Zamfara denies attack on Governor

Zamfara Governor, Matawalle

The Zamfara State government has described as lies, reports that the convoy of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle was attacked by armed bandits.

The government specifically said what happened was a case of an auto crash involving the convoy of the governor which resulted in the death of two policemen among others that were injured.

While describing action of the Reporter as blackmail since he was nowhere near the purported incident or simply relied on any other reputable media as source of his malicious presentation, the government said it was “one of the highest level of irresponsible and abuse of professional ethics of journalism.”

The clarification was contained in a statement obtained by Journalists in Abuja entitled: “Purported bandits’ attack on Governor Matawalle’s convoy incorrect”, and signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) in Zamfara State Government House, Yusuf Idris Gusau.

According to him, the State government had reported the case to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) with a view to investigating the Reporter and revel ending appropriate punishment for a libellous publication against the governor.

He said, “The attention of the Zamfara State government has been drawn to an online media report under the byline of one Ifeanyi Nwana, who is known in the state as the representative of Desert Herald newspaper but published the fabricated report on Daily Post.

“We feel pained that the reporter either relied on unverified account or chose to malign the person of Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle and government of Zamfara State for no just cause.

“He maliciously reported the governor’s convoy was attacked by armed bandits on Thursday while on his way to Gusau from Abuja. Nothing of the sort ever happened. Rather it was a case of an accident that resulted in the death of two policemen among others that were injured.

The reporter’s action is one of the highest level of irresponsible and abuse of professional ethics of journalism. His conduct, to say the least, smacks of blackmail as he was nowhere near the purported incident or relied on any other reputable media as source of his malicious account.

“To cap it all, the reporter ignored an earlier press statement released from the governor’s office which was signed by the Director-General of Press Affairs in which the details of an accident involving the two policemen attached to the governor’s convoy were killed.

“We make haste to say even if banditry still rages in Zamfara, which it doesn’t, there was no way anyone would cross over from Katsina state to attack the governor or his aide at a time security has been tightened around the state while the governor is working round the clock to unite the good people of Zamfara against all forms of lawlessness.

“At this juncture, we wish to cordially invite the reporter to avail us with the source of his reports, where the incident occurred, where the governor was when the purported attack was carried out.

“In the meantime, we wish to state that the State Government has formally complained to the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state to investigate Ifeanyi Nwana with a view to sanctioning him for unprofessional conduct and libel against the governor, government and people of Zamfara State.”

Nigerian Red Cross Society Eulogizes President on Birthday

Management and Staff of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, on Friday described the organization’s President, Chief Bolaji Anani as a rare gift to humanity.

Anani, according to them has inspired matchless transformation in the Society, thus increasing its humanitarian impact in the country.

Leading the eulogies at the NRCS’ President’s residence in Abuja, during his birthday celebration, Secretary General of the Society, Dr. Abubakar Kende expressed believe that with Anani at the helm, the Society was reaching its set goals.

In his remarks, the NRCS boss, Mr. Anani lauded unity and fellowship among members and staff of the organization, pleading for more of such in running its affairs.

He particularly solicited for support for the Secretary General to effectively manage the organization for the benefit of humanity.

The gathering had in attendance Assistant General Secretaries, Heads of Department, Staff and the National Communications Adviser of the NRCS.

Plateau SSG, COS replaced

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

The Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong has appointed Mr. Danladi Atu as the new Secretary to the Government of Plateau State.

Atu, a Professor and Director, Institute for Peace and Social Rehabilitation, University of Abuja replaces Mr. Richard Tokman who was appointed in Acting capacity following the resignation of his predecessor, Mr. Rufus Bature late last year.

Mr. Bature resigned to contest the Senatorial seat for Plateau North, which he lost to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr. Istifanus Gyang.

No reason has been given for the replacement of Mr. Tokman.

The Governor equally replaced Mr. John Dafaan as Chief of Staff, Government House with Mr. Noel Donjur.

Mr. Donjur, is a former Commissioner for Works and current member, Plateau State Economic Council.

Both appointments are effective immediately, says a statement issued Thursday by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Simon Macham.

Middle-belt robberies, kidnappings, others caused by post-violence trauma – experts

Rising crime rates in Central Nigeria might be due to unresolved mental ailments caused by the prolonged farmer-herder conflicts within the region.

Victims of such violent conflicts often face a range of mental problems that in time manifest in their behavior, experts say.

Discussants on Healthwise, a live radio program on Rhythm 93.7 FM, Jos, Plateau State, Wednesday said rehabilitation of such victims as first priority is crucial to secure communities within which they reside.

Dr. Ikere Clement, the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Plateau State Chapter listed the most common mental ailments to include post traumatic stress disorders, anxiety and among others, panic disorders.

These he said often lead to substance abuse, rape and violence.

“They come into the society and all they know is violence – how to survive. It is no surprise therefore that vices like robbery, kidnapping and the likes are increasing in Jos today,” said the professional gynecologist on the program.

Presently, none of the thousands of internally displaced persons in the Plateau State capital has undergone any trauma healing, said another discussant, Mrs. Yilfomwul Gomsum.

Emergency Agencies and Humanitarian organizations mostly concentrate on physical needs, ignoring the psychological, said the Director Safera Global Center for Social Development, Jos.

The needed health interventions, however, cannot be achieved amid violence, said Dr. Austin Onuoha, Media Consultant, Search for Common Ground, a US. based peace international nongovernmental organization.

He said, “In a normal situation, the infrastructure for health in a developing country like Nigeria is inadequate.

“When conflict comes, the inadequate infrastructure is destroyed.

“That makes healthcare more inaccessible and even worse, when Doctors cannot work in unsafe communities.”

Peaceful coexistence according to the veteran Peace Journalist not only provides for good healthcare but other human needs.

“The money that would have been used to rebuild broken infrastructure would be used to develop other sectors like agriculture, schools and others,” Onuoha said.

All the panelists were unanimous in their call for state and non-state collaboration to end violent conflicts and their consequences on human societies.

Jos Highschool graduate makes powerbanks from e-waste to solve insecurity in villages

Mr. Luka Zang Bot

Mr. Luka Zang Bot, the young Nigerian who recently won the 2019 national Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises award for Technology and Innovation might be working a final solution to Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflicts.

Zang has locally developed a high capacity power bank from electronic waste as “a solution to energy and environmental crises causing insecurity in local communities”.

First designed with one 5V/1A power input and 5V/1A output, the 13,000mAh capacity power banks made by Zang Technologies Nig. Ltd now come with Intelligent Digital Display, dual USB and sleek, portable, night black designs.

Zang power bank

Security operatives and local communities at risk of attacks could rely on them to power their communication devices and share relevant information when in need, Mr. Zang told MKB.

“Over 8000 Nigerian villages are without electricity. Even those that have it hardly get stable supply. This affects their ability to share information when there are threats.

“Same thing applies to security operatives keeping peace in such villages.

“They have communication gadgets used to communicate with communities and their bases which if not charged cannot function.

“This generally makes it hard to solve security problems in local communities because information sharing is crucial to security response and rumor prevention,” he said.

Recycling electronic wastes to make the power banks according to him also helps rid toxic substances that increase global warming, which experts blame for the shrinking agricultural land globally.

Zang said, “Nigeria is a renowned dumping ground for electronic wastes which harm the environment and increase competition for agricultural land.

“This in turn causes the conflicts we are witnessing between farmers and herdsmen.

“But with this innovation, we believe waste will be reduced, the ozone layer will be safe and desertification, erosion and other disasters caused by global warming will also disappear, thereby making land sufficiently available for crop and animal production.”

Zang receiving National Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises award

Zang, not only makes power banks from e-waste but also computer foot mouse, which won him the national award held on August 2, 2019 at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He has also invented a sand sieving machine, and is currently developing an automatic candle light control device.

Computer foot mouse made by ZangSand sieving machine made by Zang

All the products are made in Jos, Plateau State under the Zang Technologies trademark.

Zang however only holds a highschool certificate, with a Diploma in Computer Science which he obtained from a vocational school.

While in Highschool, Zang was poor with theories and could not earn the required grades for a Science major.

He therefore majored in Social Sciences but studied sciences on his own, concentrating more on practicals.

Despite repeatedly failing final year exams, thus missing university admission, Zang has remained firm in science and technological research and exploration, an effort that has earned him at least three national awards so far

CBN Joins Niger State to Complete Local Grazing Reserves

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State says he is determined to transform the livestock industry in the State to provide jobs for unemployed youths.

The Governor stated this when he led a high powered delegation from the Central Bank of Nigeria to inspect ongoing projects at the Bobi Grazing Reserves in Mariga Local Government Area.

Bello said the state has provided counterpart funding for the project, which will be executed by the Central Bank.

Government will equally provide the community security and basic insecurities, he said.

Sensitization on the benefits of the Reserves according to him has started in the affected communities.

Governor Sani Bello, who reiterated that the transformation of the reserve by the Federal Governments is a deliberate plan to provide lasting solution to the incessant farmers/herders clashes, warned the communities against selling land within the gazetted, directing the revocation of already sold lands.

"The underlying problem at the moment is the issue of farmers residing illegally on the reserve and the herdsmen. To solve this problem, we have resolved to revoke all the lands sold out on the initial 30,000 hectares gazetted for this project. However, all farmers using the land for farming will be pardoned for this year's farming season".

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the CBN Governor on Development Finance, Mr. Anthony Ifechukwu said that the 30,000 hectares of the grazing reserve was well situated and that more than four investors have indicated interest in developing the reserve.

Meanwhile,  WAMCO representative, Stanley Obiakor said the company believed in the project and will support it for the benefit of the herdsmen, the state and the country at large.

Part of the transformation efforts of the state government include Partnering with private firms to establish the first indigenous Milk Centre in Nigeria; establishment of the largest grazing area where varieties of Cattle feeds can be produced both for local and international consumption; provision of a permanent settlement area for herders equipped with modern facilities such as clinic, police outpost, school for Nomads among other things.

Plateau Peace Agency summons security officials over cult violence in Jos

The Plateau State Peace Building Agency on Tuesday met with formal and informal security officials to address rising cases of cult violence and gangsterism within Jos, the capital of the State.

The meeting – “Justice and Security State Level Dialogue for Security Actors” was aimed at collaborative approaches to ending security threats to peace, particularly violent crimes perpetrated by growing cult groups in the city,  Sara Suka included.

The agency last week issued a press statement drawing attention to the persisting violence attributed to the gangs in the City.

If unchecked, such crimes according to the Director General of the PPBA, Mr. Joseph Lengmang could sabotage existing peace efforts and prolong violent conflicts in the State.

The meeting was part of the Agency's commitment to resolve old conflicts and prevent new ones towards promoting a "stable and prosperous" society, Lengmang said.

The Agency has since creation in 2016 organized monthly peace dialogues, mainly to resolve conflicts between farmers and herders, which have persisted in Nigeria’s Middle-Belt for over a decade.

It has equally facilitated discussions on other areas of security such as post-election violence and now the cult clashes.

It however hopes to soon recruit “peace structures” to fight insecurity in local communities within the State.

Mr. Lengmang at the Tuesday security meeting said the structures will comprise interest groups, voluntary security organizations and among others, community leaders.

The teams according to Lengmang will organize monthly peace and security meetings with relevant stakeholders to identify and address security threats within the communities.

The local peace structures are expected to replicate such efforts at the community level, said the PPBA boss.

Plateau Peace Agency wages war against Cultism

The Plateau Peace Building Agency has started a community outreach to end violent cult activities in Jos.

The trend has become “worrisome” within the Plateau State capital, with children of ages 12 and 17 being recruited, Mr. Joseph Lengmang, Director General of the Peace Building Agency said, Tuesday.

“People are now forced to retire into their homes as early as 7pm for fear of attacks, or even caught in the middle of cult and Sara-Suka wars,” Lengmang said in a statement.

But the state has toiled to achieve its current peace, he said.

Any act capable of breaching the peace according to Lengmang must therefore be resisted.

Lengmang called for “effective neighborhood watch” while seeking multi-stakeholder collaboration to end the menace.

“The task ahead of us requires a multi-dimensional and sustained collaboration with all stakeholders, including NGOs at the community levels.

“We must send a clear messages that we will not tolerate this reckless disregard for life in our neighborhoods in the one hand, and in the other, demonstrate our collective outrage by working together to address the root causes of the problem,” said the peace agency boss.

Farmer/herder clashes: SFCG recruits 21 Media Fellows for peace in Central Nigeria

21 Journalists have been recruited as media fellows for peace in Central Nigeria.

The Journalists recruited from Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa States will produce "relevant contents" that help to 'demystify' farmer-herder conflicts within their home states, Officials say.

The contents are expected to "breakdown stereotypes and biases, and promote positive narratives around farmer-herder collaborations, denounce rumours and de-escalate tensions that can fuel violence," SFCG Senior Programs Manager, Mrs. Olutoyin Falade said, Tuesday.

The NGO will provide mentorship and coaching during the 12 months of the assignment, Falade said at the induction of the Fellows.

The Fellows comprise seven online, print and broadcast journalists each from the three target States.

Gunmen kill Secondary Schools Union Official in Bokkos

Zakka Malau, killed, Sunday

Gunmen believed to be hired assassins on Sunday killed Nigeria’s national Vice President, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Mr. Adams Zakka Malau.

Mr. Malau, a local community Chief was shot dead in his residence in Ngoksar village, 3kms south of Bokkos Local Government Secretariat, it was gathered.

His killers stormed the remote village at about 7:30pm local time shooting into the air, local sources say.

“As everyone scampered for safety, they went straight to the Chief’s house and shot him,” an anonymous nephew to the 62 year-old told MK.

MK gathers that shortly after the serving Principal of Government Secondary School, Mbar, Bokkos LGA was killed, a 22 year old man was said to have been killed in neighboring Tangur village.

Mr. Marvelous Yelwa was shot dead while running home after the gun blasts in Ngoksar.

He was believed to have been killed by the same gang that killed the ASUSS official.

This is the third suspected assassination of influential persons in Bokkos this year.

A village Chief was killed in May, followed by a ruling Party official in June.

Both were killed near the Plateau State University, Bokkos by yet to be identified gunmen.

“As long as there is no deterrence, killers will kill and walk away free – to kill again…and again,” says a former Government Official, Yiljap Abraham.

“As long as communities do not take ownership of their security through community vigilance, marauders will raid and go unchallenged,” the former Commissioner of Information, and later Tourism said in a social media post, Monday.

State Officials have yet to comment on the incident.

Plateau NULGE boss, Mafuyai calls cops on impostors

The Plateau State President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Comrade Samson Mafuyai says the Union under his leadership is “united and intact.”

This is contrary to “malicious” media reports purporting the existence of a caretaker committee.

Mafuyai in a media release, Monday said his tenure as extended by the National Executive Council of the Union is still active.

The reports of a new exco therefore are intense to create an impression that the union is divided, he said.

“The Special National Delegate Conference (SNDC) is the highest decision making organ of NULGE and has the final say on any matter concerning the union.

“The elongation of the tenure of the current EXCO’s by the SNDC overrides the constitutional quotation been peddled.

“It is strange that Jonathan Sambo and Nanpon Jacob who are beneficiaries of this tenure extension are the ones leading the pack of those who wish to divide Plateau NULGE for selfish reasons.

“That the persons involved in this falsehood could cite the Owerri judgement by Justice I. S. Galadima on the 11th of July, 2019 for constituting an illegal caretaker committee in Plateau State is shameful, and criminal,” said Mafuyai.

The Union boss therefore called on law enforcements and the general public to watch out for the “impostors”.

“Members of the public should be careful and avoid dealing with them as they are impersonators.

“Also, the law enforcement agencies are to take note of their criminal and illegal activities,” he said.

Officials enter fresh ties over Plateau IDPs resettlement

Senate Vice Committee Chairman on Defence, Istifanus Gyang visits Commander, STF, Plateau State

Nigeria’s Senate Vice Committee Chairman on Defence, Istifanus Gyang has requested the Military Task Force in Plateau State to speedup the home return of last year’s violent attack victims in the State.

The internally displaced persons according to Gyang are currently in threatening humanitarian conditions due to declining social aid.

“I am fully with you on your current efforts to return the IDPs back to their original homes.

“Let them resume their economic activities to recover faster from the pains of the attacks,” said the Senator, Thursday during a visit to the Special Task Force, Operations Safe Haven headquarters in Jos.

Gyang, the representative of Plateau North Senatorial District in the Nigerian Parliament vowed to use his legislative position to lobby for sufficient funding of the peacekeeping mission and other security operations in the State, for optimal performance.

The Task Force had already been working to clear villages of threats for easy return of the IDPs, Commander of the STF, Major General Augustine Agundu told the visiting Senator.

“We have withdrawn most of our troops to the local communities who mostly bear the brunt of the manipulations that are done in the city,” he said.

The Task Force according to him has drastically cut down the rate of violent attacks especially on farmlands.

“Before the rainy season commenced, we summoned leaders of herder and local farming communities and read out a Riot Act to them on any malicious damage to property whether farmlands or cattle herds.

“That is why unlike previous years when we had a lot of altercations and muscles flexing by this time, there is virtually no sign of threat now,” said Agundi.

The Mission has however shifted from the use of force to dialogue in its approach to the decades long clashes between farmers and herders in the State.

Plateau: 15yr-old kidnaps self for N500,000

Senator ID Gyang visits NPF Plateau State, vows legislative backing for optimal performance

JOS NIGERIA: Police in Central Nigeria have arrested a 15-year-old electrical engineering apprentice, Mr. Jerry Ngwe for allegedly faking his kidnap.

Mr. Ngwe, a resident of Kabong in Jos, the capital of Plateau State was arrested along with four of his accomplices on July 19, 2019.

His father, Mr. Jerry Vichi had reported his disappearance the previous day after leaving for work.

The next day being 19/07/2019 at about 1345hrs, he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son was kidnapped by him and his gang and was taken far away from Jos.

The caller immediately demanded for a ransom of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) for the complainant to secure the release of his son,” State Police Commissioner, Mr. Isaac Akinmoyede told journalists, Friday in Jos.

Police detectives however commenced investigations and found the kidnap to have been organized by the supposed victim, Akinmoyede said.

The suspects are among 44 paraded by the Police in connection to different crimes in the State.

Details of the arrests are contained in the following text of a media briefing:


Gentlemen of the press, I want to begin the press briefing by thanking the Almighty God for making it possible for us to witness one of the most peaceful Eid Al Kabir festivity on the Plateau. I thank all the good people of the state for once again demonstrating their peace-loving nature and proving once again that they could be counted on. I have called you this morning to brief you on some of the achievements of the Command in recent times.

1. Arrest of Eleven (11) Notorious Kidnap Suspects. On 05/07/2019 the Command after a painstaking analysis of the intelligence at its disposal carried out a well coordinated and sweeping raids of the hideouts of some kidnap suspects and that resulted in the arrest of the following:- (1) Bashiru Mohammed (2) Umar Adamu (3) Yusuf Adamu (4) Mustapha Mohammed (5) Shaibu Ado (6) Dantani Umar (7) Samaila Saranu Shitu (8) Adamu Mohammed (9) Hashimu Ya’u (10) Jibiro Damuna and (11) Abubakar Hassan, all males. During interrogation, Bashiru Mohammed and Umar Adamu confessed to have kidnapped a lot of persons and both mentioned Yusuf Adamu, Hashimu Ya’u, Mustapha Mohammed and Shaibu Ado as members of their syndicate responsible for the kidnap at Plateau State Polytechnic Staff Quarters, Haipang on 21/02/2019, Zawan and other places in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. They further confessed that Bassa, Barkin Ladi and Mangu Local Government Areas have been their areas of operation. They also informed the Police during interrogation that they have also operated in Jos Metropolis. Similarly, Jibiro Damina and Dantani Umar confessed to being responsible for the kidnappings at Jengre axis of Bassa LGA. Investigation is still ongoing, the suspects will be charged to court soon.

2. Intelligence-led Recovery Of Firearms. On 20/06/2019 at about 1530hrs, the Plateau State Police Command received intelligence on some unknown kidnappers planning to attack and kidnap people in Kangel village of Shendam LGA. Based on the above intelligence, the policemen and intelligence officers were mobilized to neutralize the threat and arrest the criminals. At about 1830hrs of the same day the hoodlums took off from their base to Kalong Road but were intercepted by a team of Policemen dispatched to the area. On sighting the Police, the suspected kidnappers took to their heels abandoning two (2) unregistered Honda and Mahindra motorcycles. The hoodlums also abandoned a sack containing three (3) AK47 rifles, three (3) magazines loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition each, 22 extra 7.62mm calibre ammunition, and one face mask among others. Detectives are still on the trail of the fleeing suspects.

3. Arrest of two (2) Suspects in a Case of Threat to Life and Kidnapping. On 31/07/2019 at about 0840hrs one Tabitha David ‘f’ of Fakkos Village in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau reported at the Bokkos Police Division that on 28/07/2019 at about 1354hrs she received a phone call from unknown persons with a hidden number. She further narrated that the caller asked her to keep the sum of two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) only for them or else they will kill her. On the receipt of the report, investigation commenced immediately which led to the arrest of Sale Abdullahi and Ahmadu Useni, both male, of Fakkos Village. It’s discovered in the course of investigation that the first suspect, Sale Abdullahi is the Secretary of Gam-Allah Fulani Association of Bokkos LGA while the second suspect Ahmadu Useni is the Ward Chairman of the same association also in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State. Both suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime. They will be charged to court very soon.

4. Arrest of Five (5) Suspects in a Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Kidnapping. On 19/07/2019 at about 1700hrs, one Jerry Vichi ‘m’ living behind Government Secondary School, Kabong at Rukuba Road, Jos reported at ‘A’ Division Jos that on 18/07/2019 at about 0830hrs, his son named Jerry Ngwe aged 15 years left his home to Darin-Gada, Jos where he is working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical-wiring shop but did not return after the day’s job. He further stated that efforts made to trace his whereabout proved abortive. More worrisome was the fact that his son’s phone was switched off. The next day being 19/07/2019 at about 1345hrs, he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son was kidnapped by him and his gang and was taken far away from Jos. The caller immediately demanded for a ransom of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) for the complainant to secure the release of his son. The caller also threatened to kill his son if he informed the Police. Despite the warnings and threats, he could not keep the disturbing news to himself hence he reported to the Police. The Police succeeded in arresting five (5) suspects including the victim who offered himself to be kidnapped with the hope of extorting money from his father. Investigation into the case is still ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court soonest.

5. Arrest of one (1) suspect for Criminal Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Belonging to Unlawful Society. On the 02/08/2019 at about 0100hrs detectives of the Command arrested one John Smith ‘m’ of Jenta Adamu with a locally-made pistol and two live ammunitions. Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to belonging to a gang of armed robbers who specialized in robbing people around Jenta, Gada Biu, Rukuba Road and Farin Gada dispossessing them of their handsets, laptops, money and other valuable items. He also confessed to being a member of Black Axe Cult Group. He mentioned his cohorts as Gatuso the gang leader, Ugo, Tuksis and Alfa, all male, of Jenta Adamu whose surnames are yet unknown. Investigation is ongoing to arrest the suspects on the run.

6. Arrest of Three (3) Suspects for Culpable Homicide and Cult-related Activities. On the 02/08/2019 at about 1100hrs at Chorbe Junction by Abdulsalam Street Jos, some male youths numbering about twelve (12) drove in three tricycles to Chorbe Junction and on alighting from the tricycles, headed straight for a particular shop where they shot one Chinedu Okoye ‘m’ on the head who was rushed to the Plateau Specialist Hospital but unfortunately confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. The youths started shooting sporadically causing panic in the area. The shooting attracted soldiers of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) at Moonshine Hotel Junction checkpoint, who advanced to the area. On sighting the soldiers, the youths escaped in different directions while the tricycles also zoomed off. The soldiers fired at one of the tricycles forcing the rider one Lawan Ali ‘m’ 40yrs old of Angwan Rogo to stop. He sustained bullet wound and was rushed to the hospital while one Ezeala Augustine ‘m’ who came some minutes after the incident and attempted to move away the tricycle was also arrested by the Police. The two suspects are assisting detectives in investigation. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the suspects at large while the arrested suspects will appear in court soon.

7. Arrest of one (1) Suspect in a Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Attempt to Commit Offence to Wit: Culpable Homicide. On 20/07/2019 at about 1800hrs, one Seltim Kanalong ‘m’ of Shendam LGA confessed to the Police during interrogation that he was hired by one Hon. Nanlir Bindap ‘m’ of Bua Village in Langtang South LGA to kill one Yahaya Adamu ‘m’ of Kuka Village in Shendam LGA of Plateau State. The suspect also claimed that the AK47 rifle he attempted to use for the failed evil and criminal mission was given to him by a man simply known as K.K from Bua Village in Langtang South LGA. He further stated that while he was at the house of the victim (Yahaya Adamu), he attempted shooting him but the rifle could not fire as the magazine of the rifle was not well seated. He then ran away from the scene for his life and returned the faulty arm to its owner before he was arrested by the Police. The two suspects Hon. Nanlir Bindap and K.K are at large now but frantic efforts are ongoing to arrest them to account for the alleged crime.
8. Arrest of One (1) Suspected Kidnapper. On 22/07/2019 at about 2014hrs, one Aminu Hassan ‘m’ of Gboko LGA of Benue State was arrested by the detectives of the Command in connection with the kidnapping along Maraban Jamaa, Jos South LGA of one Maxwell Peters ‘m’ of Zaria Road Jos. The case is under investigation and the suspect will be charged to court soon.

9. Arrest of Four (4) Notorious Armed Robbery Suspects. On 26/06/2019 at about 2314hrs the Command received a distress call that armed robbers were operating in military uniform. The caller further stated that the armed robbers have just snatched a vehicle at Old Airport Area of Jos Metropolis. On receipt of the report, all patrol teams in the Command were placed on alert. The suspects namely Mohammed Usman, Jesse Adamu, Yahaya Hamza and Abdullahi Sani who specialised in snatching of vehicles at gunpoint were intercepted by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of this Command with the stolen vehicle. On searching the suspects, one (1) English pistol loaded with three (3) rounds of live ammunition and two (2) pairs of military camouflage were recovered from the trio. Upon interrogation, two vehicles, a Toyota Venza and a Toyota Camry stolen at different places were recovered from the suspects.

Investigation led to further arrest of their criminal receivers viz, Abdullahi Sani and Yahaya Hamza, both males. The suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

10. Arrest of Two (2) Armed Robbery Suspects who Specialized in Robbing Shops. On 03/08/2019 the Command arrested three armed robbery suspects whose stock in trade is to rob shops within Zarmaganda Area of Jos South Local Government Area at gunpoint. They are Pam Davou and Andrew Enock all male. When the suspects were searched, a locally-made single barreled pistol with one live cartridge were recovered from them. The suspects are still undergoing interrogation. They will be arraigned in court soon.

11. Arrest of five (5) Highway Armed-Robbery Suspects. On 2/08/2019, Jengre Division with the assistance of the vigilante, arrested five suspects who specialize in robbing commuters along Jos/Jengre highway. Before now, there were reports of robbery of commuters which made the Command to step up patrol along the road. The suspects arrested on the fateful day are Nasiru Gambo, Abdullatif Abdulganiyu, Shamsu Ishiaku, Abel Maikarfi and Felix Ajayi. They will be arraigned in court after the completion of investigation.

12. Arrest of an Unrepentant Cultist. Following reports on the cult related activities and armed robbery around Old Airport Junction, the Command embarked on profiling based on victims’ descriptions which suits one Opara Chinonso ‘m’. On Saturday 03/08/2019 at about 1530hrs, detectives of the Command trailed and arrested him. On searching him one (1) locally-made pistol was recovered on his person. He will be charged to court as soon as investigation is over.

13. Arrest of a Suspect in a Case of Attempt to Commit an Offence to Wit Kidnapping and Procurement. On 06/08/2019 at about 1630hrs a team of operatives of the newly created Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) acting on reliable intelligence arrested one Abdulsamad Musa ‘m’ age 19yrs of Bassa LGA Plateau State along Wild Life Park, Dong in Rantya Area of Jos. The intelligence at the disposal of the Unit revealed that some criminals were about to purchase two AK47 rifles at the sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000:00) each. On arrival at the scene, the operatives were able to arrest Adbulsamad Musa in connection with the offence while two of his accomplices namely Umar and Yahaya whose surnames are unknown escaped. Upon a search of the person of the arrested suspect, a sum of three hundred thousand naira (N300,000:00) and a sharp knife was recovered. Also recovered was a Bajaj motorcycle without number plate with chasis No. XMZA18AYXZWD26839. Investigation is still in progress.

14. Arrest of a Suspect in a Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Armed Robbery. On 28/06/2019 at about 2100hrs, one Stanley Samson ‘m’ of Sabon Line in Qua’an Pan LGA reported that while on his way from Namu village of Qua’an Pan LGA, unknown gunmen numbering about four (4) emerged from the bush, attacked and robbed him of his Bajaj motorcycle valued at one hundred and fifteen thousand naira (N115,000:00), one Tecno handset valued at eight thousand five hundred naira (N8,500:00) and a cash sum of twenty thousand naira (N20,000:00). Upon the report, the Police detectives swung into action and arrested one Hassan Umar ‘m’ of Namu village in connection with the crime. He confessed, during interrogation, to the commission of the crime. He mentioned his accomplices as Joro ‘m’ surname unknown and Buhari Boyi ‘m’ who are both at large. Effort is being made to arrest the fleeing suspects.

15. Arrest of a Suspect in the Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Robbery. On 21/07/2019 at about 2025hrs, one Mr. Danjuma Umar ‘m’ of Nassarawa Gwong, Jos North local government area reported at Laranto Police Divisional Headquarters that, on the same date at about 1930hrs, one Adbulmumini Adam aka Babawo ‘m’ conspired with one Abdullahi aka Pama ‘m’ of Kwanan Shagari, Jos North LGA, now at large to invade his shop at Yan Manja, Laranto market, the place where he sells chicken feeds. He stated further that he was attacked and robbed by the suspects of a cash sum of one hundred and twenty thousand naira (N120,000:00) and a Gionee P5W GSM handset valued twenty five thousand naira (N25,000:00). This prompted him to raise an alarm which attracted the neighbours leading to the arrest of one Abdulmumini Adams with a cash sum of fifty five thousand naira (55,000). His accomplice Abdullahi aka Pama while on hearing the voice of the complainant, took to his heels and escaped from the scene leaving his cohort. The suspect Abdulmumini Adams is currently undergoing investigation.

16. Arrest of Four (4) Suspects in a Case of Criminal Conspiracy and Culpable Homicide. On 22/06/2019 at about 2200hrs one Awalu Magaji ‘m’ of Yelwa Shendam was on his way from Ibi LGA of Taraba State to Yelwa Shendam in Shendam LGA, he was attacked by Yasir Sa’adu, Haruna Haranu, Ibrahim Isiaka and Yusuf Umar all ‘m’ of Yelwa Shendam who conspired among themselves and beat him with some planks as a result of which, he sustained serious injuries on his head. The victim was rushed to the hospital at Shendam for treatment but later died as a result of the injuries he sustained. Detectives of the Command swung into action and arrested the above named suspects while one of the suspects Imrana surname unknown, a co-conspirator is currently at large. The suspects will be charged to court very soon.

17. Arrest of Three (3) suspects in a case of Criminal Conspiracy and Culpable Homicide. On 09/07/2019 at about 2000hrs one Chorbe Gokum ‘m’ of Channel 7 Anglo-Jos reported at Anglo-Jos Divisional Police Headquarters that on the same date at about 1300hrs, he received a distress call from an unknown person who informed him that his younger brother named Danshak Gobok was seen in the pool of his blood tied to a pole along Abattoir market, Jos North LGA. That when he rushed to the scene, he found the dead body of his brother. That upon inquiry, he was told that his brother was arrested by the market security men on an allegation that he was a thief. He was beaten to state of coma and abandoned to die. The security men attached to abattoir namely David Mang, Emmanuel Kwadiri and Gaius Jonathan who carried out this dastardly act have been arrested. Case under investigation.

In all, the Command is parading a total number of forty-four (44) suspects with assorted exhibits and other items recovered across the State.
I want to thank the good people of Plateau State for their timely information which have helped the Command to nip some crimes in the bud.

This cannot be complete without a special recognition of members of the press for their prompt, effective and positive reportage of the Command’s activities.

Thanks and God bless you all

Sen. ID Gyang bags two awards for outstanding leadership

Sen. Gyang receiving an award

The Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, Barr. Istifanus Gyang, Saturday bagged two Awards for positively impacting his constituents since his election to the House of Reps in 2015.

The Envoys of Hope Assembly Jos slammed the Award for Excellence in Human and Community Development on the Plateau North Senator while Rotary club of Jos Central handed him an Award of Excellence for Service to Humanity.

“This is a call to do more,” said the Senator in Jos.

His purpose according to him is to add value to life and contribute to the development of the country.

Gyang who was Guest Preacher at the Envoys of Hope 12th Anniversary however challenged Nigerians to identify their purpose and stick to God for direction on how to fulfill it.

Fresh strike looms as Uni-Jos staff protest

The Joint Action Congress of the National Association of Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), University of Jos branch on Thursday announced a five-day warning strike starting Monday, August 19, 2019.

The unions during a peaceful protest in Jos, demanded the Federal Government to meet agreements reached with them earlier this year.

Top among the demands of the unions are equity and fair play for all Federal workers, Mrs. Esther Ezeoma, SSANU Chairman and Mr. Bitrus Dagwer, NASU Chairman told Journalists.

Plateau Court under attack for ruling against renowned politician in Chieftaincy case with younger brother

Chief Jethro Akun

Former Plateau “Deputy Governor,” Chief Jethro Akun has accused the State High Court of bias in its last week’s ruling on the Chieftaincy case between him and his younger brother, Da Jonathan Sunday Akun.

The ruling on the suit marked PLD/BL4/2010 according to him was an amendment of the court’s earlier judgment which favoured him and 10 others.

A statement by his Aide, Mr. Stephen Makwal says the ex Deputy to the annulled 2006 impeachment Government of Late Chief Michael Botmang had always succeeded in the decades old legal battle for the traditional stool of Mandung, Daffo District in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The State High Court sitting in Jos, on August 8, 2019 declared Da Chief Jonathan Sunday Akuns as the substantive Clan Head, locally called the Saf of Mandung Village, and the Galadima of Daffo District.

Mr. Akuns and four others had approached the court challenging the election of a new Chief to replace him on January 16, 2010 by Chief Jethro Akun.

This was reportedly against an earlier restraining court order, leading to the emergence of one Mr. Zakkariah Mallo Mafulul as the Head of the Mandung clan.

Justice Daniel Longji of High Court 5, Jos in his ruling declared that Jonathan Akuns who was selected in 1997 and enthroned in 1999 remains the constitutional traditional leader of the Daffo Mandung community.

Consequently, the court declared the election held to replace him null and void.

The judge granted six other reliefs sought by the plaintiff which include an order restraining Mr. Mafulul from parading himself as the Galadiman Daffo.

“Uncustomary selection”

Jethro Akun who was said to be part of the selection process that brought his brother to power however insists that the emergence of his younger brother as Village Head did not follow existing customs.

He had reportedly failed to prove this argument in two previous suits in 2000 under Justice P. D. Damulak dated PLD/J196/2000 and 2003 under Justice F.K. Dusu dated PLD/J319/2003).

The statement does not contemplate an appeal but suggests professional incompetence on the Judge and the Court.

Observers say such could amount to defamation and contempt, both of which constitute civil and criminal offenses depending on circumstances.

Contempt and defamation

While Contempt might be a lighter offense, defamation which section 373 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria defines as matter likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing him to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or likely to damage any person in his profession or trade by an injury to his reputation attracts imprisonment.

Section 375 of the constitution says any person who publishes any defamatory matter is guilty of a misdemeanor, and is liable to imprisonment for one year; and any person who publishes any defamatory matter knowing it to be false is liable to imprisonment for two years.

It is however unclear whether the concerned Judge will take the matter seriously.

Jos: 100 arrested illegal miners listed for free jobs

Sen. Gyang with State NSCDC Officials meets the arrested miners in Jos

Over 100 youths arrested for “illegal mining” in Jos have been listed for free job training by the Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian Senate, Istifanus Gyang.

The suspects were Thursday arrested by the Nigeria Civil Defense Corps near Lamingo water treatment plant of the State Water Board for constituting economic sabotage.

Local laws stipulate at least seven years imprisonment for such crimes.

The arrested suspects including six females will be charged to court on completion of investigations, State NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Solomon Olasupo told visiting Senator Gyang at the Corps’ headquarters in Jos.

He however appealed to Senator Gyang and other State Officials to provide skills and jobs to stamp out unemployment that may have pushed the suspects to commit the crime.

The Senator instantly requested for the names of all the suspects with their contacts and addresses for enrolment into skills acquisition programs.

His mandate as a parliamentarian is to secure local communities through dialogue, reconcile broken relationships and empower communities economically.

The Senator pledged his support to the Corps in carrying out its legal duties.

He particularly vowed to facilitate adequate budgetary allocations to the Agency for optimal performance.

The Senator has singlehandedly paid over N2 million annual rent for the NSCDC Commandant’s accommodation for the past seven years.

His visit to the Corps was however to discuss areas of synergy towards better securing the Senatorial zone.

He had held similar discussions with authorities of the State Police Command, the Special Task Force and the Jos University Teaching Hospital among other Federal Establishments in the State.

Details of those engagements underway.

Police nab fake fertilizer dealers in Bokkos

A Malawian fertilizer company: representative image

JOS NIGERIA: Detectives of the Plateau State Police Command, Wednesday nabbed a gang of adulterated fertilizer suppliers in Bokkos.

The suppliers deployed from Kano were branded as government fertilizer.

Officials had however hinted Police about the fake supplies.

After days of tracking, two suspects were arrested on deploying the one trailer load of fertilizer.

An Official statement is however still expected

Plateau Senator opens local parliament for constituents

The Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Senator Representing Plateau Northern Senatorial District Barrister (Dr) Istifanus Gyang says his Constituency office is now named the “Peoples Parliament.”

There, all citizens from the six LGAs of the Plateau North Senatorial District are free to submit issues regarding their wellbeing, Gyang said, Wednesday.

The Senator while addressing his Aide’s at the “Peoples Parliament” office at No. 1 Ibrahim Alfa Road Giring Abattoir (Fototek building) Jos. pledged to diligently serve all the people in the Senatorial zone regardless of ethnic, religious or political differences.

He emphasized that the focus of his mandate is to “Secure the people, Reconcile the people and Empower the people;

“Securing the people through peace and harmonious coexistence and not through armaments and violence.

“Reconcile the people through forgiveness and restitution to restore trust and confidence.

“Empower the people through education, skills acquisition, trade and commerce.”

First time Plateau Reps member, Bagos sponsors record 23 bills in 2 months

The Member Representing Jos South / Jos East in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos has sponsored a record 23 bills within his two months in office.

The bills were borne out of his quest to promote quality education, agriculture and human capital development among others, Bagos told Journalists in Jos.

The bills include Plateau Federal University of Agriculture establishment bill, he said.

The project proposed to be sited in Zandi, Jos East Local Government will boost education and agriculture for national economic growth. 

Other Bills include National Universities Commission Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill, 2019 (HB.81),

Fire and Rescue Service Bill, 2019 (HB.83);

Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.84);

Nigerian Minerals and Mining Bill, 2019 (HB.87);

Institute of Mortgage Brokers and Lenders (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.88),

National Biotechnology Development Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.163);

Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.164);

Civil Aviation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.165);

Nigerian Railway Corporation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.166);

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.167);

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.168),

Federal Polytechnic, Zandi, Plateau State (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.184);

Federal University of Agriculture, Vom, Plateau State (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.185);

Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.198);

Nigerian Ports Authority Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.199);

Nigerian Postal Service Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.200);

Immigration Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.201),

Federal Road Safety Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.232);

Reversion of Forfeited Assets (Regulation) Bill, 2019 (HB.233);

National Broadcasting Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB. 234);

Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.235);

University of Jos Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HB.236),

Federal College of Land Resources Technology Kuru, (Establishment) Bill, 2019 (HB.286);

He also Listed Motions Pending and Policies championed include
Decry the alarming insecurity in Nigeria;

Conduct Public hearing to the rate of insecurity in Nigeria;

Call on Federal Government to treat the Shiites with all seriousness to prevent the rise of a new terror group which would be a repeat of the Boko Haram problem, especially in view of their invasion and attack of the National Assembly and also Immediately Investigate the approved 10 billion Naira meant for the Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in Plateau State;

Improve the lives of citizens and useful infrastructural development in the country;

Scholarship for Undergraduates in Tertiary Institutions.

In addition, Bagos said he has secured four kilometres road intervention through the Rural Development Agency for the constituency

He therefore called for public support to enable him do more.

Plateau kid tops 2019 WAEC, JAMB exams, misses government scholarship

Mr. Gofwen presented N30,000 to Mr. Wokrit to open a public scholarship support account official 

Mr. Favour Wokrit, 17, scored a record 323/400 in the 2019 Nigerian Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examinations, after making 9As in his West African School Certificate Examinations, WAEC, the best in the entire Sub-Sahara region.

However, no official pronouncement has been made by state officials on the educational career of the native of Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Wokrit who graduated from Christian Royal College, Sabon Barki, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, has only gotten financial grant from the National Executive of Ngas Development Association, NDA to open a scholarship support account for public donations. 

"I desire to be a Medical Doctor," Wokrit says.

This the National President of the NDA, Engr. Gonen Gofwen says must be supported by Government to come to reality.

"The Plateau State government should ensure that this young man realizes his dreams of becoming a Medical Doctor and a Scientist of notable repute.

"He being among the top three in Nigeria and best in Plateau State is worthy of celebration especially as the Nation strives for Technological and Scientific Innovations," Mr. Gofwen said while presenting the N30,000 grant for the account opening in Pankshin. 

At the reception organized by NDA, Mr. Wokrit also received a donation of N100,000 from the Resident Independent Electoral Commissioner, Benue State, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda.

A pledge was made at the event by the Member Representing Pankshin North in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Philip Dasun to pursue a legislative action on Mr. Wokrit's case.

But whether that effort yields any results, only time will tell.

Plateau Muslims pass vote of confidence on Sen. ID Gyang

Muslims in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, Monday said Sen. Istifanus Gyang has impacted their communities more than any Federal representative in the recent years.
Muslims in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, Monday said Sen. Istifanus Gyang has impacted their communities more than any recent Federal representative.
The Muslims from Jos North and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas said during a Sallah homage to the Plateau North Senator in the National Assembly said the former House of Reps member has earned their support for any political position he seeks.

"Your name has been ringing in Jos North and we love you. Because we love you we trust you. And because we trust you, we will follow you anywhere," Chairman of Jos Hausa/Fulani community who led the Jos North delegation told the Senator.

His Barkin Ladi counterpart, Alhaji Awalu Haruna applauded Sen. Gyang for donating books to Islamic schools and empowering disadvantaged groups in the locality.

A 70-year old elder in the delegation, Alh. Baba Gambo added that the Senator saved his life when he fell critically ill without finances for surgery.

"He gave me a motorbike for business after singlehandedly funding my surgery and now I'm hale and hearty," he said.

The Senator for his selflessness and "matchless representation" since his time in the lower Chambers of the Nigerian Parliament deserves a chance to be Governor, said Mr. Gambo.

He said, "We are pleading that after two terms in the Senate, you should come and run for Governorship and we will support you."

A women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the locality, Mrs. Amina Adamu also said the Senator has economically empowered over 600 widows, including herself, proving his capacity to be Governor.

A youth leader in the locality, Mr. Musa Tanko as well as an active member of the APC, Alh. Garba Wallace equally called on the Senator to consider expanding his impact by running for Governor in the future.

In his remarks during the visitation, Senator Gyang said the mandate given him is to ensure peace and security, reconciliation and economic empowerment for the electorates.

"We cannot achieve peace through violence. The path to peace is harmonious coexistence. We must therefore embrace peace and reconcile ourselves. The next important thing for us is economic empowerment, and the greatest empowerment is education," said Sen. Gyang.

The Senate Committee Defense Vice Chairman asked the electorates to hold him accountable as he carries their mandate.

No price too high for good governance - JT Useni

The Plateau State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 General elections, Sen. Jeremiah Useni says Nigerians must be willing to sacrifice for the good of the nation.

The "Bakr-Eid" festivity of the Islamic faith" is expected to renew citizens' devotion to God and strengthen the bond of unity and care for one another in the country, Useni said in a press statement.

"There should be no price too high to pay to attain righteous governance, true dispensation of justice and bringing relief and happiness to the citizens of our nation," the Ex Nigerian Senator said.

Eid-el-Kabir: Dabang, Garga seek unity as 3,215 Policemen watch Plateau streets

The Plateau State Police Command says it has deployed 3,215 personnel to various points across the state for the Sallah celebration.

This it has done in line with its constitutional duty of protecting lives and property of citizens during the festivities, State Police spokesman, Tyopev Terna said, Saturday.

Terna in a press statement emphasized the ban on the use and sale of fireworks and other explosives as well as dangerous weapons during the celebration.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau State, Hon Letep Dabang has tasked Muslims to live lives that will make the state a model for others to copy.

In a sallah message on Sunday, Mr. Dabang said the festivity should further unite the state in love, sacrifice and obedience to the will of the Almighty Allah.

His message coincided with that of Alhaji Dr. Dayyabu Yusuf Garga, the Walin Garga and Chairman Dayyabu Garga Foundation who said the festivity is a time for Muslims to once again offer prayers for the unity and development of the state and country at large.

“As we observe all the activities of sacrifice and supplication to the Almighty Allah while even in the holy land and at home,may we continue to extend that love which we are known for,” Garga said.

Plateau Journalist dies after preaching about eternity

Late Bashir Liman

JOS: A Central Nigerian Journalist, Mr. Bashir Liman has died in a ghastly motor accident.

The crash occurred along Ningi road while he was traveling to Jama’are in Bauchi State, Daily Trust reports.

Shortly before the crash, Bashir made a voice broadcast on social media where he preached kindness as key to paradise.

In the record, the 34year old Jos Daily Trust reporter said nothing good deeds last forever.

The transcribed record says, “Hello everyone, my name is Bashir Liman. I’m here to give you free advice. In this world, nothing lasts forever. Power, money, property, beauty will all go. Only your deeds last forever. If you do good, you will account for it, so also if you do bad. Good deeds will take you to paradise, heaven, while bad ones to hellfire. Build your today’s world with good deeds so that your tomorrow’s hereafter will be full of joy of joy, happiness and roses.”

Ex Plateau PDP Governorship Aspirant found dead in Germany

Dr. Daniel Kutchin dies at 57

A Nigerian Nuclear Physicist based in Germany, Mr. Daniel Kutchin has been reported dead.

Kutchin, 57, was found dead in his apartment in Monchengladbach, Germany on Wednesday, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Germany (NIDOG) says.

His younger brother, Mr. Polycarp Kutchin who first announced the demise in a Facebook post on Thursday had attributed it to “natural causes”.

Kutchin who holds a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn, Germany, contested the Governorship of Plateau State in 2014 under the People’s Democratic Party.

He lost the Primaries but remained a vocal advocate of security, youth development and good governance in Nigeria.

“Dr Kutchin made meaningful contributions to the development of Nigeria,” says a press statement by NIDOG.

The statement issued Friday through Dr. RosaLyn Dressmann and Femi Awoniyi, President and General Secretary respectively confirms Kutchin’s involvement in projects to promote human capital development in Nigeria.

Dr Kutchin, a native of Mazat, Ganan Daji, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, graduated from the Gindiri Boys Secondary School and studied Physics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, where he earned both his first and second degrees.

He also took courses in Information Technology and subsequently qualified as a “CISCO Certified Internetwork Expert”, The African Courier reports.

Dr Kutchin worked with Siemens where he was a network specialist. He left the global technology giant in 2003 to become an independent consultant.

As founder of the ‘Hillstone Foundation – The Diaspora from Central Nigeria’, Dr Kutchin worked with the German government under the Dual Vocational Training (DVT) Partnership – a project that seeks to promote vocational education in Nigeria.

Plateau Court declares Da Jonathan Sunday Akun as substantive Galadiman Daffo

Da Jonathan Sunday Akun, middle with his substantive council members

CENTRAL NIGERIA: A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, on Thursday declared Da Chief Jonathan Sunday Akuns as the substantive Clan Head, locally called the Saf of Mandung Village, and theGaladima of Daffo District in Bokkos Local Government Area.

This follows a suit filed by Mr. Akuns and four others challenging the election of a new Chief to replace him on January 16, 2010.

The election was facilitated by his elder brother, Chief Jethro Akuns against an earlier court injunction restraining it, leading to the emergence of one Mr. Zakkariah Mallo Mafulul as the Head of the Mandung clan.

Jethro Akun who held sway as Deputy Governor after the annulled impeachment of former Governor Joshua Dariye in 2006, had held that the emergence of his younger brother as Village Head was unconstitutional.

He was however said to be part of the selection process that brought his brother to power, but however turned to opposite it within months.

The case (PLD/BL4/2010) filed against Chief Jethro Akun and 10 others shortly after the election started at the State High Court sitting in Barkin Ladi but later moved to High Court 5 in Jos where the presiding Judge, Justice Daniel Longji was transferred to.

Two similar cases in 2000 under Justice P. D. Damulak (PLD/J196/2000) and 2003 under Justice F.K. Dusu (PLD/J319/2003) had ended in favour of Da J.S. Akuns.

Justice Longji in his ruling declared that Jonathan Akuns who was selected in 1997 and enthroned in 1999 remains the constitutional traditional leader of the Daffo Mandung community.

Consequently, the court declared the election held to replace him null and void.

The judge granted six other reliefs sought by the plaintiff which include an order restraining Mr. Mafulul from parading himself as the Galadiman Daffo.

Jonathan has functioned unhindered as the Clan Head (Saf) of Mandung and Galadima Daffo, with a remarkable relationship with his subjects since his selection in August 1997.

This is in spite of the fierce opposition by his brother which delayed his enthronement till 6th January 1999.

ITF to upgrade training centers, commission new projects

ITF DG, left receives Nigerian powerbank inventor, Zang Bot and Sen. ID Gyang on a visit

Sundiapost – The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) is equipping its training centres in the country with modern facilities and commissioning new projects, to improve service delivery and train more Nigerians on vocational and technical skills,

Mr Joseph Ari, the Director-General of ITF, stated this on Thursday in Jos, at the mid-year performance review meeting of the organisation.

The meeting had ;“Improving Corporate Performance: An Analysis of the Funds Organisational Health” as its theme.

He said the gesture was to improve the performance of the organisation and ensured trainees were abreast with modern trends in life skills acquisition.

” In 2018, we renovated and equipped eight of our training rooms across the country and we will also work on eight this year. We are commissioning our area office in Katsina, the Industrial Skills Training Centre (ISTC) in Kano.

” We are also commissioning the headquarters central stores and Aba and Awka access roads to our centres, while the construction of the Abuja multipurpose centre is almost completed,” he said.

Ari said that President Muhammdu Buhari would commission its Lagos Island office this year, while the lbadan and Port Harcourt Area offices have been renovated to ensure conducive environment for productivity of its workers.

He added that 63 vehicles were also purchased by the organisation for its 44 offices across the country, while urging its workers to support the President’s policy of job and wealth creation through commitment to duty.

Earlier in her remarks, Mrs Adaeze Okonkwo, the Director, Corporate Planning of ITF, said that the meeting was to critically assess the organisation’s performance in the last six months in line with its mandate.

“The meeting is to examine methods, approaches and procedures consistent with global best practices to improve corporate performance, ” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 150 staff comprising area and training managers and head of divisions of the organisation nationwide are participating in the three-day meeting.

How Plateau college graduate died during loud birthday celebration

Mr. Fwanshak Gumap, died on 25th birthday

A former student of Plateau State College of Education, Gindiri, Mr. Fwanshak Gumap has died while celebrating his 25th birthday.

Labista as Gumap is fondly called died in a motor bike crash, Thursday, in Mangu, while riding from the venue of his birthday celebration.

He had shared photos of wild birthday bath earlier in the day before the party started at a yet to be verified location in Mangu town.

Gumap had a wild birthday bath, Thursday morning before dying in a motor bike crash

Gumap who graduated with a National Certificate of Education in English/Social Studies in 2017 was said to have been knocked down by a speeding vehicle.

Plateau: 333 people killed, 1500 houses razed in 3-year herders onslaught in Bassa

The Miango Youth Development Association says over 333 of its rural farmers in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State were killed by herdsmen in three years.

Over 1500 houses, several schools and Churches were burnt down by the attacking herders since 2017, spokesman of the group, Mr. Lawrence Zongo said, Wednesday.

The attacks in 46 villages also led to the destruction of farmlands and other assets, leading to widespread poverty and hunger, Zongo said in a press statement.

Instead of earmarking billions of naira for its suspended Ruga settlement program, the Nigerian government should compensate to rebuild the destroyed communities, he said.

The IDA spokesman said, “Federal Government should rebuild the burnt Houses first and compensate affected farmers who are the persons of concern not building Ruga Settlement for Fulanis in the host community of farmers who are traumatised as a result of the attacks by armed Fulani militias.

"The Fulani attacks in Irigwe Chiefdom also affected business activities, industries, schools, places like Miango Rest Home, Kent Academy, ESS Miango & others were all affected.

"They don’t received guest & customers as it were before & that affected the district too. Government should also consider such places too by giving them grants."

No relief from government

So far, no relief has reached the affected communities except the interventions of the Red Cross, Amnesty International and Churches among others, Zongo said.

“Despite all the attacks, federal government did nothing in assisting affected persons of concern to resettle them back to their original homes, if not for the help of Churches, NGOs & foreign organisations like International Committee of Red Cross for humanitarian services & Amnesty International who have been speaking for the district demanding for justice, no any effort by the government to resettle affected farmers from their communities.”

The statement asks the State Governor, Simon Lalong to openly reject the Ruga program.

Lalong had however announced his intentions to key into the program to promote modern livestock farming in the state.

He has however said that the program will be remodeled as ranching to suit the peculiarities of the State.

ITF to partner Jos-born Powerbank inventor, Zang Bot

Mr. Luka Zang, left with the ITF DG, Joe Ari at the ITF HQ

The Industrial Training Fund, ITF says Nigeria is gradually becoming Africa’s Technology exporting giant.

Many technological innovations have emerged from the country of late, indicating a gradual shift from export reliance, Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari said, Tuesday.

Receiving a delegation of lawmakers and a recently awarded local computer accessories manufacturer, Mr. Luka Zang Bot on a courtesy call in Jos, Ari said the ITF will provide training and logistics to encourage local businesses.

The ITF according to him has trained over 20 million Nigerians in different trades, with at least 450,000 trained within the last two years.

“From our database, more than half of these trainees have set up on their own and are already employing others,” he said.

With this feat, the institution’s boss expressed confidence that the Nigerian economy will soon be industrialized, placing the country among the world’s economic giants.

Mr. Ari pledged the ITF’s partnership with local innovators to reduce restiveness and its related vices in the country.

He particularly assured of working with Mr. Zang, the inventor of the first ever Nigerian powerbank and computer foot mouse, both made from e-waste.

Zang was awarded last week Thursday by the presidency for the best Technology Innovation of the Year.

In addition to the powerbank and foot mouse, Zang has produced a functional sand sieving machine and a candle light control device.

Federal University of Agriculture Underway in Bokkos, Plateau State

The Nigerian House of Representatives has commenced hearing on a bill to establish the first Federal University of Agriculture in Plateau State, not College of Agriculture as earlier reported by MK News.

The House has also received a bill for the establishment of the first suburban Federal Medical Center in the State.

The two bills tagged Federal College of Agriculture Bokkos (establishment) bill 2019 and Federal Medical Center Mangu (establishment) bill 2019 were presented on the floor of the House last week Tuesday by the Member representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Engr. Solomon Maren.

Hon. Engr. Solomon Maren

The bills which successfully passed first reading have added to Hon. Maren’s earlier five bills presented at the assumption of the 9th Assembly.

The earlier bills were Bill for an Act to Amend the Criminal Code Act 2019, National Building Code Enforcement Bill 2019, National Shipping Policy Act Amendment Bill 2019 and Investment and Security Tribunal (establishment) bill 2019.

Others are Army Colour (Prohibition of use Act) Amendment bill 2019 and the Institute of Chattered Economists of Nigeria (Establishment) bill 2019.

Maren who was voted for a second term in the March 2019 elections had filed at least 20 bills during the 8the Assembly with several motions and projects to his credit.

He is believed to be set for a new record in the 9th Assembly.

Rep Bagos to FG: Secure our farmers to produce more food for Nigeria

SunNews: Member Representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos, has challenged security agencies to reclaim from foreigners lands that were taken forcefully from the natives for agricultural activities.

He urged the security personnel to give cover to farmers in the state to enable them return to their farms to avert food scarcity in the state.

Hon. Bagos disclosed this on Tuesday when he flagged off the distribution of fertilizers to farmers in Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State.

“As farmers, we must ensure that our farmlands are secure, cultivated to address the looming issues of food insecurity in the country. This will enable us to produce sufficient food for the constituency, state, and Nigeria.

“I will not sit down while my people are hungry, I will not watch when my people are scared of going back to farm because of insecurity. I will do everything possible to ensure that insecurity is address in Jos South and Jos East and the entire state to enable our people go to farm without fear.

“I intend to champion a serious discussion within the constituency so that people will not be afraid of going to farm. We will open farms lands again and recover those that were taken forcefully due to insecurity.

“We will make sure that we open new roads from the farms into the communities to ensure that people are secure and the food produced is also secure.

He noted that the constituency will focus on agriculture to provide food security for Nigeria, health to ensure that the people are free from diseases and provide education for the hopeless children through scholarship.

Bagos said the constituency had secured four-kilometre

road intervention through the Rural Development Agency, two-kilometre will go to Jos South and two kilometre to Jos East and solicited the cooperation of the people.

He noted that he promised the people during his campaign of dividends of democracy and vowed to keep to his words in the next four years that he would be representing them in the House of Representatives.

Bagos said he had presented a bill on the need for the establishment of Federal University of Agriculture in Plateau and that he would lobby h his colleagues to ensure that the dream came to reality.

Unemployment: Senator ID Gyang vows support for ITF

APC Plateau Assembly Speaker, Ayuba Abok (left) and PDP Plateau North Senator, ID Gyang

The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang has vowed to ensure adequate budgetary allocations to the Industrial Training Fund to enable it equip more of the nation’s youths with entrepreneurial skills.

Gyang said, Tuesday that he will use his legislative capacity to enhance the attainment of the mandate of the ITF.

He had pushed for an Act to establish the College of Medical Laboratory Science Technology Jos and the Bill establishing the Regional Center for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives, Jos among 20 others while in the House of Reps and desires to do more starting with the ITF.

“The ITF has distinguished itself in empowering citizens with skills, vocation and expertise, therefore addressing the vex issue of unemployment as the beneficiaries become self employed and even job creators,” the Senate Vice Committee Chapman on Defense said during a visit to the ITF headquarters in Jos.

Gyang who was accompanied by the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Ayuba Abok said he will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the institution succeeds.

He assured that the people of Plateau North have resolved to peacefully coexist to provide a conducive environment for businesses and Federal establishments in the zone to thrive.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Abok also assured of partnering with the Federal legislator to support the ITF to success.

The ruling APC lawmaker equally appreciated the contributions of the ITF to human capital development in the country.

The ITF has since establishment trained about 20 million Nigerians in different trades, its Director General, Joseph Ari said.

At least 450,000 youths were trained within the last two years with over half of them already established as employers of labour, said Mr. Ari.

The partnership of the legislators according to him would enable it do more to rid the country of poverty-induced crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and drug abuse among others.

Reps move to establish first Federal Agric College, Medical Centre in Plateau

The Nigerian House of Representatives has commenced hearing on a bill to establish the first Federal College of Agriculture in Plateau State.

The House has also received a bill for the establishment of the first suburban Federal Medical Center in the State.

The two bills tagged Federal College of Agriculture Bokkos (establishment) bill 2019 and Federal Medical Center Mangu (establishment) bill 2019 were presented on the floor of the House last week Tuesday by the Member representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Engr. Solomon Maren.

Hon. Engr. Solomon Maren

The bills which successfully passed first reading have added to Hon. Maren’s earlier five bills presented at the assumption of the 9th Assembly.

The earlier bills were Bill for an Act to Amend the Criminal Code Act 2019, National Building Code Enforcement Bill 2019, National Shipping Policy Act Amendment Bill 2019 and Investment and Security Tribunal (establishment) bill 2019.

Others are Army Colour (Prohibition of use Act) Amendment bill 2019 and the Institute of Chattered Economists of Nigeria (Establishment) bill 2019.

Maren who was voted for a second term in the March 2019 elections had filed at least 10 bills during the 8the Assembly with several motions and projects to his credit.

He is believed to be set for a new record in the 9th Assembly.

RevolutionNow: Pain and silence, bad combination ||by Eunice Danja Nyam

I weep for a Nigerian woman, and I ask; how will the future be like for her?

Perhaps if Martin Luther King was not locked up in 1955 and later assassinated in 1968, the black man’s freedom in America could have been suffocated till date.

As opposition leader, President Muhammadu Buhari led a “revolutionary movement” in 2011 and a nationwide protest in 2014. I can’t recall hearing of his arrest by the then government.

Nigerian soldiers are killed by Boko Haram day and night, as are many civilians. Many families cry for their lost every day but for how long?

Is it the kidnappings and the killings going on in my State and the entire country? Is it the Leah Sharibu saga that has been swept under the carpet by the same government?

Children cry “blood!” daily but who’s going to hear their cry? The life of a common man has become a daily struggle and a survival of the fittest, and the government of the day expects us to clap for them?

Where is the hope for the Nigerian woman? How do we cry for our lost day and night?

It beats my imagination to know that even the National Youth Council is openly disassociating itself from an obvious cry for the freedom and right of a common Nigerian.

Be that as it may, with or without the Sowore revolution, Enough is Enough as the legendary Jah Device sang. The future seems gloomy for the ordinary Nigerian and God’s protection is what we seek for our land from the vagabond leadership.

Just as Martin Luther King, I pray freedom for my people and dear nation.

#free Sowore…

Eunice Danja Nyam.