Again, Lalong And Family Test Negative To COVID-19

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.



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.

Plateau Commissioner Tests Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.


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 Kill Three Bandits, Rescue Missing Herder In Plateau

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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.

COVID-19: Plateau Bans Movement Within State

A file photo of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.


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.

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“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.

COVID-19 Index Case: Lalong Asks Plateau Residents Not To Panic

A file photos of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.



Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has urged residents to remain calm following the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

He made the appeal in a statement on Friday by the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Ninkong Lar Ndam.

Hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the index case of the disease in Plateau, Governor Lalong asked the residents not to panic.

He urged them to continue to imbibe good personal and respiratory hygiene, social distancing, and avoid crowded places and stay at home.

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The governor also called on the residents to be vigilant and report any suspected case to the appropriate authorities.

He asked them to assist the government in enforcing the border closure directive which he said was one of the key measures adopted to curb the spread of the disease.

According to the health commissioner, the COVID-19 test was conducted on one suspected person who came into Jos, the state capital from Kano on Friday last week.

He said the patient was quarantined following his arrival and upon exhibiting symptoms, the nasal and oropharyngeal swab were taken and sent to the NVRI Vom Laboratory for COVID-19 testing.

“Sadly, the result which was released on Thursday, 23rd April 2020 returned positive, thereby making the patient the state index case.

“The patient has since been isolated and is a stable and good medical condition,” the statement said.

Ndam revealed that the State Surveillance Team immediately commenced contact tracing to investigate the case further and institute other public health measures to curb the spread of the disease in the state.

Plateau Records Index Case Of Coronavirus

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Plateau State has recorded its index case of coronavirus (COVID-19), about two months after the first infection of the disease was reported in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the first case of the disease in the state on Thursday.

In a late-night tweet, the health agency noted that the infection in Plateau was among the 108 new COVID-19 cases reported across the country.

This brings to 981 the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria as the NCDC has tested no fewer than 7,153 samples.

Seventy-eight of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 14 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), five in Ogun, four in Gombe, three in Borno, two in Akwa Ibom and one in Kwara State.

According to the NCDC, the new infection reported in Plateau now brings to 26, the total number of states that have recorded at least a case of COVID-19 – excluding the FCT.

Nigeria also recorded three new fatalities on Thursday, raising the nation’s total death toll from 28 reported on Wednesday to 31.

However, no new patient was discharged from the treatment facilities across the country as the number of those who have recovered remained 197.

See the case summary of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 23 below:

Total Samples Tested> 7153
Total Confirmed cases981
States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Active CasesNo. DischargedNo of Deaths
Abuja FCT13395353
Akwa Ibom11731

COVID-19: Plateau Isolates Over 80 Travellers

A file photos of Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.


The Plateau State Government has quarantined over 80 travellers to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The travellers tried coming into the state despite the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the state government.

Speaking to Channels Television, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ndam Lar said that those in isolation at the NYSC Camp in Mangu include the 48 persons apprehended by security personnel in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

The commissioner noted that following their arrest, they were escorted to Jos where they were transferred to the isolation centre for the mandatory 14 days observation period.

14 others identified to have been indigenes of Nasarawa State have been sent back to Lafia while the others will be released after the isolation period.

Plateau Inaugurates Committee To Manage COVID-19 Funds


The Plateau State Government has inaugurated a Supportive Committee to manage COVID-19 funds in the state.

The 25-man committee will oversee every relief material and money released by the state government to manage crises arising from the virus.

Speaking during the inaugural meeting of the committee at the Government House in Jos, Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Soni Tyoden charged the members to be diligent.

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He also urged them to ensure that the materials are adequately delivered and distributed to the people in the society who are mainly the target audience by the government.

Members of the committee are drawn from the State Emergency Management Agency, religious and traditional leaders, youth organisation, the National Council of Women Society, people with disabilities as well as the organised private sector and the labour union.

The committee is to among other things keep appropriate records for contributions and create awareness on the receipt and disbursement of the funds.

COVID-19: Court Convicts Violators Of Lockdown In Plateau


No fewer than 100 persons have been convicted for violating the lockdown order in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.

The violators were charged for disobeying the Executive Order signed by Governor Simon Lalong on April 6 following their arrest.

They were arrested while roaming about within areas that were not their residences which constitutes an illegal act and is a punishable offence under section 114 of the Penal code law of the state.

At one of the mobile courts established for trials of violators in Jos North Local Government Area of the state, five of the suspects were convicted by the court for roaming and perambulating in areas outside their residence which is contrary to the lockdown order.

The suspects pleaded not guilty on the excuse that they were ill and looking for pharmacies to purchase medicine.

But the court disagreed with their claims on the premises that there are dedicated phone numbers that are to attend to such medical challenges which were not exploited by the suspects.

The suspects were thereafter sentenced to pay the sum of N10,000 and engage in social work by sweeping the terminus market for two hours under the supervision of the Correctional Centre which is to serve as a deterrent to others that might want to violate the government’s order.

Sokoto, Plateau Killings: Buhari Orders Army To Support Police

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Army to support the police and flush out bandits from forests around the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed this in a statement on Friday.

According to him, the President issued the directive to flush out bandits from forests, especially in the areas that witnessed recent attacks.

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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.

Four Chinese Quarantined In Plateau Test Negative For Covid-19 – Minister

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at a press conference in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at a press conference in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.


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.

Coronavirus: Three Chinese Nationals Quarantined In Plateau


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.