Plateau NAFEST 2020: Another Lalong Frivolity, Dangerous and Unnecessary Jamboree


All over the world, the horrific aftermaths of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced right thinking and proactive governments into shelving plans that had been slated to promote social interaction and pleasure.This is, first, to curb the spread of the imminent second wave of the the deadly virus. 

Second, and most importantly, the effects of lockdowns and the pervasive consequences they've had on the well-being of citizens, especially those who depend on daily returns from their petty businesses, have been debilitating and unprecedented, to say the least. Such hapless individuals have been practically living from hand to mouth. In fact, survival has chiefly become a matter of life and death.

In Nigeria, the home of world poverty, entire economies and social structures have been shattered. Which is why most governors are now up and doing to find ways of ameliorating the medical and economic effects of the pandemic on their prostrate, suffering citizens. 

We must not also forget that the Federal Government's COVID-19 watchdog has warned of a possible second wave, just as is being experienced in America, Europe and other parts of the world.

Yet, and most unfortunately, it's in the midst of these desperate health and economic upheavals that the Lalong administration is bringing out the drums to announce its preparations to host a national arts and culture fiesta in Jos, the state capital. In view of the above, it's expedient to put across these pertinent, existential, posers: 

Only recently, Plateau had one of the highest prevalence rates of COVID-19 in the country. Even if that odious index has changed today, would the influx of other Nigerians into the state not take us back to that previous unenviable and deadly position? That's considering the current red alert from the Federal Government that COVID-19 cases are on the spike nationwide.

Moreover, is this frivolous and unnecessary jamboree really worth it now that Plateau civil servants are rightly clamouring for the implementation of the new minimum wage - which the Lalong administration has consistently said it could not implement due to lack of funds? 

Paradoxically, the same Lalong administration has based this inability to pay on the negative effects the pandemic has had on the state's economy! 

And, by the way, the state government has refused to reveal to the hungry and desperate Plateau citizens how much they have budgeted for this misplaced, frivolous and unnecessary jamboree.

Credit: Chris Gyang


Despite Covid-19, National Festival of Arts to hold in Jos


Barely 16 weeks after resuming from lockdown caused by covid-19, Officials in Plateau State are currently rounding off plans to host the 2020 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture.

The event holding from the 22nd to the 28th of this month will have in attendance, Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tourism and Culture, Mai Mala Buni, the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, and a host of others.

The event holding at Langfield Leisure park Rayfield Jos, under COVID-19 protocol according to the State Commissioner of Information, Dan Manjang, will feature traditional board game, Archery, Indigenous Fabrics competition, children's Essay Competition and cultural Quiz competition. 

Other events are choral music competition, traditional cuisine, children's indigenous instrumental competition, children's craft and command performance.

The State had banned all festivals at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, even after approving of low traffic public gatherings. It has yet to officially lift the ban on such ceremonies when it announced the event.

Critics have also accused the government of not revealing the source and size of funds voted for the event.

The Government is however using the event to showoff its tourism potentials.

The State Information Commissioner in a press statement said "the 2020 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture promises to be a memorable one as Plateau State gears up to host the National fiesta with a touch of excellence leveraging on its rich heritage and potentials."

The State Governor according to the Commissioner has given "marching" orders to the event officials to make sure "everything" is in place to achieve it. This is particularly as the event offers a chance to make a statement on the stand of the State on the unity of Nigeria.

"The cultural diversity of the State and being Nigeria's melting pot and a nexus between the Northern and Southern parts of the country offers a platform to reinforce Nigeria's unity using arts and culture," Mr. Manjang's press statement says.

These Jos brains fixed broken ventilators, built Nigeria's first disease control systems and are ready to export

Williams Gyang and Nura Jibril working on a broken ventilator in JUTH

Jos, Nigeria: Williams Gyang, Adebolajo Sunday and Nura Jibrin, a rare combination of talents from Central, Southern and Northern Nigeria respectively, have since the outbreak of Covid-19, attempted placing Nigeria among nations with local technologies for the control of contagions.

The trio, driven by passion and a strong desire to save the country from overdependence on foreign technology began research long before lockdowns started, hindering importation of medical equipment and other facilities for the management of the disease.

Having successfully fixed three broken ventilators at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), the first ever in Nigeria, the young engineers attempted to build new ventilators but were constrained by import restrictions. They however started research on prevention facilities, and in August 2020 produced the first Nigerian decontamination chamber.

The system, built from scratch, from locally sourced materials, automatically screens incoming persons for facemasks, denying entry for persons without facemasks. Designed to be mounted at entry points of schools, hotels, hospitals, banks, offices, worship places, supermarkets and other public facilities, the machine automatically sprays germ disinfectants on a person screened for facemask and allowed into an airtight chamber where temperature test is automatically done.

When temperature is detected to be beyond normal, the system automatically sends signals to relevant authorities for immediate isolation of the person. Its automated exit door however remains locked after disinfection and temperature test until a user places their hands under a door-mount automated electronic hand-sanitizer, which automatically activates the exit door.

Decontamination chamber built by Williams and co

Embedded with fully automated dusk-to-dawn lighting system, 24hour wireless closed-circuit TV cameras and among others, social distance detection system, the machine, is designed to prevent the spread of all contagious diseases, not just Covid-19, Mr. Gyang, leader of the team told Journalists in Jos on Friday.

Financial constraint

The primary aim of the innovation is to protect the country from infectious diseases, but the technology has the potential to change Nigeria’s revenue profile. Presently, the key sources of foreign exchange for the country are oil revenues, lendings and grants.

Of the country’s $53.6billion export earnings in 2019, only about 12.7% came from the non-oil sector. Of this value, Mineral fuels including oil produced US$46.7 billion (87.1%), Ships boats produced $3.2 billion (5.9%), other base metal goods: $2.1 billion (3.9%), Cocoa $311.1 million (0.6%) and Oil seeds: $299.7 million (0.6%). The Fertilizer sector brought in $151.7 million (0.3%), fruits nuts: $113.4 million (0.2%), tobacco manufactured substitutes: $103.7 million (0.2%), Raw hides, skins not furskins, leather: $75.3 million (0.1%) and Aircraft, spacecraft: $69.8 million (0.1%). [Statistics from http://www.worldstopexports.com/nigerias-top-10-exports/]

From the data above, no foreign earning came from the medical and/or electronic sectors, whereas Nigerians are reputed as the most educated immigrants in the United States of America. Nigeria is also reputed to have the largest human and capital resources in Africa, a potential that could place it among the world’s leading economies. L-R: Adebolajo Sunday, Nura Jibrin & Williams Gyang

The innovations of the Plateau three, has potential to change the current story, but Officials must see the business opportunity therein. The young men, all low income earners, took bank loan of N350,000, nearly $1000USD to acquire raw materials and design the desired parts for the machines. However, no government official or Nigerian businessman has shown interest in doing business with them. 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha in August made a brief mention of the technology during one of his regular Covid-19 press briefings and it stopped there. The Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dan Manjang, and the House of Reps member from Jos South/Jos East constituency, Musa Bagos also visited the engineers’ technical workshop and tested the innovations. However, no grant, loan or contract has been given for the perfection and mass production of the technology. This has left the engineers grounded, and nearly deterred, but for their determination to succeed, hopefully with foreign support someday. 

Electronic hand sanitizers built by the three

From expert assessment, investing in the technology has the potential to return millions of dollars in weeks, especially as global economies try to recover from the recent lockdowns and still stay safe in the years to come. If the youths will be supported to acquire part designing machines and other equipment needed for the production of the disease control systems, they would be able to produce in large quantities and supply to users within and outside Nigeria, creating wealth and employment for the country, and an enhanced public image outside.

Breaking: Fire guts Jos Electricity Distribution Company Office


The head office of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company along Ahmadu Bello way, Jos, Plateau State has been gutted by fire.

Fire reportedly broke out in the top floor of the seven storey building at about 6pm, Nigerian time, from an unknown source.

Media Officer of the company, Saratu Aliyu confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, saying "It is a little fire incident that we are trying to control."

Mrs. Aliyu could not give any further details as she sounded busy, pleading to be contacted later.

"This is a wrong timing please call me later, but keep calm, we are working on it," she said.

Jos Electricity Distribution, a Public Liability Company (JED Plc) is one of the eleven Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) Privatized by the Federal Government of Nigeria in pursuant to the Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 which led to the unbundling of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) as a Government owned power utility company. JED Plc took over operations on November 1st, 2013 with the mandate to be the first-choice provider of quality electricity.

With its Headquarters in Jos, Plateau state, JED PLC is an indigenous electricity Company incorporated in Nigeria to carry out the business of electricity distribution and retail sale in the regions of Plateau, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue States.

JED PLC operates one of the longest distribution networks in the country. It spreads across a geographical span of 152, 901 KM2 and caters to over Four Hundred Thousand (400,000) customers.

With links to eight transmission stations of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), JEDCO operates through eight Regional Offices which are further decentralized into thirty Area Offices and one hundred and forty-seven Feeder Offices. The company receives a daily average energy allocation of about 7% from the Nation Grid (240 MW daily average) that is distributed through its Eight (8) regional offices.


"We no longer fight," rival communities in Jos tell State Security outfit, Operation Rainbow following ceasefire talks

community leaders share success stories from OPRB engagements

Securities in Central Nigeria’s Jos, the capital of Plateau State on Thursday resumed talks with representatives of conflict flashpoint communities to sustain peace, weeks after violent groups hijacked peaceful protests against Police brutality, destroying properties worth 75 billion naira, based on official figures.

Since January, 2020, the State owned Security outfit, “Operation Rainbow” has held series of meetings with local stakeholders to identify and solve issues causing violence, as well as reconcile parties in conflict.

Violent conflicts first errupted in the city in 2001, between Christians and Muslims, causing an estimated 1000 deaths. At least three major sectarian crises have occured in the city, spreading to local villages in 2010, with persisting clashes between predominantly Christian farmers and predominantly Muslim herdsmen.

Operation Rainbow was founded in 2011 primarily to detect and prevent violent conflicts, complementing federal securities in the State. The outfit starting mediations with eight of 20 communities targeted for 2020 engaged already, is stretching its duties, but the results are impressive.

In Kwana Shagari, a previously deadly battleground for Christians and Muslims, residents have set up joint committees to rid crimes such as drug abuse, theft, rape, and others, likely to cause violence.

Mr. Umar Saleh Yusuf, a representative of the community, told Officials at the Thursday’s dialogue, that since establishing the committee earlier in the year, locals have been peacefully united.

Officials give lectures at resumed dialogue meeting

In Saleh’s words, “We held series of meetings with landlords, youth leaders, women groups, elders and found that our problems all along have been caused by a few criminals. We identified and evicted them and got the cooperation of our neighbors in Bridge, Bible Faith and Busabuji to follow suit. Today, when there is crisis in other communities, instead of segregating, we jointly guard our vulnerable groups and nothing ever goes wrong there.”

Mrs. Talatu Arandi, a representative of another flashpoint community, Laranto, said “due to these engagements, we have been united that when something starts in other communities, it ends there, unlike before when anything happening elsewhere ripples.”

“No more borders (segregated settlements) in our community,” adds another community representative, Binta Shehu. “We cohabit peacefully and share things – food included, something we previously avoided for so-called religious differences,” she said.


About forty stakeholders invited for the resumed dialogue

The dialogues started with the recruitment of youths by Operation Rainbow as neighborhood watch officials. Community involvement, Mrs. Keziah Dung, the Operation Rainbow Director of Administration, said became crucial because “it is our responsibility as citizens to protect our peace.”

“I am happy that this outfit has provided platforms for us to voice our grievances and resolve them peacefully,” said the Coordinator of the Security outfit, Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Shehu Makama.

The conflicts in the State, Makama said previously persisted because the root causes of violence were not identified.

“Previously we only gathered to share humanitarian aid to victims of conflicts buy now this is more than any food or clothes that anyone can give,” he said.

AIG Makama, rtd, Coordinator, Operation Rainbow

Permanent Secretary of the State’s Cabinet and Special Services, Mr. Cornellius Shiolbyal encouraged participants to make recommendations to aid government in solving conflicts in other communities yet to be united.

Mr. Victor Elias, a Chief Superintendent of Police heading a Police Division in Angwan Rogo, a previously high-risk Muslim community dreaded by Christians, advised citizens to be tolerant, for peace to grow.

Mrs. Fatima Aliyu, a Lecturer in Yobe University also advised parents and stakeholders to address drug abuse, which she said are strong conflict drivers.

Mrs. Keziah Dung, Operation Rainbow Head of Admin gives lecture at resumed dialogue
Mrs. Fatima Aliyu, a University lecturer shares knowledge on controlling drug abuse
Manasseh Ujim
Operation Rainbow Official
Participants at dialogue meeting

"We no longer fight," rival communities say following peace talks by Plateau Police Department, Operation Rainbow


Securities in Central Nigeria’s Jos, the capital of Plateau State on Thursday resumed talks with representatives of conflict flashpoint communities to sustain peace, weeks after violent groups hijacked peaceful protests against Police brutality, destroying properties worth 75 billion naira, based on official figures.

Since January, 2020, the State owned Police outfit, “Operation Rainbow” has held series of meetings with local stakeholders to identify and solve issues causing violence, as well as reconcile parties in conflict.

Violent conflicts first errupted in the city in 2001, between Christians and Muslims, causing an estimated 1000 deaths. At least three major sectarian crises have occured in the city, spreading to local villages in 2010, with persisting clashes between predominantly Christian farmers and predominantly Muslim herdsmen.

Operation Rainbow was founded in 2011 primarily to detect and prevent violent conflicts, complementing federal securities in the State. The outfit starting mediations with eight of 20 communities targeted for 2020 engaged already, is stretching its duties, but the results are impressive.

In Kwana Shagari, a previously deadly battleground for Christians and Muslims, residents have set up joint committees to rid crimes such as drug abuse, theft, rape, and others, likely to cause violence.

Mr. Umar Saleh Yusuf, a representative of the community, told Officials at the Thursday’s dialogue, that since establishing the committee earlier in the year, locals have been peacefully united.

community leaders share success stories from OPRB engagements

In Saleh’s words, “We held series of meetings with landlords, youth leaders, women groups, elders and found that our problems all along have been caused by a few criminals. We identified and evicted them and got the cooperation of our neighbors in Bridge, Bible Faith and Busabuji to follow suit. Today, when there is crisis in other communities, instead of segregating, we jointly guard our vulnerable groups and nothing ever goes wrong there.”

Mrs. Talatu Arandi, a representative of another flashpoint community, Laranto, said “due to these engagements, we have been united that when something starts in other communities, it ends there, unlike before when anything happening elsewhere ripples.”

“No more borders (segregated settlements) in our community,” adds another community representative, Binta Shehu. “We cohabit peacefully and share things – food included, something we previously avoided for so-called religious differences,” she said.



The dialogues started with the recruitment of youths by Operation Rainbow as neighborhood watch officials. Community involvement, Mrs. Keziah Dung, the State’s Police Director of Administration, said became crucial because “it is our responsibility as citizens to protect our peace.”

“I am happy that this outfit has provided platforms for us to voice our grievances and resolve them peacefully,” said the Coordinator of the State Police outfit, Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Shehu Makama.

The conflicts in the State, Makama said previously persisted because the root causes of violence were not identified.

“Previously we only gathered to share humanitarian aid to victims of conflicts buy now this is more than any food or clothes that anyone can give,” he said.

AIG Makama, rtd, Coordinator, Operation Rainbow

Permanent Secretary of the State’s Cabinet and Special Services, Mr. Cornellius Shiolbyal encouraged participants to make recommendations to aid government in solving conflicts in other communities yet to be united.

Mr. Victor Elias, a Chief Superintendent of Police heading a Police Division in Angwan Rogo, a previously high-risk Muslim community dreaded by Christians, advised citizens to be tolerant, for peace to grow.

Mrs. Fatima Aliyu, a Lecturer in Yobe University also advised parents and stakeholders to address drug abuse, which she said are strong conflict drivers.


Will Plateau break even with its new Covid-19 cure?

Plateau researchers unveil first made-in-Nigeria Covid-19 remedy

On Saturday, a team of researchers set up by Plateau State Government to find a cure for covid-19, submitted their report, after completing the pre-clinical stage of their assignment with “tremendous success”.

The lead researcher, Prof. Noel Wannang told the State Governor Simon Lalong that the next stage of the team’s assignment will be the clinical trial where samples of the produced solution will be tested on human beings.

The products named COPLA I, II & III, are among a range of innovations pioneered by Plateau in the fight against covid-19. In April, two Plateau citizens – Williams Gyang and Nura Jibril performed the first local diagnosis of unserviceable ventilators while researching to build a new one. Few weeks later, another Plateau citizen – Jerry Mallo produced the first Nigerian ventilator with remarkable success.

Williams and Jibril later teamed up with one other to produce the first Nigerian decontamination chamber and social distance detection devices. The State in June became the first to set up a research team to find a cure for covid-19. But just when the team was yet to complete its work, another citizen of the State, Miss Tikar Moses Dongo produced what analysts say is a promising covid-19 vaccine formula. her research came to light at the same time the State research team unveiled its products, becoming the first to achieve the feat.

But is this new covid-19 remedy likely to succeed? In 2014, Nigeria made the first breakthrough in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, using a trial remedy produced by a US based Nigerian. That remedy, successful as it was, was not approved by the World Health Organization. The same thing occured when Madagascar produced its first covid-19 cure.

Many other African made products have suffered humiliation in the hands of the international Community. However, the worse enemy of local manufacturing is patronage of foreign goods over local goods. Nigeria has the capital and human resources that can serve as both raw materials, expertise and market for any product.

Nigerians in the United States are rated the most educated and most efficient physicians. Elsewhere, Nigerians are making history. If only Nigeria can learn to patronize and support its own, soon, the country will be the envy of all.


Plateau researchers unveil first made-in-Nigeria Covid-19 cure

Covid-19 cure produced by Plateau researchers

A team of researchers set up by Officials in Plateau State to find a cure for covid-19, on Saturday said they have completed the pre-clinical stage of their assignment with “tremendous success”.

“Already, the research papers for the remedies have been published in national and international medical journals,” a statement from the Director of Press to the Governor, Makut Macham quotes the team leader as saying.

Presenting an interim report to the Governor of the State, Simon Lalong in Jos, the lead researcher, Prof. Noel Wannang said the next stage of the team’s assignment will be the clinical trial where samples of the produced solution will be tested on human beings.

The products named COPLA I, II & III, Prof. Wannang said were produced following international standards and have been submitted to regulatory agencies for further scrutiny and evaluation. 

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong while responding said he was proud of the team for the level of achievements so far, promising to reach out to relevant government and private sector organisations for further funding of the research. 

He maintained that Government will continue to pay attention to research and innovation as there are many people citizens with gifts and telents that could provide solutions to humanity in various ways.

Mary, 25, an unemployed graduate finds joy teaching, caring for destitute children in Jos

Mary Adamu, 25, holds a PGD in Education

Central Nigeria: Miss Mary Adamu, a graduate of Physics Education has a post-graduate Diploma from the University of Jos, Plateau State, but has no job. Since graduation four years ago, Mary has survived on micro-businesses and grants from friends and family members but wouldn’t bear the sight of hungry, unattended children in her neighborhood.

Of specific interest to Mary is a set of seven siblings living nextdoor, aged 5-13 who are out of school and mostly without parental care. Five of them are of the same mother but different fathers. The mother, said to be mentally unstable goes out every day to find food for herself leaving the kids with nothing to eat. Their fathers on the other hand are nowhere to be found. They were all born out of wedlock.

Mary is visited by a civil society activist in Jos

Filled with compassion, Mary, 25, cooks and feeds the kids from her meager resources. Supported by her poor mother, Mary clothes the children and at least once a week organizes private lessons for them. “I hate to see innocent children with bright future wasting away,” the young educationist told reporters.

Mary has never been married, neither does she have a child but she believes the kids deserve better. “The parents might be irresponsible but we should not all be like them,” she said. Her passion is to see every child grow to achieve their dreams and get the best out of life. According to her, “we can’t always wait for rewards to help.”

Growing up in a low-income family and low-class Community may have taught her the value of sharing. “All of us in our family (siblings) are educated and it only makes sense to share the little we can with those who don’t have completely,” she said.

Mother of unattended kids is believed to be mentally unstable

She wishes to start an orphanage or foundation to cater for destitute and less privileged children but herself, she is inadequate. Mary is not crazy about wealth making, but value creation. She has volunteered for nongovernmental organizations doing same. Her joy, she says, is to see others live happily and fulfilled.

However, any support, she says, in form of children wears (new or old), food items, educational materials, or even direct scholarship for the children would make remarkable impact. Such support could be channeled to +2347038138777 (Mary) or +2348062923239 (MK Reporters WhatsApp/text only). Inquiries can also be sent to masskz1386@gmail.com.

“We are attacked each time we expose criminals in our midst” – Plateau Village Chief

Amos Jallang, Saf Mandar, Plateau State

A Village Chief in Central Nigeria, Mr. Amos Jallang says violent criminals living in communities always attack those who leak information about them.

Police and other law enforcements, Mr. Jallang said have several times revealed sources of information concerning criminals, and released the suspects without proper investigation.

“This culture of impunity is what is killing our country, and we the Community leaders are helpless because we are not safe ourselves,” said Mr. Jallang, the Traditional Head of Mandar village in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Over ten monarchs including a first class Chief have been killed by suspected herdsmen in Plateau State in less than five years.

Mr. Jallang believes Government has capacity to end violent crimes but lacks willpower.

“Imagine government negotiating with terrorists; hardened terrorists and criminals. But those that steal foul, corn, rice and other minor things are the ones convicted.

“They (Government Officials) who embezzle billions of naira are not prosecuted, but the people with the minutest offences are the ones jam-packed in prison cells,” he said.

The Village Chief is also pained that Government complains of inadequate manpower in its security system while many graduates seeking recruitment have yet to be considered.

He advised Government to seek advise beyond its appointed advisors to address insecurity and attract foreign investment that could reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

EndSARS: Officials hold town hall meeting with youths in Plateau State


Officials in Plateau State are today holding a town hall meeting with youths to resolve concerns arising from the recent EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

Representatives of various youth organizations including Christian Association of Nigeria, Muslim Youth Association, Plateau Youth Council and among others, native youth groups are currently gathered at the banquet hall of the Plateau State Government House for the interface, which is likely the first in the State.

Governor Simon Lalong will lead other officials to document the views and concerns of the youths who are currently agitating for equal opportunities in governance.

Missing Plateau Pastor pleads for help in new ISWAP video

Rev. Polycarp Zongo in new ISWAP video

Rev. Polycarp Zongo, a Pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Jos, Plateau State has appeared in a new video saying he was captured by “soldiers of the caliphate”, a self-made nickname of the Islamic State West Africa Province.

In the video, Zongo appears terrified with faint chirping sounds of birds in the background but no flag or rifle, popular signatures of ISWAP rivaled Boko Haram appear in the video.

ISWAP is known for recording videos of hostages without any symbols on screen, but will ensure hostages identify them by their preferred name, “soldiers of the caliphate’.

Zongo does not say where he currently is but says he was taken on Monday 19th October, 2020 on his way to Gombe for a conference.

“On Monday 19th October, 2020, on my way to Gombe for a conference, I met with the soldiers of the caliphate, and they captured me. I am with them,” he said in a trembling voice.

See Video of Rev. Polycarp Zongo pleading for help

The Leading Pastor of COCIN Wild Life Park, Jos also said there were two other Christian ladies in the custody of the insurgents, pleading with Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang and the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and COCIN to “help rescue” him “from their hands.”

It is not clear if Miss Fayina Ali, a Kaduna based indigene of Adamawa State who was also said to have gone missing same Monday he was captured is among the two Rev. Zongo mentioned.

Miss Ali had held her marriage introduction the weekend of her disappearance with her wedding with an Airforce personnel slated for December 2020.

She was reported to have been captured along with four other ladies by Boko Haram but no clear information has been received about them.

Jos: Business blossoms at local trade fair on resumption from curfew

Automobile industries, others showoff at Jos trade fair

Business activities have continued to thrive at the Jos Pollo field, venue of the 2020 annual Jos Trade Fair, MK can confirm.

The 2020 fair started on October 15, 2020, was reportedly shutdown by EndSARS protestors, but it would appear that only the curfews imposed on the city temporarily interrupted it.

Nigeria’s technical skills training firm leads local exhibitors at 2020 trade fair in Jos

On Wednesday after Government called off the 24hr curfew meant to control vandals masquerading as protesters, exhibitors crowded the venue with assorted products of varying sorts.

Buyers and window shoppers equally flooded the place, as entertainers thrilled guests.

The 2020 Fair organized by Plateau Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture in collaboration with Anista Marketing and Events limited will last 21 days featuring general product, services and tourist exhibitions.

Themed “Trade Fairs, a Platform for sustaining MSMEs in a Challenging Economy”, the 2020 Trade Fair also reserves special fanfare for children and families.

Interested exhibitors, buyers and advertisers can get help through +234(0)8033486915 or +234(0)9033229919.

The fair is conducted under strict covid-19 guidelines from 8am, with special entertainment starting 6pm daily.

Hoodlums would come for us after vandalizing Government properties, Plateau Bloggers warn citizens

Online media practitioners in Plateau State have warned that allowing hoodlums to keep vandalizing and looting public properties could birth anarchy for Nigeria.

"The criminality you celebrate today will turn out to be the monster that will consume you tomorrow," a press statement issued by an Official of Plateau Bloggers and Online Media Association, Matthew Tegha.

The vandalism and looting of public and private properties on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the union said was criminal and worth condemning.

"The turn of events have gotten to a criminal level in which all well meaning Nigerians must condemn in its entirety.

"Plateau Youths and residents in like manner must arise and defend the state against these criminalities as there is no reason for the vandalization of public and private properties.

"Citizens must know that once these hoodlums are done with the government installments which are our common heritage we will not be safe in our homes and businesses cause they will come after us all," says the association.

Grow in Development Communication not Threats to Rumour Mongers|| Note to Plateau Info Commissioner by Kichime Gotau

Kichime Gotau

Sir; Warning Citizens & Offer of THREATS such as that against "one Jonathan Yakubu Madaki" Shows that you are RATHER ONLY GOOD AT THE SPOILT OF "GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA" RATHER THAN EFFECTIVE CITIZENS' ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION, AS & AT WHEN DUE...

Do you realise that if government had carried CITIZENS along & effectively with prompt & every NECESSARY information on the Arrival, Dispatch & Plan of Action on FG Supplies of PL/S Share of PALLIATIVES; the 24th October BURGLING of Stored Aid -Materials would have been AVERTED...?

Government Media Machinery CANNOT REMAIN AS IT WAS 30YEARS AGO! Government Must Implement governance by Carrying Citizens Along, OVER EVERY ESSENTIAL HAPPENING ESPECIALLY SUCH ISSUES OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: PUBLIC HEALTH  (COVID-19 PANDEMIC), THE CARTING-AWAY OF TREATED SEEDLINGS  & THE EXPOSURE OF RAMPAGING PALLIATIVE BURGLARS (HUNGRY CITIZENS STARVED OF ADEQUATE & SINCERE INFORMATION) TO COVID-19 INFECTIONS etc.

The EMPHASIS of your Press Release Couldn't have been on Anything more than The Exposure of Burglars to Public Health Danger/COVID-19, The ALERT EMERGENCY MESSAGE AGAINST Consumption of the said "Stored & Treated Seedlings" & to CAUTION against taking Laws into their hands. 

Therefore; Your Emphasis as a Responsible Government & Media was to be INTERESTED IN THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE & HUNGRY CITIZENS ENMESHED IN A "SURVIVAL DISOBEDIENCE..."

Unfortunately; Your Media Machinery was & is STILL CONCERNED ABOUT RUMOUR MERCHANTS AT THE EXPENSE OF THOSE FOR WHOM YOU BECAME FIDUCIARY - TO PROTECT & TO DEFEND...

The Mediocre  class in Government & Within  the RAYFIELD MEDIA MACHINERY MUST WAKE UP; AS THIS IS NOT THE PLATEAU OF DARIYE OR "CHRIS ALI".

You must be FOCUSSED ON THE PLIGHT OF THE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY DURING CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE SUCH AS THE BURGLING OF PALLIATIVES...

YOU CAN'T HOLD HUNGRY CITIZENS ACCOUNTABLE FOR "YOUR INEPTITUDE" (SYMPTOMS OF CORRUPTION).

RELEASE CITIZENS & MANAGE THE SITUATION WITH A SENSE OF EMPATHY & SACRIFICE KNOWING THAT THE POOR & DEPRIVED WERE CENTRAL TO AN ACTION ARGUABLY SUFFICIENT IN DEFENCE OF "A STATE OF LACK" ABATED BY GOVERNMENT'S MAL-INFORMATION & POOR DIPLOMACY !!!

Stop the use of ETHNIC GROUPS for advancement of  government weak ploys & propaganda. You SHOULD HAVE USED THEM FOR THE BETTER EARLIER & FOR GOOD, NOT-NOW...

PLSG personified by Rt. Hon S.B Lalong might have ACHIEVED SOME PEACE BUILDING STRIDES & HELPED TO CLOSE RANKS AMONG "UMMAH" & DIVIDES; this to me, IS A   COMMENDABLE FEAT.

Yet, PLSG must be focussed on TACKLING MISRULE & NOT DISSENTING VOICES DUE-TO- MISRULE (INEPTITUDE OF GOVERNMENT & of Government Agents etc).

PLATEAU can MAKE IT SMARTLY, SQUARELY & FAIRLY...

Kichime Goyang Gotau (Plateau Is Greater-Than-This VOICE)

Don't invade Officials' houses for covid-19 food, Plateau Government begs citizens

SGS, Danladi Atu (middle) and Dan Manjang (right)

The Plateau State Government says it is investigating social media posts mobilizing citizens to attack houses of Officials for "hoarded" covid-19 food.

A press statement by the State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr. Dan Manjang specifically sites a Facebook post identifying his house and those of the Secretary to the Government of the State and Speaker, State House of Assembly as locations of hidden covid-19 "palliatives".

Mr. Manjang threatened to hold the author of the post liable for any damages done to the listed properties.

He advised citizens not to invade the properties "As they are neither warehouses nor storage houses."

Citizens he said can use any "civilized and legitimate" means of investigating the claim instead of "taking the laws into their hands."

The Commissioner has been lashed for the threats to the author as failing to address issues the right way.

Plateau approves seven courts to prosecute "looters"

Plateau Officials hold Security meeting after curfew

Officials in Plateau State say they will fortify all check-points in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas to give “effect” to the current curfew in the city.

The move, Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi Atu said will “restore peace to determine the next line of action.”

At a Security Council meeting in Jos on Monday, the government mandated Securities to go on “massive manhunt” and arrest of “looters” of public and private properties in the wake of the recent EndSARS protests.

They are also to ensure “looted” items are recovered and culprits are prosecuted.

According to Prof. Atu, Prof. Atu, seven courts have been designated for the prosecution of 307 suspects so far arrested at various locations where looting took place.

As at 26th October 2020, some of the “looted and vandalized” properties, according to the SGS are SEMA Warehouse (Old Nitel Bukuru), PRUWASSA, PADP (Dogon Dutse Jos), Mineral Museum (Angul D, Bukuru) and ASTC Vom.

Others are Plateau Publishing Company, SUBEB (Dogon Dutse), Government Technical College Bukuru, Ryom Local Government Secretariat, School of Home Economics Vom, Jos foods, and Jos Trade Fair (Polo).

Private Residence of former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Grand Cereals Bukuru, State and Federal Secretariats and Private residences of some individuals, Atu said have also been threatened.

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.