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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.