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.
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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.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Jos, Plateau State, has sealed off at least 20 illegal fuel stations.
Operations Controller of the DPR Jos field office, Jerome Agada, confirmed this to journalists on Friday.
According to the officials, some of the retail outlets visited did not have the required permit to operate while some do not conform to technical and electrical specifications required as well as structural construction for such facility.
Meanwhile, 18 persons were also arrested for operating the various illegal retail outlets.
Agada noted that the exercise was part of measures to ensure sanity in the petroleum retail outlet business as well as compel operators to comply with rules and regulations in providing efficient services to the public.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has signed the N153.5 billion appropriation bill for 2019 fiscal year into law.
The development comes after the State House of Assembly deliberated on and passed the bill after a rigorous process.
While signing the appropriation bill in Jos, the state capital, the governor emphasised on the importance of collective responsibility in the implementation and the success of the budget.
Addressing government officials, lawmakers at the Government House, Lalong noted that the budget which has been termed ‘Budget of Rescue And Infrastructural Growth’ will meet the yearnings of the people.
“Now it is time for action. As I have been saying since after the elections, I won’t be contesting another election again, and this one has come and gone.
“As we have signed this budget today, we have set the ball rolling and there is no excuse whatsoever. We must make this budget work for a better Plateau State and we must leave a good legacy behind,” he stated.
The governor also commended the assembly members who worked diligently to ensure passage of the budget
On his part, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Sylvester Wallangko, said the deficit budget of N40 billion is to be financed from internal and external loans.
The move, he stated, was due to the dwindling revenue allocation which enabled the state to focus on its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), statutory revenue allocation and reimbursements, as well as capital receipts.
According to him, the deficit would be financed from loans, as well as internal and external sources.
Before the commencement of the poll, election materials arrived early which made it possible for accreditation and voting hold at the various polling units
Also, card readers functioned well without hitches compared to what happened in the exercise.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive following over voting and malfunctioning of card readers in some cases, leading to the cancellation of votes at some of the polling centres.