There was panic and apprehension in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday as hoodlums disrupted commercial activities at Ahmadu Bello way leading to an abrupt end of businesses in the city.
Some shops were vandalised while cars were set ablaze by the miscreants who prompted the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to maintain law and order at the commercial centre before the arrival of the police.
NSCDC personnel told Channels Television that four people were injured and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
The incident at the city centre is not related to the #EndSARS protests going on in some parts of the city, but protesters restricted their activities at the Old Airport Roundabout and the Polo roundabout axis where they have been gathering for almost five days.
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.
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.
Tragedy struck in Plateau State on Monday when gunmen attacked the General Hospital in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area.
Channels Television 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 Channels Television, 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.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, members of his family, his closed aides have all tested negative to coronavirus (COVID-19) for the second time.
The governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
He explained that Governor Lalong and his household took another test as a result of the recent cases recorded within his cabinet, such as a commissioner and his Chief of Staff testing positive for the disease.
Macham noted that the governor and members of his family subjected themselves to another test on Saturday, having taken the test earlier in April which all turned out negative.
In his reaction, Governor Lalong said, “I have continued to encourage people to subject themselves to COVID-19 test which is very important for us to determine the magnitude of the disease and level of the spread, in order to curb the further spread and treat people before they get to critical stages.
“Submitting myself and family to another test was, therefore, necessary as part of leadership by example and also responding to the recent cases of one of my commissioners and Chief of Staff who were confirmed positive.”
The governor, who reiterated that COVID-19 was not a death sentence, advised the people to always take personal responsibility for their health and the health of others.
According to him, this can be achieved by adhering to the guidelines put in place to fight the disease such as the mandatory use of face masks, social distancing, hand washing, and use of sanitisers.
Governor Lalong revealed that so far, the testing capacity in Plateau has increased as more people were being tested daily at the NVRI Laboratory in Vom and the TB Reference Laboratory at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
He added that efforts were being made to have the testing also conducted at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, stressing that about 6,000 people have been tested in the state as of July 5.
The governor, therefore, directed continued enforcement of compliance to COVID-19 guidelines, particularly in public places, warning that violators would be sanctioned accordingly.
He also warned against stigmatising infected persons, insisting that unless the disease was demystified, it would be difficult to overcome.
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abe Aku has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dan Manjang.
Following this development, Governor Simon Lalong directed all members of the State Executive Council to undergo COVID-19 tests and thereafter isolate themselves.
Aku explained that based on the governor’s directive, specimens of the commissioners are to be taken and forwarded to the COVID-19 Laboratory at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom for testing.
Meanwhile, the state government has asked members of the public to be guided by unnecessary visits to members of the State Executive Council while they are in isolation.
This is to prevent the possible spread of the disease and to show leadership by example after Governor Lalong and his family have carried out the test earlier where all of them tested negative.
Troops attached to Operation Safe Haven have killed three bandits during an operation conducted at Qua’an Pan Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State.
The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
He explained that the soldiers recorded the feat in continuation of the intensive clearance operations under Operation Accord, aimed at curbing the activities of bandits and other criminals in the North West and North Central regions.
Enenche stated that the raid was conducted on Friday following actionable technical and human intelligence on the activities of a suspected notorious kidnap kingpin at a hotel in Kwa.
According to him, the suspects fell to the superior firepower of the troops during a gunfight while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
A Beretta pistol, single-barrel gun, two fabricated pistols, four rounds of 9mm ammunition, three rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, and a motorcycle among other items were recovered from the suspects.
In a related development, the military spokesman noted that some soldiers rescued a herder on Friday with the help of local vigilantes, after he went missing while grazing at Gidan Ado in Riyom LGA.
The victim who was identified as Salisu Abdullahi was said to have been evacuated to a hospital for prompt medical attention.
“Furthermore, on the same 19 June 2020, troops arrested a suspected kidnapper, one Alhaji Idris around Hawan-Kibo general area in Riyom LGA while four other suspected kidnappers were apprehended in connection with the kidnap of one Mr Abdullahi Abdullahi at Kwahas-Lahir area in Mangu LGA of Plateau state.
“All the suspects have been handed over to relevant civil authorities for further investigation and prosecution,” the statement said.
The Plateau State Government has banned all movements within the state in order to curb the community spread of COVID-19.
In his address on Thursday, Governor Simon Lalong said the move is part of his administration’s efforts in tackling the virus following the only confirmed case in the state.
The governor noted that ban on movement from local government to local government in the state as well as the ban on all entry and exit points to the state is in continuation of total lockdown imposed on residents.
“In addition to the total lockdown which closed movement in and out of the State, and in order to curb community spread of COVID-19, Government has decided to close all intra-State borders with effect from 4th May 2020.
“Consequently, there shall be no movement from one Local Government to another even during the period when the total lockdown is relaxed, except for those on essential services as earlier enumerated.
“The total lockdown which resumed midnight Sunday, April 26th 2020, shall be relaxed from Midnight of Thursday 30th April 2020 to Midnight of Sunday 3rd May 2020 to enable people again re-stock their homes. Thereafter, the total lockdown will resume on Monday 4th May 2020,” he said.
Governor Lalong noted that the three-day window permitted by the state government will enable citizens to restock their homes ahead of the continuation of the lockdown Sunday midnight.