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Gov Lalong meets with Buhari.

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The meetings are coming in the wake of tensions especially across the south-west states which many have attributed to criminal Fulani herdsmen.

The Governor of Plateau State, Mr Simon Lalong, has visited the President to discuss the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

According to him, the implementation of the project headed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and originally designed to run from 2019 to 2028, will significantly address the farmers/herders crisis in the country.

“I am a member of the livestock committee under the vice president, Governor Lalong said.

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“I represent the north-central on that committee. You will recall that this issue came up before and that was the purpose of setting up that committee and we made far-reaching recommendations and funds were to be made available for pilot states and Plateau is a pilot state. About nine states were pilot states.

“The issue was to move away from the old ways of rearing cows and to find more modern ways of doing it.

“In some places they will do it that way but in a confined environment which was all agreed and that is part of what I was raising, to remind Mr President to hasten the implementation of the National Livestock Production.”

The meeting also came on the same day that the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Saad Abubakar, met with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to discuss the security challenges involving criminals who operate under the guise of herdsmen.

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At the meeting held behind closed doors on Friday, the leadership of Miyetti Allah attributed the kidnapping and banditry that have continued to thrive in the country to the inability of the government to act decisively against the criminals.

According to the Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yoruba land and the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, most of the lands belonging to the Yorubas have now been seriously invaded.

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He also raised concerns that if things are not handled properly, soon, there will be famine in Yorubaland.

“If you know what is happening in Akoko South West, its not funny at all. Most of the criminal Fulani herdsmen have occupied it,” Mr Gani said in an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Wednesday.

“So, I think all hands must be on deck to make sure this ugly incident is taken care of.

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“It is a serious invasion and we have been seriously infiltrated and we have traced the hand of conquest from some Fulani herdsmen because we have some Fulanis that have been living with us peacefully for the past 100 years (about two or three generations of Fulanis living with us peacefully) but for the past seven years, we have now noticed strange things from the Fulani tribe. They have discouraged the Yoruba people from farming and if care is not taken, within one year there will be a famine in Yorubaland”.

Quit Notices
His comments come days after tensions escalated in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo State where an indigene Sunday Igboho had given Fulanis in the area an ultimatum to leave following allegations of criminality.

Videos shared on social media showed Igboho holding a well-attended rally where he swore to drive out Fulani herdsmen from the entire Yorubaland for causing insecurity and banditry.

However, in reaction, Makinde said his government and security agencies need not wage war against any ethnic group but against criminal elements, irrespective of their tribes, religions, or creed.

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The governor added that his administration would not allow anyone to threaten the peace of the state by acting unlawfully and saying things that are alien to the Nigerian Constitution, noting that acts that can cause chaos in the state will not be accepted.

His Ondo State counterpart, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had also earlier issued a quit notice to the criminal herdsmen who he noted had infiltrated the forest reserves.

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Presidency reassures peace, prosperity in plateau


President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Plateau State government that the Federal Government will continue to support its efforts towards promoting a peaceful, prosperous and tolerant society.


Receiving Governor Simon Lalong and other stakeholders from Plateau State on Thursday, President Buhari appealed to residents and indigenes of the State to support the Governor’s development agenda.

‘‘Plateau is strategic to Nigeria. It is geographically unique with its diverse environmental and huge economic potential. This clearly shows the State’s incredible potential in tourism, agriculture and mining.


‘‘It is, therefore, our collective duty to ensure these potentials are fully harnessed by providing the right policy support,’’ the President said.

A crosssection of Plateau State delegation with President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari told the delegation he was very pleased with the progress made on security, provision of social services and infrastructure development under the leadership of the present Governor.


‘‘These are the critical pillars of having a prosperous and inclusive society. I will, therefore, take this opportunity to urge all citizens of Plateau to encourage and support your Government in delivering on its mandate,’’ he said.

Commending Governor Lalong for his steadfastness, patriotism and successes achieved so far, President Buhari declared: ‘‘Plateau State has been transformed by the work you have done.’’


On the requests by the State government, including the dualization and construction of some federal roads, upgrade of the Potato Research Centre to a full-fledged Institute, a special grant for reconstruction and rehabilitation of victims of attacks and crises, among others, the President assured the delegation that his administration would do its best to support where possible.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Lalong expressed deep gratitude to the President on his unflinching support to the State, saying ‘‘you have shown that, indeed, you are a father to all and a true leader whose passion for development and peace is unquestionable.’’


Presenting the requests of the State government, the Governor appealed to the Federal Government to refund outstanding monies expended in the construction of some federal roads.

He also called for the establishment of a federal polytechnic in the State as well as the upgrading of the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences to the University of Mining.


On security, the Governor told the President his administration had made tremendous efforts in building institutional and legal framework in engendering peace and security in the last four years.

‘‘Sadly, however, in the last two months, we recorded two incidents of killings in Kulben, Mangu Local Government and Kwatas in Bokkos Local Government where lives were lost, property destroyed and people displaced,’’ he said.

The Governor announced that some arrests have been made and investigations ongoing, pledging that the state government is ‘‘determined to get to the bottom of this in order to affirm the message that criminals cannot take us back to the days of agony.’’

The delegation comprised of the State Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden as well as political appointees and some illustrious sons and daughters of Plateau State.


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Northern Governors pay condolence visit to Lalong ..


Members of the Northern Governors Forum have condemned the recent killings of some innocent people in Plateau state.


Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, alongside his colleagues of Jigawa and Kebbi states described as unfortunate, the recent killing of Plateau.

The governors who represented members of the Northern Governors Forum made their positions known when they paid a sympathy call to Governor Simon Lalong at Government House Jos.


Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who led his colleagues of Bauchi and Jigawa states said the visit was to support the security measures taken by Governor Simon Lalong to avert the recurrence of such incidents in the state.

According to Bagudu, members unanimously agreed to support Lalong to ensure the maintenance of peace and security in the state seeing that he is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum

Governor Atiku Bagudu emphasized the need for mutual understanding among all citizens of plateau state regardless of their differences to ensure the development of the state.

Responding, Governor Simon Lalong expressed gratitude to the 3 governors for their visit, describing it as a moral booster.


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Plateau: Gov. Simon Along builds watch tower


Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has completed construction of a watchtower in the state which, he said, would strengthen its security architecture and ensure efficient early response to crisis.

The governor disclosed this on Sunday in a statement in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham.

He commended the quality of the project at Dutse Uku in Jos North Local Government Area during his inspection of the work.


“This initiative will help us address issues before they escalate and ensure that criminals are not allowed to again cause strife among the people,” he said.

He said his administration was working to strengthen understanding among different groups in the state, adding that he was committed to promote good neighbourliness, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.


He explained that the tower, positioned to observe large part of the City, would be constructed in other key flash points in the state.

“I climbed up to the tower and could see almost all parts of the City of Jos. This should tell those who are criminally minded that I will be watching you and sending the security agencies to track you down and get you arrested.


“We have done a lot to ensure that people live in peace and nobody will be allowed to change that,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, Mr Cornelius Shiolbial, said the tower is an early warning system to pre-empt conflicts and nip them in the bud.


“The idea behind this is to have a permanent security presence here that consists of security personnel and representatives of the community.

”They will be working hand in hand to ensure that the whole area is under surveillance and any threat to peace is detected and dealt with on time.

“The structure here provides offices, watch facilities and a conference hall where they can meet and analyse whatever is observed and possibly diffuse any tension,” he said.

In his response, the Adagwom Izere of Jos, Ada Emmanuel Azik, appreciated the governor for fulfilling his campaign promises by building the infrastructure.


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2020: Northern leaders plan to build a United Nigeria.


The Chairman of Northern Governor’s Forum (NGF) and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, says that the Forum has resolved to help build a united and a formidable country in 2020.

The Governor noted that Northern Governors have put in motion machinery towards tackling poverty, diseases and insecurity that has caused untold hardship in the region.

Lalong, in a statement in Jos, rejoiced with Nigerians on the celebration of the New Year and called for a collective resolve to build a Nigeria that is more united, prosperous and fair.


“From the record of achievements last year, 2020 is full of prospects and opportunities for Nigerians to again work for the upliftment of the country by supporting government at all levels to carry out development initiatives that will strengthen the economy and its people,” the Governor’s statement read.

“All that is required is for all to demonstrate patriotism and genuine commitment to making the desired sacrifices that are needed to building a nation that is self-sufficient and strong enough to provide opportunities for its people to flourish.”


The statement declared insecurity remains a major challenge that both the government and citizens must work together to tackle comprehensively, in order to defeat criminals who are hellbent on unleashing terror and sorrow on Nigerians.

“The Northern Governors Forum remains committed to carrying out robust initiatives towards targeting poverty, illiteracy, diseases and insecurity that are plaguing many parts of the region in particular, and the nation as a whole.

Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong


“The Governors of the Northern Region will continue to peer review one another and also benchmark targets for regional development plans that will engender peaceful coexistence and people oriented programmes.

“We shall continue to work closely with the Federal Government under the purposeful leadership of His Excellency President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to create the synergy that is critical to achieving meaningful development of the Northern Region and the nation at large,” the statement read.


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2020, A year of great prospects and hope – Gov. Lalong


Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong says the year 2020 holds great prospects and hope for accelerated development of Plateau State as his Rescue Administration settles down to pursue its 3-point policy thrust that will consolidate on its past efforts.

In a new year’s message, Governor Lalong acknowledged the huge support and cooperation of the people of Plateau State since assuming office which he says was demonstrated in 2019 when he was returned to the office by massive votes of the electorate.

According to the Governor, “the year 2020 will be quite eventful as we put behind us the distractions of elections litigation and focus on delivering on the dividends of democracy to our people especially in completing the legacy projects we have initiated in all parts of the State. We shall commission many of them and also ensure that others are given the desired priority attention”.


Lalong said with the 2020 budget already signed into law, there will be no time to waste as the machinery of government will be kept active to deliver quality, prompt and selfless service to the people.

He charged the people of the State to build on the peace already pervading the entire State so as to make it easy for investors to come in with their resources and knowledge to create jobs and other economic opportunities.

Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong


The Governor said he believes that the Plateau State Investment and Economic Summit which will be hosted in 2020 will be a watershed for opening up the economic potentials of the State to the world.

He wished the entire citizens a prosperous new year and urges them to continue to pray for the peace of Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole while also embracing one another in the spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation, and brotherhood.


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My Ex Class Mate, Your Daughter Should Have Contested Against Me And Not You – Lalong Mocks Useni.

Governor Simon Lalong has taken a swipe at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate, Lt. General Jeremiah Useni who lost out at the tribunal and the appeal court after challenging his victory at the 2019 Governorship election in Plateau state.

Lalong who recalled praying for his victory at the poll which according to him was the wish of the people of the state, stated the 76-year-old PDP Governorship candidate should have allowed his daughter who was his classmate contest against him.

He also averred that the validation of his reelection by the appellate court on Friday November 29, is “very sweet”.

“As far as I am concerned, the main election was more important for me. I did the election, I did a run off, we went to the tribunal the first time, we went again for the second time. Well I don’t know whether he is going for the third time,” he said.

“One thing I am very sure and with the confidence I have in Plateau people I know that this victory they are very happy about it. They have prayed about it and the victory is very sweet.

“I will say it again here, his (Useni) daughter was my classmate, I have told him several times, his first daughter was my classmate. So at this stage I would have been expecting his daughter to contest for governor and not him.

“His daughter was my classmate, we went to school together and so why should we be fighting? Fighting him is like fighting a father, it’s unfortunate but for me, I say my focus is Plateau state. We have done that in the first election, he was defeated, he said no, they will go back for a re-run, I said let’s go back for rerun.

“We went back for rerun I defeated him, he said no he was going for the tribunal. We went to the first tribunal, he said he is a general he doesn’t fight and retire, he will go to the Supreme Court. That I think is to make me lose focus but I have not lost any focus in Plateau State. As he is moving, I am becoming more determined because just before the judgment I think he will say go to Plateau state.”

Retired General Jeremiah Timbut Useni was responsible for the administration of Federal Capital Territory Abuja under the military junta of Sani Abacha. He was also the military governor of the old Bendel State from 1984 to 1985 and has also been a minister of transport.

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Jos: Court upholds lalong’s election. >> (Details.)

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos has upheld the election of Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected governor of Plateau State against the wishes of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Gen. Jeremiah Useni (rtd).

Useni, through his Lead Counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, had filed a 21-ground appeal against the judgement of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered on 2 October, 2019 in favour of Governor Lalong.

He pleaded with the Appeal Court to set aside the judgement of the tribunal on logical reasoning that Lalong provided false information to INEC in his form CF001. That Lalong did not comply with the 2010 Electoral Act as amended and that Lalong was not qualified to contest the election which he was returned winner and not on valid votes among other reasons.

Delivering the lead judgement on behalf of the five-man panel, Hon. Justice A.O Otisi acknowledged that Lalong at some point used several names on his certificates but said there is no legislation in Nigeria that restricts an individual to bear certain names throughout his entire life.

Justice Otisi said that the appellant did not allege that the certificates presented by the 2nd respondent (Lalong) are not his own and that he had sworn an affidavit to change his name from Sule Bako Lalong to Simon Bako Lalong.

On the issue of certificate forgery on Form CF001, Justice Otisi said it is a criminal matter that the appellant failed to prove the matter beyond a reasonable doubt.

Justice Otisi said: “Based on logical reasoning and authorities cited in the matter, the issue is hereby resolved against the appellants and in favour of the respondents.

“In conclusion of the matter, all the issues raised in the appeal have been resolved against the appellants and I therefore uphold the judgement of the tribunal delivered on October 2, 2019 and award a cost of N200,000 against the appellants.”

Counsel to Useni, Chief Ozekhome, SAN, who was represented by Edward Gyang Pwajok SAN, rejected the judgement and said they were going to the Supreme Court in Abuja to contest the judgement.

“For the appellants, Senator Gen. Jeremiah Useni and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) believed in the merit of their case and not satisfied with the judgement of the Appeal Court. This is the semi-final match, we are now going for finally at the Supreme Court Abuja.”

Counsel to Simon Lalong, Pius Akubo SAN expressed gratitude in the judgement and said Useni has the constitutional rights to approach the. Supreme Court to seek redress.

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