Perpetrators Of Plateau, Kogi Killings Will Be Prosecuted, Says Dingyadi

 

The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, has assured the people of Kogi and Plateau states that the perpetrators of the recent attacks which claimed over 30 lives will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The attacks by gunmen happened within a week on Tawari community in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi and on Kunben village in Kombun District of Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State.

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While commiserating with the government and people of the two states, the Minister affirmed that the Police and other security agencies are investigating the attacks with the view to unravelling its root cause and apprehend those responsible accordingly.

The minister in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, assured that the Ministry is committed to working assiduously with relevant stakeholders to retool policing architecture in Nigeria which will culminate in more Police visibilities, Police community partnership and deepening the intelligence and technological base of Nigeria Police Force to enable it to realize its full potentials.

He also stated that the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Bill which will take effect in the year 2020 will in no small measure assist in bridging infrastructural gaps for a more proactive Policing in Nigeria.

Buhari Says He Is Shocked Over Plateau Attack

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is shocked and grieved by the attack which took place in Plateau State on Thursday, January 9th, 2020.

This is according to a statement by the president’s special aide, Mr. Garba Shehu.

Mr. Shehu said the president strongly condemned the gunmen which took place at Mangu Local Government in Plateau State.

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He said that President Buhari is in contact with Governor Simon Lalong, 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 urged security agencies in the state to increase vigilance to stop further attacks on innocent communities.

Gunmen Attack Village In Plateau, Kill 12

 

A group of armed men have killed 12 people during an attack on Kunben village in Kombun District of Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau, Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the incident in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that the attack which took place on Wednesday night also left some villagers with various degrees of injury but were receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Mangu.

The command’s spokesperson added that the police have deployed security personnel in the area to forestall any breakdown of law and order, while investigation into the attack was ongoing.

In his reaction, the state governor, Simon Lalong, condemned the attack which he said was unacceptable.

The governor cancelled a planned tour of road project sites to visit the village to commiserate with the people, in the company of the deputy governor and security chiefs in the state.

During the visit, he urged the people not to retaliate but leave the security agencies to handle the case.

Governor Lalong also assured the residents of the village that the security agencies were working hard to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.

Mangu LGA has been grappling with security challenges since the last quarter of 2019, recording the death of a district head in another community.

 

Stop Further Attacks

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killings and asked the security agencies to stop further attacks.

According to his media aide, Mr Garba Shehu, the President is in contact with the governor and the security agencies.

The presidential spokesman noted that the President’s action was aimed at finding ways to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns the gunmen attack on Mangu Local Government in Plateau State and is in contact with the Governor, Simon Lalong and 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 is shocked and grieved by the incident and has urged security agencies in the state to increase vigilance to stop further attacks on innocent communities.”

Six Killed In Plateau Mining Pit, Buhari Mourns

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

Tragedy struck at Zawan Community in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State as six persons died and some injured while excavating mineral resources from a mining pit that collapsed on them.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gabriel Ubah, confirmed to Channels Television on Thursday that the incident occurred two days ago.

He explained that several artisanal miners were on the site with over 20 people trapped in the pit that collapsed, although the injured victims have been taken to hospital for treatment.

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The state government, in a statement, commiserated with families of the deceased and described the incident as unfortunate.

It, thereafter, direct the state Ministry of Minerals Development to investigate the circumstances that led to the tragic incident for proper action to be taken.

The state Ministry of Health was also directed to give the injured adequate attention wherever they were receiving medical attention.

On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with families of the victims as well as the people and government of Plateau State over the sad incident.

He called for greater compliance with mining best practices going forward and urged medical personnel to give the injured victims the best attention while wishing them quick recovery.

In a stamen by his media adviser, Femi Adesina, the President prayed that the almighty God would accept the souls of the departed and comfort their loved ones.

Man Demands Justice For Sister, Two Others Allegedly Killed By ‘Drunk Driver’

A file photo of late Jemima. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

Two students of the University of Jos and a tricycle rider have been killed following an accident in Plateau State.

Jemima who was in her second year and her friend – Jennifer, a final year student – had left for church on Sunday morning as usual, but never knew that would be their last day.

Both ladies lost their lives to what was described as a “reckless driving” as a result of the action of a man said to be celebrating his birthday.

Late Jemima’s elder brother, Othniel Anselm, who narrated his ordeal on Twitter, said the ladies had boarded a tricycle to church before the tragic incident ensued.

According to him, what was supposed to be a “harmless journey” turned sour when the car of the suspect identified as one Daimler Augustine Daniel went over the road barricade and hit the tricycle conveying the victims.


‘All I Want Is Justice’

In the process, the tricycle rider was said to have died on the spot while the two passengers were rushed to a military hospital.

However, both women were reportedly rejected by officials who demanded a police report before they could be admitted to the facility.

“Sissy (Jemima) and her friend were still alive, and hence, rushed to the nearby hospital: 347 Nigerian Airforce Hospital, 303 Rayfield Road, NAF Station on Bauchi-Jos Expressway.

“This hospital rejected both of them … From there, they were rushed to another hospital but before any medical help could be given, Jemima and Jennifer had died,” Anselm sobbed.

He added, “My sister, her friend and the tricycle driver, were casualties of the reckless driving of a stoned driver. Jemima and Jennifer died as a result of a failed medical system.

“And their (suspected) murderer may go scot-free because of corruption within the police force. All I want is justice. I owe my sister that much.”


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On the other hand, Anselm alleged that Daimler who survived the accident confessed to being drunk after celebrating his birthday overnight before the tragedy struck.

The suspect was said to have been detained at ‘Anglo Police Station’ located along the Airport Road in the Plateau State capital.

Anselm said Daimler was later granted bail on Tuesday by the police, allegedly without the consent of the families of the victims.

Although he acknowledged that the police reached out to them, he insisted that his family was contacted on Wednesday.

“My dad and older brother decided to travel to Jos to stop this from happening. They left early this morning (Thursday), only to get there to find out that Mr Daimler had been released two days ago even before the call came through to my dad,” he said.

Jemima’s brother quoted a source as saying that the police state claimed that the accident occurred as a result of the actions of the suspect and the late tricycle rider.

He, however, argued that pictorial evidence showed otherwise, adding that the police should have allowed justice to run its course.

Anselm condemned the purported decision to grant bail to the suspect and called for justice for the victims.

He said, “Even if he (Daimler) was going to be granted bail and afterwards charged to court … was it supposed to be done without the consent of the victims’ families? It is wrong on many levels.”

Meanwhile, #justiceforjemima dominate twitter trends on Thursday as sympathisers joined the call for justice in the case.

This, perhaps, caught the attention of the Minister of State for Employment and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, who condoled with the families of the victims.

Mr Keyamo also gave assurance that he would call the attention of the authorities in Plateau to ensure the victims get justice.


Police React

The police authorities in Plateau have confirmed the incident, saying it happened at Nyingi in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

They, however, said that claims that the suspect had been released were untrue.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Mathias, told Channels Television on Thursday that Daimler driver complained of severe pains two days after the incident.

According to him, the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment and has since been in detention while investigations were ongoing.

The command’s spokesman gave assurance that Daimler would be charged to court for manslaughter as soon as investigation was concluded.

Tribunal Verdict: PDP Congratulates Tambuwal, Seeks Justice In Kano, Plateau

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on his victory at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the affirmation of the governor’s election as “well-deserved”.

It, however, rejected the judgments of the Governorship Election Tribunals which affirmed the victories of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau States.

The PDP urged its members and supporters not to lose hope, saying the Tribunal was not the end of the road.

It added that justice would “surely prevail at the end of the day”.


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Reacting to the judgement of the Tribunal in Sokoto, the party described the verdict as a victory for democracy and the inevitable triumph of the will of the people.

It stated that the people stood their ground in the March 23 governorship election, despite attempts by “forces that sought to foist themselves” on the state.

The PDP believes Governor Tambuwal’s victory at the election was a clear endorsement of his leadership style as evinced in his commitment towards the development of the state and the empowerment of the people.

“Indeed, Governor Tambuwal’s achievements in developing the state and empowering the people in all critical sectors of life stood him out in his first term.

“His re-election, therefore, marks the determination of the people to consolidate on good governance in their state,” the party said.

Plateau Election Tribunal Threatens To Throw Out PDP’s Petition

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The Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State has threatened to throw out the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate Jeremiah Useni if the petitioners fail to sit up.

The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halimat Saleeman issued the warning following the failure of the petitioners to present additional witnesses as arranged, describing the action as unwarranted and time wasting.

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The lead counsel to the petitioner, Mike Ezeokome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) applied to tender additional documents which are result sheets and voters register of polling units for Jos East, Qua’an Pan, Shendam and Mangu Local Government Areas.

But counsels to the respondents opposed the admissibility of the documents arguing that they are not certified true copies as the law requires.

The tribunal in its ruling however, accepted the documents in evidence.

At the end of the session counsel to the petitioner and the defendant, Governor Simon Lalong spoke on the arguments at the tribunal.

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.

Plateau Governor Lalong Signs N153.5bn Appropriation Bill Into Law

 

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has signed the N153.5 billion appropriation bill for 2019 fiscal year into law.

The development comes after the State House of Assembly deliberated on and passed the bill after a rigorous process.

While signing the appropriation bill in Jos, the state capital, the governor emphasised on the importance of collective responsibility in the implementation and the success of the budget.

Addressing government officials, lawmakers at the Government House, Lalong noted that the budget which has been termed ‘Budget of Rescue And Infrastructural Growth’ will meet the yearnings of the people.

“Now it is time for action. As I have been saying since after the elections, I won’t be contesting another election again, and this one has come and gone.

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“As we have signed this budget today, we have set the ball rolling and there is no excuse whatsoever. We must make this budget work for a better Plateau State and we must leave a good legacy behind,” he stated.

The governor also commended the assembly members who worked diligently to ensure passage of the budget

On his part, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Sylvester Wallangko, said the deficit budget of N40 billion is to be financed from internal and external loans.

The move, he stated, was due to the dwindling revenue allocation which enabled the state to focus on its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), statutory revenue allocation and reimbursements, as well as capital receipts.

According to him, the deficit would be financed from loans, as well as internal and external sources.

Plateau Governor Simon Lalong Re-Elected For A Second Term

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has been re-elected for a second term.

The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Richard Kimbir, announced this on Sunday at the collation centre for the governorship election in Jos, the state capital.

According to him, the governor who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

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Governor Lalong got a total of 595,582 votes ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jerry Useni, who polled 546,813 votes.

He was declared the winner two weeks after the governorship election held on March 9 in Plateau and 28 other states in the country.

The states where election did not hold are Edo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kogi, and Anambra.

While winners emerged in some states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governorship election in Plateau and five other states as inconclusive.

Plateau Governor Simon Lalong Re-Elected For A Second Term
A file photo of Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong.

Professor Kimbir had explained that the declaration, was 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.

He added that this constrained him to return a winner but rather declare the poll inconclusive.

This led to the supplementary election which held in nine local government areas of the state on Saturday, March 23.

Governor Lalong defeated Mr Useni with a difference of 48,769 votes in the rerun poll.

See the local government areas where INEC conducted the supplementary election below:

Barkin Ladi LGA – APC: 041  PDP: 296

Jos North LGA – APC: 274  PDP: 1,036

Shendam LGA – APC: 337  PDP: 80

Bassa LGA – APC: 1,040  PDP: 367

Kanam LGA – APC: 944  PDP: 476

Pankshin LGA – APC: 446  PDP: 151

Bokkos LGA – APC: 1,342  PDP: 1,337

Mangu LGA – APC: 6,931  PDP: 3,520

Langtang South LGA – APC: 972  PDP: 1,224

Plateau Residents Commend Peace Polls In Supplementary Election

 

Plateau residents have commended the supplementary election which was conducted in the state, describing it as peaceful without reports of violence or ballot snatching.

Heavy security presence was said to be recorded at various polling units in the north-central region of Nigeria.

The election was held in nine Local Government Areas – Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos North, Kanam, Lantang South, Mangu, Pankshin and Shendam, across 40 polling units in nineteen registration areas.

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Before the commencement of the poll, election materials arrived early which made it possible for accreditation and voting hold at the various polling units

Also, card readers functioned well without hitches compared to what happened in the exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive following over voting and malfunctioning of card readers in some cases, leading to the cancellation of votes at some of the polling centres.

INEC Declares Plateau, Adamawa Governorship Election Inconclusive

INEC Declares Plateau, Adamawa Governorship Election Inconclusive
INEC returning officer in Plateau State, Professor Richard Kimbir.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the governorship election in Plateau and Adamawa States inconclusive.

Returning officers for the election in both states made the declaration on Monday in separate announcements at their respective collation centres.

In Jos, the Plateau State capital, Professor Richard Kimbir announced that the margin of a lead of 44,929 between the APC and the PDP candidates is less than 49,377 cancelled votes.

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According to the returning officer, this constrains him to return a winner but rather declare the election inconclusive and bye-elections should hold in the affected areas.

Simon Lalong of APC polled a total of 583,255 votes while Jerry Useni of PDP scored 538,326.

In Adamawa, the Returning Officer, Professor Andrew Haruna, said the margin of the lead of 32,476 between the PDP and the APC candidates was less than the 40,988 votes that were cancelled.

He explained that he was constrained to return a winner by such a situation and therefore declared the election inconclusive.

The election was declared inconclusive in both states following a similar development in Sokoto State.

Professor Fatima Muktar had given the same reason for her decision and asked those troubled to channel their grievances to the electoral body.