Jos Building Collapse Death Toll Rises To 12

Twelve people have been confirmed dead after a three-storey residential building collapsed following torrential rain in Jos, Plateau State. 

The figure was confirmed on Tuesday evening by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa.

Nurrdeen said bodies of four female, eight male persons have been recovered from the rubbles.

He added that four other victims have rescued.

Rescue operations continue as the operators sifted through the rubble overnight after the building collapsed on Monday.

The collapse came after three days of pounding rain.

Emergency officials said it occurred during working hours, sparing dozens of residents, who later returned to find their homes destroyed.

Residents said that extra floors of residential housing had been added to the building in recent years.

It will be recalled that 20 people died when a building housing a nursery and primary school collapsed in Lagos, in March 2019.

Nine Dead In Jos Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

Nine persons have been confirmed dead while two others have been rescued after a building collapsed in Jos, Plateau State.

The three-storey building collapsed on Butcher Street, Dilimi area of Jos North Local Government Area on Monday evening.

READ ALSO: Many Trapped As Building Collapse In Jos, Rescue Operations Ongoing

The figure was confirmed by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa. He noted that the rescue operation is still ongoing with evacuator machinery mobilised to the site of the collapse.

The joint rescue effort is being carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Plateau State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers, the fire brigade, police officers and members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

The search and rescue operators, however, lamented that their operation is been hindered by the crowd.

 

See more photos from the building collapse below…

Many Trapped As Building Collapse In Jos, Rescue Operations Ongoing

 

A three storey building has collapsed at Butcher Lane in Dilimi area of Jos, Plateau state.

As of the time of filing this report, rescue operations were ongoing.

READ ALSO: 14 Killed In India Building Collapse

Authorities say an unidentified number of persons are trapped in the rubble.

It remains uncertain how many persons were killed in the incident, however, some of those rescued have been taken to the hospital.

DPR Seals At Least 20 Illegal Fuel Stations In Plateau

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State, has sealed off at least 20 illegal fuel stations.

Operations Controller of the DPR Jos field office, Jerome Agada, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.

According to the officials, some of the retail outlets visited did not have the required permit to operate while some do not conform to technical and electrical specifications required as well as structural construction for such facility.

Meanwhile, 18 persons were also arrested for operating the various illegal retail outlets.

Agada noted that the exercise was part of measures to ensure sanity in the petroleum retail outlet business as well as compel operators to comply with rules and regulations in providing efficient services to the public.

INEC Issues Certificates Of Return To Plateau Gov, House Of Assembly Members

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued Certificates of Return to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, his deputy Soni Tyoden and elected members of the state House of Assembly.

The event which took place at the INEC office in Jos, the capital had their family members, party chieftains as well as well-wishers in attendance.

In her remarks at the occasion, INEC National Commissioner supervising the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Plateau States, Professor Antonia Okoosi Simbine, decried what she described as a lack of internal democracy among political parties.

Read Also: Plateau Governor Simon Lalong Re-Elected For A Second Term

According to her, the desperation of politicians and their supporters compounded the problem of inconclusiveness in the just concluded elections.

The elections which held in the state on March 9 had been declared inconclusive as a result of the margin of a lead of 44,929 between the APC and the PDP candidates, which was less than the 49,377 cancelled votes.

Governor Lalong had initially polled a total of 595,582 votes ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the PDP, Mr Jerry Useni, who polled 546,813 votes.

During the supplementary election held on March 23, Lalong defeated Useni with a difference of 48,769 votes, after which he was returned as the winner.

Updates: Governorship Election Results For Plateau

 

It is an intense battle in Plateau State where the main opposition PDP candidate, Jeremiah Useni in the gubernatorial race, is giving the incumbent Governor and the candidate of the ruling APC, Simon Lalong, a run for his money. 

The duo have taken turns in leading each other as the race heads to an end and a winner is declared by the electoral umpire.

Updates: Governorship Election Results For Kaduna

Below are results declared so far:

1. JOS EAST

APC 18,602
PDP 7,994

2. KANKE

APC 23,360
PDP 22,831

3. LANGTANG NORTH

APC 18,979
PDP 40,519

4. BARKIN LADI

APC 17,039
PDP 44,233

5. BOKKOS

APC 26,219
PDP 25,363

6. BASSA

APC 29,401
PDP 32,825

7. MIKANG

APC 15,150
PDP 11,703

8. LANGTANG SOUTH

APC 13,495
PDP 17,644

9. PANKSHIN

APC 35,769
PDP 24,788

10. KANAM

APC 54,394
PDP 21,956

11. JOS SOUTH

APC 33,075
PDP 91,846

Six more local government areas are still expected. They are Shendam, Qua’an Pan, Riyom, Wase, Mangu, and Jos North.

Lassa Fever Claims Four Lives In Plateau

FG Officially Declares Lassa Fever Outbreak, Activates Emergency Response Centres

 

Four persons have died as a result of Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever in Plateau State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, confirmed this to Channels Television on Wednesday.

According to him, 22 suspected cases were taken for samples and thirteen were later confirmed to have the virus out which of four did not survive.

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Kamshak further explained that the remaining patients are been managed at Bingham Teaching Hospital as well as the Jos University Teaching Hospital where they are responding to treatment.

He said the primary contacts are also being monitored by the surveillance team.

The outbreak is currently prevalent in Jos North, Jos South, Shendam, Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state.

With the resurgence of the disease, the Federal Government has activated emergency response centres in the country.

Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, announced this in a statement signed by him on Tuesday.

The NCDC boss added that recent epidemiological data showed that the trend usually occurs during the dry season – between January and April.

“As at 13 January 2019, a total of 60 confirmed cases have been reported in eight states,” he stated.

Buhari Takes Presidential Campaign To Jos

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his campaign to Jos, Plateau State, ahead of next month’s general elections.

The President was accompanied by the Director-General of his campaign team Rotimi Amaechi and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) among other top officials.

Earlier today, he made a stop in Niger State where he commissioned the Baro Inland Water Port after which he held a rally in Minna, the capital.

Missing General: Police Declare District Head, Seven Others Wanted

Major General Idris Alkali (retired) has been missing since September 3

 

The Plateau State Police Command has declared the District Head of Dura Du Village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and seven others wanted in connection with the disappearance of Major General Idris Alkali (retd).

According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Tyopev Mathias, the suspects were declared wanted following preliminary investigations indicating that they masterminded the abduction, assault and caused the disappearance of the retired army officer.

Major General Alkali, a former chief of administration at the army headquarters, has been missing since September 3, 2018.

He went missing while travelling to Bauchi State from Abuja in a black Toyota Corolla.

In reaction to the development, the Nigerian Army started a search and rescue operation and troops from the 3 Division had been deployed to Dura Du village.

Commander of the division and leader of the search mission, Brigadier-General Umar Mohammed, told Channels Television on September 20 that preliminary investigation showed that the missing officer’s vehicle was seen close to a pond in the area.

Nine days later, the army found the vehicle in the pond. When it was pulled out, some items belonging to the major general were found but he wasn’t in the vehicle.

On October 2, two other vehicles were found in the pond; a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number PLATEAU RYM 307 XA which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and a red Rover car with registration number BAUCHI AG 645 TRR which was also allegedly reported to have been buried along with the occupants on 31 January 2013.

The next day, the army arrested over 30 persons in connection with the major general’s disappearance and called on “the entire good and peace loving people of Plateau State and most importantly the people of Dura–Du District to come forward and give credible information about the whereabouts of the missing retired senior officer”.

More than three weeks after, the search to unravel the truth about what happened to the major general continues.

Another Vehicle Recovered From Pond In Jos

 

Another vehicle has been recovered from a pond in Dura Du, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Just days after a vehicle belonging to a retired military officer who went missing, was recovered from the same pond.

The vehicle, a Toyota Hiace was recovered on Tuesday after it was said to have gone missing since June 24 along with the driver.

Details later…

Buhari Condemns Violence In Plateau, Decries ‘Indifference To Sanctity Of Life’

President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condemned the violence which led to the imposition of a curfew on Jos, Plateau State capital.

“I am deeply worried about the seeming indifference to the sanctity of life by criminals whose hearts are hardened by evil,” the President said, according to a statement by his Senior Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity.

He appealed to people in Plateau to ensure that the hard efforts made by the government, through the last three and half years of the present administration in the state, to achieve a lasting peace do not go to waste.

“I know it is not an easy thing. It is a very difficult thing. But the resultant peace achieved by the people of Plateau state should not be squandered. Every citizen deserves stability and development. Peace has no alternative,” President Buhari said.

“It is my appeal to all the communities in the state capital, and the entire state as a whole to embrace peace. Where there are differences, dialogue should be used to bring about understanding. There is also the due process of the law. Differences cannot be resolved by abuses or by bullets.”

The President once again lamented that some politicians are promoting ethnic and religious prejudices for cheap popularity, despite the knowledge that such incitement could play into the hands of hate mongers.

He promised that his administration would continue to engage with stakeholders to address the root causes of this repeated violence in Plateau State and other parts of the country.

He, however, warned that no responsible government would allow anarchy to replace law and order.

Plateau Attack: Govt Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew

 

The Plateau State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Jos North and Jos South local governments.

The curfew comes less than 24 hours after 14 persons were killed in their homes in Rukuba area of the state.

According to residents, the 14 people comprised of one child, five men and eight women.

They said efforts were made to reach security officials when the attack was going on, but the officials failed to respond until Friday morning.

Read Also: 14 Feared Killed In Fresh Plateau Attack

In the early hours of Friday, youths of the community took to the streets, protesting the late response of the military.

They mounted barricades preventing motorists and passers-by from accessing the road, but troops of the Operation Safe Haven moved into the area and cleared the barricade.

The tension, however, spread to Gada Biu, Katako, Farin Gada and the Jos main market.