Jos: 15yr Childless Couple Gets Quadruplets in Retirement


Mr. and Mrs. Luka Bot with their newborn quadruplets


After 15 years as a couple without a child, a retired Federal Medical Lab Scientist, Mr. Luka Bot Balewa and his wife, Mrs. Nyarum now have a cause to smile.


Wedded on December 4, 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Bot never knew they would become parents until Tuesday when they had their first kids – a set of quadruplets.

Mrs. Nyarum was delivered of the kids – a boy and three girls through caesarean session at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, midnight.

This was after enduring mockery and pain for lack of children since marriage.

“I felt the pain of childlessness every month,” she said in an interview.

“Every month, I hoped for a new story,” said middle aged Mrs. Nyarum.

According to her, childlessness is the worst form of torture a woman would ever have.

“It deals with you socially, mentally and spiritually,” she said.

She however kept her hopes high, resisting negative criticisms and advises until nine months ago when she tested positive for pregnancy.

“I didn’t even believe it, but when I went for scanning six months later and was told it was quadruplets, I was all the more dumbfounded,” she narrated.

Her husband, Mr. Bot didn’t just share in the disbelieve but kept it to himself until the kids were born.

“I hate disappointments so I told God if this blessing wasn’t mine in the first place, don’t raise my hopes and later take it away,” he said.

During his period of childlessness, Mr. Bot equally faced stigma and negative criticisms but remained strong in prayers.

“I got married late and people said I was initially impotent that’s why,” he said.

After series of medical examinations, the retired staff of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi was sure that it was God’s decision to not give him children.

“Nothing was found to be wrong with me or my wife, so we kept praying and trusting God,” said Mr. Bot.

Bot, now a Pastor was however under-confident in preaching about God’s supreme power due to his inability to father a child.

“I asked God at various times; how do I preach that all things are possible with you while still without a Child?”

The coming of the kids is therefore a “surprising prove of God’s supreme power,” said Bot.

The couple is expected to be discharged on Monday after the third routine examination of the kids.

Persisting Boko Haram attacks worry Borno NUJ

From Bodunrin Kayode, Maiduguri


Following the attack on Beneshiek and Bama towns on Monday, the Nigerian Union of journalists nuj Borno State council has called on the armed forces of Nigeria to wake up to it’s responsibility to end the lingering insurgency in the country.

The union does not believe that the signs that the insurgency is going to end soon are here especially with last Saturdays attack on Nganze in which over sixty five people perished in the hands of Boko Haram.

In that attack not even the army or the Airforce showed up hours after the people alerted that they were gathering close by.

Chairman of the NUJ Borno Council Bulama Talba in a terse statement noted that the union is deeply worried about the unabating attacks by insurgents against innocent civilians in communities surrounding Maiduguri.

The Union called on the general public to assist security agencies with timely intelligence on the negative activities of such attackers and expected proactive measures by security operatives in order to checkmate and bring an end to these attacks.

It went on “It is sad that when the country’s armed forces have succeeded in degrading the insurgents’ mode of operation there are grave concerns to safeguard returnee communities and IDPs in liberated areas and camps.

“We urge the Country’s armed forces to adopt additional strategy and synergy to safeguard these citizens who are worst hit by the resurgence of violent attacks on their livelihoods and dignity.

“As NUJ reassures of professional support and conduct in promoting a quick end to the armed conflict in Borno State and Lake Chad region, we call on the Federal Government to engage and explore more stakeholders and channels of diplomacy to put a stop to the menace causing one havoc after another.

“We equally call on the aggrieved insurgents to sheathe their sword and embrace the path of reconciliation and dialogue with the Nigerian government to press home their demands against the armed conflict that has inflicted too much pains and loss of lives on too many communities for a decade.”

The advent of the airforce fighter gets were on hand to quickly save the situation in Beneshiek headquarters of kaga council area which is the gateway to Maiduguri and which has been attacked several times in the last decade to shut down the Borno state capital and keep residents in captivity.

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ID Gyang: I owe my Senate Defence Committee Vice Chairmanship to God



Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang says his appointment as Senate Vice Committee Chairman on Defence is divine.

"We have cause to thank God who brought us into the Senate in the first place and indeed for making us V/Chair of  Defence committee," said the ex House of Reps member in a social media chat.

Gyang's appointment was announced along with 68 others, Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawal.

He is to deputize Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

Gyang's represents a region that has suffered repeated violent attacks by herdsmen.

The Plateau Indigenous Development Association of Nigeria (PIDAN) estimates that 133,000 people were as of June 2018 displaced with over 50 villages completely sacked in the region.

The last most prominent of these attacks occurred in June 2018 in three Local Governments - Bassa, Riyom and Barkin Ladi where over 200 people were killed.

In virtually all of the attacks, Military intervention was said to be weak, with some Army personnel even accused of participating in the killings.

Senator Gyang's new position is therefore hoped to bring respite  and especially facilitate the return of displaced citizens currently taking shelter in IDP camps and other uninhabitable places. 

The full List of Chairmen of Senate Standing Committees And Their Deputies as announced by the Senate leadership includes:

1. Agriculture - Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi.

2. Airforce - Bala Ibn Na'Allah, Michael Nnachi.

3. Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes - Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko.

4. Appropriation - Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah.

5. Army - Ali Ndume, Abba Moro.

6. Aviation - Dino Melaye, Bala Na'Allah.

7. Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions - Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu.

8. Capital Market - Ibikunle Amosun, Binos Yero

9. Communications - Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai.

10. Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD - Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf.

11. Culture and Tourism - Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn.

12. Customs, Excise and Tarrifs - Francis Alimekhena, Francis Fardausi.

13. Defence - Aliyu Wamakko, Istifanus Gyang.

14. Diaspora and NGOs - Bashiru Ajibola, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

15. Downstream Petroleum Sector - Sabo Mohammed, Philip Aduda.

16.Drugs and Narcotics - Hezekaiah Dimka, Chimaroke Nnamani.

17. Ecology Climate Change - Mohammad Gusau, Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

18. Education (Basic and Secondary) - Ibrahim Geidam, Akon Eyakenyi

19. Employment, Labour and Productivity - Ben Umajumogwu, Kabiru Barkiya.

20. Environment - Ike Ekweremadu, Ibrahim Hadejia.

21. Establishment and Public Service - Ibrahim Shekarau, Barinadas Mpigi.

22. Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions - Patrick Akinyelure, Ahmed Babba-Kaita.

23. FCT - Abubakar Kyari, Tolu Odebiyi.

24.Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs - Danjuma Laah, Yahaya Gumau.

25. FERMA - Gershom Bassey, Kabir Barkiya.

26. Finance - Adeola Olamilekan, Isa Jibrin.

27. Foreign Affairs - Mohammed Bulkachuwa, Ignatius Longjohn.

28. Gas Resources - James Manager, Biobaraku Wangagra.

29. Health (Secondary and Tertiary) - Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Betty Apiafi.

30. Housing - Sam Egwu, Lola Ashiru.

31. ICT and Cybercrime - Yakubu Useni, Abdulfatai Buhari.

32. INEC - Kabiru Gaya, Sahabi Ya'u.

33. Industries - Adebayo Osinowo.

34. Information and National Communication - Danladi Sankara, Aishatu Ahmed.

35. Interior -Kashim Shettima, Diri Douye.

36. Interparliamentary Affairs - Godiya Akwashiki, Abba Moro.

37. Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters - Michael Bamidele, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

38. Land Transport - Abdulfatai Buhari, Nicholas Tofowomo.

39. Legislative Compliance - Oriolowo Adeyemi, Sabi Abdullahi.

40. Local Content - Teslim Folarin, Sabi Abdullahi.

41. Local and Foreign Debts - Clifford Ordia, Bima Enagi.

42. Marine Transport - Danjuma Goje, Adebayo Osinowo.

43. Media and Public Affairs - Adedayo Adeyeye, Akwashiki Godiya.

44. National Identity and National Population - Sa'idu Alkali, Suleiman Kwari.

45. National Planning - Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

46. National Security and Intelligence - Abdullahi Gobir, Chukwuka Utazi.

47. Navy - George Sekibo, Elisha Abbo.

48. Niger Delta - Peter Nwabaoshi, Bulus Amos.

49. Petroleum Upstream - Albert Akpan, Ifeanyi Ubah.

50. Police affairs - Dauda Jika, Abubakar Tambuwal.

51. Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Program - Lawal Gumau, Michael Nnachi.

52. Power -Gabriel Suswam, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

53. Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases - Chuwkuka Utazi, Sadiq Umar.

54. Privatisation - Theodore Orji, Oriolowo Adeyemi.

55. Public Accounts - Mathew Urghohide, Ibrahim Hassan.

56. Public Procurement - Shuaibu Lau, Lola Ashiru.

57. Rules and business - Sadiq Umar, Yahaya Abdullahi.

58. Science and Technology - Uche Ekwunife, Robert Boroffice.

59. Senate Services - Sani Musa, Lawal Hassan.

60. Solid Minerals, Mine, Steel Development and Metallurgy - Tanko Almakura, Oriolowo Adeyeye.

61. Sports and Social Development - Joseph Garba

62. State and Local Government - Lekan Mustapha, Francis Onyewuchi.

63. Special duties - Yusuf Yusuf, Biobaraku Wangagra.

64. SDGs - Aisha Dahiru, Lekan Mustapha

65. Tertiary Institution and TETFUND - Ahmed Baba Kaita, Sandy Onor.

66. Trade and Investment - Rose Oko
Francis Fadahunsi.

67. Water Resources - Bello Mandiya, Christopher Ekpeyong.

68. Women Affairs and Youth Development - Betty Apiafi, Aishatu Dahiru.

69. Works - Adamu Aliero, Emmanuel Bwacha.

Lalong appoints Ex State House Correspondent as DOPA


Makut Simon Macham

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has appointed Mr. Makut Simon
Macham as his new Director of Press Affairs.

A statement by Mr. Richard Tokma, the
Acting Secretary to the Government of the State, Monday confirmed the appointment effective immediately.

Makut, a PhD holder in Media Arts, was at various times NTA Correspondent with the Federal Capital Territory
Administration, State House Correspondent in the Office of the
First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as Desk
Correspondent to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Until this appointment, he was
Manager News and Current Affairs, NTA News 24, Abuja.

ID Gyang to FG: Rebuild attacked villages through National Housing Scheme


Sen. Istifanus Gyang

Senator Istifanus Gyang representing Plateau North in the Nigerian Parliament, Monday demanded the rebuilding of local communities destroyed by violent attacks as part of the country’s proposed Housing Policy.

“The incorporation of rebuilding of communities displaced by violent attacks and banditry into the National Housing Policy will alleviate the hardship and trauma of the victims,” Sen. Gyang said during the Ministerial screening of Mr. Raji Fashola, the immediate past Transport, Power and Housing Minister.

Senator equally questioned the delayed takeoff of the Awanga – Jos- Bauchi road project.

The project contracted mid 2018, Gyang said is “a critical national artery linking the North Central and North East, and also for the Jos -Zaria road.”

Roads and power, according to him are crucial to the socioeconomic ‘breakthrough’ of the country at all levels.

Responding, Mr Fashola stated that Akwanga – Jos – Bauchi road was being delayed by lack of funds.

He however expressed hope of it would be included in subsequent budgets.

On the Housing Policy, Mr. Fashola agreed on the need to rebuild houses for displaced villagers, but asked that state governments provide land for the project.

Popular Plateau broadcaster, Kenzy Ngupar dedicates son with stunning donation to Church


Kenzy Ngupar

A popular Central Nigerian broadcaster, Mr. Kenzy Ngupar yesterday donated building materials worth thousands to his home Church, ECWA Rock Haven, Jos as he dedicated his third child, Retnan Ariel Kenzy Ngupar.


Among the items donated were 200 pieces of 9inches building blocks, a trip of sand and four bags of cement.

The donation was in support of the Church’s ongoing construction of a Sunday school classroom block for children.

“I want my kids to also enjoy a conducive environment when they come to Church,” said the award winning On Air Personality.

Mr. Ngupar, a Senior Announcer and Journalist with the Plateau Radio Television Corporation, Jos has maintained the tradition of donating items to Church during his children’s dedication for nearly a decade now.

The dedication ceremony was performed by the Church’s Senior Pastor, Rev. Samuel Akusuk with lots of family and friends turning out to back the “Son of the Soil” as Kenzy is fondly called.

Search for Common Ground unveils counter-conflict fellowship in Nigeria

Search for Common Ground, a U.S. based international nongovernmental organization is currently screening applications into its media fellowship programme aimed at “Transforming the Farmer-Herder Conflicts and Promoting Freedom of Religions and Belief in Nigeria’s Middle Belt”.

The “Conflict-Sensitivity Media Fellowship” targets 21 participants with seven journalists from each state.

These include influential local journalists, editors, and producers, as well as new media influencers

The project according to official bulletin seeks to contribute to preventing violence and the destruction of lives and properties resulting from ‘protracted’ violent conflicts between farmers and herders.

This it hopes to achieve by combating ‘impunity’ and promoting the freedom of religions and belief in the country’s Middle Belt region.

The selected fellows will be mentored for one year to produce positive content to be pushed into public domain to counter negative narratives, hate speech and fake news in such a way that can de-escalate the violent conflicts within the Middle Belt, Nigeria, it is gathered.

“The fellows and his/her Media house will monthly produce positive content for public domain with supervision guidance from the Media Fellowship Mentor for one year,” information on the SFCG website says.

The overall goal is supported by three specific objectives which will guide the project’s activities:

Objective 1: To increase collaboration between farmer and herder communities to develop joint, effective, sustainable local mechanisms for early warning response, dispute management, and violence prevention and mitigation at the community levels.

Objective 2: To strengthen implementation of rule of laws and accountability measures by the government of focal states and relevant federal government institutions to respond to and prevent violence resulting from farmer-herder conflicts at the state levels.

Objective 3: To enhance public understanding of the farmer-herder conflicts by promoting conflict sensitive contents and, countering hate speech, stereotypes, biases and negative narratives that fuel violence.

SFCG will provide logistical support to the fellows during the programme.

Kano to train Almajiris from Chad, Cameroon, others


Mr. Umar Ganduje, Governor, Kano State


Kano State in Northwestern Nigeria is planning to build special schools for Quranic disciple pupils otherwise called Almajiris.

The project aims to upgrade Almajiri education in the state to equal other Muslim countries’, the State Governor, Umar Ganduje said, Saturday.

Aside from reducing street begging, the State aims to make the Almajiris self-reliant for greater economic impact in the state, Ganduje said during a visit to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

Kano is thought to have one of the highest population of Almajiris in Nigeria.

A “significant percentage” of the Almajiris therein is however comprised of children from other countries and States, Ganduje disclosed.

“Many of our Almajiris in Kano are not from the state.

“Some are even from the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic, Chad and some parts of Cameroon,” said the Governor.

This high concentration of Almajiris, the Governor attributed to the cosmopolitan nature of Kano.

That notwithstanding, they residing in the state means the State must find ways to remodel the Almajiri system for its overall development, Ganduje said.

The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mr. Hamid Bobboyi expressed hope that other states would copy from Kano, as part of strategies for “genuine human development, starting from the younger ones, insisting that, ”

“This will go a long way in making sure that all segments of our population are assets for the nation’s growth and development,” he said.

Jos: Policeman kills mason in midnight bear parlour discharge


Officials during rescue operation in Jos - representative image

A Mobile Policeman was Friday mobbed by irate youths in Tudun Wada area of Jos, Plateau State following an “accidental discharge” that led to the killing of a local mason.


The Policeman reportedly offered the deceased a bottle of bear before his rifle went off, hitting “Mr. Cain” as he was fondly called at close range.

The incident which occurred at about 12am sparked riots leading to the yet to be identified officer being beaten to coma before he was rescued by local youth leaders.

“The mobile police officer admitted it was a mistake but the people around beat him up mercilessly before he was rescued,” Mr. Enoch Selnan, Secretary of the Tudun Wada Youth Forum told MK news.

As of the time of publishing this report, Police and Vigilante patrol teams had taken both the corpse of Mr. Cain and his alleged shooter to A Division Police Headquarters, Jos.

No official statement has been obtained on the incident.

Breaking: Ekiti State Governor, Fayemi Steps Down


By Chibuike Nwabuko


Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Thursday stepped down as governor for 7-year-old Daniel Adaramodu of African Grammar School to be governor of Ekiti State for the day.


Fayemi may have to engage in activities other than being governor throughout the day as Daniel performs his duty as governor.


Details later…

Another young Plateau inventor listed for Presidential SMEs award

Mr. Luka Zang Bot operating his PC with his self-made foot mouse

A 27 year-old inventor, Zang Luka Bot has been listed for the annual Small and Medium Scale Enterprises award by the office of the Vice President.

Mr. Bot  was picked after developing a high capacity power bank from electronic waste.

The Plateau born Chief Executive Officer of  Zang Technologies, based in Jos, Central Nigeria unveiled the first model power bank in May 2018.

The power banks exclusively designed and produced by Zang Technologies have 13000mAh capacity, with 5V/1A power input and 5V/1A output.

Also developed by Mr. Bot is a sand sieving machine and a computer foot mouse.

These projects endeared him to the Presidency's ease of doing business team led by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.

He was notified of his nomination on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 after applying in the first week of the month.

He is expected to be accompanied by a state delegation to the ceremony holding next week at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Cameroon under fire for jailing Journalist on terrorism charges


The Society of African Journalists, SAJ has condemned the ‘illegal’ arrest and detention of Cameroonian Journalist, Mancho Bibixy.

Bibixy was arrested on January 19, 2017 while at a friend’s house, SAJ acting President, Mr. Michael Adeboboye said in a press release.

Local media report that armed soldiers invaded the house through the fence, firing into the air before taking him.

The Human Rights Journalist was reportedly beaten, hooded and whisked away to a detention facility.

He was later charged under the Cameroonian terrorism law No. 28 of 2014 and the Cameroonian Criminal Code.

Without convincing evidence, Bibixy was tried in a military court from February 1, 2017 and sentenced on March 25 , 2018 to 15 years in prison with 208 million CFA francs (408 564 Euro).

“These strong arm tactics of the government, mark is gross violations of Bibixy’s basic human rights, the SAJ President, Adeboboye said.

We condemned the treatment and continued incarceration of Bibixy in no uncertain terms and call on the government of Cameroon to cease the violations and accord Bibixy due regard for his humanity.


We recognise the need for governments to maintain law and order. We however must stress the important role of the Fourth Estate in Africa’s development trajectory and that muzzling press freedom is unfriendly to progress on the continent. It merely perpetuates a Dark Continent narrative which is retrogressive.


The SAJ boss appeale for the intervention of the international community on the matter, as on the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon.

We call upon ECOWAS, the AU and United Nations and indeed the government of Cameroon to release Bibixy and work for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Police to mop up candidates for recruitment, Monday

The Plateau State Police Command says mop-up screening of shortlisted applicants for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force will commence on Monday 22nd July 2019.

The exercise will last till Tuesday 23rd 2019, at starting from 07:30am daily at the Plateau State Police Command Headquarters, Jos, DSP Tyopev Terna, State Police Public Relations Officer said, Friday,

Applicants who have not being screened or have been screened but have any issue can take part in the screening, Terna said in a statement.

The candidates according to him are required to come in their white T’ shirts and white short knickers with their original credentials.

“They are also warned to conduct themselves in an orderly manner.


Aybody that has nothing to do with the exercise should not be found within the vicinity of the screening venue,” the statement says.

Herder found dead near Plateau University, Students deny responsibility



The Plateau State University, Tuesday held a dialogue meeting with leaders of Fulani herders in Bokkos Local Government Area to douse tension following the discovery of a herder's corpse in its surrounding. 

The herder believed to have been killed Monday night was discovered Tuesday morning few yards away from the University.

Tensions began to rise shortly after, with students vacating their residences for fear of reprisals. 

This forced the university authorities to summon a meeting with all Ardos (Fulani community leaders) to prevent any attack on students.

The meeting ended in mutual agreement for peace, it was learnt.

The university's student union government has however exonerated its members from the murder of the herder.

"After critical findings, it was found that, the corpse was brought and dropped to indict the area," Mr. Clement Gonap, President of the Student body said in a press statement, Thursday.

The herder whose identity has yet to be released by Police was allegedly killed hours after a man and his son, and a pregnant woman were killed in separate attacks by suspected herdsmen in Bassa Local Government's Tafigana and Ancha villages of Miango Chiefdom.

The member representing Jos South/Jos East consistency in the Nigerian House of Reps, Dachung Bagos has said that the attacks are "totally uncalled for."

"I wish to reiterate that this is no longer a farmers/herders clash but a systematic annihilation and ethnic cleansing of indigenous nations on the Plateau and indeed, the middle belt.

"It is instructive to note that most of these attacks are geared towards intimidating the locals to abandon their farmlands and heritage for eventual occupation by those on an ethnic expansionist’s mission," said Mr. Bagos in a media release on Thursday.

Police have yet to confirm the killings in Bassa and the discovery of the herder's corpse near the State University.

3yrs down, where is Saf Lazarus Agai?

Mr. Lazarus Agai, Plateau Monarch allegedly killed July 18, 2016


Da Saf Lazarus A. Agai (JP), the Paramount Ruler of the Ron/Kulere people and the Chairman, Bokkos Traditional Council in Central Nigeria's Plateau State was reportedly ambushed on July 18, 2016 while returning from his country home, Sha village of Bokkos Local Government Area at about 2pm.

Local media report that the Chief, his son, driver and orderly were killed in the attack while several others in his convoy sustained various degrees of injuries.

Days after the incident, Police authorities announced a reward of N10m for anyone who volunteered information on the assailants.

However, three years down, nothing has been heard of the Paramount Chief or his supposed killers.

Mr. Agai was believed to be the longest serving First Class Chief in Plateau State, installed on 11th February 1974.

Yet, no official pronouncement has been made or right of passage observed for him as is done for Officials of his status.

The Traditional Council over which he superintended had claimed he was alive receiving treatment at an undisclosed location. 

Nonetheless, his Palace was relocated, his staff sacked and an Acting Chief installed in his place within months of his disappearance.

Equally, rumours emerged early 2019 that moves were being made to install a successor for him.

The moves were resisted by local stakeholders who demanded the truth about his whereabouts.

Since the attack on his convoy, Bokkos Local Government has witnessed series of armed attacks with many more community leaders also killed.

At least 40 people were killed in January and March 2018 and over 7000 people displaced from 11 villages in Daffo District.

This is aside from earlier attacks in Sha the Chief's home village, Mangor, Mbar and Monguna villages among others.

Many have wondered if the Chief was taken out to pave way for the annihilation of his communities.

Unfortunately, State authorities have in fact long stopped talking about investigating the attack on his convoy with many arrested suspects freed.

This has left the Ronkulere nation and particularly his family in prolonged grief and feeling of neglect.

Moreover, no relief or official visitation has reached them since the Chief disappeared.

As they and all well-meaning members of the Bokkos community remember him this day however, government has an obligation to revisit the case of the attack and ensure justice, while seeking ways to pacify the family to ease their frustration.

After all, it is its responsibility to care for the welfare and security of its citizens.

And since the nation's laws provide for the protection of influential persons given the likelihood of deadly riots following any attack on them, the government might be saving a lot by remembering the Chief, his attackers and family as the case turns 3years today. 

Jos Building Collapse: Sen. Gyang, Useni mourn as Death toll hits 12


Site of the collapsed building


Death toll from Monday’s building collapse in Central Nigerian Jos city has risen to 12.

The owner of the collapsed building, Alhaji Kabiru Nalele, his two wives and nine others died in the incident, Mrs Junni Bala, Director of Search and Rescue, Plateau State Emergency Management Agency, told News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.

The two-storey building located at Butcher Line, Dilimi in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State fell at about 6pm local time trapping many.

Rescuers recovered four corpses on Monday night from the rubble before discovering six others on Tuesday.

Four other people were critically injured in the disaster.

Sen. Jeremiah Useni at the residence of the collapsed building owner Kabiru Nalele

The opposition People’s Democratic Party candidate in the State’s March 2019 Governorship race, Mr. Jeremiah Useni has blamed the incident on government neglect.

“Most of the buildings in this part of the city are in bad shape and I expect the Ministries of Works, Environment and Urban Development to have done something about it,” he said.

Useni, a former Senator and Minister of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory however called for close supervision of all urban building constructions.

The present Senator of Plateau North, Mr. Istifanus Gyang equally wants regulatory authorities to ensure compliance with building standards.

“This unfortunate incident also calls for attention by regulatory agencies like the Jos Metropolitan Development Board, JMDB to ensure that all property developers comply with the required and applicable standards to avoid similar occurrence in future,” Gyang said in a press statement, Tuesday.

He also called for emergency agencies to be strengthened for “prompt and effective” response during emergencies.

Plateau: Seven killed in building collapse


Rescuers at the collapsed building site

Seven bodies have so far been recovered from a collapsed building site in Central Nigeria’s Jos city, Officials say.

Rescuers recovered four bodies on Monday night after a three-storey building collapsed at about 6pm in Dilimi area of the Plateau State capital, trapping many.

Three more bodies were recovered on Tuesday morning, rescue Officials say.

The owner of the building, Alhaji Kabiru Nalele is among those killed by the disaster.

An unconfirmed number of people have been recovered with various degrees of injuries.

The Nigerian Red Cross Society, National Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency are still digging the rubble in search of more survivors.

Photos: Senate President Lawal, Sen. ID Gyang, Others join Buhari at Senior Armed Forces Course Graduation in Jaji

Senate President, Ahmed Lawal was Saturday at the Graduation Ceremony of Senior Course 41 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Kaduna.

President Muhammadu Buhari, was the special guest of honor at the occasion.

On the Senate President's entourage were four Senators; I.D. Gyang- Plateau North, Dr Basiru Ajibola- Osun, Tolu Odebiyi-Ogun and Abu Kyari -Borno North.

See photos

Sen. ID Gyang, middle

Sen. ID Gyang second from left

Sen. ID Gyang second from left

Sen. Gyang left

ID Gyang right

ID Gyang second from left

ID Gyang third from right

ID Gyang second from left

Officials to correct Plateau Social Media Award errors

Organizers of the Plateau Social Media Awards say the ‘anomalies’ witnessed during the maiden event held last week will be corrected in the future.


“There were shortcomings,” says Mr. Dung John, the PSMA Public Relations/Marketing Officer.


In a press statement on Thursday, Mr. John appealed to citizens to bear with the outcomes of the event.

“We are encouraged and determined to correct all the anomalies in future editions of the event,” he said.


The event which dished out scholarships, cash and “livelihood opportunities” to less-privileged individuals hopes to be annual, said the Official.

The Statement reads in full:

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

About the #PSMA2019:
1.The Plateau Social Media Awards hopes to become a yearly event. The intention of the award series will be to recognize and encourage Plateau citizens to continually promote and create exceptional contents daily to solve critical life problems; thereby giving many people a reason to smile whenever they visit various social media platforms.

Our Success Story:

2.The Plateau State Media awards is one of such platforms creating positive change in our society. The Plateau State Social Media Awards is geared towards promoting “social media for social good”.

3. This the PSMA team did by scouting out for the less privileged in the society. Three persons were gifted with cash donations, scholarships and livelihood opportunities. The team finds this feat a God given opportunity to change the lives of people around it.. It is to say the least, very heartwarming. We’re gingered to do more in the future editions, God willing.

Our Challenges and Appeal:

4.The PSMA2019 team wishes to appeal to all Plateau citizens to bear with us on some of the outcomes of the event which overall, was tagged very successful. Needless to say, there were shortcomings.

We welcome the constructive criticisms that trailed the event. We are encouraged and determined to correct all the anomalies in future editions of the event.

This shows clearly that, the event had massive followership across all social media platforms.

To say the least, it was marked a successful event after all said and done by many who would testify to the outcomes except for a few misunderstandings which has and will hopefully and dutifully be corrected in future editions.

We have noted some of these concerns and something will be done about it in the future.

For those who thought that certain persons were supposed to be nominated, voted for and win certain awards in particular categories of Awards, it was not our calling. The platform was open for all to participate actively without interference from nominations to online voting.

However, we would implore such persons to continue using the “social media for social good”; next year will be here before you know it.

Appreciation:

5. We want to express our profound gratitude to God Almighty who made this event possible. Without which it wouldn’t have been possible.

We want to express our sincere and profound gratitude to certain individuals who played key roles in the success of the event;

1. Special thanks to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong for supporting this initiative and sending a worthwhile representative for the awards.

2. We also wish to express similar gratitude to His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonny Gwanle Tyoden for honouring our Pre- Award Lecture series. We’re very humbled by your physical participation sir.

3.Profound gratitude also goes to Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda Goshwe, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Benue State for his untiring support to the success of both the Pre- Award lecture series and the main event. We’re grateful too that you gifted prices to deserving secondary and tertiary institutions in the state. God bless you sir.

4. We also appreciate the contributions and physical presence of Hon. Yusuf Gagdi. We appreciate too the show of love, emotions and concern for the less privileged by awarding such persons with scholarships and livelihoods. May the Lord reward you accordingly.

5.Expressed thanks to Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos for supporting the initiative and contributing to the success of this epoch making event. We wish to Congratulate you specially for clinching the Highest Honoured Award as the “Social Media Political Influencer of the Year Award.” It is well deserved.

6. Special thanks goes to the Patron of this award series, Col. Samuel Gulong Fwanje. We appreciate you for opening your doors to us always and standing by us from the beginning to the end of the program. God bless you immensely sir.

7.Special appreciation goes to the leadership and executive members of the Plateau State Youth Council. We appreciate you for partnering with us by donating the use of your hall (free of charge). We will definitely look forward to partnering with you in the future editions. We are hopeful that anytime we come for such partnerships, you’d always be available to us.

8. Our gratitude also goes to Rex Productions for sponsoring our backdrop banners. It was a beautiful piece you put up for us. Many thanks always.


9. For the many special dignitaries that graced the occasion, we thank you very much for your presence.

10. We also want to extend our gratitude to the former commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Dayabbu Garga for finding it expedient to support and grace the occasion. Coming from a journey straight to the venue shows his commitment to stand by youth oriented programs on the Plateau. We are humbled by your presence sir.

11. Special thanks and a huge congratulations to all those who were nominated, voted for and won the awards in various categories.

Your presence changed the face of the event for the better. Please, keep a date with us next year. We appeal that you continue to use the social media for societal good.

Conclusion:

6. Finally, we appreciate all individuals and corporate groups, civil society organizations and indeed, the good people of Plateau State for helping us achieve this feat. We’re truly very grateful.
Please, let’s do it again next year. Thank you and God bless.

Signed,
Comrade Hwyere, Dung John
Public Relations/Marketing Officer.

Senator Gyang mourns three killed by flood in Jos


7yr old Master Ibrahim Sani, rescued from rubble after the flood

Three people including an infant were last week killed by flood in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.


At least nine houses were Wednesday swept by the flood in Unguwar Zuweira, near University of Jos, north of the city.

“The disaster is one too many,” said heartbroken Senator Istifanus Gyang of Plateau State Northern Senatorial District, Thursday.

Donating undisclosed cash sums to displaced victims, the Senator appealed for caution when planning urban settlements.

“These floods would be avoided if we do not build houses along waterways,” he said.

Represented by a former State lawmaker, Mr. Daniel Dem, Sen. Gyang condoled with families affected by the disaster, pledging his sustained support to them.

This was the first time a public official was visiting the community since the incident, said Mr. Auwal Yahaya Ahmed, the Youth leader of the community.

One of the beneficiaries of the donation, Mr. Muhammadu Kamilu and the Chairman, Hausa Fulani Forum, Jos North, Barr. Awal Haruna praised the Senator for showing care regardless of political differences.

The ruling All Progressives Congress is the dominant political Party in Northern Jos Plateau.

Senator Gyang was however elected on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, with his dominant votes coming from Northwest and Southern Jos, as well as Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Government Areas.

Plateau: Pankshin Legislature passes N3.9bn 2019 budget into law

The Pankshin Local Government Legislative Arm has passed the 2019 appropriation bill of over N3,974,000,000.00 into law.

This follows a report presented to the House, Wednesday by the House Standing Committee on Appropriation.

A budget of N3,854, 656,414.22 was initially presented to the House by the Executive Chairman of the Council, Hon. John Damap.

After scrutiny however, the House approved the bill with a difference of N119,000,700.00.

Of the amount, Capital expenditure stands at B1,082,028,134 .95 while Recurrent Expenditure is N2,892, 136, 279.27.

Students clash over stolen phone in PLASU


A student injured in the PLASU campus clashes

Bloody clashes, Tuesday broke out between rival student groups in Plateau State University, Bokkos, leading to fatal injuries.

The clashes reportedly started at about 11pm when a female student raised alarm over her “stolen phone” sighted with a male fellow.

“The guy was instantly mobbed by bystanders and fatally wounded,” said an eyewitness.

According to multiple sources, groups loyal to the attacked student mobilized in violent reprisals, wounding many.

The rioters equally attacked student properties, forcing many to flea their apartments, it was learnt.

No University property was affected in the incident but authorities say they are grieved by the clashes.

“We are investigating the incident and will bring those concerned to book,” said the University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr. Istifanus Kurtong.

As of the time of publishing this report, normalcy had returned to the university.

Some of the injured students have equally been discharged from hospital.

North-Central Service Awards open for 2019



Central Nigerian multimedia firm, COA Media is set to hold the 2019 edition of its annual North Central Awards.


The awards are meant to encourage Nigerians who have made impact in their respective disciplines, Officials say.

The event billed for September 2019 will start with nominations will on 15th August.

A statement by the Executive Director of COA Media, Amb. Cletus Akhimien says the award ceremony holding on a date to be announced will gather up and coming entrepreneurs, chief executives of industries and business experts to discuss investment strategies and developmental plans for the region and nation at large.

The event is expected to feature the North-Central Economic Development and Investment Summit..

COA Media has organized several similar events, including The Plateau Awards, Plateau Leadership Summit and Face of Plateau.

The North-Central Service Award 2019 is holding for the second time.

When Social Media Awarders know little about Social Media || By Matthew Tega

It is no surprise that the just concluded Plateau Social Media Awards has been greeted with so much criticism and protest across various platforms and categories leaving the organizers "convener" with the task of defending some of the mishaps at the award event.

 It is sometimes difficult to please everyone when it comes to Awards Events as so many persons would be adjudged deserving of such accolades.

Especially when you have "Social Media Awards' Organizers who know very little about the Social Media Space. The need to clear the air on the 'Social Media' Award event has become key for us even as we are now striving among other top national social brands. We are still stakeholders on the plateau social media world as we have over the past years put a lot of effort to build the social media in Plateau State.

Maybe a few comments will help relax the nerves as we will not sit back or encourage any group of persons "person" to make a rubbish of the Plateau social media space.

Our social platforms have been well built over the years and has set Plateau state on the social map as such we are currently able to market and compete with other social brands within Nigeria as we have moved across states.

 Firstly, note that the Matthewtegha Social Media brand was not expecting an award or recognition from the organizers, we rejected the nominations right from the first time after a voting category was released without any prior letter of notification.

 We didn't feel the need to participate because we were not properly communicated and will not be available due to other engagements outside the state. We never called for votes from anyone neither did we promote or post any artwork signifying participation.

 We were contacted at first to be part of the organization and setup for the maiden edition of Plateau Social Media Awards. It came to us as a welcome idea being one of the foremost platforms within and outside the state as it will be an avenue for us to give inputs towards the success of the Awards in general.

 After the first meeting we didn't attend, due to short notice and our brands involvement with a national project outside the state. we were later removed from contributing on organizational matters because the team felt that we needed to be in the nominations and as such all nominees should not be part of organization.

 A pre-information of such decision would have saved them a lot as our impute was key to identify worthy nominees. At the point we withdrew from the organizing team we felt that the organizers did not have the capacity to hold a Plateau Social Media Awards without being sentimental and political about it.

 The end result is protest and bitterness from persons across the social media space on the plateau due to omissions and deliberate highhandedness of the organizers of the Plateau social media awards.

 Social Media has become one of the foremost marketing tools in the 21st century and as such any Award for social media should first of all recognize and celebrate those who have made a mark on the social space just as it is a norm and not by politicizing it, which definitely will bring a lot of hate.

 The organizers/convener talked about "Changing the Narrative" for popularity or personal gains, because from the categories and nominations it was very obvious. Social media platforms have built a level of credibility over time and almost every person that has a phone can easily access information, monitor activities and criticize issues, as such you can't give certain "Social Media" Awards away based on your own emotions because the social media space is watching and it will be easy to identify or criticize any hidden agendas.

 Just being on Facebook and being able to write does not make you a complete social media influencer and certainly not an authority to identify social media best.

 A careful understudy of the social media space is key to understanding how it works, that is why we have workshops and trainings to build persons as social media entrepreneurs which enables you to command the space and make good income.

Such that persons begin to understand and appreciate tools like, google trends, blog/site demographics, impressions, designs and strategies. The main idea about the Plateau Social Media Awards as described by the organizers, is to change the narrative of mutual suspicion, hate speech, religious intolerance, ethnic bigotry, tribal sentiments and resentment that has engulfed the Plateau social media space. The big question here is; will you do so by organizing an award when you as organizer/convener have a strong political affiliation known by all? Certainly not because an award does not correct ills but rather recognizes achievers.

 The highlight and positives from the event should be recognizing and handing out Awards to well deserved individuals who have worked hard on the Plateau Social Media Space and not the side attraction of cash rewards to charity, it is not a charity Award but a "Social Media" Award.

 The Biggest Award on such a night should be the Social Media Entrepreneur of the year and should not be about politics. lets learn to leave politics for politicians and acknowledge those who are well deserving.

 Congratulations to all winners and we hope the organizers will take the lessons to heart and build on a better awards next time

Plateau: Hired Assassins kill APC Ward Chair in Bokkos



Slain Matthew Audu, APC Ward Chairman, Butura, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State


Yet to be identified gunmen on Monday killed the Butura Ward Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, in Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State.


Mr. Matthew Audu, a politician and Irish potato businessman was repeatedly shot to death at about 8:30pm in his private residence in Maikatako village, 2km North of the Plateau State University, Bokkos.

Audu, 44, is believed to have been killed by hired assassins.

“They took money but still shot him after telling him they were sent to kill him,” said a family source.

Police arrived the scene after the attackers had fled.

Two empty shells of live ammunition were however recovered from the scene, security sources say.

When contacted, Chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area, Mr. Yusuf Machen declined comments.

“Is it everything that you people must talk about?

“Please call them in the village and find out.

“One is mourning and you’re here bothering,” said the Chairman in an angry tone before hanging up.

Police have yet to comment on the incident.

FG secretly sites Ruga in Bokkos, Plateau Youths allege


Youths from Bokkos address Journalists over "Ruga" livestock policy

By Joel Gomiyar


Youths in Plateau State, Tuesday warned the Nigerian government against imposing the suspended Ruga settlement program on them.

Government had commenced the program without the inputs of farmers, thus making it questionable and tantamount to land-grabbing, the “Concerned Youths” from Bokkos Local Government Area told journalists in Jos, the capital of the State.

The group alleged that the government had planned to secretly site the Ruga settlement in Bokkos before withdrawing to “change strategy”.

“We fear that the suspension is only aimed at changing strategy, especially in view of the FG’s recent plan to repeal the Land Use Act,” spokesperson of the group, Mr. Macham Makut said.

The youths opted for Livestock Alimentation as against the Ruga livestock system.

“Livestock Alimentation means replicating the existing practices in poultry farming for cows, pigs, goats, and sheep which are the commonly known destructive animals when left to stray.

“This will require a transformation of the existing cattle paddocks otherwise known as hoggo in Fulfulde or shinge in Hausa to feedlots,” said its spokesperson.

Arewa Pastors mobilize against Ruga policy

The Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association (ACIPA) has vowed to mobilize against any plan to ‘impose’ the suspended Ruga model settlement program of the Federal Government.

Apart from herders, governments’ cabal and other benefactors of “land colonization or Fulanization and Islamization,” every other Nigerian is against the program, said ACIPA, Saturday.

The Ruga project, according to the group might allow illegal immigrants into the country.

“The government and her security architecture that cannot detect weapons and mercenaries smuggled into Nigeria, cannot convince us that the questionable and ill-fated Ruga settlement is not aimed at importation of the Kith and Kins of their brothers from West Africa and the Sahel for the purpose of Islamic occupation and an additional population to favor Islam in political voting process,” said the group in a press statement.

The statement issued through its Chairman, Rev’d Luke Shehu further warned a Northern youth coalition threatening to evict Nigerians from other regions in their domain over the suspension of the Ruga program.

“No group or individuals, religious, Fulani or Hausa has the right to expel the Igbos or any other tribes from the North of Nigeria where we co-habit,” ACIPA said.

Plateau: INEC schedules Pengana constituency by-elections

The Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC has scheduled August 3, 2019 for by-elections into the vacant House of Assembly sit for Pengana Constituency in Plateau State.


This follows a communication from the Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker nothing the electoral body of the existing vacancy.

Elections were held for the position of the member representing the consistency on March 9, 2019 with APC’s Ezekiel Afon emerging winner.

Mr. Afon however slumped and died hours after the declaration of the election results.

Interested Political Parties are now expected to conduct fresh Primaries latest Tuesday July 10, 2019.

Names of nominated candidates of Political Parties must be submitted by Thursday, July 12, 2019, a statement from the INEC Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye says.

Plateau LG Legislators impeach Leader, Deputy


Members of Kanam Legislative Assembly impeach Leader

Members of Plateau State’s Kanam Legislative Council have impeached the House Majority Leader, Hon. Yahaya Ayuba Shehu and his Deputy House Leader, Hon. Abubakar Muhammad Yakubu.


The House Majority Leader, Hon. Usman Gwaivanmin led 13 out of the 20 legislators to effect the impeachment on Tuesday.

Hon. Gwaivanmin told Journalists after the exercise that the duo were impeached for violating democratic principles in their conducts.

The Majority Leader therefore called on the Council Chairman, Security agencies and the general Public not to Carry out any transactions with the former House leaders.

He also warned the former House leader and his Deputy to Stop Parading themselves as the House leaders.

The new leaders that replaced them are Hon. Abdulbasid Haladu from Kyansar ward as House leader and Hon Bala Atiku from Dengi ward as Deputy Leader.

Speaking Shortly after his election, the new House leader pledged to work for the interest of the House and citizens of Kanam.

The new leader along with the House Chief Whip, Hon. Bilyaminu Yalsin and Hon Rabiu Mijiyawa the House Committee Chairman on Security called for Peace in the LGC.

They called on Security agencies to keep the Council Chambers and the entire LGA safe.

Thugs had invaded the Council Chambers in reaction to the impeachment, causing chaos and stealing the legislative Mace.

The situation was however brought under control by securities.

Ruga Ultimatum: Northern Youths Calling for War - Ethnic Defense Group


Flaming petrol station in Jos, Nigeria - representative image

A Nigerian pressure group called Ethnic Nationalities Defence organizations (ENDO) has said the 30-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government by Northern youths to resume the suspended Ruga settlement program is a declaration of war.

Fulani cattle herders have trespassed on lands in the Middle-Belt for grazing and in some cases, takeover but have never been challenged, said ENDO in a press statement, Thursday.

With the fresh threats by the Northern youths, any attempt at “trespass, land grabbing and colonization” by herders will henceforth be unacceptable, the statement signed by the ENDO President, Mr. Dauda Maiyaki and two others says.

It says, “The game is over! We are advising and warning the Fulani militia as well as the Miyetil Allah Association against attacks on any Southerner in Northern Nigeria after the 30 days’ ultimatum given.”

The group further warned Governors against donating lands for the proposed project.

“All governors, traditional rulers and politicians who out of fear, cohesion or threat agree or collaborate to cede an inch of land in the Middle Belt or any Southern State for any form of herders settlement or colony shall do so at their own peril,” the group said.

A coalition of northern groups had Wednesday issued a 30-day ultimatum to the Nigeria government and governors who opposed to the RUGA settlement program to reverse their decisions.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the group’s spokesman in a press conference, said the debate to accept or not to accept the program is already causing disaffection for herders who are of Fulani extraction.

“While we warn all state governments that stand against the implementation of the Ruga Initiative to desist and give peace a chance, we place President Buhari and the Federal Government on notice that they must completely stop this raging madness within 30-days beginning from today, Wednesday,” Suleiman said.