Old students gift 1600 Covid-19 combo packs to Command Secondary School Jos

1600 packs containing facemasks, face shields and hand sanitizers donated for staff and students

Jos, Nigeria: Command Secondary School Jos on Wednesday took delivery of 1,600 packs of COVID-19 prevention kits, donated by its old students.

Command Secondary School Jos Old Students Association (COJOSA) has previously made several donations to the school - infrastructure, educational support, others, it was learnt.

The latest donation is to secure students from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases as they resume for classes, the association's General Secretary, Mr. Gabriel Bigwan said.

Lagos and other Nigerian states had announced September 21, 2020 as resumption date for students in Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SS2).

Graduating classes nationwide had long resumed and taken their final year examinations.

"Until students are healthy and safe, they cannot concentrate to be productive in their educational pursuits," said Jos Branch Chairman of COJOSA, Femi Akinpelu.

More from the presentation underway.

Assailants leave blood inscription after killing women and child in Plateau

A strange inscription at the scene of the murder of three in Bassa LGA

Central Nigeria: Armed men who killed two women and a child on Monday in Plateau's Kpachudu village of Bassa Local Government Area left a hand written signature behind, it was gathered.

A strange inscription, likely made with blood was seen on the door of the victims after the assailants left. 

The inscription is in a language that has yet to be interpreted.

Believed to be herdsmen, the killers, eyewitnesses say came from nearby hills at about 8pm, opened fire in a room where two women and a child were sleeping and immediately disappeared.
Expended bullet shells at the scene of attack in Bassa

The two women - Mrs. Asabe John, 25 and Miss Mary Andrew, 18 were reportedly killed in the room while Emmanuel David, 6 was shot outside while trying to escape.

Police and military authorities arrived the scene hours after the attack but no arrest was confirmed.

The attack was preceded by the murder of three others in nearby Ncha village on Sunday night, it was learnt.

Five people were killed three days earlier in neighboring Jos South LGA, barely 72hrs after the murder of a village Chief in Barkin Ladi, another LGA neighboring Bassa.

Authorities say they have arrested suspects in connection to the killing of the five and the Chief but no details have been given.

Six killed in Plateau hours to slain Chief's funeral

Attacks in Plateau villages have persisted for weeks despite government claims of restoring peace

Six people including two women and a child have been killed in two sperate attacks in Central Nigeria's Plateau State, reports say.

Last Sunday, three people were killed in Ncha, a village in Bassa Local Government attacked on September 7, 2017, with 21 people killed.

About 60 hectares of grown crop farms jointly cultivated by the returning internally displaced persons were sheared in a renewed aggression last August.

The perpetrators of the Sunday attack had yet to be identified when another invasion was recorded on Monday in Kpachudu village, few miles away from Ncha village, in Bassa.

Three people - Emmanuel David, 6, Mary Andrew, 18 and Asabe John, 25 were killed when unknown assailants opened fire in a private residence, President of the Meyango Youth Movement, Mr. Chinge Dodo said.

The assailants used their Victims' blood to write in a strange language on the floor before leaving, said Mr. Samson Rivi, Acting Spokesperson, Irigwe Development Association.

No comments have been obtained from officials but eyewitnesses say the assailants in both villages looked and spoke like Fulani herdsmen.

The attacks follow the murder of five people last Thursday in K-Vom village in Jos South Local Government Area, which was preceded by the murder of a village Chief, Mr. Bulus Chuwang Jang in Foron village of Barkin Ladi LGA.

The Acting District Head of Foron was hacked to death in his house at about 8pm, after his electricity generator mysteriously went off.

His funeral has been fixed for Friday, October 2, 2020.

Securities will guard air travelers to Plateau - Government

Officials launch flights from Jos to Abuja for the first time

Jos, Nigeria: Flight operations by Max Air have commenced along Jos-Abuja route, weeks after officials signed undertaking to ease transport.

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Monday flaged off the flight from Abuja to Jos operated in company of his wife Regina, and other officials.

The plane took off 5:30pm from Abuja and landed at the Yakubu Gowon Airport Jos around 6:00pm, it was learnt.

Governor Lalong said the flight connecting Plateau State with the nation's capital Abuja will open up business opportunities in the State and boost tourism.

The State he said has continued to witness influx of people since the return of peace, with many yearning for air transportation to cut travel time by road. 

Lalong assured air travellers that securities have been deployed to ensure safety of passengers. 

Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives Idris Maje and Minister of Women Affairs Paullen Tallen commended the efforts of the Governor in ensuring that this historic achievement is recorded.

Opposing public officials over tribe, religion, political interests unhealthy - Governor Lalong

Gov. Simon Lalong at a special independence Thanksgiving service

Jos, Nigeria: Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State says making Nigeria great is the task of all citizens regardless of tribe, religion or political affiliation.

"It is our country and we have no other", said the Governor, Sunday. 

Citizens should hold accountable those in power but never fail to support them, Lalong said at a church service to mark the 60th independence anniversary held at the St. Monica Catholic Church, Rantya, Jos Plateau State.

"Failure to support them because of differences of religion, ethnicity, politics and other affiliations will keep all of us running in circles and down," he said.

In a homily, Msgnr. Prof. Cletus Gotan citing Ezekiel 18:25-28 and Philipians 2:1-11 among others said Nigeria is blessed in all aspects but has been held down by "greed, political maladministration, corruption, poverty and insecurity."

Nigeria he said is in need of a Nehemiah who will lead the country to justice, equity, fairness, righteousness and tolerance.

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria Plateau State Rev. Fr. Polycap Lubo said the Church will continue to pray for the peace and progress of Nigeria. 

Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Sir. Joseph Ari was also at the service to offer Thanksgiving over his reappointment for a second term by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Most Revd. Hillary Dachelem, Bishop of Bauchi, top Government officials and heads of security agencies in the State were at the church service, reports Dr. Makut Simon Macham, the Director of Press amd Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUHARI ON THE PLIGHTS OF POOR NIGERIANS

Millions of Nigerian children are out of school, findings show

Mr. President, it is imperative to remind you of the condition of the common man - the perils that the common man has to endure daily due to challenges facing the nation such as the: 

- Devaluation of the Naira (Economy)
- Hike in Electricity Tariff
- Increase in petroleum pump price
- Insecurity & among others
- Inflation

In his 1943 paper, "A Theory of Human Motivation", Abraham Maslow believes to fully attain the Hierarchy of Basic needs, 'A lower level must be completely satisfied and fulfilled before moving onto a higher pursuit'. These needs by his judgment include:

1. Physical Survival Needs: which entails Food, Drink, Shelter, Sleep and Oxygen.

2. Physical Safety Needs: after the needs of physical survival have been met, the need for one to feel free and safe from personal dangers and threats; security.

Mr. President, judging by Maslow's theory,  a good percentage of Nigerians have not attained even the lowest level of basic needs, and therefore cannot pursue their life goals. This has since kept millions of them under the poverty line. 

I and millions of Nigerians elsewhere are asking you and your administration to look into these issues because they are not just key but they are the primary and basic needs of about 80 to 90 percent of Nigerians.

We look forward to seeing positive improvements in the coming days as you consider the issues highlighted. I am confident that you can do justice to all.

Thank you for your leadership and service to our Great Nation Nigeria.

Yours Concerned Youth and Citizen of Nigeria

Emmanuel Job
emmyjob212@gmail.com

Agro rangers to guard villages facing threats in Plateau

A displaced farmer hopelessly watches his farm eaten up by cattle 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) will henceforth guard farming communities in Plateau state against violent attacks, Officials have said.

The NCDC's agro rangers, would be deployed to Barkin-ladi, Riyom and other local government areas facing attacks, Secretary to the Government of Plateau state, Prof. Danladi Atu said, Saturday.

“Government is calling on all community leaders, citizens of Plateau, traditional rulers, to cooperate with security agencies and other non-formal security actors to safe guard the environment, by availing intelligence reports to help in addressing the security challenges we are facing," Atu said.

According to him, arrests have already been made for the killing of a Tradition Ruler in Ratsat village of Foron District, Barkin Ladi LGA, the Killing of a DSS operative in Shendam as well as the killing of five people in Vwang district Jos South Local Government.

"The perpetrators would be brought to book," he said, but gave no details of the said arrests.

The State Governor, Simon Lalong, had, somewhat responding to internet news reports exposing plans to attack farming communities, asked Journalists to report with caution and "establish the authenticity of their reports".

Despite recurring attacks since the release of the news report two weeks ago however, no move has been made to investigate the criminal activities exposed by the journalist.

Plateau sinks N3.38bn ADB loan into agro infrastructure, others

File Photo: Street rehabilitation continued in Plateau State during COVID-19 lockdown (representative image).

Jos, Nigeria: Central Nigerian officials on Friday said they are currently building infrastructure for a proposed "Potato Value Chain Project" in Plateau State.

Though not confirmed, 70% of a N3.38bn African Development Bank loan secured in 2017 has been used to build 18 Community Markets, six completed and handed over to the Local Governments and Communities, Plateau State Commissioner of Information, Dan Manjang said in a press statement.

12 Diffuse Light Stores are equally under construction, with three nearing commissioning, said Manjang.

Additionally, the Commissioner said two Processing Centres are being condtructed along with 17 Spring Captures, 26 Water Harvesting Structures for Dry Season Irrigation as well as a 200km "Spot Road Improvement" across the 17 LGAs of the State.

20% of the total fund, he said was for Capacity Building and 10% for Project Management.

The disbursement of the loan from the ADB, said the Official, is done directly to Contractors and Consultants.

Federal Officials on Wednesday 26th July 2017 announced the approval of the loan following the ADB's "comprehensive programme on potato production in Plateau State".

According to the then Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, the fund would create 60,000 jobs, benefitting 100,000 families across the State's 17 local government areas.

Plateau natives blame securities for murder of five kinsmen

A protester tries to forcefully offload a corpse from a Police truck hours after attack

Central Nigeria: Officials in Plateau State say they are investigating the murder of five people in K-Vom village of Jos South Local Government Area last Thursday.

The attack at about sunset wherein a student of National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Mr. Emmanuel John was killed along with four locals was perpetrated by "two people in green wears," said an eyewitness, Mr. Dalyop Choji who survived with deadly injuries. 

Arrests have been made on the murders and other relayed crimes, Governor Simon Lalong said, Saturday.
Dalyop Choji narrowly survived attack with deadly head injury

The case, State Police Commissioner, Edward Egbuka said, Friday, will not be ignored like others in the past.

"We are after the perpetrators, after the sponsors. This will not be another incident where the perpetrators will go scotfree I assure you," he said.

The said arrests however, are still secretive.

Locals had, Friday attacked a Police Station in K-Vom, alleging that a top Official had made utterances that possibly caused the attacks.

Windows, motorbikes and other valuables in the Police Station were shattered by the protesters who included women and Youths.
Protesters attack police station over allegedly inciting comments by Officer

"First, they gathered our people here (at Police Station) and paraded them for what we knew nothing about," Mr. Badung Mwadkon, Senior Ward Head of Gwol K-Vom told Journalists.

Mr. Alabi Gyang, Deputy Vigilante Commandant, K-Vom, said he was detained with two others over missing cattle which they in company of Federal Police had been combing bushes to rescue.

In his words, "Few weeks ago, two local hunters were attacked and one was killed. The one that survived reported shooting one of the attackers but no investigation was carried out. Few days later, a corpse of a herder was found in the same location where those hunters were attacked and the Divisional Police Officer insisted that we must provide the killers of the herder.

"She organized an identification parade for all the Vigilante and hunters in the community and we all came out but the boy that said he knew who killed his brother was not allowed to come out and identify the killer.

"The DPO later said we Berom people kill Fulani anyhow and that Fulani will come and attack us and nothing will happen. She then called the Commissioner of Police and told him that we resisted the identification parade she organised whereas we have video records of all that happened."
Police are assisted by local Chiefs to control protesters

This is not the first time violent attacks were occurring in the community, Chairman of Vwang traditional Council, Mr. Gyang Balak said.

"A Police Officer has been killed here before. A Civil Defense as well. We have been holding security meetings and encouraging ourselves to maintain peace but these things keep happening," said the Village Chief.

The community is helpless, and hopeless, said Mr. Gwottson Fom, the Lawmaker representing Jos South in the State House of Assembly.

Local Government Authorities are however still trying to calm frayed nerves over the incident.

Mr. Choji Dachung Yohanna, the Chairman of Jos South LGA told Journalists that though the immediate threats had been contained, dialogue was still ongoing.

"My husband was everything since my parents died" - Wife of Policeman killed in Plateau village ambush

Grace tearfully comforts her children hours to slain husband's funeral

Jos, Nigeria: Sargent Friday Anthony, 40, was a peacekeeper to the core. He was nicknamed "Baban Yara", meaning, lover of children, for his care for children and communal peace. 

Friday was in September 2019 deployed to Plateau State on Special Duty from Uke, Nasarawa State where he was last posted from Abakalike. From Ganda, one of 11 villages in Daffo District, Bokkos Local Government Area, displaced in 2018, to Malul, a neighboring hamlet in the village, the Special Task Force Operative was known to be a peacemaker, a role he played beyond his peacekeeping assignment. 

On Thursday, 17th August 2020, despite night fall, he insisted to settle a dispute between two locals. It was the third of such issues that day, that he wouldn't let last another day. His wife, Grace, 38, had just visited him with their two kids. It was a happy reunion but who'd have ever known that it would  turn out to be their last?

Friday, said Grace, was "Father, brother, husband and friend" to her. Since her parents died, he'd been "Everything", providing her social and psychological needs. She has a small hairdressing saloon, an only source of income aside from her husband's support. From the moment his life was cut short by gunmen believed to be herdsmen, Grace says her life has been "shattered".

"I feel like to die and follow him. I just don't know how I am going to start life, with these children. He was everything to us," she said in tears.

"We were at home together discussing about life and the future of our children," she recalled. A woman in the village, Grace narrated, "Came in reporting that a youngman in the village had collected her MP3 player and would not return it. He instantly excused himself and went to find the man. He asked about the device and the youngman said he left it in the main town charging.

"The woman insisted that he had given it out as bond for a drink he took on credit. My husband instantly asked him to go with him to get it. They did, and on their way back, Fulani people who had unknown to my husband stationed themselves in the bushes opened fire at them, killing him and the youngman.

"It was the worst day of my life. The gunshots were no longer scary, when I heard my husband's voice. I felt like rushing to save him but was held back. These people have taken everything from me - my love, my joy, my counselor, my comfort, my hope and my children's future," Grace tearfully said.Friday Anthony, killed in the line of duty

Before Friday gave up the ghost, Grace said she heard him groaning, "Jesus help me...Jesus..." while more gunshots thundered in his direction. A survivor of the attack said when Friday fell, the attackers whom he recognized as herdsmen rushed at him with sporadic shots, pelting his face and chest with bullets.

Friday had previously cracked several crimes involving herdsmen - farmland destructions included, often insisting that compensation be paid affected farmers. Locals believe the murder was premeditated, given his role in pursuing justice for the repeatedly attacked villagers.

The killers have yet to be arrested, but they are known faces within the locality, villagers say. 

Some of them who reportedly reside within the community had previously been arrested for murder, with incriminating evidences but released without trial. 

The Thursday 17th attack was the seventh in the hamlet. The last before it was three weeks ago when a boy named Holleng Matthew was shot in the chest but the bullet did not affect his vital organs.

 Holleng Matthew recalls being shot at by familiar herders

The murder of Sgt. Friday adds to the records of attacks on security agents in Plateau State.

He will be buried on Saturday, 26th September, 2020 in Olachagbaha, Otukpa, Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State after being conveyed from 3Division Army headquarters, Jos, Friday.

Whether his killers will eventually be hunted and his wife and four children provided some support aside from the meager pension and gratuity paid junior officers in the Nigerian Police Force, which mostly take ages to process, only time will tell.

"I watched helplessness as herdsmen butchered my husband" - Wife of slain Plateau Monarch

Mrs. Chundung Bulus, wife of slain Plateau Chief

Chundung, 52, is the wife of Mr. Bulus Chuwang Janka, a Plateau monarch murdered on Monday, September 21, 2020. Her last moments with him were loving and peaceful until he got a mysterious phone call. 

"We were watching TV together at about 7:30pm, when suddenly our electric generator stopped running, and a call came to his mobile phone," she said. 

"Our village has weak mobile signal due to poor network coverage. For clear reception therefore, we often go to the backyard to make calls.

"When he went out to get clear reception, the next thing I heard was him yelling. My son and I rushed out towards him and saw people dressed like herdsmen hacking him with machetes on the ground.

"When they saw us, they started shooting at us, and we had to run for our lives. From my hideout, I could see them brutally chopping the life out of my husband, my friend, my confidant, my love and sole source of support, but I was helpless, because I had nothing to fight them back. But I really felt butchered in my heart, and up to this moment I still see their machetes dropping on him, while he yells helplessly on the ground," said the mother of five.

She and her children depended on the slain Chief of Foron District in Plateau State's Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, for welfare, comfort and social protection somehow. "I don't know how life will be from now on, for me and my children. Life will never be the same again for us," said Chundung.

But Chief Bulus was not just a dedicated father and husband, but a known defender of humanity, always speaking for truth and justice. He has been physically threatened several times both by herdsmen and security agents because of his stance for truth. His death therefore makes both his family and Foron District vulnerable.
Late Bulus Chuwang Janka

"Innocent people cannot be killed without anybody being apprehended and put to trial," said the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong in a press statement concerning the murder of the Monarch. "If we do not do so," according to the Governor, "more criminals will be bold to attack and kill our citizens," he said in the statement issued by his Press Director, Macham Makut.

However, several arrests have been made after attacks but suspects are often released before trial. "We are getting tired of being subjected to violence and denied justice," said Chairman, Berom Educational and Cultural Organization, Foron branch, Mr. Dagallang Dabot.

Several attacks attributed to herdsmen have been reported in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Bokkos and Bassa LGAs in recent years. "Pushed to the wall, communities might be forced to seek self-help," warned Dabot.

"The era of lip service by the authorities' concerned is over as the current period; is a call for action with a view to nip in the bud, the frequency at which killings and maiming of innocent citizens; including  the destruction of farm crops and other economic mainstay of the people are concerned," adds a local elites group, Plateau Our Heritage. 

Prof. Sonni Tyoden: The unspoken story of impact & visionary leadership ||Opinion

Prof. Sonni Tyoden

When the revered Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese recently referenced Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, the erstwhile Deputy Governor of Plateau State as one of the editors of his publications, many wondered how the two got connected against social, geographical, political and likely cultural barriers that literally exist between them.

However, for Tyoden, leadership – one governed by impact and positive inter-personal relationship is innate. Perhaps because of his humble background, Tyoden is nearly completely humanized. From the testimonies of many including the lowest in society that those in power hardly get to associate with because of class difference and probably the long protocols one has to pass through to see them, Tyoden is an accomplished gentleman.

The highly reputed Professor of Political Science is kind, humble, easy-going, quick to smile and amiable. He is at home everywhere, from the farmlands of the middle belt, to the red carpets of Government houses, and to the blue rugs of international diplomacy. For many that know him, he has lived out his middle name –Gwanle- meaning struggles make possible, being able to meet people half way, able to share the burden of others and inspire hope against all odds.

This perhaps underscores his choice by the Mwaghavul Traditional Council in 2013 to bestow him with its highest traditional title – JARUMI (KOGHORONG) in 2013. In like manner, the Ndigbo of Enugu conferred him with the title UKAM MUTA NDI-ICHIE. It means first class scholar, in affirmation of his exceeding scholarship. The Pushit Traditional Council have not been left out. In 2017, they conferred Professor Sonni Gwanle Tyoden with the tittle ZAR (meaning star).

Professor Tyoden is a respected leader and loyal servant, a rare combination for an accomplished scholar and politician, who is both humble and courageous. His leadership records are far more in the unspoken stories of impact that he has left in the lives of over 3000 men and women he has raised throughout his academic career.

He started off as a humble and dedicated Teacher in Primary School Jiblik, Plateau State from 1970 to 1971 and later, Teacher, Primary School Panyam, Plateau State, 1971, grooming leaders who are today transforming lives in different sectors of the society. This he did till 2006 when he became Vice-Chancellor, University of Jos, Jos – Nigeria, where he left impeccable records.

Without mentioning his role in Nigeria’s policy development process having groomed many serving and potential public servants in the National Institute for Policy And Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, it is evident that the internationally reputed Professor of Political Science did not just grow in knowledge of theories but practical leadership qualities.

But by and large, he is rarely the type to celebrate his achievements as he is evidently still, and will always be loyal and humble as to learn from the least of all people and improve on every area he has achieved. Let’s therefore skip the profiling and hit the issues as they affect the common Plateau man.

Since 1999 when democracy returned to Nigeria, the common Plateau man has faced social, economic, political and cultural deprivations, some of which result from internal conflicts of interest. The choice of leaders has therefore been largely guided by the quest for liberation from all of these forces. Rt. Hon. Barr. (Dr.) Simon Lalong, since emergence as Governor in 2015 has successfully unified different opinions and interests, leading to remarkable improvements in the area of peace, human capital, educational and among others, infrastructural development which underlie the core aspirations of the Plateau people.

All these have been achieved with the loyal and supportive collaboration of his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden. This is a virtue he has maintained since his youth, and is determined to do more.

Needless to stress that SGT is a dedicated lover of God, a respecter of humanity, a detribalized Nigerian as well as a loving father and husband. In fact, he is believed to have a tripartite personality – the official face characterized by sterling commitment to duty, with specific focus on result delivery; the regular face characterized by uncommon humility and respect for all manner of people regardless of class or stature, and the tender, loving and caring family face which sees him dedicating much of his free time to interacting with and organizing his household. Little wonder then, Prof. Tyoden hardly attends public functions especially unofficial ceremonies and gatherings without his wife.

Such deep sense of responsibility can only be found in a man that can be trusted with both human and material resources, which the majority of Plateau people can attest to as having been undisputedly manifest in the person of Prof. Sonni Tyoden. His 70th birthday therefore is an added gain to the Rescue administration, the All Progressives Congress and the entire Plateau State because age comes with experience. And as the saying goes, Experience is the father, and memory the mother of wisdom.

Mobile Policeman, civilian Killed in Plateau Village

Attacks in Plateau State by herdsmen have persisted for over a decade

Central Nigeria: Gunmen believed to be herdsmen on Thursday killed a Mobile Policeman and a civilian native of Malul hamlet in Daffo Village of Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The Policeman on Special Duty was ambushed along with the civilian identified as Mr. Sati Bulus on a motorbike at about 8:30pm, local time, sources say.

A meeting of Fulani herdsmen leaders reportedly held on Monday in Fass, a native community in Barkin Ladi LGA displaced and renamed Tafawa by herdsmen, resolved to resume hostilities in Daffo and three other Plateau communities before December 2020.

Sources say N1.3m was raised through freewill donation at the meeting, with additional levies placed on each herder family for the purchase of arms.

The meeting was said to have followed a similar meeting in Jos Central Mosque on August 16, 2020 where over N2m was raised for arms but the contacts sent for the purchases in Niger Republic never returned.

It is not clear whether they were arrested or they simply absconded.

Nigerian officials however recently announced the arrest of two people with arms and ammunitions heading to Jos.

The contacts were sent on the mission while a followup meeting held in Bida, Niger State where more strategies for the annexing of native communities in Central Nigeria were discussed, it was gathered.

No arrest has however been made in connection to the Daffo attack.

Observers however say violent crime involvement by herders is gradually becoming a profitable enterprise.

During the Fass village meeting, sources confirm the reward of six herders arrested over various attacks but given first class treatment in custody.

The reward was however for their courage in not disclosing their networks, it was learnt.

If true, violent crimes involving herdsmen are likely to persist in view of the growing impunity, rewards and luxuries given arrested suspects, which observers regard as breeding criminal tourism.

US funded peace, governance dialogue records "huge success" in Nigeria

Officials at Central Nigeria's first civic participation and good governance dialogue closeout, Thursday

Central Nigeria: A 10-month peace and good governance dialogue program funded by the United States of America, Thursday ended with stakeholders seeking an extension.

The program Building Civic Participation and Good Governance in Plateau State (BCP-GGP) started in November 2019 to promote positive relationships between government and citizens to solve governance and security problems.

During the program, a selection of civil society organizations, government departments, security agencies, religious bodies, youth and women groups as well as traditional institutions were coached in citizens - government trust building, collaborative problem solving between between police, community leaders, youth and women groups as well as strategic communication in policy advocacy for civil society organizations and community leaders. 

A dialogue forum on collaborative problem solving of gender based violence between police, government agencies and community leaders, as well as dialogue on electoral reforms equally held during the lifetime of the program.

At the close out session in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, Mrs. Persisa Yawa, an official of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said until the program started, violations of women and children's rights were rampant in Plateau State.
Mrs. Patricia Yawa (fourth from left) and representatives of women groups at BCP-GGP workshop

The program however opened new discussions and collaborations that have "drastically" reduced the problem, said Mrs. Yawa.

An extension, however, she said might be necessary to further expand opportunities for women in governance.

Also, Mr. Dangyang Dangyang, a community chief speaking for participating monarchs said the program has enlightened them to be more inclusive and open in decision making.
Reps of village Chiefs at BCP-GGP workshop

He however believes an extension would help expand the campaign for women inclusion in monarchical hierarchy, a traditionally forbidden practice in Nigeria.

Participating in the program, Mr. Victor Elias, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said the program increased communication between civilians and security agencies, improving partnership and mutual understanding for crime prevention.
Victory Elias (CSP) leads reps of security agencies to share lessons from workshop

A representative of participating clerics, Makwin Monday also said more the event challenged religious leaders to be more transparent and honorable to earn trust.
Religious leaders share lessons from workshop

He and the representatives of securities, civil society organizations, women and groups equally appealed for an extension of the program to cover more communities and sectors.

The program was a "huge success" said Mrs. Esther Ibanga, one of the implementing officials.

"Nigerians have been complaining about good governance and we are happy we have been able to influence positive change," she said.
Over 30 people representing different groups and organizations participated

From testimonies and surveys carried out, the program has met its set objectives, said another official, Assostant Commissioner of Police Sa'ad Ibrahim.

Should the program be extended, specific focus will be on government officials to influence inclusive policies, added Mr. Wilson Iyanwu, also ASP and implementing partner.

"Nigeria fast reaching tipping point" - Onaikan, Jega, others

President Muhammadu Buhari

A Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance says rising insecurity in the country is increasingly raising doubts about the ability of securities to manage the "multiple" threats facing citizens.

Kidnapping for ransom is an "acute concern" across Nigeria, said the group in a press statement.

"The northeast is witnessing a resurgence in Boko Haram activity, and thousands of people are internally displaced by banditry across rural communities in the northwest.

"Criminality in rural areas further complicates the situation by undermining food security, as many farmers have been unable to go to their farms for months for fear of losing their lives," says the statement.  

The resulting distrust for government by citizens is equally limiting its COVID-19 response, says the group.

"Victims of recent violence are less likely to trust the government’s coronavirus response measures compared to those who have not experienced violence," it says.  

The group made of the Nigerian Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; former Chief of Defense and Army Staff, General Martin Luther Agwai (rtd.); former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega and five others fears these and other issues suggest the country is "rapidly approaching a tipping point".

"Enough is Enough. The time for Action is NOW!" it says.
 
The group recommended an "immediate" Dialogue Process to address the "multiple acts of violence" from intercommunal and ethnoreligious conflicts must be initiated immediately at the state and national levels.  

It also called for end to "Impunity" saying "Criminality and violent confrontations between farming and herding communities have claimed thousands of lives and deepened ethnic, religious, and regional polarization, and yet few perpetrators have been prosecuted."

It also stressed the Prioritization of the "effectiveness of security agencies" and an end to "lip service".

Other members of the group include Ambassador Fatima Balla, Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, Mrs. Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, Dr. Nguyan Shaku Feese, Dr. Usman Bugaje and Dr. Chris Kwaja, all reputed leaders and researchers with impeccable records in Peacebuilding.
 
 
 

Plateau launches special health insurance for IDPs, others

Governor Simon Lalong first enrolled for a maiden health insurance program in Plateau State

Central Nigeria: Officials in Plateau State on Tuesday launched a special health insurance program to provide "quality and timely" healthcare to internally displaced persons in the State.

The "Plateau State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (PLASCHEMA)" will also benefit the elderly, children, orphaned and vulnerable children, pregnant women and people living with disabilities, the State Governor, Simon Lalong said.

The State is currently constructing six hospitals to provide "qualitative, preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative healthcare" said the Governor. 

However, poor access, according to Lalong, "particularly by the poor and vulnerable persons who are at the bottom of the social ladder" necessitated the new health program toward achieving Universal Health Coverage.

The scheme was established after consultations 79 stakeholders including Sustainable Development Goals, National Health Insurance Scheme, and State Universal Basic Education Board, said PLASCHEMA Director General, Dr. Fabong Jemchang.

Citizens in both formal and informal sectors would enrol through a remote online recruitment process that takes 120 seconds to complete, he said.

The state Governor, Simon Lalong, his Deputy, Sonni Tyoden and other officials were first to be enrolled during the launch, and their identity cards printed and issued immediately.

The model, Dr. Jemchang said was first in the country.

Makers of first Nigerian decontamination chamber likely wanted abroad - Plateau Commissioner

Plateau Commissioner of Information, Dan Manjang test runs decontamination chamber

Central Nigeria: Officials in Plateau State say Mr. Williams Gyang, Mr. Adebolajo Sunday and Mr. Nura Jibrin, the makers of Nigeria's first decontamination chamber could be lost to foreign countries if not locally empowered.

The trio are a huge resource for human advancement, said Mr. Dan Manjang, the State Commissioner of Information, Tuesday.

Government has created relevant networks and financing options for local innovators to actualize their dreams, he said.

Door-mount automatic facemask scanner first in Nigeria

However, private investors, banks and other financial institutions in the country should partner to promote local innovations for the greater good of the country, said Manjang.

Plateau according to the Commissioner has pioneered several innovations in Nigeria, including the country's first COVID-19 trial formulas, and should be priority destination for investors.

General Manager of Plateau State Radio and Television Corporation (PRTVC), Mr. Jephthah Jackden pledged sustained publicity for local innovations, which he said are gradually transforming the State's previously negative image of violence.

The locally designed decontamination chamber is embedded with fully automated dusk-to-dawn lighting system, 24hour wireless closed-circuit TV recorders, as well as automatic temperature test and body disinfecting system.

The door-mount automatic body scanner, checks for facemasks before allowing entry into designated buildings.

Observeea believe the machine would reduce the risk of infectious diseases in the country when launched.

Soldiers allegedly kill couple in Plateau: "We overhead them say they had a mission prior to the attack" - locals

Many widows and orphans have been create by persisting attacks in the State

MK Reporters: Special military Task Force operatives in Central Nigeria's Plateau State have been fingered in an attack on a couple last Sunday. 

A couple identified as Mr. Sunday Audu Evi, 45 and his wife Siye, 32 were ambushed by gunmen at about 6:55pm local time near a military checkpoint in Hukke village of Bassa Local Government Area.

Locals say they overheard military operatives discussing about a "mission" by 7pm. 
 
Minutes after the attack, a man believed to be a soldier was seen with AK47 rifle near the corpses shortly, hurrying toward parked military motorbikes and van.
 
"The vehicle moved towards the ECWA Secondary School and another (military o came from the forest to join the same vehicle. We attempted to interrogate him but he fired shots in the air to clear his way into the vehicle," said an eyewitness.

According to a youth leader, efforts to get peacekeepers at the nearby military checkpoint to respond during the attack were resisted.

"They stopped us from going to the scene and refused to go themselves," said a youth leader.

The villagers on Monday protested, demanding the withdrawal of soldiers in the locality.

Officials had yet to comment as of the time of filing this report

10,000 Niger youths to get N1.5bn CBN for agriculture

Officials in Niger announce agricultural fund for youths

From from Mathew Jwantu, Minna.

Niger State government has accessed N1.5billion Nigeria fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme for 2018 to boost the production of rice, maize and soybeans.

Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Alhaji Haruna Dukku on Thursday told journalists in Minna that no fewer than 10,000 youths from ages 18 to 35 years will benefit from the fund.

Dukku reaffirmed the state's government determination to give agriculture the desired priority in the state through its "agriculture transformation" agenda.

He added that 45 years old abandoned Rice Mill in Bida will equally be revived.

Niger State has witnessed series of attacks by armed bandits, largely attributed to poverty and unemployment.

Last Wednesday, seventeen Vigilante members in the state have were killed in an ambush by the bandits.

An eye witness told our Correspondent that the bandits numbering over one hundred and twenty rode on forty motorcycles during the operation.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy Alh Muhammmad Sani Idris who confirmed the incident said government had taken measures to curb further attacks.

Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Mohammed Sani Musa condemned the attack but urged securities not to relent in fighting to restore peace in the state.

Senator's daughter dies during childbirth: "No questioning God" says Gov. Lalong

Sadiya Aliyu Wamakko, died, Thursday during childbirth

Jos, Nigeria: Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong says the death of Sadiya, the daughter of former Governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, is "a great loss" not just to her family but the entire Sokoto State. 

Sadiya who died on Thursday at 23 was a "promising woman" said Lalong in a condolence message issued Sunday by his Press Director, Makut Macham.

Sad as it is however, Lalong appealed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti Corruption to accept the fate as God's unquestionable decision.

"We cannot question the creator even as we grieve over the demise of this young and promising woman, Lalong said.

Sadiya died at the Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto from complications of childbirth.

Southern Kaduna killings: Summit slams inciting comments, actions by officials


Kafanchan, Kaduna: Frequent displacement and takeover of communities and farmlands by violent invaders might threaten peace in Nigeria’s Southern Kaduna region beyond expectation.

Stakeholders at a peace summit last Tuesday to Thursday in Kafanchan, were upset about the trend, as well as “incessant killings, kidnapping, cattle rustling and shielding of criminals”.

In a communiqué at the end of the summit organized by the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) in collaboration with interfaith groups and “concerned” Southern Kaduna natives demanded a stop to criminal trespass and destruction of farm crops.

The communiqué equally frowned at government policies excluding traditional leaders from peace processes.

Inciting comments and actions by government officials, as well as sensational news media reports, the communiqué said were equally escalating tensions.

The communiqué signed by Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa and Rev. Prof. Sunday Bobai Agang therefore warned against actions or comments that make people feel “they don’t belong”.

The 3-day peace Summit with the theme: “The De-escalation of Conflict in Southern Kaduna And The Way Forward” held at Throne-Room, Kafanchan aimed to create a platform to assess and deliberate on issues, triggers and solutions to conflicts in SK.

The summit was attended by over 200 participants from both native Kaduna and Fulani herder communities.

It was declared open by Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam with other dignitaries in attendance.

Papers presented included “Strategies for Mitigating and De-escalating of Violent Killings in Southern Kaduna
Promoting Interfaith Dialogue and Inter-Community Dialogue as a Panacea for Peace-Building in Southern Kaduna”,
“Bridging the gap in the Southern Kaduna Conflict Narrative: Perspectives about the role of Women, Youth and Children”, as well as
“Approaches to Post Conflict Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Victims of violence in Southern Kaduna”.

A ten-man local peace committee was formed at the end of the forum to step down the summit and continually resolve issues regarding farmer-herder conflicts in the area.


Plateau villagers make first community donation to proposed Karl Kumm University worth millions

Donation by Vwang villagers is first from a community since the project started in 2000

From Gyang Bere, Jos

Vwang community in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State has donated a trailer load of cement worth over N1.5 million for the completion of proposed Karl kumm University, of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN).

Chairman of Vwang traditional Council and Gwom Rwey Vwang, His Royal Highness, Da. Gyang Gutt Balak, who made the presentation on Saturday pledged to provide a peaceful atmosphere for the growth and development of the Institution.

“Being aware that Karl kumm University is sited in our domain which has become part and parcel of us and desirous of ensuring the actualization of the take-off of the Institution; I therefore on behalf of the peace loving people of Vwang community to donate a full trailer load of bags of cement for the project.

“I wish to assure the entire Nigerians hat the people of Vwang community have a responsibility of providing conducive atmosphere for teaching, learning and research in the University, once it comes into operation.

“We will work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the provision of maximum security of lives and property. It is because of the peaceful posture of our people that has led to the establishment of many institutions on our domain.”

Da. Balak noted that Vwang community has signed MoU with COCIN towards providing Corporate Social Responsibility to the immediate community and urged the management of the University to respect the agreement.

Villagers turned out in numbers to back the University nearing commissioning

He said the visit also provides the community an opportunity to assess the level of infrastructural development on the 100 hectares of land donated to the University in 2007 by the community and vowed to continue to assist the Institution for it take-off.

He appealed to the National University Commission (NUC) to hasten the granting of license to the proposed University for it formal and smooth take off of its academic activities.

Member representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos expressed gratitude for sitting the University in Vwang community.

He pledged his support for the take off of the Institution with another trailer of cement and 50 computer sets for the e-library said the peaceful loving people of Vwang and his constituency will protect and guide the loudable project to the benefits of humanity.

The President of Berom Educational and Cultural Organisations (BECO), Da. Gyang Dudu and President of Berom Youth Moulders-Association (BYM), Gabriel Sunday pledged the unflinching support of the youths in making the institution a centre of excellent academic learning.

The President of COCIN, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri appreciated Vwang community for partnering with the University, saying they will maintain a mutual relationship with the host community.

“The donation by the Vwang people has demostrated that they are a noble community which will not have any rancour with the institution, we are grateful for the support.”

Breaking News: Officials crash moves to front new “Assembly of God Northern Nigeria” Church


Recent moves by a breakaway group to register a Church similar to “Assemblies of God Nigeria” may have suffered defeat, MK Reporters has learnt.

Internal crisis has persisted in the famous protestant Pentecostal Church for nearly a decade, it was gathered.

A group reportedly led by a top federal official, hurriedly registered a new Church – “Assembly of God Northern Nigeria”, without approvals from the mother Church.

Upon discovery, attorneys of Assemblies of God Nigeria Church wrote the CAC, demanding the withdrawal of the certificate of the new Church registration numbered 101029.

The letter dated August 16, 2020, signed by Barr. Ezra Jinang of Seven Seals Attorneys says “the registration of Assembly of God Northern Nigeria in 2017 after an earlier registration of Assemblies of God Nigeria to our mind and the law, is a clear case of passing off and the aim is to mislead members of the public towards believing that the two organizations are one and the same.”

The CAC immediately wrote the incorporated Trustees of the newly registered “Assembly of God Northern Nigeria” Church, directing the change of the approved name “to one that does not resemble Assemblies of God Nigeria, to avoid misleading members of the public to believing that it is the same as Assemblies of God Nigeria” against relevant laws.

Section 30(1) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (as amended) forbids the registration of an organization, “under a name identical with that by which a company in existence is previously registered, or nearly resembling it to be likely to deceive.”

The order of change of name in a letter dated 27th August 2020, with reference number COM/GCE/QU/VOL.1/2020/286 gave six weeks for the name change.

It is however not clear how the name approval was secured in the first place.

The new Church registration, observers say, bypassing due process goes contrary to the God’s instructions in the Bible.

It is popular opinion that the new Church is a result of the efforts of an individual, along with a few loyalists, and not a unanimous decision of the Church in Northern Nigeria, as no District Superintendent of the parent Church in the North appears to support it.

“Nothing would have been wrong with the Northern Assemblies of God having her independence as that will encourage further propagation of the gospel and also bring development, but due process should be followed.

“If it’s the kingdom of God we are building, it should be built on righteousness and truth according to the book of
Psalms 86.4 which says the throne of God is built on the foundation of righteousness and Justice,” a reputed Christian leader who preferred anonymity said.

“Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 says any building on sand shall crumble and this is exactly what we are witnessing,” added the commentator.

The federal official leading the moves for the new Church is also said to be famous for preaching peace and unity.

The new Church, further tearing the Church apart might contradict his ideals, if true.

A new Church is a plus to the Christendom if done the right way, but observers believe if there was any time the Church needed to be strongly united, it is now that it is fiercely “persecuted”.


Southern Kaduna's first local reconciliation committee launched in Kafanchan

People from both Muslim and Christian sides grouped in a first ever local peace committee

The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) on Thursday launched a multicultural peace dialogue committee to resolve conflicts between farmers and herders in Southern Kaduna.

Ten people – five each from native Christian and Muslim Fulani herder communities were grouped in the first-ever local mediation team during a “Southern Kaduna Peace Summit” organized by the NCPC in partnership with the Southern Kaduna natives.

They will organize peace summits, facilitate reconciliatory meetings between parties in conflict, as well as identify and solve issues causing conflicts in the area, officials say.

“We have organized a peace summit but it is their project now. They will be responsible for gathering issues and needs at the grassroots and recommending to us for further actions,” the NCPC Executive Secretary, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam told Journalists.

Capable individuals and groups, should, according to Pam, partner with the team and NCPC to provide relief for families affected by violence in the locality.

Conflicts between farmers and herders have claimed hundreds of lives and devastated communities in Southern Kaduna for nearly two decades.

The two-day Peace Summit themed “deescalating violence in Southern Kaduna” held in Throng Room Trust Ministry Kafanchan, in Jema’a Local Government Area is expecting unprecedented results with the new grassroots peace committee.

Detailed resolutions at the Summit underway.


Plateau opens all-in-one business clearing agency

Authorities aim to ease business by the launch of the agency

Officials in Plateau State, Wednesday launched their first “One Stop Investment Centre (OSIC)”, a harmonised business documenting facility to reduce time and cost of securing business permits.

The “all-in-one” agency will also ease business legislation and regulation, the State Governor, Simon Lalong said.

It follows successful battles against insecurity, which has renewed investors’ confidence in the State, said the Governor.

In his words, “Investors, tourists and other people who want to stay on the Plateau or carry out businesses no longer consider the State as a dangerous place to be or entertain any fear.

“Rather, many are pouring into the State with others who had left coming back in droves.

“With this trajectory, we have realised the need to tackle other issues such as the ease of doing business which is critical to the socio-economic development of our State.

“This is important because we realise that some investors have had to contend with bottlenecks of shuttling from one MDA to another in a bid to register and carry out business activities.”

Hours to resumed probes over farmland destructions, "herdsmen" ambush four, kill one in Plateau village

Francis Gyang, 25, killed by herdsmen, Tuesday

Central Nigeria: Suspected herdsmen on Tuesday killed a new father of three months-old baby, Mr. Francis Gyang in Plateau State’s Wereng village of Riyom Local Government Area.

Gyang, 25, was ambushed along with three others near a public secondary school by men armed with guns and machetes, a survivor, Friday Gyang said.

“They were likely to be up to ten, armed with guns, machetes and herding sticks.

“When we approached their location, they started shooting at us, chasing after us as we scaped into nearby maize farms,” said Mr. Friday.

Francis, likely shot before others escaped was Wednesday found dead by the roadside with his intestines open, and several stab wounds in his neck and face.

Torchlights and herding sticks believed to belong to the ambushers were recovered from the scene of the murder but Police have yet to make any arrest.

Last Friday, over 32 farm lands with matured crops were mowed down and grazed upon in the same village by people believed to be herders.

Cattle droppings and footmarks leading from an area occupied by the leader of the Fulani community in the area, appear in all ravaged farms measuring at least 1hectare each.

Both the leader identified as Ardo Ya’u and his herd were away, when affected farmers went to report the crimes, early Saturday, it was learnt.

He however told Police on Monday when investigations started that he handed his cattle to hired herders the evening of the destructions but would not produce them.

Police had fixed Thursday for resumed interrogations before the murder occurred but there is no clear link between the two crimes yet.

Locals however say the murder might be a retaliation against the reporting of the crop devastations to Police.

Two similar murders were reported last week in Riyom neighboring Tashek hamlet of Kuru district in Jos South Local Government Area after Police forced the payment of damages on a herder caught grazing in crop farms.

Another murder had occurred in April 2020 of a community leader in nearby Daffo village of Bokkos LGA after Police were invited to investigate a case of indiscriminate grazing and assault by herders.

The Wereng ambush is however a yearly occurrence, Mr. Davou Gyang, the community leader said.

“Since the Jos crisis of September 7, 2001, we have hardly had a peaceful September in this village,” he said.

Government is slow to respond to the threats and the villagers are growing impatient, Mr. Nuhu Daniel, a former Councillor of Wereng ward said.

“We don’t want a situation where our youths will be forced to take the law into their hands,” said Daniel.

This, Barr. Solomon Dalyop, an Activist with the Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria said could less to “anarchy”.

Covid-19: Nigerian tax regulators want internet service charge reviewed

CITN members hold webinar for 4th MPTP

The Chattered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has called for the slashing of the cost of internet services to give cheap access to citizens.

COVID-19 has changed social life, making information Communication Technology vital for learning and business, said the CITN’s Jos District Chairperson, Isaac Wadak on Tuesday. 

The country's ease of doing business strategies, Wadak said should include reviews to amendments to the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 (CAMA 2020).

The amended Act which replaces the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 was accented to by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7, 2020.

Section 839 (1) of the Act empowers the Corporate Affairs Commission to suspend trustees of an “association” and appoint interim managers in their place where it “reasonably” believes that there is or has been “misconduct” or “mismanagement” in its administration; or where it deems such action necessary for the purpose of “protecting” the association’s property, securing a “proper” application for the association’s property toward achieving its objectives, or in the public interest.

This and other provisions have been widely criticized as targeting religious organizations and other nongovernmental organizations not favoured by the present administration.


Mr. Dan Philip reps Jos District Chair at webinar

The Act was intended to ease doing business in the country, but reviews are crucial “following the public outcry against some of its provisions,” said the CITN’s pointsman.

The Nigerian Financial Act, 2020 might equally fail to ease doing business as intended by authorities, due to “instable power supply, insecurity, and poor infrastructure,” Wadak said in a webinar for the 4th edition of the institute’s Mandatory Professional Training Program (MPTP) hosted by its Jos Zone.

Represented by the Chairman of the local organizing committee of the program, Mr. Dan Philip, Wadak called for policies and programs that address threats to business and human survival in the 21st century, including “cumbersome” contract procurement processes.

The webinar, meant to update members’ knowledge and skills in tax operations came as a replacement to physical trainings due to covid-19 regulations, President of the Institute, Dame Gladys Olajumoke said.

CITN Jos District hosts 4th MPTP

Papers presented at the webinar covered “The Imperative of Finance Act 2019 on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria” by Dr. Kennedy Iwundu, “Dispute Resolution in Nigerian Tax System” by Barr. Sani Dahiru and “Managing Tax Audit and Investigation; Strategies for Effectiveness” by Dr. Linus Igboyi.

An Annual Tax Conference (ATC) of the body fixed for 5th and 6th November 2020 might however hold live, Olajumoke said.

Plateau Journalists to undergo COVID-19 test


MK REPORTERS: Journalists in Plateau State will be tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, officials say. 

Testing by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) officials starts 10am at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Secretariat, Jos, official notice says.

The tests are voluntary and free, it is learnt.

Chartered Institute of Taxation holds workshop, Tuesday to upgrade members' skills

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Jos Zone will be holding its special Webinar series on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, to "update" members' technical skills" for enhanced productivity and ethical conduct.

The forum holding on zoom (bit.ly/citnwebinarmptp) from 10:00am to 02:30pm is open to existing and intending members for Fee: Member/Non member -N15,000.00 payable Online via www.quickteller.com/citn or Direct lodgement/transfer to the Institute`s Access bank account (Account No: 0041893766).

Topics to discuss include Dispute Resolution In Nigeria Tax System, Imperative Of Finance Act 2019: On Ease Of Doing Business and Managing Tax Audit And Investigation: Strategies For Effectiveness.

It is compulsory for Members to acquire a minimum of 35 credit hours in a year, officials say.

Participants would be allocated 12 credit hours for attending each of the MPTP this year, it was gathered.

According to officials, members must must "upgrade" status to fellowship, but must attend, at least, 3 MPTP or Seminars in the year preceding the year of their applications for Council to approve the upgrade to fellowship and their license.

Herdsmen cut down aged widow's farm crops, others in Plateau

Widowed Titi Manchol, 72 has 15 grandchildren depending on her destroyed farm crops


Jos, Plateau StateSeveral hectares of farmlands with grown crops have been completely mowed in Central Nigeria’s Wereng village of Riyom Local Government Area, in Plateau State.

The farms belonging to three widows including one aged, and fifteen others were mowed and grazed upon on Friday night, it was learnt.

Villagers were asleep when people believed to be herders, moved their cattle across farms consisting maize, millet, groundnut, hungry rice, wheat, guinea corn and soybeans, slashing the maturing crops as their herds feed on them.

A farmer walks in his destroyed farm
Cattle droppings and hoof prints appear in all destroyed farms

Cattle droppings and hoof prints litter all affected farms, but surrounding herders reportedly claim no knowledge of the destructions.

According to Mr. Dalyop Maikarfi, whose 2hctr maize, groundnut, hungry rice and millet farm was nearly shredded, the cattle foot marks lead from an area occupied by the leader of the Fulani herders in the community, identified as Alhaji Ya’u.

Ya’u, Dalyop said is the only herder with active cattle herds in the area, and had accepted to take responsibility for any herder-related offence therein.

Crops clearly sheared with sharp object

He and his herds were however not at home on Saturday morning when the affected villagers went to report the destruction of their farms, it was gathered.

Dalyop has 18 children, and more than half of them are in school. His hopes of funding their education and providing for their welfare have been dashed, he said.

Dalyop Maikarfi’s 2hctr maize, groundnut, hungry rice and millet farm was nearly shredded

“I invested over N1.5m in these farms but all is gone. I have two wives and fifteen children and now we have been thrown into hunger. My children and wives have been crying since. One was even hospitalized due to shock. I can’t even go home now. I can’t stand the sorrow in my family right now,” said the 55year-old.

Another farmer, Gyang Musa, 48, lost flowering maize and soybeans across 1.8hctrs of farmland. He had hoped to register three of his children for final year secondary school examinations after harvest. The destructions now threaten that dream, as well as the education of others behind them.

Gyang Musa has 10 children depending on his destroyed crops for food, others

“All their fees and welfare come from these farms. I get over 55 100kg bags of threshed maize and over 10 100kg bags of soybeans every year but with these, I don’t stand a chance for even one bag,” he cried.

Mrs. Lyop Gyang, 45 and Mrs. Titi Manchol, 72, both widows equally lost large expanses of farmland with blooming crops.

“I have eight children and all my farms have been destroyed. I spent over N500,000 on these farms and was hoping to use this to meet my children’s needs but all have been taken away from me,” cried Lyop.

Lyop Gyang, 45 spent over N500,000 to cultivate her destroyed farms

Titi on the other hand has 15 dependent grand children having lost her husband and five children. Her pain is that the survival of the kids is being threatened by the destruction of her crops.

“I am losing strength and losing my sole source of livelihood again. Left for me I have but few years to live. It is these children that are my worry now,” she said.

All the affected farmers have children who all depend on farming and tin mining for food and other needs. The perpetrators of the overnight destructions may have failed in their plot to attack the community using lethal weapons.

Sources say herdsmen who had ambushed two locals of neighboring Kuru village in Jos South LGA two days earlier, had planned to invade Wereng village on Friday night.

It is not clear what must have happened to divert the attack on farm crops, but this was not the first of such crimes in recent weeks.

In July 2020, joint community crop farms spread across 60hectares of land were mowed down in once attacked and displaced Ncha village in Bassa LGA, neighboring Riyom LGA to the north.

Weeks later, similar destructions took place in Sopp and Tyana villages in same Riyom and last two weeks, several crop farms were destroyed in same manner as the Wereng case in Kassa village of Barkin Ladi LGA, and Maikatako village of Bokkos LGA, all neighbors of Riyom LGA.

This might be a new form of ‘warfare’ against the natives of the affected localities, who have in recent years suffered violent attacks and displacements from herdsmen, feared a Nigerian Activist, Barr. Solomon Dalyop.

“Covid-19 has hit the farmers from one side and the herders are hitting them with yet another form of warfare,” said Dalyop, the Chief Executive Officer of the Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria.

Government according to him must get proactive and reactive to such crimes, to prevent chaos causing self-help by citizens.