Plateau Govt. Declares Three-Day Mourning For Late Commissioner

samuel-galadimaThe Plateau state government has declared three days of mourning (March 22 to 24), over the death of the Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Samuel Galadima.

The late architect, aged 64, died in the early hours of Wednesday during the regular forth-nightly physical exercise at the Jos Township stadium.

He was said to have slumped and died while jogging along with the state Governor, Simon Lalong, at the Rwang Pam Stadium.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, revealed that all public and official activities of the governor have been suspended following the loss.

He therefore enjoined citizens of the state to share in the burden of the loss and also pray for the family to have the fortitude to bear it.

Gunmen Attack Family Compound In Plateau, Kill Ten

Unknown gunmen stormed Kogwom village in Vom district of Jos south local government area, Plateau State, killing 10 individuals and leaving two others fatally injured.

The gunmen attacked a family compound where 10 members of the family were killed in cold blood while two others sustained gunshot wounds after which the attackers routed their escape through surrounding environs.

The special task force in a press release signed by Lieutenant Kingsley Egbo confirmed the gruesome murder of the family stating that efforts by the force and police to gain access to the scene with a view to combing the area for possible trace of the attackers were foiled by the locals.

Two members of the family were fortunate to be alive and are receiving treatment at the Vom Christian hospital.

Meanwhile, angry youths continue to protest the incessant killings in the area.

Reports from the community indicates that the family lost a grandmother few days ago and gathered for the preparation of her funeral which informed the large presence of the members in the compound as the assailants attacked in the night after a family meeting.

Reacting to the attack, Special Adviser to governor Jonah Jang on media and Publicity Ayuba Pam who was at the scene described the incident as barbaric and inhuman stressing that government will not rest in the search for lasting peace in the state.