Shehu explained that the President gave the directive in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto State, whose community was attacked by armed bandits.
He added that the order was also in response to the reported killing of 10 people in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“In a quick response, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has already gotten in touch with the General Officers Commanding the army formations in the affected states, directing them to reinforce the police efforts to track the bandits and bring them to justice,” the statement said.
The President condoled with the governments and people of the two states, assuring Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Simon Lalong of the Federal Government’s support in bringing an end to the spate of attacks in the regions.
He also sympathised with the families and friends of the victims and prayed that Allah would comfort them.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Monday reported that four Chinese nationals quarantined in Plateau state have tested negative for Covid-19.
The Plateau state government had reported four suspected cases of the coronavirus on Saturday and placed the individuals on quarantine.
However, the Minister, in a press briefing, said “none of these cases have any symptoms” and that they have all “been tested at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reference laboratory and they are all negative for coronavirus infection.”
He went on to note that the state has placed them under supervised isolation for 14 days.
“We will continue to monitor the global situation with cases spreading quickly in countries as they are doing now,” Ehanire said.
Three Chinese citizens have been quarantined in the Wase town of Plateau State for suspected case of the novel coronavirus.
The Commissioner for Information in Plateau, Dan Manjang, disclosed this to Channels Television on Saturday.
He revealed that the three Chinese citizens, who are workers in a mining site in Wase, flew into Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday.
“The situation right now is that they have been isolated,” Manjang confirmed.
He added, “The three of them came in through Abuja and once we heard that, the Commissioner for Health had to take a proactive measure to send a medical team to Wase to go and investigate.”
Manjang explained that they then made their way to Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Thursday.
He, however, said they were being clinically examined by a medical expert deployed by the State Ministry of Health.
According to the commissioner, there is presently no confirmed case of coronavirus in Plateau as it stands.
He was worried that the word ‘quarantine’ could be misconstrued, thereby causing panic among the people.
Manjang assured the people of the state to remain calm and go about their businesses, noting that the case was being investigated.
He said, “The problem that we have is that there is a tendency for people to think that investigation or quarantine, as the case may be, means that there is an outbreak of the virus.
“As far as Plateau case is concerned, there has been no known case of this virus on the Plateau; we just took proactive measures to make sure that we place them (the Chinese nationals) under investigation and that will take 14 days.”
The government, according to the commissioner, awaits the report of the team that was sent to Wase before taking the next step.
A senator from Plateau State, Ignatius Longjan, is dead.
Longjan was the lawmaker representing Plateau South Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, announced this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Monday.
The lawmaker, who once served as the deputy governor of Plateau, was said to have died on Sunday night after a protracted illness.
Mourning the senator, Lalong described said Longjan’s death as devastating, saying it was a huge loss to not only his family and the people of Plateau South Senatorial District, but the entire state.
The governor explained that the lawmaker made immense contributions to the development of the state and the country in general.
“We have lost a man of honour and candour who in all his affairs always put the interests of Plateau State first.
“His humility, humanity and wealth of wisdom was always at display when he weighed on any issue that concerns people. We will surely miss him,” he lamented in a statement by his spokesman, Dr Makut Macham.
Governor Lalong also recalled how the Former deputy governor served Plateau steadfastly and loyally from 2011 to 2015.
He added that the senator also played a significant role in ensuring political stability in the state all through the period of various security challenges that the state passed through.
The governor recognised the enormous contributions of the lawmaker on the floor of the Senate where he represented his people with so much passion and projected the interests of Plateau and the nation in all his contributions.
He sympathised with Longjan’s immediate family and urged the people of the state to accept the sad event as the will of God and pray for the repose of his soul.
Senator Longjan was a chieftain of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Plateau State and Senate Committee Deputy Chairman on Culture and Tourism.
He was also a former Chief of Staff to former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang.
Death toll has risen to 22 in the killings in some communities in the central zone of Plateau State.
Governor Simon Lalong confirmed the casualty figure on Tuesday when he met with the community leaders at the Government House in Jos, the state capital.
While appraising the security situation before it gets out of hand, he stated his displeasure with the efforts of the security agencies and the role of leaders in some of the communities that have been under severe attacks recently.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Deep and sincere condolences. Their killer will not go scot-free, I assure you. I will personally bring this to the attention of the authorities in Plateau State, especially the Ministry of Justice, follow up the matter and ensure you get justice. https://t.co/n5BittMDD6
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.
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.
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.