belonging during his first tenure by given them three political appointments in the state.

Our Correspondent who spoke to some of the beneficiaries observed that there were some that came from neighboring states which comprises Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi respectively.

Soldier, three others killed in fresh Plateau village attack

Central Nigeria: Armed men believed to be herders, Monday killed a soldier and three locals in a Northwestern Plateau village, reports say.

The assailants reportedly attacked Kpagoro village in Riyom Local Government Area, minutes before noon, shooting at random and torching houses.

A Special Task Force team drafted to quell the violence was engaged in a gun battle by, resulting in the death of a soldier, it was gathered.

Officials of the Task Force in Jos however said they were unaware of the incident and the reported killing of a soldier, when contacted.

The Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede when reached on the phone wrote back to say he was in a meeting.

Sahara Reporters however quotes Mr. Timothy Dantong, Lawmaker representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly as having confirmed the attack and the killing of four, a soldier included.

At least 54 houses, the lawmaker said were razed in the attack.

Six members of a family were killed in Nakai Danwal village, located some 3km away from Kpagoro village.

A community leader, Mr. Tambaya Deme is said to be in Police custody over some suspicious comments and actions credited to him, prior to the last attack.

Islamization: Fulani group wants Buhari to listen to Obasanjo

The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) says President Muhammadu Buhari should heed to the advice of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on how to move the nation forward.

This according to it is to halt the “numerous crises” bedeviling the country.

Speaking with newsmen in Jos the Plateau State capital, the National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Sale Bayari, said from available signs, “things are not in order.”

Urgent steps are therefore needed to address and avert national crises, he said.

“There is no part of the country that agitation is currently not going on.

“There are tribal, ethnic, religious and sectional agitations from the South, East, North and West which are not healthy for the country,” Bayari said.

Scores wounded as loaded passenger bus crashes in Jos

Yobe-bound passenger bus
which crashed in Jos, Monday
JOS, NIGERIA: At least five people were Monday wounded as a Yobe-bound passenger bus crashed in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The bus, it was learnt, somersaulted when it ran over a broken private agro-company car, being hand-pushed off the road, near Hill Crest High School, Jos, at about 11am.

About 16 occupants of the car were practically squeezed out of the ill-fated bus, through its ripped boot, windscreen, and windows as it laid on its side on the fast lane of the road.

Those with critical injuries were rushed to the Plateau Specialists Hospital, while those with milder cases remained behind, to evacuate pieces of passengers' luggage from the bus.

The broken vehicle, which the bus ran over, was badly wrecked from the side and front, with blood and oil spills on it.

Car run over by the bus

some occupants of the car receiving First Aide at the crash scene
Casualties from the accident being treated
in Plateau Specialists Hospital
The accident caused hours of gridlock along the Secretariat - Terminus road before traffic workers created a vehicular passage for motorists.

No official was on hand to make comments as of the time of filing this report.

Plateau State tertiary institutions suspend eight weeks strike

Mr. Paul Dakogol, Chairman, Joint Unions of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI), during a press conference, Monday, in Jos, Nigeria... Credit: Masara Kim 

JOS, NIGERIA: The Joint Unions of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) on Monday suspended its eight weeks industrial strike, following new 'agreements' entered into with the government.

The State Government has agreed to pay the unremitted gratuity and Cooperative contributions deducted from staff salaries, Chairman of the Union, Mr. Paul Dakogol, told journalists in Jos.

Similarly, the state government agreed to pay the checkoff dues and "No work no pay" arrears owed the striking workers, recruit new staff for the institutions, review the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and release funds for capital projects, Mr. Dakogol said.

JUPTI had gone on an indefinite strike on April 23, 2019, over unpaid salary arrears and staff benefits, the poor implementation of the TSA, unremitted Cooperative Society deductions and unreleased subventions.

Others include understaffing, unpaid "5% and 7% peculiar allowances," "illegal" salary deductions and unpaid 24 months pension arrears.

Only three of the demands have been met, but the unions believe the government has made convincing commitments.

"The Union shall not accept non-commitment from the Ministry of Finance in implementing the agreement as resolved.

"It will not hesitate to take necessary action if the Union observes any action in violation of the terms of agreement especially in the area of funding," Dakogol said.

Muslim girl who converted to Christianity Detained for 90 days

By Dayak Dashuwar, California, USA

Nabila Sanda Galadima is daughter to Alhaji Umar Sanda Galadima, the Galadima of Biu. The 20 years old Bingham University Mass Communication student got converted from Islam to Christianity in 2017, and has long been persecuted for it.

She made headlines early 2018 when her father used his influence to unlawfully arrest her through the Department of Secret Service (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Nigerian Army.

She and her male friend, Mr. Simput Eagles Dafup II, a Nigerian Engineer based in Ghana who took her to CAN Plateau State were unlawfully detained by the DSS for weeks.

Nabila in April 2018 released some videos on Facebook ( explaining her ordeal and how terrible she was treated for no crime committed except for converting to Christianity.

On 1st September, 2018, she showed on her Facebook page evidence of DSS attempting to unlawfully arrest her, after many unsuccessful tracking of her location by hacking her Facebook account. She also shared some death threats issued on her. Her life and that of Simput have been in danger, and they for more than a year now have been running for their lives.

Nabila had escaped the trite strategy of her pursuers by going abroad to further her education. Whilst in school, the institution requested for her WASSCE original certificate which demanded she comes back to Nigeria for it. In the face of danger and fear for harm, she contacted a Reverend, John Ekunnusi to accompany her (for security reasons) to Jos for her WASSCE Cert.

He couldn’t but asked his younger brother (Jamiu Ekunnusi) to help. Unfortunately, Jamiu had been seeking such a chance to whisk/snatch her away to her family for re-Islamization. He was Contracted by her Parents to get her. He cunningly used this opportunity to execute his heartless, brutal assignment.

He attempted raping her, but couldn’t succeed. However, he hurriedly handed her to Police & The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) around MazaMaza Park, Lagos.

Since March 2019 till date, about 90 days now, she has been unlawfully detained and forcefully denied her legal rights to freedom and educatuon. No justice for her… She’s a prisoner for her faith in a democratic country like Nigeria where freedom of religion is constitutional.

Religion has brought a great divide directly affecting Nigeria politically, economically, and even socially. In the days of the old, conversion from one religion to another was no news; it had no extra attention, mellow-drama or community tension.

Religious intermarriage was overlooked and well attended to by family and friends from mainly the two pronounced religions in the country (Christianity and Islam). But now, the story is way different as such decisions always come with death threats. However, a few people still dare the path.

In Nigeria, the constitution is very clear about taking such decisions into action. In the 1999 Constitution as amended,

Section 38 (1) of the constitution and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right, provides: “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

Section 35 (1) Every person shall be entitled to his personal liberty and no person shall be deprived of such liberty save in the following cases and in accordance with a procedure permitted by law.

Section 39 (1) Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.

Section 41 (1) of Constitution provides that: “Every Citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof.

However, these laws have been abused, violated and relegated in Nigeria. There are many cases that prove my assertion true; when one goes into google for some information, they’re just at fingertips! Notwithstanding, the concentration here is on Nabila Sanda Galadima. She has been through a lot for the sake of her religious decision.

I wish Nigeria would learn to tolerate each other, and live in peace as our forefathers did.

Thank you.

Gov. Lalong: The making of a Quintessential leader – Conclusion || By Joseph Lengmang

The governor of Plateau state, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong unveiled his policy agenda for the next four years on 12 June 2016. Apparently, the previously Five-pillar policy agenda of the rescue administration was scaled down to three: Peace, Security and Good Governance; Physical Infrastructural Development and; Sustainable Economic Rebirth.

I am particularly excited about this development. But it will take more than an iron-clad political will to translate these beautiful ideas into reality. So much is involved in the process. Moreover, second-term governors inevitably confront problems both unexpected and familiar. Governor Lalong’s case will not be any different. But does the past hold any clues about how he can overcome?

Absolutely, Yes!

The governor’s victory and policy framework may feel like déjà vu to some people, but the election season that got us here has been different in many important ways, and those changes could shape not only the next four years of this administration but the nature of our politics.

For a start, election anywhere, and in most cases, often work on divisions. But after the election comes the question of governance which can only be achieved when it is based on unity of purpose and rule of law. Thus, the first and most important task before the governor is to unite; heal the wounds of the past and reconcile our people.

This is the sub-structure upon which the success of his governance superstructure in the second term is predicated and here, I mean the implementation of the three-policy agenda he unveiled some few days back.

In many respects, one could argue that Lalong’s re-election is not only an endorsement of his vision for the state but a stunning vote of confidence on his inclusive and down to earth leadership style. He must be encouraged to continue on that path. There is nothing that stabilizes societies in transition, or gives democracy its distinctiveness in a multi-plural society like ours as the question of inclusiveness.

It is the ultimate glue that holds the center.

Next, would be his choice of commissioners, special advisers and other aides who are expected to help him drive the implementation of the revised policy framework. I am confident that his choice in this respect will not be informed purely by political considerations alone, but also expertise. He can and must muster the political will to do just that.

Again, not only should experts be brought in, but professional advice heeded. Yet, this should also not be misconstrued as a call for the hegemony of technocrats. Far from it.

Yes, political decision-making is crucial. But it is not just about getting good and competent lieutenants, it is also about equipping them with the right set of tools to deliver results. In this sense, the governor is not only expected to set the agenda but cherry pick people who have both the personal and professional competencies to translate his policies into implementable programs and projects.

The capacity to meet expectations and timelines is very key here. I doubt if there is any better way for the governor to avoid pitfalls of the past or reinvent the wheels. His determination to leaving behind a lasting legacy should not be negotiated on the altar of high politics.

And talking about legacy, throughout history, people have known that their lives and deeds were chapters in a saga connecting them to those who had come before and to those who would come after. And as the concept of intergenerational equity holds, assets or wealth do not belong exclusively to those who have created them but also those who will inherit them and will, partly as a consequence of their inheritance, live somewhat better or improved lives than those who came before.

Broadly speaking, legacy is like an annuity. It pays dividends in the actions of others. The legacy of good leaders is one that creates a prosperous and purposeful future and this is the challenge before our governor.

I am among those excited about the prospect of the on-going Lalong legacy projects. Curiously enough, not many people seem to know much about these projects or where they are sighted. For a fact, these massive projects include the construction of-

• 22 major roads in each local government across the state; six comprehensive hospitals in Wase, Mangu, Bokkos, Jos-East, Barkin Ladi and Shendam LGA’s;
• 6 gigantic model secondary schools in Riyom, Kurgwi, Dengi, Pankshin, Bassa and Jos South;
• 9 comprehensive primary schools in Yelwa-Shendam, Jos South, Jos -North, Kanke, Mikang Langtang north and Langtang south.

I understand some of these projects are currently being implemented and financed under the local ISPO. But additional funds are also in the process of being mobilised from the capital market on private placement which will ensure their completion in record time.

The High Court complex which is almost at the point of completion will most likely be commissioned in the month of July 2019. In addition to the legacy project is the reacquisition of the BARC farm and the ongoing effort at rebuilding the Jos main market, two important projects to which the Plateau man and woman have deep emotional attachments to.

Yet, if these projects and many more in the pipeline are to see the light of the day, then the need to review the financial management system of the state has never been this urgent. Areas of strategic interest and payment priorities needs to be set or lucidly defined ab initio.

Success is also contingent upon a robust IGR mobilization strategy and especially one that goes beyond the traditional Personal Income Tax or the PAYE. There is so much revenue to be generated from ground rents within the greater Jos metropolis alone.

Similarly, it is in our strategic interest to identify one or two key areas of comparative advantage in the agricultural sector and invest heavily in terms of technology, processing and storage. Enough of the back-breaking farming practices which is only good for subsistence. Similarly, providing five to ten bags of fertiliser to local farmers is no substitute for a deliberate policy framework and a massive investment required for the modernization of a sector with such a huge potential of being the main stay of our economy.

I am glad that the governor has taken the resuscitation of the ASTC as a major priority in this second term.

Going forward, the government must carry out public service reforms as a prerequisite for attracting international development cooperation. The governor is already doing that in the water sector, health and in the ministry of finance. The prospects are quite high so long as we are able to put our acts together and pursue these things systematically. Its time to scale up and replicate such reforms in other critical sectors.

We should also join in the trend to invest in building smart cities of the future through land use planning. This a process in which land is allocated between competing and sometimes conflicting uses in order to secure the rational and orderly development of our state in an environmentally sound manner.
The idea is to create sustainable human settlements especially within the metropolitan centers.

The current arrangement looks more like an organized chaos and therefore not sustainable. The city of Jos and its environs is gradually being transformed into a glorified slum and this must be stopped.

In conclusion, our governor has a golden opportunity to bequeath a gift of a sound and positive spirit coupled with humility and grace. His role is to inspire our people and prospective future leaders with a firm belief in the high destiny, peace, unity and development of our state.

Indeed, the question of leadership really comes down to example. It’s not what a leader says as much as what he/she does. When it comes to development of others, people remember those who helped them learn and grow their skills.

They also recall, sometimes with a wince, the times when the leader called them out when they are wrong. Such errors could sometimes be less about the quality of their work but more about how they had treated, or even maltreated others. If they paid any attention, they learned from their mistakes and even become better or adept at managing and leading others.

Overall, the focus must be to consolidate on the gains of the last four years as well as rekindle the old Plateau spirit of unity, cooperation, solidarity and development.

After all, the legacy of a good leader is one that creates a prosperous and purposeful future.

This is indeed the biggest challenge before our amiable governor.

I know he will triumph.

Joseph Lengmang is the DG, Plateau State Peace Building Agency, Jos.

Woman allegedly steals baby, frames own kidnap

A Central Nigerian college student, Mrs. Leritshimwa Diyal who reportedly gave birth in kidnappers’ den last two weeks is currently being investigated for ‘stealing’ a baby.

See Pregnant Plateau College student delivers in kidnappers’ custody

The Plateau College of Health Zawang, Jos student is thought to have framed her kidnap to escape with the stolen baby.

Police however went after her while “treating” the baby at a local medical facility, Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos.

This followed reports of a missing baby in Government owned Plateau Specialists hospital, on same 31st May 2019, when Mrs. Diyal claimed to have been freed by her kidnappers after giving birth three days earlier in their custody.

Mrs. Mary Chukwuebuka, mother of the stolen baby had told Police that a woman disguised as a medical personnel took her baby for “medical examination” but never returned.

Mrs. Diyal is reported to have been identified as having taken the female baby on her third day of age, while dressed as a nurse.

She is said to have confessed to the crime but Police authorities say they are still investigating.

“The Police immediately wrote to the hospital on 03/05/19 for the hospital to examine her as to whether she gave birth naturally within the period she so claimed.

“The Police also wrote to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) on 03/06/19 where she claimed she attended ante-natal care so as to confirm her claim or otherwise.

“We are still waiting for the reply from the above named hospital to further our investigation,” said DSP Tyopev Matthias Terna, the Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, Jos in a statement on Friday.

Mr. Terna has however exclusively confirmed that both the suspect and the baby were in Police custody.

No comment has been obtained from the suspect or her family.

Until the publishing of this report, calls made to Leritshimwa’s husband, Mr. Dunji Diyal were unsuccessful as his phone lines were switched off.

Plateau: Kanke violence not Chieftaincy but land-related - Officials

Officials in Plateau State say Wednesday's clashes in Sumji village of Kanke Local Government Area were land-related.

MK had reported that the violence broke out due to a prolonged Chieftaincy tussle between two rival groups within the community.

An Official of Ngas Development Association who doubles as the Sumji community leader, Dr. Nengak Deshi however confirmed that the dispute was between Sumji and a neighboring community.

Local authorities were already networking to restore normalcy in the affected community, he said.

Troops had since Wednesday been mobilized to quell the violence, MK gathers.

No life has been confirm lost but several houses were said to have been razed during the clashes.

Herder-farmer conflicts caused by imposed govt. policies - Scholar

A Nigerian Scholar, Dr. Saleh Momaleh says imposed government policies and programs are retarding agriculture and fueling violence amongst crop and animal farmers.

Implementation of most agricultural programs according to Dr. Momaleh has been generally 'top-down', with little or no farmers/herders' buy-in.

Government and other actors according to Dr. Momaleh, the Permanent Commissioner, Kaduna State Peace Commission has long diverted from addressing the real factors behind the conflicts to providing stop-gap solutions which have only stoked the problem.

This is partly a result of poor reporting by the news media, said Mr. Momaleh on Tuesday at a "Media Roundtable" sponsored by Search for Common Ground, a peace international nongovernmental organization in Jos, Plateau State.

"For most part, the media failed in understanding the dynamics and supporting the nation to find workable solutions, and this made the search for solutions more complex and more political.

"Ethnic coloration was given to the evolving cattle rustling and rural banditry and that made it extremely difficult to deal with.

"When villages became the targets of bandits, the blame was turned over to the pastoralists, thus escalating aggression, conflicts and insecurity, and preventing government from engaging the right stakeholders and designing appropriate interventions for the problems," the KD peace anchorman said.

Ways forward

To overcome the conflicts, a holistic "marshal plan" is needed, said Momaleh.

This in his words implies deviation from "previous interventions focused on the animals than the people, interventions that were either narrow in scope or focused on limited geographic areas.

"Such programme will require participation of all stakeholders – all levels of government, relevant interest and professional groups, private sector and international support organisations, among others."

The media according to Momaleh however must change public perception of the issues – the "profiling; hate speech and blame game" and create the 'appropriate' awareness, build confidence, minimise fear as well as improve communication and build relations.

The media roundtable

Search for Common Ground had convened the workshop to correct negative narratives on the farmer-herder conflicts for speedy resolution, Plateau State Coordinator, Patience Chaimang said.

Journalists, community leaders, security operatives and government officials were the key participants invited.

About Search for Common Ground

Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground exists to transform the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.

It work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies’ capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

The NGO works at all levels of society to build sustainable peace through three main avenues: dialogue, media, and community.

32 inherited projects gulp N38.1bn in Plateau

The Plateau State Government says it has spent a total of N38,168,470,667.00 on 32 projects inherited from past administrations.

The projects within the "main Ministries" exclude those from Agencies, Commissions and Parastatals, the State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong said, Wednesday.

In the next four years, the State hopes to further complete all inherited infrastructure projects across key sectors, Lalong said at a Democracy Day town hall meeting in Jos the State capital.

It also hopes to prioritize new projects that have "significant multiplier potential", said the Governor.

"These projects are expected to not only enhance and lubricate the economy of the state, but upgrade the quality of human capital.

"They include, but not limited to Education, Health, Tourism, Commerce, Roads, Water, Agriculture and Food Security, etc.," Lalong stated.

The projects according to the second term Governor are to be categorized into Short, Medium and Long Terms of the next six months, two years and entire four years, respectively.

Sources of funds for projects

The state was able to increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N6.9billion per annum in 2015 to N12.7billion per annuum in 2018, but still lacks adequate funds to meet infrastructural goals, Gov. Lalong said.

However, the State in the next four years aims to generate a minimum of N2.5 biilion per month (N50 billion per annum), he said.

In addition, the Governor said the state will develop its Agricultural, Mineral, Tourism and Human Capital resources through "strategic approaches."

In his words, "Going forward, the Rescue administration phase II will take concrete steps to encourage commercial agriculture and Food Processing, Livestock And Dairy Development.

"In specific terms, government will pay special attention to those crops that are unique to Plateau State in which we have competitive advantage like Apples, Coffee, Strawberries, Rose Flowers, Irish Potatoes, Acha, etc.

"The ASTC and the PADP will be revamped and repositioned to achieve their goals, while the Government will complete the purchase of BARC farms to serve as a vehicle for joint partnership with reputable commercial agricultural firms.

"Provision of critical inputs like seedlings and fertilizers will be a top priority, in addition to upgrading the Extension Advisory Services.

"Lamentably, the huge mineral resource endowments of our state have remained mere potentials without adding value to our people. In the next four years Government will adopt a new approach; given our newly promulgated Policy on Mineral Development.

"In preparation for this, the State Government has revived its Mineral Development Company (PMDC Ltd) and will adequately recapitalize it to serve as our vehicle for any joint partnership with serious minded investors.

"Similarly, the State Government has entered into partnership with PW Ltd to produce relevant geo-technical data and survey maps that would facilitate and fast track the investment in the mining sector

"In addition, we have set in motion machinery for working relationship between relevant State agencies and the Federal Ministry of Mines and Mining Development to ensure that mining activities in the State are effectively monitored and the interest of our people protected.

"In the tourism sector, the state Government recently declared a State of Emergency and also launched the state Tourism Policy. This implies paying special attention in terms of upgrading our tourist facilities and creating the conducive environment for both domestic and international tourism to grow.

"In appreciation of contributions of the private sector in partnering with us to drive the economy of the State, government will continue to place emphasis in creating more conducive and enabling environment for business to thrive.

"Government will ensure that the necessary incentives like easier access to land titles are implemented and the State One-Stop-Shop Initiative is completed so that all obstacles to doing business are removed.

"Plateau State is blessed with huge human capital. Our bulging youth population is a very special asset that will be aggressively harnessed especially in areas of entrepreneurship and ICT so as to tackle unemployment. Government will maximally utilize the enormous potentials that abound with the creation of the Plateau ICT Development Agency (PICTDA).  

"The PLASMIDA will be specially empowered to undertake entrepreneurship and skills training for youth and women across the State as a deliberate strategy for boosting self-reliance. A special Enterprise Fund of N2billion Naira in partnership between PLASMIDA and the Bank of Industry will soon take off to provide loans and capacity building for Entrepreneurs across the State."

Plateau: Violence breaks out in Kanke over Chieftaincy tussle

A prolonged Chieftaincy tussle, Wednesday resulted in the outbreak of violence in Kanke, Central Plateau State, reports say.

According to official sources, the violence erupted at about sundown between rival groups in Sumji village of the locality.

No life has been confirmed lost, but several houses are said to have been razed.

Securities have been mobilized to quell the violence.

Plateau: Violence breaks out in Kanke over Chieftaincy tussle

A prolonged Chieftaincy tussle, Wednesday resulted in the outbreak of violence in Kanke, Central Plateau State, reports say.

According to official sources, the violence erupted at about sundown between rival groups in Sumji village of the locality.

No life has been confirmed lost, but several houses are said to have been razed.

Securities have been mobilized to quell the violence.

Plateau: Violence breaks out in Kanke over Chieftaincy tussle

A prolonged Chieftaincy tussle, Wednesday resulted in the outbreak of violence in Kanke, Central Plateau State, reports say.

According to official sources, the violence erupted at about sundown between rival groups in Sumji village of the locality.

No life has been confirmed lost, but several houses are said to have been razed.

Securities have been mobilized to quell the violence.

Plateau: Violence breaks out in Kanke over Chieftaincy tussle

A prolonged Chieftaincy tussle, Wednesday resulted in the outbreak of violence in Kanke, Central Plateau State, reports say.

According to official sources, the violence erupted at about sundown between rival groups in Sumji village of the locality.

No life has been confirmed lost, but several houses are said to have been razed.

Securities have been mobilized to quell the violence.

Plateau: Violence breaks out in Kanke over Chieftaincy tussle

A prolonged Chieftaincy tussle, Wednesday resulted in the outbreak of violence in Kanke, Central Plateau State, reports say.

According to official sources, the violence erupted at about sundown between rival groups in Sumji village of the locality.

No life has been confirmed lost, but several houses are said to have been razed.

Securities have been mobilized to quell the violence.

Plateau: Violence breaks out in Kanke over Chieftaincy tussle

A prolonged Chieftaincy tussle, Wednesday resulted in the outbreak of violence in Kanke, Central Plateau State, reports say.

According to official sources, the violence erupted at about sundown between rival groups in Sumji village of the locality.

No life has been confirmed lost, but several houses are said to have been razed.

Securities have been mobilized to quell the violence.

Conflict Sensitive Reporting: SFCG to meet journalists today

A renowned international peace and human rights organization, Search for Common Ground will today meet with journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau State to discuss areas of partnership for peace and conflict resolution.

The meeting billed for 9am, Nigerian time holds at Crispan hotel, Rayfield, Jos.

The forum aims to appraise the conflict reporting activities of Journalists in the Tin City and identify areas to improve on.

Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground exists to transform the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.

It work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies’ capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

The NGO works at all levels of society to build sustainable peace through three main avenues: dialogue, media, and community.

Plateau: Gunmen kill student as Govt. declares war on crime in Bokkos

© Reuters A police vehicle drives out in Adamawa State – Representative Image

JOS NIGERIA: Police have launched a hunt for the killers of a 200 Level student of the Plateau State University, Bokkos who was shot on Sunday.

Mr. Sheni Ugo Kimati, a Geology Department student met his end when "unknown hoodlums attacked" the university at about 11pm local time, Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State, Mr. Tyopev Terna said, Monday.

The incident led to a protest by students of the university, who blocked the access road to the Bokkos Local Government Headquarters.

Chairman of the Local Government, Yusuf Machen had Sunday declared war on rape, armed robbery and kidnapping in the locality.

He said at a feast of the ruling All Progressives Party in Butura Ward, Bokkos that eight suspected robbers had been arrested, signalling a success of the crackdown.

The fresh attack perhaps poses a fresh challenge, but the Chairman has not commented.

A Chief from the his home village, Kuba was last two weeks killed by suspected assassins few kilometers to the Plateau State University.

It was at tgw burial of the community leader that the Chairman made his first declaration against insecurity in the locality.

Rep-elect saves community sharing drinking water with livestock

Newly elected Nigerian lawmaker, Musa Bagos has donated a hand-pump borehole to Lamingyel village, a remote community in Jos East Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The community previously shared drinking water source with livestock, it was learnt.

Mr. Bagos, the member elected to represent Jos South/Jos East constituency at the Nigerian House of Reps delivered the alternative water source last week Thursday, less than a week to his inauguration.

“I have never heard of someone who is yet to be sworn into office sponsoring a project,” said a female grassroots politician, Mrs. Sarah Agog at the commissioning of the project.

“It shows that he actually contested this election to do more for the people,” said Mrs. Agog.

Mr. Bagos has made several more donations even before he run for the parliamentary seat, making his Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) proud.

“We are proud and confident of our choice of Hon Bagos to represent us,” Mr. Dembi Azi, the PDP Chairman, Lamingyel said during the project launch.

“We are confident that Bagos will represent us as a strong voice and that he will do more projects in this constituency,” added a former State lawmaker, Mr. Isaac Arin.

The new borehole provided by Mr. Bagos will bring relief to the villagers, and also preserve their health to contribute to national economic growth, spokesperson of Lamingyel village, Mr. Francis Gimba said.

Mr. Bagos is expected to be sworn in along with other elected representatives Tuesday, at the National Assembly, Abuja.

CAN: All-Muslim Rep leadership will wreck Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria says an all-Muslim leadership of the ninth National Assembly could set a 'dangerous' precedent for the country.

It is "fair, equitable and just" for particularly the new House of Representatives to have a Muslim-Christian balance in its leadership as its Senate counterpart, Mr. Kwamkur Samuel, CAN's National Director, Legal and Public Affairs said, Sunday.

"As a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation, there is today an urgent need for deliberate balancing in the nation's governance to ensure fairness and equity in religious and geographical spread in the selection of the country's leaders.

"This is necessary in view of the current fragile state of inter-group relations in Nigeria and the need to arrest the current drift in the direction of mutual suspicion," Mr. Samuel said in a press statement.

The country's leadership structure being dominated by one religion will heighten existing fears of a plot to Islamize the country, the statement says.

Plateau: Eight robbers nabbed in four-day crackdown in Bokkos

© Reuters A police vehicle drives out in Adamawa State – Representative Image

Authorities in Plateau State say they have arrested eight suspected robbers within four days of declaring war against crime.

Bokkos Local Government Council had declared war against armed robbery, kidnapping and rape which had persisted for years.

The arrest of the eight suspects signals success for the LG in its quest to rid its communities of crime, the Council Chairman, Mr. Yusuf Machen said.

"There is no more hiding place for criminals and we are serious this time," the Chairman said at the celebration of Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress party's election victory on Sunday at Kunet Butura in Bokkos.

Mr. Machen however warned that no one should attempt bailing arrested suspects until investigations are completed.

"If you ever come to secure the release of any suspect I will order your own arrest," he said.

After battling NBC, Jay FM Manager quits over unethical programming

Months after battling the National Broadcasting Commission for 'illegally' shutting down the station, Jay 101.9 FM Manager, Mr. Mangna Wamyil has resigned.

Mr. Wamyil resigned on Friday over "irreconcilable differences" and the station's "unwillingness" to observe fairness and balance in its programming.

The Jos, Plateau based private radio station was shutdown in March 2018 over "partisan and inflammatory" broadcasting.

It was reopened in May after a suit by the Station challenging the action.

The resigned Manager was visibly active in the fight for "justice" for the station.

However, what his resignation holds for the station in its battle against the Federal regulators, which is still on in a Jos based court is unknown.

Inquiries sent to Mr. Wamyil and the Station's Chief Executive, Mr. Clinton Garuba were not replied as of the time of publishing this report.

Youths team up against Sara-Suka armed gang in Jos

Children born and raised during violent conflicts now dominate armed gangs terrorizing communities in Central Nigeria’s Jos, Plateau State.

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Most of them aged 20-30 exhibit the traits acquired while growing up amid such violence, a Community leader, Mr. Auwal Almansur told MK, Saturday.

“They either survived violent crises or they were born during the conflicts in Jos and they only know one page of life which is crisis,” Mr. Auwal said in an interview during a peace and security dialogue forum organized by a local Concerned Jos Youth Association (COJOYA).

Low in morals, education

The youths operating as members of a violent armed group locally called Sara Suka are however are not to blame, Auwal said.

In his words, “Parents and the community have failed in properly bringing up their children.

“The government has equally failed in delivering its welfare and security obligations thereby encouraging restiveness.”

Most of them in the words of the Chairman of COYOTA, Barr. Buhari Nashehu are also School dropouts with low Western or Islamic education.

Distant from religious preaching

The situation is more disturbing as a lot of them that constitute the violent groups hardly attend religious gatherings to listen to life-changing sermons.

“Even when they come, they are either late or they hang outside the Mosques and therefore miss the larger part of the preachments,” The Deputy Chief Imam of Jos, Sheikh Isma’il Adam told MKB.

The religious leader who was also a guest at the COJOYA gathering, however, believes visiting the supposed thugs in their hideouts with the gospel might pull them off the act.

A peace and security expert, Mr. Sani Suleiman, however, suggested at the forum, an investigation of the “push and pull” factors behind the involvement of the youths in violence before any corrective step could be taken.

He, however, believes that both punitive and nonviolent approaches would be needed to curb the menace.

The Sara Suka armed group, comprised of mainly youths, aged 14-30 years recently became famous for gang violence, assassinations and armed robbery using deadly weapons in the Plateau State capital city.

It is believed to have started as a political support group, funded by prominent politicians in northeastern Bauchi State.

Securities have so far only made promises but not arrested and prosecuted one member.