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Plateau Gov’t depopulates 5 poultry farms in Jos.


Sipak also decried that the strain of the virus that currently infected the five farms in the state “is more deadly compared to the one that broke out in 2019’’.

The Plateau Government has depopulated and closed five poultry farms at Dung Community in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

The steps were taken due to the outbreak of Avian Influenza, popular known as “bird flu”.

Dr Shase’et Sipak, the Chief Veterinary Officer in the state, disclosed this to NoRM‘s known Media on Tuesday in Jos.


According to Sipak, the decision to depopulate the farms came after samples taken from them tested positive to the pathogenic disease.

He explained that birds from the farms were also killed and buried, adding that the farms have also been quarantined.

“On Jan. 26, we got information about a suspected outbreak of bird flu at a particular farm in Dung.

“We went to the farm, took samples and forwarded it to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) for confirmation.


“While we were investigating, other farms in the area were also infected.

“On Feb. 2, all the results came out positive.


“We immediately went to the five farms, depopulated them, killed all the birds and quarantined the farms,’’ he said.

The official further said that the outbreak was suspected to have spread to Jos from Kano, alleging that a lot of merchants usually come from Kano to buy eggs in Jos.

“From history, if there is an outbreak in Kano or Bauchi, it affects Jos and that informed our suspicion.


“However, we have put in place a ‘traceback’ mechanism to ascertain the actual cause of the outbreak.

“As I speak, another farm is being suspected at Bukuru, Jos South local government area of the state,’’ he added.

Sipak also decried that the strain of the virus that currently infected the five farms in the state “is more deadly compared to the one that broke out in 2019’’.

“This is why, in 2019, only two farms were affected.


“But now, it is five farms, with more number of birds killed, and if care is not taking, more farms will be affected’’ he warned.

The official called on poultry farmers in the state to observe all biosecurity measures in order to avert the situation and keep the pathogenic disease in the state at bay.



OPSH arrest fake soldiers, others in Jos.


Okonkwo called on residents of the state to provide useful and timely information to security agencies when they suspect criminal movements of persons in their vicinity.

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has arrested Mahmud Mohmmed and Nuhu Ochofo, for impersonating as a soldier and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), respectively in Jos.


Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, the Commander of the task force, paraded the suspects on Friday in Jos.

According to him, the suspects, who use their fake identity to commit crimes in the state, were jointly arrested around Rayfield community of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.


Okonkwo said the fake soldier was arrested wearing full military uniform, while the other was caught with fake identity card of the NSCDC.

The Commander also paraded 18 other suspected criminals who were arrested for armed robbery, gun running and local militia group linked to recent attacks in some parts of the state.

He explained that the suspects were arrested at Bida-Bidi, Agwan Rimi, Zololo junction, Rayfield and Dung communities in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the state.


He said the arrests were part of the mandate of the going Operation Accord II, aimed at curbing all forms of criminalities in the North Central region and other parts of the country.

“This series of arrests are in line with the directive to operation accord II which is meant to deny criminals freedom of action as well as clear criminal and militia hideouts.

“Some of these suspects are gun runners, armed robbers, members of militia groups and some were arrested over impersonation.

“This to ensure the safety of lives and property of citizens and let me assure the law-abiding Plateau citizens that we will continue to work towards their safety,” he said.


Okonkwo called on residents of the state to provide useful and timely information to security agencies when they suspect criminal movements of persons in their vicinity.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the suspects were arrested with locally-made pistols and Ak-47 rifle.



Gov Lalong meets with Buhari.


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.


“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.


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.


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.


“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.


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.



Gist+: Girl who gets 9 A’s in WAEC meets with Gov Lalong, secure scholarship


The Plateau State Coordinator on SDGs, Mr. Sam Damla, led the family of Ulan to the government house situated in little Rayfield to meet with the governor.

Sylvia Ulan Andrew has again proven herself to be worthy of excellence as she smashes this year’s WASSCE in flying colors.

After the release of the results of the West African Examination Council exams, Sylvia Ulan, a Plateau State indigene and student of Premier Academy, Lugbe Abuja, got all nine As in her result.


Raised by a single parent, Sylvia’s father died even before she was born and therefore she was raised single-handedly by her mother.

During her Primary education, she passed the National Common Entrance exam with ace and this got her a scholarship from Shell Petroleum Development Company.

Six years after her studies in Premier Academy, Abuja, she has yet again achieved an academic excellence of a higher order as she made all As in her WAEC result.

Amazingly, she has been offered another scholarship. The scholarship came from her state governor the executive governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong. Sylvia Ulan will now have the opportunity to study her dream course, Chemical Engineering.


Governor Simon Bako Lalong was pleased and happy to receive her. He stated that he wasn’t surprise because there lies abundant talents like hers in Plateau State. The governor however was proud of her and congratulated her for the feat and praised her mother for raising her.

Sylvia Ulan Andrew who hails from Bokkos Local Government Area of the State was overwhelmed with joy and thanked the governor and his wife for their warm reception. She promised not to disappoint him and the people of Plateau State as this is a privilege and dream come true for her.


COVID-19: Plateau leads in 221 fresh cases in Nigeria.


Nigeria records 221 new cases of COVID-19 as total recoveries crosses 40,000.

Plateau leads with 60 single day cases, followed by FCT – 33 and Kaduna with 26 cases.

Bauchi and Kano state reports least number of cases.

221 cases was produced by 20 States out of 36 Nigerian States.



221 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;


53,021 confirmed
40,281 discharged
1,010 deaths


Man rearrested after escaping from Police custody in Plateau


Security operatives deployed in Plateau State have rearrested a young man, Adam Yusuf, who escaped from the Jos Correctional Centre in the state capital.

The success was recorded by troops of Operation Safe Haven attached to Bisichi Area Command of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.

Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, confirmed the arrested of the 19-year-old inmate on Wednesday.


He explained that Yusuf was one of the six notorious inmates that escaped at High Court in Barkin Ladi on July 23, 2020.

Okonkwo stated that the inmate was later arrested at an abandoned building in Bisichi village where he had been hiding since he escaped from the court premises.

A photo released by the military on August 19, 2020, shows Adam Yusuf who was arrested by soldiers in Plateau State. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

He added that the inmate confessed to being among the escapees, noting that concerted efforts were being made to rearrest the remaining escapees.

The JTF commander, therefore, solicited appealed to the people not to hesitate to provide useful information that would lead to the re-arrest of the remaining inmates still at large.


According to him, the rearrested inmate would be handed over to the Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service for necessary action.

Yusuf was apprehended following the rearrest of one Mohammed Ibrahim by troops of Operation Safe Haven during a search operation.

Ibrahim, who is also among the inmates that fled the court premises, has since been handed over to authorities of the Nigeria Correctional Service in Plateau State.

This brings the total number of escapees rearrested to two, while the search for others is ongoing.


News+: NDLEA destroys 167,436kg of drugs in Plateau state


The National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed a total of 167,436 kilograms of drugs between January and August 2020.

Chairman and chief executive of the Agency, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah(rtd) stated this at the public destruction of exhibits in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

He described the destruction of the illicit drugs as the triumph of good over evil which underscores the collective opposition to the nefarious activities of those determined to ruin people’s lives as well as endangering the great potentials of the country.

The NDLEA boss observed that illicit drug use in the country has reached a pandemic proportion which is worrisome as it has permeated every facet of the society and exacerbated insurgency in the country, radicalisation and violent extremism, cultism in campuses and domestic violence among others.

In view of the increasing population found to be dependent on drugs that cut across both public and private sector sectors including arms-bearing personnel, the agency has developed a drug integrity test initiative to be administered on all cases of people beginning with law enforcement agencies and civil service of the federation.

The forfeited drugs seized and destroyed consist of 3,592.862 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, 13,104.799 kilograms of psychotropic substances and 7.2 grams of cocaine totaling 16,697.639 kilograms while over 40 acres of cannabis Sativa plantation were discovered and destroyed in some Local Government Areas of the state with 1,530 suspects arrested, prosecuted while 423 were convicted to various jail terms.


One out of 6 ‘runaway’ prisoners in Plateau rearrested


One out of the six inmates who escaped after an attack by gunmen on the premises of the High Court in Plateau State has been rearrested.

Troops of Operation Safe Haven deployed at Rarin-Shou village on Friday rearrested the inmate who is from the Jos Correctional Centre.

The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chujwuemeka Okonkwo told Channels Television that the manhunt launched by troops of the task force to search for the escapees turned out positive with the arrest Ibrahim Mohammed while the search for others is still ongoing.

The rearrested suspect has been handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Service Plateau State Centre.

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Gunmen Attack High Court Premises
This comes after gunmen on Thursday attacked the premises of the High Court in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, thereby forcefully setting free six inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Centre.


The inmates were said to have been brought from the Jos Correctional Centre for trial in Barkin Ladi when the incident occurred.

The gunmen, however, aided the escape of six out of 10 inmates with their offences ranging from murder to kidnapping and rape.

Public Relations Officer of Plateau State Police Command, (ASP) Gabriel Uba confirmed the attack and escape of the inmates.

He noted that the Police Commissioner has visited the scene of the incident, adding that some arrests have been made and investigations into the attack are ongoing.


Just in: Gunmen attack plateau court premises, free 6 inmates


Gunmen on Thursday attacked the premises of the High Court in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, thereby forcefully setting free six inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Centre.

The inmates were said to have been brought from the Jos Correctional Centre for trial in Barkin Ladi when the incident occurred.

The gunmen, however, aided the escape of six out of 10 inmates with their offences ranging from murder to kidnapping and rape.

Public Relations Officer of Plateau State Police Command, (ASP) Gabriel Uba confirmed the attack and escape of the inmates.


He noted that the Police Commissioner has visited the scene of the incident, adding that some arrests have been made and investigations into the attack are ongoing.

The attack comes a few days after gunmen attacked the General Hospital in the same Local Government Area.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that a private security guard on duty was shot dead during the attack, while three others were injured, including a staff of the hospital and a police officer.


The President of Gashshi District Development Association, Francis Chong said it was strange and unimaginable that a health facility that accommodates all tribes and religions would just be attacked.

“This is a novel attack which is not comprehensible at all; it is not yet clear why the attackers could attack a hospital where people of all shades of life converge for treatment,” he said.

Chong, however, noted that the two staff of the hospital are receiving treatment from the hospital in Barkin Ladi.


Just in: Gunmen kill security guard, injure 3 in plateau hospital attack


Tragedy struck in Plateau State on Monday when gunmen attacked the General Hospital in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that a private security guard on duty was shot dead during the attack, while three others were injured, including a staff of the hospital and a police officer.

Speaking to Media TV (known to Noble Reporters Media), the President of Gashshi District Development Association, Francis Chong said it was strange and unimaginable that a health facility that accommodates all tribes and religions would be attacked without just cause.


“This is a novel attack which is not comprehensible at all; it is not yet clear what the motives of the attackers could attack a hospital where people of all shades of life converge for treatment,” he said.

Chong, however, noted that the two staff of the hospital are receiving treatment from the hospital in Barkin Ladi.

Meanwhile, the State Police Command is yet to comment on the incident involving the police officer.


COVID-19: Plateau govt. orders closure of schools.

The Plateau State Government has directed the closure of all public and private schools in the state on or before March 21 following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atum gave the directive in a statement on Thursday in Jos.

He said the schools included pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.

Atu explained that the directive was part of measures to safeguard the lives of Plateau people.

He urged parents to promote the culture of personal and family hygiene to curtail and prevent the spread of the disease.

Similarly, in an interview with newsmen, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, called on all schools managements in the state to provide water, soap and hand sanitisers in their various institutions as preventive measures for the virus.

Ndam urged the management of schools to stress the importance of personal hygiene to children, while urging the public to reduce handshaking, especially in churches.


COVID-19: Plateau doctor on alert

Three Chinese Nationals who are workers in a mining site in Wase town of Plateau State, have been quarantined for suspected case of the novel coronavirus.

Commissioner for Information in Plateau, Dan Manjang revealed that the Chinese citizens who flew into Abuja on Wednesday February 26, travelled down to Jos, the Plateau State capital on Thursday February 27.

Manjang who averred that there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Plateau, said the Chinese nationals are still being clinically examined by a medical expert deployed by the State Ministry of Health.

He said;

“The situation right now is that they have been isolated.

“The three of them came in through Abuja and once we heard that, the Commissioner for Health had to take a proactive measure to send a medical team to Wase to go and investigate.

“The problem that we have is that there is a tendency for people to think that investigation or quarantine, as the case may be, means that there is an outbreak of the virus.

“As far as Plateau case is concerned, there has been no known case of this virus on the Plateau; we just took proactive measures to make sure that we place them (the Chinese nationals) under investigation and that will take 14 days.”

Manjang further disclosed that the Plateau state government is currently waiting for the report of the team that was sent to Wase before taking the next step.

#Newsworthy. .

Buhari regime set to create 300,000 jobs in Plateau

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday announced that 300,000 jobs will be created in Plateau, through its Agriculture Mechanisation Scheme.

The Minister for Agriculture, Mr Sabo Nanono disclosed this when Gov. Simon Lalong visited his office in Abuja.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the minister in a statement by Dr Makut Machan, Director of Press and Public Affairs to Gov. Lalong said the scheme would be in partnership with Plateau govt.

According to the minister, the new agricultural programme to operate in 632 local government areas across the country will create over Six million jobs for Nigerians.

The minister further applauded Lalong for his passion in the agricultural sector and his role in the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP)

Making his remarks, Lalong said his administration was committed to developing the potential of the agriculture sector in Plateau.

He said the visit was to explore opportunities through the federal government’s new schemes in the sector.

N.Rs reports that the governor also visited President Buhari, where he appealed for the upgrade of the Institute of GeoSciences to a Federal Institute, the establishment of a federal polytechnic in the state and intervention in the construction of roads among other requests


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.


Plateau state south senator confirmed dead

The Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly and former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Ignatius Datong Longjan, is dead.

Senator Longjan died in the early hours of Monday at the Nizamiye Hospital in Abuja hospital after a brief illness.

The media aide to Senator Longjang and former Press Secretary while he was Deputy Governor, Mr Wulime Goyit, confirmed the death of the Senator on Monday morning.

Senator Longjan was elected in 2019 under the platform of the All Progressive Congress APC to represents Plateau South in the Nigerian Senate.

#Newsworthy ..

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.


Plateau not safe – Barr. Gyang ..

Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence and Senator representing Plateau North, Barrister Istifanus Gyang, has said the people of Plateau State are no longer safe anywhere in the country.

He added that the people are not safe in the North East and even in their ancestral homes.

Senator Gyang in a press statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Protocol, Musa Ashoms, condemned the gruesome killing of 13 people in Kwattas and Ruboi villages in Bokkos Local Government Area of the state.

He said : “The successive attacks and killing of 13 natives of Kwattas and Ruboi villages in Bokkos LGA, Plateau State in successive attacks of Sunday night 26 and Monday morning 27 January by bandits is another sad commentary that is negativing all efforts at peace building in the state.

“The renewed escalation of deadly attacks on host communities raises questions on the state of security in the state. Only last week, Kombun village in Mangu LGA was attacked and now, it is Kwattas and Ruboi villages in neighboring Bokkos LGA.

“Plateau citizens are now in double jeopardy. Away from home they are not safe, at home in their ancestral neighborhoods they are not safe! What a tragedy,” Senator Gyang laments.

Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence and Senator representing Plateau North, Barrister Istifanus Gyang

The lawmaker notes with concern how the renewed attacks are coming on the heels of the abduction and killing of Plateau citizens by Boko Haram.

While condemning the Kwattas and Ruboi attacks in strong terms, Senator Gyang urged Nigeria’s security agencies to live up to their constitutional responsibilities of securing citizens and to deal decisively with bandits bent on displacing and vacating Plateau citizens and host communities from their ancestral homes.


Lassa Fever: 5 recorded cases in Jos

The Plateau Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, yesterday confirmed five cases of Lassa fever in the state.

Ndam told newsmen in Jos that the patients suffering from the ailment had been admitted in two hospitals in the state, adding that three of them were undergoing treatment; one just completed treatment, while the fifth one had been discharged.

He said Lassa fever was not new in the state because the area had experienced the disease before. “However, the health personnel are on the ground to handle the situation and they have the required protective kits to wear while treating such cases.

“We are in contact with the hospitals in the state to address such cases promptly and to curtail the spread of the disease. We also have the protective kits required of health workers to wear when treating such cases,” he said.


National Assembly set to give passage of vigilante bill over plateau attack – Reps

In a bid to secure various communities in the country, the member representing Mangu-Bokkos Federal Constituency of Plateau State in the House of Representatives, Solomon Maren, has said that the National Assembly will give accelerated passage to the bill for establishment of Vigilante Group of Nigeria .

Maren disclosed this at the weekend during a visit to Kulben Village in Mangu Local Government Area of the state where 12 persons were last Wednesday night murdered by suspected herdsmen.

“The bill for the legalisation of the vigilante is before the National Assembly. The bill has already passed second reading and is currently at the committee level, which is the last stage of the legislative process.

“I will work in collaboration with my colleagues to ensure that the bill receives speedy passage for the protection of various communities in the country.”

While directing security agencies in the state to provide adequate security for the people, the lawmaker described the incident as tragic and unfortunate.

“This is most tragic and I lack the right words to describe it, seeing this hieves of sand under which our beloved brothers are laying. But what else can we say? First it’s to make them feel secured wherever they are’’he assured. And to also show them that we are with them.

“I know that what has happened to you has happened to all of us. It is also to assure you that we have not forgotten you. We are doing the needful to ensure that all of you are secured.”


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.


Presidency frowns at plateau gunmen attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms the gunmen attack on Mangu Local Government Area in Plateau State.

In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, said, Buhari was expecting to be fully briefed by the governor, Simon Lalong, the military, police and other security agencies in the state to ascertain details of what happened and what can be done to forestall a future occurrence.

President Buhari said he was shocked and grieved by the incident, even as he urged security agencies in the state to increase vigilance to stop further attacks on innocent communities.


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.


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.