Gunmen Kidnap Traditional Ruler In Plateau

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

 

Gunmen have kidnapped the paramount ruler of Tal chiefdom Nanleng Yusuf Gotus in the Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.

It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about 10 stormed the palace in the early hours of Tuesday and whisked away the traditional ruler.

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An anonymous family source told Channels Television on Tuesday that the kidnappers have reached out to them, demanding a N1m ransom. It is, however, unclear if any money has been paid to them.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state Alred Alabo said security operatives are on the trail of the kidnappers in an attempt to rescue the paramount ruler unhurt.

This attack followed a similar one that happened about three weeks ago when a businessman was killed in the community.

Residents have in the wake of the attacks called on the state government as well as security agencies to stop the incessant assaults.

Police Arrest Four Robbery Suspects Terrorising Plateau Communities

The robbery suspects were accused of terrorising communities in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

 

Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team at the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB/IRT) of the Nigeria Police have arrested four persons suspected to be armed robbery kingpins terrorising Shendam area and other neighbouring communities in Plateau State.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The suspects were arrested by the security operatives following several complaints from residents about the activities of the gang in the locality.

They include Mij Yawa Buba ‘m’ 36, Saidu Manu Saleh ‘m’ 30, Saleh Musa ‘m’ 20, and Ibrahim Deri ‘m’ 27 – all natives of Shendam in Plateau State.

Saleh Musa was the key suspect nabbed by the police operatives in a raid through actionable intelligence information that he intended to buy an AK47 rifle in the town.

When interrogated by the police on why he intended to buy the rifle, he named Ibrahim (alias Alhaji) as one of the gang members in their syndicate which was responsible for major robbery and kidnapping operations.

The investigation by the police team also led to the arrest of Miji Yawa Buba – a resident of Angwar Yargam in the same community where the rifle was found and recovered by the security operatives.

Manu Saidu, in his confessional statement, said he conspired with some of his cousins namely Bareli Bello, Hussaini Bello, Abdo Baleri, Isa Baleri and Ibrahim Baleri, as well as his two younger brothers Yuguda Saidu and Yahaya Saidu (now late), to buy an AK47 rifle to protect their cattle.

He added that they bought the rifle from one Baba Mallam at Yelwa for N300,000 while the weapon was usually kept at the house of Alhaji Baleri.

On his part, Saleh Saidu confessed that it was Ibrahim Deri who asked him to get 60-round ammunition for the rifle at Shendam, saying they had a good relationship.

He said he had participated in the armed robbery at a provision store owned by one Alhaji Muntari in Shendam and robbed him of N200,000, but denied involvement in any kidnapping.

From intelligence gathered, the gang was also alleged to have robbed many people and pharmacy outlets in the town, during which a pharmacist identified as Ibrahim Babawuro in Shendam community sustained gunshot wounds.

One of the suspects claimed he only pulled the trigger to test the gun. He, however, denied knowledge of the gang leader Saleh.

However, in his statement, he told the police team that he was a herder and owned a herd of 30 cows.

Among the items recovered from the crime scene included one AK47 assault rifle and some assorted ammunition.

Peter Obi’s Supporters Hold Solidarity Rally Across Nigeria

Obi rally -jos-ebonyi
Obi’s support base, made majorly of youths, has continued to swell.

 

Peter Obi followers on Saturday held solidarity rallies in several parts of Nigeria to mop up support for the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 elections. 

The supporters trooped out in their numbers to canvass for the former Anambra State governor in different zones of the country including Jos, Plateau State; Abakaliki in Ebonyi State; Imo State; Abia State; Bayelsa State; Awka, Anambra State, and Suleja in Niger State.

The rallies created a buzz on various social media platforms with the supporters sharing photos of the marches held.

But there was a disruption of the march in Ebonyi State when police teargassed the supporters. Obi’s followers accused Governor David Umahi of ordering the disruption, a claim he denied. The rally later continued with the participants marching through several streets in Abakaliki.

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A March For Nigeria

In the north-central state of Plateau, Obi’s supporters carried banners with different inscriptions. They gathered at the Secretariat Junction around 9:00 a.m to ramp up their push for the LP flagbearer.

It was a similar story in Imo State as Obi’s followers poured into the streets, canvassing for the former banker. They say their candidate has the credentials to take Nigeria out of economic hardship, adding that the rally was meant to send a strong message to other contenders that Obi’s supporters are not only on social media.

Imo was not the only place that witnessed the rally as Obi’s supporters in Bayelsa State marched along major roads to mobilise for the former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obidients, as they are known, were armed with placards carrying different inscriptions like “Our Mumu don do,” “We need someone that will fix Nigeria,” “Peter Obi stands the better chance to restore Nigeria,” among others.

There were also marches in Awka, the Anambra State capital, and Suleja in Niger State.

Recurring Phenomenon


Exactly a week ago, the LP candidate’s supporters held similar rallies in Taraba, Benue, Ondo, and Enugu states, advocating a shift in Nigeria’s political order.

The recent marches, observers say, are a departure from the norm. Comprised majorly of young people, Obi’s support base is expected to swell further in the months leading to the 2023 elections.

Court Acquits Ex-Gov Jang Of Fraud Charges

Jang Replies EFCC, Denies Ownership Of Kaduna Property
This file photo shows a former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang

 

A state High Court sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Friday, discharged and acquitted a former governor of the state, Jonah Jang, of over the N6.3 billion corruption charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court presided over by Justice Christy Dabup also discharged and acquitted a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Yusuf Pam, who was accused alongside the former governor.

Jang had in March 2021 appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to pardon another ex-Governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye; a former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame.

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The Council of State led by the President subsequently in April 2022 approved the pardon of 159 convicts including Dariye and Nyame.

Before their release, Dariye was serving 10 years’ imprisonment for N1.126bn fraud whilst Nyame was serving a 12-year jail sentence for diverting N1.64bn when he was governor of Taraba.

Gunmen Storm Palace, Kidnap Traditional Ruler In Plateau

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

 

Gunmen have stormed the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, kidnapping the Panyam district head, Adamu Derwan.

According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen invaded the traditional ruler’s country home in the early hours of Monday and forcefully took him away to an unknown destination before security personnel arrived at the scene of the incident.

The Public Relations Officer of the State Police command DSP, Alfredo Alabo, confirmed the incident and said the state police commissioner has directed an immediate action in trailing the abductors while citizens are been urged to provide useful information that will be helpful in apprehending the perpetrators.

The abducted monarch was among the contestants for the paramount seat of Mishkaham Mwaghavul’s traditional throne which he lost narrowly.

The kidnapping of the Panyam district head is the fifth abduction of traditional leaders in the state within the last six months.

One Dead, Several Properties Destroyed In Plateau Hospital Fire

The scene of the tanker explosion in Jos, Plateau State on June 9, 2022.

 

One person has been confirmed dead on Thursday with several properties destroyed as a fire gutted the University of Jos Veterinary Hospital in Plateau State.

The incident occurred when a fuel-laden tanker fell and exploded at the Polo roundabout area of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that the explosion razed burnt shops and vehicles as well as the School of Veterinary Science.

Several houses were also burnt in the inferno, a situation that forced the deployment of officials of the State Fire Service and the Police to the area.

Eyewitnesses said the tanker fell and exploded with the fire spreading into the premises of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Polo Roundabout, Jos, causing massive destruction to the building.

While the dead victim was identified as the tanker driver, the other occupant of the vehicle was been treated at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital following injuries sustained from the disaster.

The National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Jos.

NEMA Coordinator for North Central, Eugene Nyenlong, said the agency received a distress call of the explosion earlier in the day and raced to the scene of the accident.

“We quickly activated a team for the rescue mission. We came in the company of other critical stakeholders. What happened was that a tanker driver came in and ran into the vicinity of the university veterinary area,” he said.

“From our assessment and when we came in, the DPO was able to brief us on the situation. We lost one life which we came in to take up the corpse and handed over to the Nigeria Police for other burial rites.”

The 33,000 litres tanker was said to have taken off from Agbara in Ogun State and was heading to Gombe State en route to Jos where the vehicle had an accident.

The fire destroyed all documents and records of the veterinary teaching hospital which is a referral veterinary research institute for the north-central; leaving the management at a loss on how to access those documents.

61-Year-Old Lebanese Arraigned For Child Abuse In Plateau Court

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A 61-year-old Lebanese has been arraigned for child abuse at the Federal High Court in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The suspect – Jabir Iskandar – is facing trial on a 16-count charge of child abuse and molestation instituted against him by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Iskandar, a resident of Giring in Jos South Local Government Area, is standing trial for offences relating to wilfully employing and abusing the vulnerability of the children by sexually exploiting them.

He is said to have committed an offence punishable under Section 13(2b) of the Prohibition Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.

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The charges were preferred against the accused in connection to each of the minors that were abused at various times since 2017 that the offences were committed.

At the hearing on Wednesday before Justice Dorcas Agishi, two witnesses were cross-examined and they narrated how they were abused and molested by the accused.

The accused, through his defence counsel, applied for bail before the court which was objected to by the plaintiff on the ground that it will jeopardise the ongoing trial.

In her ruling, Justice Agishi adjourned the bail application hearing to June 24, with an accelerated hearing of the matter scheduled for the 27th, 28th and 29th of June respectively.

The accused has been in the custody of the Correctional Centre in Jos since April when he was first arraigned before the Federal High Court.

Alleged N6.2bn Fraud: EFCC Closes Case Against Ex-Governor Jang

Jang Replies EFCC, Denies Ownership Of Kaduna Property
(File) Former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday closed its case in the alleged N6.2 billion fraud against the former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.

Jang and Yusuf Pam, a former cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (OSSG), are being prosecuted before Justice C. L. Dabup of Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos.

They are facing trial for alleged criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of Plateau State funds to the tune of N6.2 billion.

At the last sitting, the EFCC had presented its fourteenth witness (PW14), a Chief Superintendent of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Commission (ICPC),  Taiwo Oloronyomi, who testified against the defendants.

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While tendering the statement in evidence, the second defendant’s counsel, S. Olawale, raised an objection, arguing that the statement of his client to the ICPC was not voluntary as he was subjected to physical and psychological torture by one Hajiya Fatima Mohammed of the ICPC. This prompted the court to order a trial within trial.

Ruling on the trial within a trial on Tuesday, Justice Dabup admitted in evidence the statement that the second defendant made on November 17, 2016, to the ICPC. The crux of the statement pertained to the withdrawal of monies through cheques approved by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State government, which was taken to the first defendant (Jang).

The judge, however,  rejected the statement made on November 23, 2016, saying that the mandatory cautionary word was not taken before the second defendant volunteered to write his statement.

After the prosecution closed its case, the defendants were expected to open their defence on  June 1, 2022. However, their counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and S. Olewale informed the court of their decision not to do so.

“We humbly intend to rely on the case of the prosecution because we believe and submit it is irredeemable, battered and drained of existential blood. We do not need to open any case for evidence in order not to waste the precious time of this honourable court,” Ozekhome said.

Citing section 301(3) of the Plateau State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2018, he said: “If we are not providing any evidence, the law says that the prosecution has fourteen (14) days to address the court, and ten( 10) days for the defence to reply, and another five (5 days)  for the prosecution to reply on point of law”.

Thereafter, the judge adjourned the matter to July 1 for the adoption of final written addresses.

Plateau Attacks: We Have Buried 106 People So Far, Says LG Chairman

The victims comprised children, women, and the elderly.

 

One hundred and six persons have so far been buried following the attacks on communities in Plateau State. 

This is according to the Chairman of  Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State Dayabu Garga who gave an update about the renewed violence in some parts of the north-central state.

“I was present on Monday morning where we did mass burial of 106 killed and we are still picking more dead bodies in the farmlands,” he said on Thursday in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He also said there are “more than 16 people hospitalised”.


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‘Displaced People Are Uncountable’

Chairman of Kanam LGA, Dayabu Garga.

 

According to him, the attacks have rendered hundreds of people homeless just as he explained that the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) has increased.

“Displaced people are uncountable,” he said. “More than 5,000 people are IDPs on their own soil. The issue is so much devastating.”

The Kanam council boss, who called for more protection for the people, lamented the recent attacks.

“These people require at least protection. First and foremost, we need to have security outposts – either MOPOL or Army – because if we don’t stop who is going into the forests, definitely, there must be more attacks in the future,” Dayabu added.

While food items and other relief materials have been sent to the affected communities, he admitted that “it is definitely not enough”.

Kanam was not the only local government affected by Sunday’s attack. People were also killed in Wase Local Government Area.

The attack affected about 10 villages in Garga comprising Kukawa, Gyanbawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji, and Dadin Kowa.

Bodies recovered during the attack were given a mass burial in a shallow grave.

In the wake of the attacks, Governor Simon Lalong mandated security operatives to dominate the affected areas and go after the fleeing terrorists and ensure they pay for their crimes.

10 Killed, 19 Others Injured At Festival In Plateau

A photo combination of some of the persons injured during the attack.

 

Ten persons were reportedly killed and nineteen others injured during the celebrations of the annual ritual festival ‘Zerreci’ in the Chando Zerreci area of Miango Chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Council of Plateau State.

While confirming the incident in a statement, the National Publicity Secretary of the Irigwe Youth Movement, Lawrence Zongo, said the attackers late Saturday night invaded the venue of the annual festival which is to commemorate the commencement of the rainy season farming in Irigwe land and wreaked havoc.

The attackers, according to the statement, shot sporadically into the celebrating crowd leading to the death of ten persons while nineteen others sustained gunshot wounds and machete cuts.

Many of those who survived are receiving treatment at the hospital in Miango, the spokesman disclosed.

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The leadership of the Irigwe Youth Movement in condemning the incident enjoined security agencies to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous act are apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.

The attacks on Irigwe chiefdom have been a reoccurring incident that has left scores dead and several properties destroyed.

INEC Holds Bye-Election In Ondo, Plateau, Imo And Cross-Rivers

A photo collage of voters casting their votes for the bye-election.

 


Welcome to our live update on the bye-election being conducted today by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo, Plateau, Imo, and Cross Rivers States.

We have our correspondents in each of these states ready to bring updates on the elections.

In Ondo State, the bye-election is holding in Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency while in Plateau State voters in Pankshin South State Constituency and Jos North/Bass Federal Constituency are voting new representatives.

Voters check their names on the accreditation list.

 

The election is also being held in Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency and Akpabuyo State Constituency both in Cross River State.

Also, Ngor Okpala State Constituency in Imo State will be voting new representative.

These elections are coming a day after President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the electoral bill birthing the electoral act 2022. INEC will hope to improve on its logistics strategies and conduct techniques after the glitches experienced in the FCT local council elections held earlier this month.




12:21am: In the three Local Government Areas where the bye-election is holding in Cross River State, voters are casting their votes with security agents at major junctions and around polling units to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

The BIVAS Machine is working smoothly as both party agents and voters commend and for the early arrival of election materials.



10:40 am Voting commenced at the post office polling unit in Jos, after the initial delay. Voters can be seen casting their votes using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System.



10:32am: The non-functional Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is causing a delay at the post office polling unit in Jos, Plateau State. Voters can be seen lamenting. Some of them demand that the INEC officials use the manual process of accreditation to avoid delay.



10:16am: Voting commenced in Akpabuyo State Constituency in Cross River State. Voters can be seen at Ikot Ndarake polling unit, Atimbo West in Akpabuyo casting their votes. Voting has also started at the Thomson End polling unit – Okpoma ward.

The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is being used.



10:00am: Voters in Kabong Ward of Post Office polling unit 0054 in Jos lament the late arrival of materials. There’s a long queue of voters growing impatient due to the late arrival of INEC officials and elections materials.



09:26am: Presiding officers explain the working modalities and procedure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS to party agents before the commencement of voting in Jos.



8:55 am: At Polling Unit 014, Ward 5 Imerienwe located at Community school Upe, Imo, State, INEC officials can be seen getting set to start accreditation. Some voters were also on the ground waiting for the election.



08:16am Distribution of election materials in some polling units for the Bassa/Jos North federal constituency bye-elections.



8:20 am: Voters at Unit 14, Ward 5 Akure South Local Government Area have started turning out at the various polling units to checks their names on the voter register.




 

Gunmen Abduct District Head In Plateau

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A file photo of three armed men

 

Gunmen have kidnapped the district head of Mararaba Pushit in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The traditional ruler was seized at his home on Thursday night. while watching the news as gunmen invaded his residence.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television, Chairman of Mangu Local Government, Minista Daput, stated that there has been no contact from the abductors since the incident happened, while the security agencies have been informed on the issue.

Chief Dikyet Gupiya, Kidnapped Traditional Ruler in Pushit District

 

He stated that combined efforts of security personnel, the youths in the area, and members of vigilante and hunters ate already on the search for the abducted monarch.

This abduction of the traditional ruler is the third in about three months.

A paramount ruler of Pyem Chiefdom in Mangu Local Government Area chief Charles Mato was abducted in December 2021 while the district head of Vom in Jos South Local Government Da Gyang Balat was abducted in January 2022.