Windstorm destroys houses in Unijos staff quarters

JOS- Windstorm has destroyed more than 40 houses at the staff quarters of the University of Jos following a heavy downpour on Wednesday in Jos and environs. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Jos. ”Yesterday’s heavy downpour destroyed some houses in our staff quarters at Bauchi Road. ”The destruction is massive and I’m wondering how the university will get funds to fix the damaged houses. ”So, we are calling on the ever-supportive Plateau government to come to our aid to enable us to fix the destroyed houses as soon as possible,” he called. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Wednesday’s downpour had flooded some parts of the city. (NAN)

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Apprehend rapists, killers of Plateau minor, commission urges security agencies

JOS- Plateau Gender and Equal Opportunities Commission, has urged security agencies to fish out those who raped and brutally murdered a minor in the state. The commission made the call in a statement by the Director of Information and Investigations, Mrs Nene Dung, on Monday in Jos. Dung said that the commission received with rude shock the report of the defilement and murder of the nine-year-old girl. Dung said that the commission learnt that the minor was sent on an errand when she was raped and killed by yet-to-be-identified persons. “We call on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies, to fish out perpetrators of the dastardly act to face the full wrath of the law. “All hands must be on deck to ensure that society is safe for children to run errands without fear of molestation or abuse. “This sad incident happened at a time when the governor is making inroads towards ensuring the mainstreaming of gender in all spheres of the state. “This incident is not only a blow to us, but a call on communities to begin …

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Suspected gunmen kill 17-year-old herder, 35 cows in Plateau

PLATEAU- Suspected gunmen have killed a 17-year-old herder and 35 cows at Nafan community in Fan District and Doruwa Babuje in Ropp District of Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. The perpetrators of the crime rode on motorcycles when they opened fire and killed the herder. Another herder was severely injured during the incident. The state governor, Caleb Mutfwang, who condemned the incident, called on relevant security agencies to fish out the perpetrators. The governor said this in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Gyang Bere, issued on Thursday in Jos. Mr Mutfwang maintained that his administration would not condone any act of lawlessness and killing of innocent and law-abiding citizens. “We condemn in totality these acts of lawlessness that are undermining government’s effort in entrenching harmonious living among all and sundry in the state. My administration will no longer tolerate brutal killings of innocent citizens either in their farms or in any parts of the state while pursuing their legitimate means of livelihood. I have directed the security agencies to hunt and track down …

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Buhari supervised Illegal printing and distribution of N30 trillion- Governor Mutfwang

PLATEAU- Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State recently made allegations that the current economic challenges faced by Nigerians are a result of the previous administration led by Muhammadu Buhari. During the swearing-in ceremony of 22 Special Advisers and heads of government agencies, Governor Mutfwang claimed that Buhari supervised the printing and distribution of approximately N30 trillion. According to Governor Mutfwang, this action has left the country’s economy in a terrible state for his successor, President Tinubu. He emphasized the need to prioritize governance over politics after elections. Despite being from a different political party than the federal government, Governor Mutfwang felt compelled to speak the truth about the dire economic situation inherited by the current administration. The governor highlighted that the previous administration had resorted to printing money, resulting in a devaluation of the national currency. He also mentioned that crude oil, which was yet to be extracted, had already been sold in advance, further exacerbating the economic challenges. Governor Mutfwang expressed concern over the growing unrest and food shortages in the country, urging his fellow citizens to work together …

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Plateau troops arrested 271 suspects – Police confirms

Troops of Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State have arrested a total of 271 suspected criminals, including bandits operating in various locations in the state. The Deputy Commander of Operation Safe Haven, DCP T. Iyua, made this known on Friday while addressing journalists at the Command’s headquarters in Jos. He also disclosed that a total of 110 different calibres of weapons and 1,161 ammunition were recovered from the suspected criminals. Iyua said that the operations which resulted in the arrest of the criminals were carried out by the troops in the last two months. He said, “On January 3, 2024, personnel responded to a distress call on the kidnap of one Emmanuel Monday Jafrom along  Kaskara-Mangu road in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. The victim was rescued and one of the kidnappers named Biliyaminu Musa captured. “Equally, On January 4, 2024, security agencies stationed at Gashish junction checkpoint in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State arrested Mr Shamsu Ibrahim Bakoji, 45 years; for collaborating with militias to attack Barkin Ladi and Bokkos Local Government Areas. …

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Police confirm death of Namang, Plateau APC spokesman, in foiled kidnap bid

JOS- The Police Command in Plateau has confirmed the murder of Mr Sylvanus Namang, the State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Alfred Alabo, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, in a statement in Jos on Sunday, said that Namang was killed by gunmen at a relaxation spot in Pankshin. “On Saturday, at about 8 p.m., we received information that some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, numbering about seven, invaded a relaxation centre located along Pankshin-Jos road, and kidnapped the owner. ”In the process, a customer, one Sylvanus Namang, was shot dead by the invaders. ”On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hassan Yabanet, directed the Area Commander and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Pankshin, to arrest the suspects and rescue the victim. ”Our men engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle and were able to foil the kidnap attempt. The suspects escaped with gunshot wounds while the victim was rescued and rushed to the General Hospital, Pankshin for treatment as the bandits had injured him,” he said. …

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Missing Bauchi bikers saved from military detention in Jos

Nine commercial motorcyclists, known as “yan achaba,” traveling from Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State to Lafia in Nasarawa, who reportedly went missing, have been found in Jos, the Plateau State capital. Reports revealed that there was tension among parents of the missing youths who were en route to Lafia for their Bike taxi business, before losing contact with family and friends last Saturday. The Chairman of Kirfi Local Government Council, Abdulkadir Umar Dewu confirmed their release to journalists on Thursday. He said the youths were arrested by the military task force Operation Safe Haven and detained for four days without any incriminating things found against them. The chairman said, “We made several efforts at various Police formations in Bauchi, Plateau and Nasarawa States searching for their whereabouts but we were unsuccessful. It was the joint task force that arrested them and put them under severe torture without any justification for four days. If you see how terrified they look, you will sympathize with them” Dewu added, “What happened to the young men is disheartening, especially the action of …

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Plateau: Gov Mutfwang appoints ex-SSG as new VC for varsity

The Governor of Plateau State, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang, has designated Professor Shedrack Best, a former Secretary to the State Government, as the new Vice Chancellor of the state university situated in the Bokkos Local Government Area. This decision followed the dismissal of the former Vice Chancellor, Professor Bernard Matur, along with four other heads of state-owned tertiary institutions by the governor. The appointment was formally conveyed through a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Samuel Jatau, dated February 7, 2024. Additionally, the governor has appointed new heads for other state-owned tertiary institutions, including the College of Education, Gindiri, where Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, a former chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities at the University of Jos, will assume the role of Provost. The statement reads, “His Excellency, the Executive Governor Caleb Mutfwang has approved the appointment of the following heads of tertiary institutions in the state: Professor Shedrack, Vice Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos; Dr. Clement Chairman, Rector, Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi; Associate Professor Lazarus Maigoro, Provost, College of Education, Gindiri; Dr. Jonathan Bulus, Provost, …

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Plateau: Police arrest 17 suspects over killings in Mangu, Bokkos

JOS- The police command in Plateau has arrested 17 suspects in connection with the recent attacks and killings in Mangu, Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government areas (LGAs) of the state. DSP Alfred Alabo, the police public relations officer (PPRO) of the command, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Thursday in Jos. Mr Alabo said eight of the suspects were arrested in connection with the Christmas Eve attacks, while the other nine were arrested in connection with the January 24 attacks. ”The command is grateful to inform you that the situation in Mangu and environs, as at today, is under control. ”So far, 17 suspects have been arrested, eight from the December 24 attack and the nine suspects arrested in connection with the January 24 attacks. ”Exhibits recovered from them include dangerous weapons, such as machetes, kegs containing petrol, and other items,” he said. The PPRO assured that the suspects would be charged to court when the investigation is concluded. He explained that security forces had been deployed to the area to forestall any breakdown of law and order. Mr Alabo …

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Plateau Gov Declares 24-Hour Curfew

PLATEAU- Governor Caleb Mutfwang has imposed 24-hour curfew on the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, North Central Nigeria with immediate effect following the deteriorating security situation within the area. In a press statement, a spokesperson for the governor, Gyang Bere, said the decision was taken after consultations with relevant security agencies and to avoid breakdown of law and order in the local government area. Bere said citizens, especially Mangu residents, are enjoined to comply with the sit-at-home order while only persons on essential duties are allowed to move within the local government area until further notice. The governor lamented that some people are still determined to create an atmosphere of insecurity in the state despite government’s efforts to end activities of terrorist elements. He also expressed sympathy to families of the victims and the injured with assurances that government will not relent in ensuring lasting peace in the state. He promised that the curfew would be reviewed as soon as security situation improves in the locality. Also, armed policemen, teargassed the 16 Peoples Democratic Party members of the …

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PDP, Jang seek review of judgments that sacked 24 state, federal lawmakers

PLATEAU- Another major political upset is brewing in Plateau State as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned the National Judiciary Council (NJC) to reclaim the mandates of the 16 state and eight federal lawmakers sacked by the Court of Appeal, even as the party has concluded arrangements to petition the Justice Walter Onnoghen Committee. This is just as a former governor of the state, Jonah Jang, assured the people of the state that justice will be done in the cases of national and state assemblies’ lawmakers that were stopped from representing their constituencies by the Appeal Court. Recall that the National and State Election Petition Tribunal and the Appeal Court sacked the state and federal lawmakers on the premise that they were not validly nominated to stand for election and a lack of political structure. It will also be recalled that the Appeal Court also invalidated the nomination of Governor Caleb Muftwang as the PDP candidate, in a case brought before it by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Nentawe Yiltwada, before the ruling was overturned by the …

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Mark urges FG to end bloodshed on the Plateau

KANO- Former President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark has urged  President Bola Tinubu to  review  the security architecture, to making it more  proactive and strategic towards addressing the challenges. This is contained in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Paul Mumeh in Kano on Tuesday. Mark said a review will identify the loopholes and devise a means to end the blood shedding. He said the Plateau incidents in which scores of citizens were massacred should be a wakeup call that the security challenge needs urgent attention. “It will not be out of place to declare an emergency on security. Any step taken to end the continued killing of citizens will be worth the trouble,“he said. He urged the federal government and security agencies to do more, saying that life has become so cheap in Nigeria today as if people have lost humanity in them. Mark implored the government to collaborate with subnational governments in the task of ensuing peace and security in the country. He commiserated with the government and people of Plateau just as he suggested that residents …

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Massacre of Christians in Nigeria must stop- Hungarian President

HUNGARY- President of Hungary, Katalin Novák, has condemned the killings of Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria, during Christmas and called for an end to the massacre. Disclosing this on her X platform on Wednesday, Ms Novák extended her condolences to the families of the murdered victims and appealed for aid for the persecuted Christians. Her post read, “Brutal attack on #Christians at #Christmas in #Nigeria🇳🇬. According to certain news outlets, more than a hundred people were killed. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. This massacre must end. Persecuted Christians must receive help.” People Gazette had reported that suspected herdsmen launched attacks in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of the state during the Christmas period. During a visit to the state by Vice President Kashim Shettima on Monday, the chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area, Monday Kassa, revealed that 38 communities were attacked spanning both LG areas, adding that the death toll has risen to 148. The herdsmen were also said to have looted farm produce and destroyed properties while they butchered the residents to …

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Plateau Attacks: Even countries at war not experiencing level of killings in Nigeria, Peter Obi laments

ABUJA- The Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has lamented the spate of killings across Nigeria, saying even countries at war do not experience the level of insecurity recorded nationwide. Mr Obi, who in a statement on his X account on Tuesday disclosed that he visited the Oba community in Anambra State over the “horrific killing of people in a nightclub,” described Christmas Eve attacks on villages in Plateau as a “mindless act of terrorism.” “Even some countries in open declared wars have not experienced this level of insecurity, violence and loss of human lives,” said Mr Obi. “Let us continue to pray for our nation that God will heal our land.” The former Anambra governor lauded security agencies managing insecurity across the country while condoling with families who lost loved ones in the attacks. On Monday, Peoples Gazette reported that over 112 were killed and 47 were injured after armed herdsmen in coordinated attacks on at least 12 communities spanning Barkin Ladi and Bokkos council areas on Christmas Eve. As of Tuesday, the number of casualties has increased …

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Gunmen kill 96 persons, raze 221 houses in Plateau – Police

JOS- Gunmen attacked 15 communities in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau on Christmas eve, killed 96 persons and destroyed 221 houses. The assailants also destroyed eight vehicles and 27 motorcycles, police spokesman in the state, DSP Alfred Alabo, stated on Tuesday in Jos. “On Dec. 24, at about 10 p.m., gunmen attacked 15 villages in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas simultaneously. “Findings from the assessment of the incident in Bokkos revealed that the 12 villages were attacked; more than 79 persons killed and 221 houses were set ablaze. “Twenty-seven motorcycles and eight vehicles were equally burnt down. “Three communities were attacked in Barkin-Ladi where 17 persons were killed. “Investigation and monitoring are still on and further development will be communicated soon,’’ Alabo stated. He listed communities attacked in Bokkos Local Government Area as Ndun, Ngyong, Murfet, Makundary, Tamiso, Chiang, Tahore, Gawarba, Dares, Meyenga, Darwat and Butura Kampani. Alabo stated also that communities attacked in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area were NTV, Hurum and Darawat. (NAN)

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4 Dead, traditional ruler’s house set ablaze as gunmen attack Plateau village

Gunmen have killed no less than four persons in Dungwel village, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, on Sunday evening. Shedrack Gambo, a relative of one of the victims, told our correspondent that all of the victims died in the attack, while some others just suffered minor wounds.  “They all died in the attack and others were also injured in the incident. The community is presently in shock and grieving. Please, pray for us,” Gambo said. The spokesman for the Military Taskforce, Captain Oya James, confirmed the incident in Jos on Monday “I have called the Commander of the FOB and he confirmed the figure and he further explained that when the troops got to the village. It was like the assailants went there for a specific person with the village head as the target.  “According to what the troops were told, the assailants on arrival were asking for the house of the village head. When the people saw what was happening, they started running away,” he said. According to him, the bandits set the house of the village head on fire with …

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