Gunmen Kill 12, Injure Five Locals In Plateau Attack

A file photo of guns displayed on a table.

 

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have killed 12 people in an attack on Kuru community in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

No fewer than five other locals were injured during the incident, eyewitnesses told Channels Television on Monday morning during a visit to the scene of the attack.

They narrated that the assailants stormed the community at about 9pm on Sunday and began to fire sporadic gunshots.

Residents noted that thereafter, the gunmen went to some houses where they shot at the occupants, leading to the death of some with others injured.

They said following the attack, the injured victims were taken to a primary healthcare facility within the community for medical attention.

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Police authorities in Plateau have confirmed the incident, but they gave a lesser number of those killed by the gunmen.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gabriel Ubah, noted that the command received a report that 10 persons were shot dead.

He explained that the persons were killed at a drinking joint in Sabon Layi in Kuru by yet-to-be-identified gunmen who drove in a Hilux van and shot sporadically.

“Personnel of the command and the military have been deployed to the affected area.

“The Commissioner of Police has ordered an immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing and to bring the perpetrators of that dastardly act to book,” Ubah said in a text to Channels Television on Monday.

Mr Musa Bagos, the lawmaker representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, was among those who visited the community where residents narrated their ordeal in the unprovoked attack.

He condemned the heinous crime which he described as an attack too many, stressing the need to stop the trend to prevent the further killings of innocent people in villages in the state.

The Management Committee Chairman of Jos South LGA, Gideon Davou, who was also at the scene, appealed to the residents to allow the security agencies to carry out a proper investigation into the incident.

He also urged members of the community to remain calm and not resort to reprisals with an assurance that the state government would ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime were apprehended.

‘No Imminent Attack,’ Police Ask Residents In Abuja, Plateau To Remain Calm

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has assured citizens of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Plateau, as well as those in neighbouring states of safety and security.

In a statement on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, he asked the people to go about their lawful day-to-day activities without fear.

The IGP’s assurance was in reaction to an internal directive issued to the Commissioners of Police in Plateau State and FCT Commands to forestall any likelihood of attacks or breach of security by organised criminal elements in their Areas of Responsibilities (AOR).

But Mba stated that the directive of the police boss was not intended to cause panic, but a deliberate, intelligence-driven, and proactive measure designed to prepare the law enforcement community for comprehensive response to any threat to lives and property.

“The IGP noted that the security alert, rather than becoming a source of panic to the citizens, should instead send a message of reassurance to them about the intelligence depth, capacity, and operational preparedness of the Nigeria Police to pre-emptively deal and contain any threat to public peace and security.

“The alert does not in any way suggest that an attack is imminent in any of the two states,” the statement said.

The police spokesman called for calm and urged the people to go about their normal activities with a renewed sense of vigour, patriotism, and vigilance.

He gave the assurance that the police would continue to work with other relevant stakeholders to keep the public space safe for everyone.

The internal directive was dated May 19, 2021, and signed by an acting Commissioner of Police and the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa.

The police chief had asked the police commissioners to be wary of plots by Boko Haram terrorists to attack major cities in the country, especially Abuja and Jos, the Plateau State capital.

According to him, the proposed attacks will be coordinated by a Boko Haram commander in Sambisa Forest, Muhammad Sani, and his deputy, Suleiman, said to be hibernating around Lawan Musa Zango in the Gashua area of Yobe State.

Police, Local Vigilante Rescue Unijos Lecturer, Husband

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The abducted lecturer of the University of Jos, Professor Grace Ayanbimpe and her husband, Isaac have been released by their abductors after spending 24 hours in captivity with the abductors.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in Plateau State, Edward Egbuka.

According to the police boss, the release followed the concerted efforts of police tactical team of the command alongside hunters and members of the vigilante group.

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Monday invaded their residence behind Haske Quarters, Lamingo in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

In another development, security personnel have been deployed to Kisayi village near Maxwell Khobe cantonment, Three Division of the Nigerian Army, to forestall any breakdown of law and order as well as a reprisal after an attack on herders by yet to be identified attackers and cattle rustlers.

The combined team of police and operatives from Operation Safe Haven, according to the Commissioner of Police, found that 15 cows were slaughtered by the assailants.

The CP said two cows and a sheep recovered from the scene of the incident while 36 cows and 12 sheep are allegedly missing after the attack on the herders.

The recovered animals have been released to the complainants with a search for the missing animals continues.

Abducted Mission School Student Regains Freedom In Plateau

A signboard of The Kings School in Barkin Ladin Local Government Are of Plateau State.

 

The abducted student of Kings School, otherwise known as Capro Secondary Mission School located at Gana Ropp in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State has regained freedom, the military authorities have confirmed.

Gunmen had in the early hours of April 29 kidnapped the students in Capro, which is few kilometres away from the Yakubu Gowon airport and about 60 kilometres from Jos, the state capital.

However, three of the students escaped while one remained in captivity.

But in a statement issued on Sunday, the spokesman of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ibrahim Shittu, said troops rescued the remaining student in captivity on Saturday.

He said the rescue operation was achieved through the sustained search and rescue efforts of the troops, adding that no ransom was paid to secure the student’s release.

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According to the military spokesman, the rescued student is in good health condition and has since been reunited with other students in the college.

Spate of Abductions

The Plateau abduction comes as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.

Bandits have, in recent times, targeted schools for mass abductions.

Several students of Greenfield University in Kaduna are still in captivity after they were abducted on April 20.

Bandits who abducted 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna state recently released a video of the students, including a pregnant female student, calling for help.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sought the assistance of the United States in fighting insecurity across the country.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday inaugurated a 40-man committee to find a solution to the country’s security challenges. The Committee is set to hold a four-day security summit in May.

 

 

 

Gunmen Kill Eight In Plateau

File photo of Plateau map and gun seized by suspected criminals.

 

Gunmen have killed eight miners at a mining site of Cabitex company in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The victims, comprising five women and three men were attacked by suspected herdsmen on Saturday night, with several others sustaining injuries.

Secretary-General of Kuru Development Association, Chapo Daniel condemned the incident, describing it as a heavy loss to the community considering that the victims went for their legitimate business and were ambushed by the assailants after the day’s business activities.

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Reacting to the attack via a statement, Governor Simon Lalong, asked security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to book.

The governor expressed anger over what he described as another desperate attempt by criminals to destabilise the state and create fear among the people which is not acceptable considering the commendable level of peace achieved in recent times.

Lalong also commiserated with families of those killed during the attack and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

He called on citizens to assist law enforcement agencies with useful intelligence and embrace various structures such as the traditional institutions, community police constabulary, vigilante groups and other associations in tackling the security challenges.

Wife Of NIMET Official Abducted In Plateau Regains Freedom

A screengrab taken on March 26, 2021, shows the apartment where the victim was abducted in Plateau State.

 

The woman kidnapped by a group of gunmen at the staff quarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Plateau State has regained freedom.

The Commissioner of Police in Plateau State, Edward Egbuka, confirmed the release of Mrs Victoria Rabo to Channels Television on Friday in Jos, the state capital.

Victoria, the wife of a staff member of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) at the airport, was abducted from the FAAN staff quarters in the Heipang area of the state on Thursday night.

According to Egbuka, the victim was released at about 7pm a day after she was kidnapped following the pressure mounted on the abductors in the bush since the incident happened.

The NIMET official, Ayuba Rabo, also confirmed the release of his wife to Channels Television after she was reunited with her family.

He thanked the security agencies, as well as members and management staff of the airport for their concerns and intervention in securing the release of his wife.

A signpost is seen at the airport in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

 

However, neither the police commissioner nor the victim’s husband disclosed if any ransom was paid to her abductors before she was released.

Victoria was released after her abductor had contacted her family to demand the sum of N10 million as ransom.

They were said to have contacted the family through Ayuba who said the family members were struggling to get the money to secure her release.

Narrating his ordeal Ayuba said he had escaped from the abductors and hid in a nearby bush, only for the gunmen to abduct his wife.

During the attack, the assailants also invaded the apartment of NIMET manager at the airport, Raha Umar.

A screengrab taken on March 26, 2021, shows a signpost of FAAN at the airport in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

 

However, they were unable to kidnap her as she escaped through the rear door before the gunmen could gain entry into the apartment.

The vast and open land within the airport has been a security concern to members of staff residing in the staff quarters.

They decried the delay in the reconstruction of the perimeter fence at the facility following a security breach in July 2020.

Kidnapped Kaduna Students Will Be Freed Soon – Lalong

 

Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, has said that the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna State will be released soon.

Lalong gave the assurance when he visited his counterpart in Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule on Saturday.

“We are very hopeful that at the end of the day, those students will be rescued,” Governor Lalong said while assuring an improved security situation in the country.

“We are raising consciousness and making people get alert at the insecurity. We are really putting every measure and very hopeful like the military has said, that in the next few months, everything will be over.”

The governor’s remarks come shortly after the kidnapped students called for help in a disturbing video.

The abducted students were seen being beaten by their captors, as they pleaded with the government to rescue them.

They were seen huddled together and sitting on tree leaves, with gun-wielding men, some of them dressed in military uniform, keeping watch over them.

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On Thursday night, gunmen stormed the school in Kaduna State and kidnapped over 200 students.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong speaks to reporters in Nasarawa State on March 13, 2021.

 

Of the figure, the military rescued about 180 students with 39 others still held in captivity.

The police spokesman had confirmed the incident and said, “A combined team of police, army and other security forces are in a frantic search for the kidnapped students.

“We are combing the surrounding forests and bushes with a view to freeing the hostages. Very soon, it will be over for the bandits.”

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, also confirmed that: “An operation for the students’ rescue is underway by security personnel from the army, air force, police and DSS (secret police).”

President Muhammadu Buhari also vowed an early end to the hostage crisis.

Supreme Court Affirms 10-Year Conviction Of Ex-Plateau Governor, Dariye

File photo of former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye.

 

Supreme Court has affirmed the ten-year jail term slammed on a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye’s for alleged criminal breach of trust.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Helen Ogunwumiju on behalf of the five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Mary Odili, the court held that the Appeal Court was right in affirming the earlier verdict of the Court of Appeal which upheld the sentence passed on Senator DARIYE by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an Abuja High Court.

The court however quashed the second charge of criminal misappropriation of funds preferred against the former Governor.

Senator Dariye had in his appeal, prayed the Supreme Court to upturn the November 16, 2018 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which convicted him and sentenced him to 10 years for diverting public funds estimated at N1.162billion while he was the Governor.

Lawyer to the EFCC reacts to the judgment just as the counsel to Senator Dariye declined to speak to Journalists.

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A three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Stephen Adah, in its decision, upheld an earlier judgement by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), delivered on June 12, 2018

The trial court convicted Senator Dariye on 15 counts relating to the offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation, contained in the 23-count charge on which he was tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In upholding Senator Dariye’s conviction, the Court of Appeal noted that the prosecution, led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) effectively proved its allegation of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation against the ex-governor.

The Appeal Court however faulted the trial court for convicting Dariye on counts 12 and 23, which it said the prosecution did not prove.

It also faulted the trial court for imposing the maximum sentences on both offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation.

The Appeal Court proceeded to reduce the 14 years sentence for the offence of criminal breach of trust to 10 years and reduced the two years sentence for criminal misappropriation to one year.

Arguing the appeal before the Supreme Court on December 17 last year, Dariye’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), asked the court to either reverse his client’s conviction or reduce the 10-year jail term handed him by the Court of Appeal.

Mister Agabi, after adopting his written argument, prayed the court to allow his client’s appeal and set aside Dariye’s conviction and sentence.

He argued that Dariye’s conviction was speculative and urged the court to show mercy on him.

Mister Agabi added: “Here is a man sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. 10 years is more than a lifetime for some people. You should show him mercy.”

He however added that, should the court be minded to disallow the appeal and affirm the decision of the Court of Appeal, it should reduce the sentence substantially.

Lawyer to the respondent, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) countered and urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the concurrent findings of the two lower courts.

Jacobs contended that a public servant was not better than the common man in the eyes of the law.

He added: “As for the sentence passed, it has been reduced to 10 years. That he (the appellant) is a public servant does not mean he should go free.”

 

Troops Rescue Kidnap Victim, Arrest Suspects In Jos

 

Troops of Operation Safe Haven on Friday rescued a kidnap victim in Guratop area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Addressing journalists in Jos on Friday, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo said that the victim, Zuwaria Mohammed was lured by the abductor on the pretext of a business deal only to abduct the woman and thereafter demanded a ransom of two million naira.

Okonkwo noted that based on the complaint lodged by the victim’s husband to the security operation, he was advised to agree in paying the ransom and a collection point was decided.

Troops of the operation stormed the location to rescue the victim and arrested the abductor who sustained injuries while attempting to escape.

In another development, some suspects were arrested during various operations carried out within the Jos Bukuru metropolis.

One of such was a suspected armed robber who was caught along Bidi-Zaria road of Jos North Local Government Area while others were killed during a gun duel.

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Some exhibits including a locally fabricated AK-47 rifle was recovered with two rounds of 7.62mm.

Other items recovered include a motorcycle and a tricycle.

Similarly, another set of armed robbers were arrested at Rayfield and Dung village with three locally fabricated pistols recovered from the criminals.

Some set of gunrunners were apprehended at Zolo junction, Zaria road and Agwan Rimi with locally fabricated pistols and one AK-47 rifle.

The suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution while those apprehended earlier are currently facing trials in various courts.

Plateau Weeps As Ex-Defence Minister, Domkat Bali, Dies At 80

Plateau is the twelfth-largest state in Nigeria.
Plateau is the twelfth-largest state in Nigeria.

 

A former Minister of Defence, General Domkat Bali has died at 80.

The news was announced on Friday by the Plateau State Government via a press statement.

Governor Simon Lalong says Plateau State and the nation has lost one of its patriotic and loyal sons, former Minister of Defence Gen. Domkat Bali who died at the age of 80.

Governor Lalong, according to the statement, said the passing of the retired military General is a great loss to the country considering the fact that he was one of the highly decorated officers who served the nation meritoriously in various capacities and proved his worth.

Lalong recalled that apart from serving the country as Minister of Defence, Gen. Bali was a key member of the Supreme Military Council and Armed Forces Ruling Council, where he held several positions including the Chief of Defence Staff.

He said, “Gen. Bali was focused and committed to the peace and progress of Nigeria and Plateau State in particular where he contributed immensely to addressing the security challenges in the State, always deploying his wealth of knowledge and advising various administrations. Indeed Plateau State has lost an icon.”

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He also said that Gen. Bali, who answered the call or his people to serve as the Ponzhi Tarok many years after his retirement from the military demonstrated so much interest in the welfare of the Taroh nation and did his best to project and protect their interests.

Governor Lalong said even in death, Gen. Bali will continue to inspire young Nigerians who want to serve the nation within the military because of his patriotism, gallantry and principles.

Lalong condoled his widow, Mrs. Esther Bali, his children, the Taroh nation and the entire State while asking God to grant his soul eternal rest.

Troops Kill Suspected Armed Robber, Injure Others In Plateau

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Troops of the Operation Safe Haven have killed a suspected armed robber in Barkin Ladi, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, the troops also injured several other suspected armed robbers during the encounter.

According to the defence spokesman, the incident which occurred on November 25 along  Angul Maraban Jama’a road, led to the recovery of one locally fabricated pistol.

“Troops on 25 November 2020, on night patrol came in contact with suspected armed robbers along Angul Maraban Jama’a road in Barkin Ladi,  Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State,” the statement partly read.

“During the encounter, one-armed robber was neutralized by their own troops. Items recovered in his possession was one locally fabricated pistol while others escaped with gunshot wounds.”

He also called on members of the public to avail the troops of timely information in order to rid the nation of the several security challenges.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

TROOPS OF OPERATION SAFE HAVEN NEUTRALIZES ARMED ROBBER IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE

  1. In continuation of aggressive clearance operation to stamp out criminal activities in the North Central zone of the country, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN have continued to record remarkable successes. Troops on 25 November 2020, on night patrol came in contact with suspected armed robbers along Angul Maraban Jama’a road in Barkin Ladi, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. During the encounter, one armed robber was neutralized by own troops. Items recovered in his possession was one locally fabricated pistol while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
  2. The gallant troops have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols to deny bandits freedom of action. The general public is thus encouraged to continue to provide credible information to the troops operating within their localities.
  3. You are please requested to disseminate this information through your medium with the photos attached for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE

Major General

Coordinator

Defence Media Operations

Defence Headquarters

28 November 2020.

Army Arrests 27 Suspected Cultists In Plateau

The suspects being paraded in Jos on November 21, 2020.

 

The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven has arrested 27 suspects after conducting series of raid operations on criminals and cultists hideouts in Jos, the state capital.

Parading the suspects at the Operation Safe Haven Headquarters in Jos, the Commander of the Task Force, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, said the suspects were arrested at various locations within the metropolis where the activities of cultists have been on the rise in recent times.

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Those apprehended included six females and their associates from peoples and Tripple Hotels in Apata area, Westside, Rukuba road, Jenta Adamu and Jenta Miango areas.

Items recovered in the course of the raid included three locally fabricated pistols, knives, machetes and some ammunition.

Similarly, number of drug barons were also arrested but have handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.