EndSARS: Reps Deputy Speaker calls for ceasefire

Idris Wase

Moses Mark

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Ahmed Idris Wase, has appealed to the Nigerian youth to be calm over the #EndSARS protests and not to take laws into their hands.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Mohammed Puma, Wase urged the youth, paticularly in Plateau state to give peace a chance, saying the federal and state governments as well as the National Assembly will do everything within its powers to ensure that their demands in the protests are met.

"I want to appeal for calm and urge our citizens to continue to uphold the peaceful profile of our dear state by not taking laws into their hands. Let us not be tempted to attack public properties and facilities which will take us many years of sacrifice and struggles to build,” he said.

“The federal, state government and the National Assembly are doing all that need to be done to ensure justice for the victims of police brutality. Let us therefore cooperate with relevant government agencies who are working day and night to ensure our safety.

"I believe that the Nigerian police force has taken note of our agitations. Let us not take our anger against reckless few on the entire state and the country at large. Let us not destroy our collective heritage while trying to right the wrong of other. Two wrongs don't make right.”

Breaking News: Looters break into former Speaker Dogara's house in Jos

Yakubu Dogara

There are reports of an ongoing attack on Ex Nigerian House of Reps Speaker Yakubu Dogara's house in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Sources at the scene say the house located near Jos University Teaching Hospital was broken into by looters at about 9am, Nigerian time.

"They broke into the house, attacked everyone including Dogara's brother and are currently moving anything they see," said a source at the scene.

The invaders are said to be moving tricycles, furnitures, electronics and other valuables out of the house.

Police sirens could be heard in the background during the conversation with our source but the situation seems to be beyond control.

Further details later

"Porous investigation" crashes suit on 2-year disappearance of Plateau College students

Hindatu Sirajo accused of kidnapping Steve Rowland Ronku and Darlington Davou in 2018

A Federal High Court in Jos, on Monday freed a suspect, Mrs. Hindatu Sirajo, held for the disappearance of Plateau College students, Mr. Darlington Davou and Mr. Steve Rowland Ronku since March 2018.

The students of Plateau State College of Health Technology, Zawang, Jos are thought to be abducted sometimes between March 12th and 17th, 2018 when they were conspicuously missing from school during examinations.

The case reported to B Division of the Plateau State Police Command was believed to have been abandoned, forcing parents of the missing kids to engage the now dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Bukuru.

See Plateau college students kidnapped in March still missing

Mr. Davou was reported to have called his mother on April 3rd, 2018 using an unknown MTN line.

He was said to have hurriedly uttered in a trembling voice, “mama don’t cry” three times in Berom language before going off the phone after a brief disturbance that suggesting the phone was snatched from him.

Relatives say they called the line back but heard a different male voice which warned that it was a wrong line before the phone went off.

The Police Special Anti Robbery Squad in Jos reportedly tracked the phone line to Mrs. Hindatu Sirajo in Sokoto, Northwestern Nigeria.

A female voice had reportedly warned family members calling Mr. Davou’s phone line in Hausa language, that they should stop disturbing.

Mrs. Hindatu, the prime suspect was traced and arrested after families of the missing kids facilitated the transportation of Police agents from Jos to Sokoto but was soon released by the B Division Police authorities in Jos.

An independent cyber investigation sponsored by families of the missing students to obtain call logs for the phone number used by missing Davou to reach his mother, adding to persistent pressure from families reawoke the case in 2019.

However, only records submitted by the students’ families were relied upon to hurry the case to court.

After trial with the accused on detention at the Jos Correctional Service Centre, presiding Judge, Justice Dorcas Agishi dismissed the suit for lack of sufficient evidence.

Passing her judgment at the Federal High Court 1, Jos, the Judge pointed to “loopholes” in the arguments of the government prosecutors, saying, “the needful has not been done properly”.

According to her, to prove a kidnap case, prosecutors needed to have established that the victims were seen taken away without their consent and without any lawful excuse, which they failed.

“The evidence provided on this matter is very scanty to enable the court take a reasonable decision in favour of the prosecution,” said Justice Agishi.

The Judge opined that the disappearance of the students was “sad” as it causes “emotional trauma”, but insisted that investigation on the case was “very porous”.

Mrs. Agishi hoped that the affected families find proper “justice” on the matter.

Defense council, Barr. Nantok Dashuwar of G.S Pwul (SAN) and Co. said the judgment was victory for justice.

The prosecution council, Barr. Gideon Zi, of the Plateau State Ministry of Justice said there was no likelihood of an appeal.

Some family members however say they will seek proper council on the possibility of an appeal, through private prosecutors.

Group wants Police section deleted from Nigeria's Constitution

A Nigerian elites group, Plateau Our Heritege wants section 214(1) of the country's 1999 Constitution deleted.

The section reads; "There shall be a Police force for Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigeria Police Force and subject to the provisions of this section, no other Police Force shall be established for the federation or any part thereof."

In a press statement issues by its Chairman, Mr. Alex Kwapnoe and Convener, Ayuba Dangwong, on Friday, POH asked that the entire constitution be rewritten "to ensure or insert compulsory compliance".

"We must be ruthless with criminals and even civil breaches in our laws - tort law inclusive," said the group.

It specifically called for the prosecution of "criminals" masquerading as "EndSARS" protesters to build public confidence in the movements.

Three herdsmen arrested for killing Plateau Crowned Prince, others

Three people have been arrested for the murder of Plateau Crowned Prince, Mr. Chungyang Mwadkon and five others in Wereng village of Riyom Local Government Area, Plateau State, last week Monday, October 5, 2020.

Management Committee Chairman of Riyom LGA, Mr. Mafeng Gwalson, said, Wednesday, that the three, all herders, arrested following a tipoff have confessed to the murders.

Gwalson at the funeral of the six in Wereng village said others involved in the crime listed by the arrested suspects are currently being tracked for onward prosecution.

“We will make sure that justice is done on these murders. The people who did this are not unknown Gunmen and they will never go free this time,” he said.

The attack according to the LG boss was foretold with names of the plotters supplied to securities before it was executed.

Securities he said were placed in flashpoint areas to safeguard the vulnerable villagers but the attackers stroke Wereng which was thought to be safe.

Member representing Riyom constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Timothy Dantong called for thorough investigation and follow-up on the arrests to check compromise.

“We have had similar arrests in the past but the suspects were released in the middle of investigations and they returned and continued terrorising communities,” he said.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, Plateau State, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo at the funeral demanded that anyone, including locals found to have collaborated in the murder of the Prince and his subjects should be hunted and punished as well.

“We cannot be crying against attackers while people from among us are leaking security information to outsiders,” he said.

Prince Mwadkon had just undergone screening and was awaiting coronation when he was killed, two days after the Senator, Plateau Northern Senatorial Zone, Istifanus Gyang alarmed that herdsmen had listed traditional rulers in the State for assassination.

At the funeral of the District Head of Foron in Barkin Ladi LGA, killed on September 21, 2020, Gyang called securities to investigate every intelligence provided through social or conventional news media rather than interrogate the sources.

The Senator was however condemned as inviting violence by an unidentified civil society group.

Fulani herder converts to Christianity, goes missing after visiting home in Plateau

A new Fulani Christian convert, Mr. Alkassim Adams has gone missing days after visiting his family house in Rankum, a Plateau native village allegedly annexed by herders through force and renamed to "Mahanga".
Adams, 40, went home for the first time in months, for a reported burial of his father on Monday, October 5, 2020, along with two of his friends and fellow Muslim Fulani converts but never returned.
Local sources say the three were abducted by and threatened with death to renounce their new Christian faith.
All three resisted and the two friends of Adams were shot right before him, it was gathered.
Adams, a student of COCIN Bible School Zaria, Kaduna State however remained in captivity, likely under a grace period, being a native.
His lines were only reachable for the first two days, and Police have yet to trace his whereabouts nearly two weeks later.
Before going out of reach, Adams told his Pastor in Abuja from where he was sponsored to the theological school to pray for him.
Officials of the theological school however say they have not heard from him since he took permission to visit home for his father's funeral.
Adams was once lynched, narrowly escaping death when he visited home in the early days of his conversion, a source said.
He was advised against coming home due to the experience but he insisted, clearly out of love and concern for family.
Adams will be the second Fulani herder from Mahanga to be killed, if confirmed, for renouncing his Islamic faith.
A young herder was said to have been abducted and killed in the same location about five years ago for accepting Christianity.

“We remain Assemblies of God,” new Northern Assembly clarifies

Rev. Yakubu Pam (right) and other officials of new Assembly of God Northern Nigeria at the Church's official launch in Jos

Newly registered Assembly of God Northern Nigeria, is not a new Church identical to Assemblies of God Nigeria, but a part of it, Officials have said.

The Church, its leader, Rev. Yakubu Pam said on Sunday, emerged to sustain the spiritual growth of members, previously interrupted by prolonged conflicts in Assemblies of God.

“We struggled for years in Assemblies of God with Police and Lawyers consuming our resources frequently.

“But we decided that enough is enough. If they cannot settle there (at headquarters), we will liberate our people.

“We still remain Assemblies of God. Those who want to continue in slavery should continue.

“And because we don’t want to be illegal people, we first and foremost registered with Corporate Affairs Commission,” said Pam at the declaration of the Jos zone of the Northern Nigerian Assembly.

Lawyers of Assemblies of God Church had last August written to the CAC to withdraw the certificate of registration issued for the new Assembly of God Northern Nigeria.

The CAC purportedly replied with a copy of a letter addressed to the Incorporated Trustees of Assembly of God Northern Nigeria to change the name of the Church which is “identical” to Assemblies of God Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2004 (as amended) in section 30(1) 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 purported CAC letter with reference number COM/GCE/QU/VOL.1/2020/286 dated August 27, 2020, signed by Registrar-General of CAC, Mr. Suleiman Mamman gave six weeks to change the name but Rev. Pam at the launch of the Jos zonal headquarters of the Church said he was not aware of it.

“We have our certificate of incorporation and none of us has seen that letter they are talking about,” he said.

His Secretary, Rev. Morvel James and legal adviser who was simply identified as Barr. Agama also claimed no knowledge of the letter.

Officials of Assemblies of God Church on Friday wrote Police, State Security Services and other security agencies warning against “forceful” use of their property for the new Northern Assembly.

However, Rev. Pam who is the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board said “nobody gave us money from Enugu (headquarters) to buy land. All our properties were bought by us but everybody who is in Northern Nigeria, regardless of their tribe or origin is part of us.”

Federal securities, including recepients of the petition by Assemblies of God Nigeria were at the launch of the Jos AGNN zone held at Assemblies of God Nigeria Hwolshe, Jos.

The petition and others before, though dismissed by Officials as mere rantings might however be tendered in evidence against the new Assembly of God Northern Nigeria in a suit likely to be filed within weeks.

Plateau student hacked to death weeks to wedding

Davou Musa was killed by suspected Herdsmen

Police in Central Nigeria are investigating the murder of a Polytechnic student, Davou Musa Chung on Wednesday, in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Davou, 30, was found dead on Thursday morning along Kuru Jenta-Vom road, in Jos South Local Government Area with deep machete cuts in his hands and face.

Police sources say a motorcycle believed to belong to the Engineering student was recovered from the scene of the murder.

Locals return early from farms for fear of attacks

“The road was barricaded at the scene of the murder somewhat like an armed robbery spot but it could have also been a precalculated ambush,” said a source.

Davou is believed to have been killed while returning from choir rehearsal in Heipang on Wednesday.

He was a Choir Master at both his home Church, COCIN Tya Vom and COCIN Rahwol Chom, Heipang, his school Church where he’d gone to coach his choristers for a special rendition on Sunday.

Mourners weep openly on Friday during Davou’s burial

A final year student of Electronic Engineering at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Mr. Davou Musa was said to have nearly completed traditional rites for his wedding in January 2021.

His murder threw the entire Vom community into mourning as residents wailed in open streets when his corpse was brought for burial on Friday.

Davou was an active member of the Boys Brigade Nigeria

Five young men were two weeks ago shot dead by suspected herdsmen at a social centre in K-Vom village, less than 2000mtrs from the spot Davou was killed.

Davou’s murder is believed to further severe relationship between locals and herdsmen who’ve been in conflict for nearly two decades.

No official comment has however been obtained from local authorities on the incident.

Nigerian NGO, Zishiya Empowerment Foundation sensitizes prison inmates on mental health care

ZEF with officials of Jos Plateau prison

To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day, a Nigerian nongovernmental organization, Zishiya Empowerment Foundation has sensitized inmates of three correctional service centres in Jos, Plateau State.

The campaign for proper mental health care was taken Shendam Prison in Plateau South, Pankshin prison in Plateau Central and Jos Prison in Plateau North with motivational books shared to inmates to boost their mental health.

Prison inmates are at high risk of mental health disorder, said Chief Executive Officer, Zishiya Empowerment Foundation, Mrs. Violet Nyelong Kaburuk Adama.

ZEF at Shendam Prison

“Some of them have been in detention for years with prolonged or no trial. Some were even convicted for offences they knew nothing about and some of these people have families who dominate their thoughts all the time. These people are prone to mental health disorders, and/or drug abuse which eventually impact the mental health of a person negatively. Sadly these issues if not promptly treated can be passed on to generations,” said Violet.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

ZEF at Pankshin prison

The 2020 mental health day has the theme: “Mental health for all.” Zishiya Empowerment Foundation carried out the enlightenment tour to include inmates who are rarely considered for such interventions, Violet said.

ZEF was founded in March 2020 primary to address drug related issues through sensitization, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts and those on the path to addiction.

The NGO is reputed to have rescued many drug users and empowered many including impoverished members of the society who are at risk of drug abuse from falling victims.

NCPC boss, Rev. Yakubu Pam allegedly sets to "forcefully" launch new Assembly of God Northern Nigeria Church

Rev. Yakubu Pam, right

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam may have completed plans to launch his proposed “Assembly of God Northern Nigeria” Church, a newly registered Church identical to “Assemblies of God Nigeria”.

Indications emerged on Thursday that the official declaration of the Plateau State zone of the proposed Church has been slated for Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Assemblies of God Church, Hwolshe, a supposed property of the old Church.

The move, MK gathers is already causing agitations among members of the parent Assemblies of God Nigeria Church, some of whom have vowed to resist it at all cost.

“It is really disheartening that Rev. Yakubu Pam, a supposed man of God who is expected to be a representative of Christ is bent on carrying out this move contrary to an earlier directive by the Federal Government to change the name of the Church and even using the properties of the Church he is seeking to imitate without due process,” said a top official of the Church.

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) had on August 27, 2020 wrote the Incorporated Trustees of Assembly of God Northern Nigeria Church to change the registered name of the Church within six weeks which terminates October 8, 2020.

The letter (COM/GCE/QU/VOL.1/2020/286) signed by Registrar-General of CAC, Mr. Suleiman Mamman said the name was similar to “Assemblies of God Nigeria” which it said was registered in 1996.

This is thought to be in regards of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 (as amended) which in section 30(1) 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 directive of the CAC was in response to a complaint by Lawyers of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Seven Seals Attorneys, on August 16, 2020, seeking the withdrawal of certificate of incorporation issued for Assembly of God Northern Nigeria in November 2017. 

Also, the Executive Committee (EC) of Assemblies of God Nigeria on September 16, 2020 wrote to the NCPC official to discontinue plans to “illegally” set up a Church identical to its own, threatening to take legal actions within three weeks if he failed. 

Potential violence in Jos

As a first step to jusrice, the Church is involving securities. In a letter on October 7, 2020 addressed to the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, copied to the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the State Security Services, Permanent Secretary Security, Plateau State Government House and among others, Christian Association of Nigeria, Attorneys of Assemblies of God Nigeria demanded a restraint against "forcefully" using properties belonging to its client, to avoid violent clashes.

According to the letter signed by Barrister Ezra Jinang, some AGN Pastors who opposed the new AGNN Church have been forcefully sacked and replaced by Rev. Pam despite being a mere employee of the Church like them.

Assemblies of God Church has in recent years experienced internal conflicts with factional leaderships installed in many of its branches. 

The now incorporated Assembly of God Northern Nigeria is however thought to be the only known new Church, fronted by Rev. Pam, the Assemblies of God Nigeria’s Jos District Superintendent whose tenure reportedly elapsed in March 2020 while still serving as the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern Nigeria.

Moves for reconciliation had reportedly reached advanced level when the new Church was hatched, deepening the existing Crisis.

Breaking News: Plateau Crowned Prince, five others killed in another village attack

Angry villagers oppose movement of corpses to mortuary

Jos, Nigeria: Gunmen believed to be herders on Monday attacked a Plateau native community, killing six people including a crowned Prince.

Mr. Chungyang Mwadkon, a former Acting Village Head of Wereng village in Riyom Local Government Area was due for coronation when he was shot and killed while trying to escape from the attackers, it was gathered.

Eyewitnesses say the assailants, armed with AK47 rifles and other deadly weapons invaded the community at about 9pm local time, shooting at everyone in sight.

"We first thought they were vigilante because they were wearing boots and security kits like community Police, until they started shooting at us," said Kim Francis, 32.

"They kept shooting and picking their expended bullet shells as they moved," said Francis who was shot in the leg.

Lyop David, 35 and Mary Francis, 65, shot in the thigh and leg respectively said they were chased with steady gunfire into their rooms.

The attackers killed three members of a family in their compound while Mr. Mwadkon and two others were killed along the road.

Officials draw "battle line" with village raiders in Plateau

Governor Simon Lalong releases dove to symbolize peace

Central Nigeria: Officials in Plateau State say they are aware of security threats in the state caused by "merchants of evil".

But as a government, "we have vowed that we will never budge in our duty towards protecting the lives and properties of our people,' said Governor Simon Lalong, Thursday.

"No amount of blackmail and desperation will deter us from this task. We have drawn the battle line with criminals and together with security agencies remain steadfast in securing our State," the Governor said 

According to him, arrests have already been made over the recent killing of a Traditional Ruler in Foron District, Barkin Ladi LGA; the Killing of a DSS operative in Shendam; as well as the killing of five people in Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area.

Jos: Bimma Hospital successfully grafts eroded skin for poor accident victim at risk of amputation

Benjamin Gwang minutes before skin grafting

Central Nigeria: Doctors have successfully grafted eroded skin for Mr. Benjamin Joshua, 32, a poor accident victim previously at risk of amputation for lack of funds.

The hours long surgery last Thursday was done at Bimma orthopedic hospital, Jos, Plateau State where Benjamin has been treated since July, 2020.

Benjamin's leg fully grafted

The hospital had commenced treatment for the patient with less than 50% of the N300,000 initial surgery charge paid, agreeing to cover some of the expenses.

See Jos: Bimma hospital slashes treatment charge for poor accident victim battling 3year-old injuries

The partnership followed news reports published by MK Reporters, seeking help for the poor father of three.

A low income mason, Benjamin had multiple fractures in the leg from a deadly autocrash in 2017 and was first treated in a missionary hospital with metal implants fixed in the affected bone.

Benjamin was on the verge of amputation when Bimma admitted him following appeals from MKREPORTERS

The wounds however degenerated, as the implants began to rust, infecting Benjamin's bones.

Due to lack of funds, Benjamin managed the infections locally while the wounds expanded and deepened, with constant strong smelling white discharge.

Joshua’s skin was deeply eaten by the 3year-old infection

Doctors said he could lose the leg if surgery was not conducted to remove the implant and swiftly control the fast spreading infection.

See Without raising N300,000 for surgery, Benjamin, 32 could lose a limb

The first surgery was conducted in early August to remove the orthopedic implant in Benjamin's leg. After successfully controlling the infection, Doctors carried out the skin grafting, raiding hope for a normal life for the patient.

Doctors carefully but happily removed implant from Joshua’s leg despite being partly charity

The hospital has however incurred extra expenses in drugs, laboratory examinations and hired expertise needing financing.

Post-surgery expenses might equally be a challenge without adequate funding, when Benjamin is eventually discharged.

Bimma Hospital is reputed for quality treatment of orthopedic cases at low cost

Kindly reach deep into your heart and lend a hand using MK Reporters' First Bank Nigeria account 2034760123 or call +2348062923239.

MK’s news report only attracted about 40% of the required amount through cash donations, but Bimma Hospital is not letting finances hinder the treatment.

Peace building does not mean covering up for killers - Senator Gyang

Senator Istifanus Gyang speaks at a continental summit in Dakar, Senegal (file photo)

The Senator representing Plateau North in the Nigerian National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang has said that those criticizing him for openly condemning the persisting attacks in his constituency are merely attempting to "disparage, label and stigmatize" him for political gains. 

Labeling anyone as "tribalist" and "enemy" of peace for "voicing out" for victims of "sustained attacks, killings and displacements", the Senator said on Sunday, is "anti-Plateau".

"Is anyone in doubt about who is getting killed and who the killers are on the Plateau or anywhere else in the Northern states? Whether in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Niger or Kaduna, is it still a subject of debate?

"That 10 traditional rulers were assassinated in Plateau North is not enough for an alarm to be sounded? Not to talk of further threats against the safety of those still alive. To brand the alarm raised by Senator Gyang as tribalism is unfortunate and satanic. So the killing of the traditional rulers is not the problem but raising alarm against it is the problem?" Gyang quarried.

Peace building, the Senator said in a press statement through his media Advisor, Musa Ashoms, "does not mean to deny facts nor overlook the reality of prolonged attacks on communities in Plateau North; neither does advocating peace means concealing the identity of attackers and killers; nor does it mean applauding government and security agencies in the face of failure to arrest increasing and rising wave of terrorism, insurgency, banditry and killings across the nation."

Local newspaper reports had accused the Senator of incitement.

Gyang had on Friday at the funeral of a murdered Village Chief in his constituency demanded probe on growing assassination of traditional rulers and their civilian subjects.

An acclaimed peace group however lashed the Senator as unfairly criticising securities and labeling herdsmen as the killers.

The Senator however maintained that his comments at the funeral were excerpts from his motion at the Senate last Wednesday.

Armed attackers face deadly military artillery after killing civilians in Plateau

File photo: Police takeover attack scene in Plateau village - representative image

Central Nigeria: Two people were Friday gunned down in Ncha village of Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State, hours after officials held a peace meeting to end clashes between farmers and herders.

A man named Moses Abbah was killed and another, Mr. Musa David was severely injured while planting beans, it was gathered.

It was the tenth of such attacks in the agrarian State in less  than two weeks, after gunmen believed to be herders killed a Police Sergeant and a civilian in farming Malul hamlet of Daffo district, in the State's Bokkos LGA.

Observers believe the Ncha village farm murder was a reprisal by the attackers who on Wednesday ran into a highly alert military peacekeeping troop while attempting to raid nearby Kpachudu village.

Many of the assailants reportedly escaped with deadly injuries, some of whom are believed to have died hours later.

The raiders, according to an eyewitness who is currently being treated of bullet wounds by the Jos Special Task Force Commander, included familiar herdsmen residing in a nearby village.

Last Friday, a corpse believed to be of one of those injured in the military encounter was found around Gero, Sabon Gida village near Bassa LGA.

Inside sources fear a possible revenge for the recorded casualties, likely in unguarded communities for fear of military reaction.

The Wednesday attack, it was learnt, aimed to avenge the death of one Mr. Saleh Bimbi, another suspected attacker reportedly killed in crossfire with military peacekeepers in Ncha village last Sunday after killing three locals in an ambush.

Similar military interventions have neutralized violent criminal gangs previously terrorizing travelers along Jos-Kaduna roads, leading to weeks of sustained peace in the axis.

The STF troops are however not depending on Force to achieve results.

Intelligence, dialogue and criminal rehabilitation are among approaches used by present officials to end violence in Plateau and other neighboring States, it was learnt.

Through these, at least 18 suspects of herdsmen attacks, identified by their uncomfortable kinsmen are now being tracked by the troops.

The body might however lack the constitutional backing to prosecute suspects as a peacekeeping agency.

With sufficient evidences however, it could secure conviction in partnership with the Police Force, except for political sabotage or compromise by trial officials.

"More traditional rulers targeted for assassination in Plateau," Senator alarms

Senator Istifanus Gyang and Hon. Musa Bagos, House of Reps

Jos, Plateau: Nigerian Senator, Istifanus Gyang on Friday said more traditional rulers in Plateau have been listed for assassination.

The "serial targeted killing" of traditional rulers by suspected herdsmen aims at total takeover of native lands in the State, said the Senator at the funeral of a village chief, Mr. Bulus Chuwang, killed on Monday 21st September, 2020 by armed men suspected to be herders.

Gyang said, "In Barkin Ladi alone, in Gashish District, Gwom Kachi, Gwom Ruku and indeed the District Head were killed. In Heipang District, Gwom Kwapo was killed. In Fann District, Gwom Nding Rankasa was killed. In Foron District, Gwom Kakweng, Gwom Ru, and now the Acting District Head of Foron have all been slain. Not only that, a Paramount Chief of First Class standing was murdered in Bokkos Local Government. We have received credible information locally that some of the Chiefs you're seeing here are the next targets of attack. The ultimate desire is the quest to takeover this land."

The lawmaker demanded the prosecution and punishment of "troublemakers" by government and security agencies to fulfill their constitutional responsibility of securing lives.

"The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows every Nigerian to choose wherever he wants to reside in any part of the country. But the same Constitution says wherever you are, you must contribute to the wellbeing of that community. When you come to a community and threatened the peace and wellbeing of that community, it is the responsibility of government to ensure that those people that won't let others to be at peace are dealt with. The Primary responsibility of government is to secure lives. And if that is not done then government has failed."

Senator Gyang who represents Plateau North in the Senate and is Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defense said every local security report should be taken "seriously" by security agents rather than probing sources of such.

"Just last week, one of our very vibrant youngmen that has been reporting on these things was invited by the security that he is raising false alarm. Instead of you to focus on those that are the problem, you want to focus on those that are raiding alarm against those people," said the Senator.

He also called for action against "malicious" damage to farm crops by herdsmen in the State, which he said threatens food security.

He said, "The State Government should support the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps to deploy Agro Rangers to secure some of these farms because the threat is alarming. Right now Nigeria has started importing maize, something that has never happened before. And the farm crops that are supposed to guarantee food security are being maliciously destroyed."

Gyang on Wednesday raised a motion at the Senate's sitting on the security threats in Plateau State, particularly the targeted assassination of traditional rulers.

Covid-19: 1600 Jos school staff, students get PPE donation from old students

Jos, Nigeria: Command Secondary School Jos on Wednesday took delivery of 4800 pieces of personal protective equipment, donated by its old students.

1600 PPE packs containing a bottle of hand sanitizer, face shield and facemask combined are expected to reach each of the school’s 1500 students and 100 staff.

Supported by Kas Prints, Abuja, makers of the kits, Command Secondary School Jos Old Students Association (COJOSA) aims to protect resuming staff and students from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, for optimal performance.

Each carton contains a combo pack of face shield, facemask and hand sanitizer

“Our hope is for them to stay healthy, learn well and earn well in the future,” said the COJOSA Secretary General, Mr. Gabriel Bigwan.

The body has previously made several social and infrastructural donations to the school and is currently building a 1500 capacity dining hall for students, the union leader said.

COJOSA building 1500 capacity dining hall

This it does to supplement government’s efforts, “which itself has been crying for private partnership because it is overstretched,” said Bigwan while presenting the PPEs on behalf of COJOSA President, Mr. Ademola Kasimu.

The PPEs were donated in commemorating the school’s establishment on September 29, 1977, said Jos Branch Chairman of COJOSA, Femi Akinkpelu.

Femi Akinpelu Dapson, left, Gabriel Bigwan, middle

The school was built for children from low income families but has produced graduates currently excelling in different fields, he said.

To sustain this, partnership from private bodies, Akinkpelu said was crucial, especially during disease outbreaks to keep students safe and healthy enough to acquire knowledge.

PPEs donated in partnership with Kas Prints Abuja

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.

The donated PPEs would cut student expenses on covid-19 prevention as they likely resume in weeks.