Its Misinformation,Lalong govt can’t divert palliatives —–Hon Samuel Kasuwa. 

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ts Misinformation,Lalong govt can’t divert palliatives —–Hon Samuel Kasuwa.

By,giwa alex,Jos
The insinuation that governor Lalong is behind the hoarding of Covid-19 Palliatives met to be given to the indigents and vulnerable is misinformation as he vagued for the governor’s innocent.
A Youth who doubled as a Politician ,Hon Samuel Kasuwa has disclosed this in an interview with journalist in Jos, plateau State capital.

He said that Governor Simon Bako Lalong had no intention to divert palliatives met for the citizens of the state but pledged that we are vanguard of change in the society so we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be misled .

He commended the federal and state government distribution for palliatives to ease the covid-19 pandemic across the 36 states but charge protesters to exercise constraint and allow government to constitute committee to share to Nigerian.
Hon. Samuel Kasuwa condemned in its in totality the manner some miscreants hijacked the peaceful protest by turning it into looting expedition and attacking personalities in the name of wild #Endsars protest.
He pleaded with the Nigerian youths to shun all social vices capable of destroying the unity of Nigeria sovereignty ,we must put aside our differences in religious and ethnic affiliation to led this great country to the promise land no matter what is bedeviling us.
Kasuwa called on citizens of Plateau state to uphold the spirit of tolerance forgiveness to ensure that we all strengthen the bound of unity at all level of development .
He maintained that what happened to Nigeria within the weeks under review we pray God Almighty to stop the act of brutality and looting of private owners properties in the name of protest .
Kasuwa noted that as a youth,I’m calling on all the protesters to remain calm and to see that Mr President also condemn the brutality of SARS by dissolving them immediately .
However, in Plateau state ,Hon Kasuwa applauded Governor Simon Lalong for quick action taken in addressing the protesters by preventing them from spreading across the state but reducef to two LGs .
He appealed to all the traditional rulers across the 17 LGAs of the state to caution their youths and make sure the outbreak of lawlessness is avoided without rancor .
According to him , we appeal to religious leaders in the state to return back to God and pray for the restoration of the land ,we are member of one family and we belong to one Nigeria so let stop deceiving ourselves going to destroy our symbol of love and unity .
Samuel lamented that we should imbibe the culture of togetherness ,we would return back to our creator one day so there is no need for us to fight and destroy what God has endowed us with .
He further add that Nigerian youths should stop wild goose chase of white cola jobs they should engage themselves in meaningful business to manage their family because of the situation .
He stressed that violence attacks on innocent Nigerian to vandalised and intimidate them and pack their goods isn’t the solution to the present crises which can’t solve our unemployment challenges facing us ,he added.
Kasuwa stressed that,”I’m not speaking for the government or their actions, but stress that they have to set up committee to enable them distribute the palliatives to the vulnerable communities but with this act few people are the beneficiaries of the gesture through dubious and unconditional means “.
He pointed out that whatever we enjoy today,we should understand that another day we would suffer same Faith because the manner covid-19 wreck havoc across the globe ,we should remain calm and be our brothers keeper .
He added that Nigeria belongs to all of us so we should build indelible mark of confidence .

BCO Condemns Stockpile  Of Covid-19 Palliatives In Some States,Urges Consolidation Of FG Efforts.

BCO Condemns Stockpile Of Covid-19 Palliatives In Some States,Urges Consolidation Of FG Efforts.

By,giwa alex, Jos
The Buhari Campaign Organization (BCO)Alh.Pasali has condemned in strong term the actions of some state governors who stockpiled the Covid-19 Palliatives in isolated Warehouses instead of distributing it to the indigents and vulnerable in their states.
As he urgued the affected States to resprocate the efforts of president Buhari in providing succor to the citizens of Nigeria after the devastating effects of Covid-19 pandemic which has eaten deep into the economy of every citizens of Nigeria.
The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), Alhaji Danladi Pasali made the call in a press statement made available to this medium in Jos, plateau State capital.
Alhaji Pasali who is the National Coordinator of BCO, frowned at a situation where items of palliatives were kept unshared, leading to the recent burgling of warehouses and the subsequent looting across some states of the country.
He further said:”The looting of palliatives in some states as aftermath of the EndSARS protest has become another cause for concerns.”
“And it has become necessary for us to express that such happenings are indicators that respective authorities at various states need to rise above board to consolidate the efforts of the federal government in providing succor to the citizens.”
He stressed that President Buhari, through the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, has graciously distributed food and other items to the states Governments, “our expectations of them is to expedite actions by ensuring that same are extended to the needy.”
The BCO said, as pro good Governance group, they are not happy with the trend of development, at which items as palliatives are kept unshared, leading to the recent burgling of warehouses and the subsequent looting of the items.
“We are concerned because some Nigerians have ignorantly, accused the Buhari-led Federal Government of not caring about the plight of the people’s welfare, it has greatly and graciously done its parts, but some Governors have seemingly failed to consolidate such efforts and concerned,” he maintained.
The BCO appealed to all State Governors to come to terms with current realities and always do the needful.
“Not only on the issue of food palliatives, but all aspect of Mr. President’s efforts of alleviating the suffering of Nigerians, so that all executive arms of Governments can be seen toeing the same paths of good governance,” he stressed.
Pasali appeals to all citizens of Nigeria to be patient and desist from further vandalisation of warehouses, and to remain peaceful and law abiding.

#Endsars Protest : Christians And Muslims Leaders Appeals To Youths In Plateau State To Be Calm.  

#Endsars Protest : Christians And Muslims Leaders Appeals To Youths In Plateau State To Be Calm.
By, giwa alex, Jos
The Youth Wing of Christian Association Of Nigeria (YOWICAN)and National Council Of Muslim Youth Organization (NACOMYO) of Nigeria, plateau State chapter,

has appeared to Plateau youths to sheath their swords and allow the Federal and State government to respond to their demands during the #Endsars Protest.

This is imperactive as the cry of the youths has been heard and Government has taken the first step by disbanding the Special Anti-Roberry Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force, there’s need to show understanding as we await other actions of Government in addressing the other issues raised in the demands of the Youths.
The Christian and Muslim appeals is contained in a press statement signed by Pharmacist Markus Audu and Mal . Ali Ali for Christian’s and Muslims comminity respectively and made available to our medium in Jos, plateau State capital.
The press statement which read in part,
“The Plateau State Government has set up the Judicial Committee to investigate petitions against SARS personnel that were brutal, let us make our submissions to the committee please.”
“As law abiding citizens, let’s act in a manner that is more civil in the interest of our dear Plateau State which we all know has suffered a long period of unrest and is still trying to recover to its feet. We should try as much as possible to do the following:”
Make our presentation to the commission of enquiry.
“Help ourselves and our Dear Plateau State by bringing a stop to the vandalization of the infrastructures of the State, whether publicly or privately owned. “
” Plateau State is still lagging behind in development, what we need to do is to crave for more developmental projects, not to destroy the ones already on ground.”
“As Youth Leaders in our various communities, we should sensitize our members on the need to remain peaceful and engage the authorities through constructive meansDialogue is very critical ,
He further add that “we should articulate feasible recommendations on how our Dear State will be move forward because we owe our yet unborn generations the responsibility to do that. And appeal to government to put in place an engagement process with the various youth organizations through the Youth Leaders.

Plateau State : Dogara’s House And Covid-19 Palliatives Warehouse Vandalize.

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lateau State : Dogara’s House And Covid-19 Palliatives Warehouse Vandalize.

By, giwa alex, Jos
As the fire ingnited by #Endsars protest rages on,the Protest has taken another dramatic turn as the house of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 8th Assembly and current serving Senator Dogara’s House has been vandalized by the Protesters in Jos.
This is as the covid-19 Palliatives Warehouse given to the state by the Federal government was also looted by the rampaging #Endsars Protesters in the state capital.
The senator’s resident is said to have been vandalized by hundreds of the Protesters who stormed his house located at Lamigo of Jos North local government of plateau State, capital.
Although the amount of the properties looted by the Protesters from the vandalized senator’s resident cannot be assertained at time of this report, but is said to be running into millions of naira.
Similarly,the warehouse housing Covid-19 Palliatives given to the state by the Federal government for onward distribution to indigents persons and people living with disabilities was also vandalized by the irate Protesters on Saturday,24th October,2020.
The warehouse housing the items is said to be located at the premises of Plateau State Publishing Company (PPC)the state own Newspaper company.
The Protesters who besieged the warehouse in their numbers Over power the security at the gate and forced the door of the warehouse open as they started looting the items.
The army, police and the men of civil defence corps drafted to stop the vandalisation of the Palliatives item could not do much as the protesters cashed on their civil nature and threatened to engage the securities on physical combat.
The action of the Protesters which however hightened panic in Jos and its environs forced governor Lalong to re-impose the earlier relaxed 24 hours curfew imposed in Jos North and South of the state at wake of the Protest, was re-impose till further notice.
The looting of the PPC warehouse Palliatives is coming two days after the Protesters had looted the Palliatives in bukuru in Jos south LGA of the state which worth millions of naira.
The protesters who seem not to relent in their Protest and looting of goods belonging to government and private individuals, is seen in their numbers possibly scouting for the next warehouse or possibly shops to vandalise.
Presently, the ever busy town of Jos , capital of Plateau State is a ghost of itself following the restatement of 24 hours in the state by the state government ,Simon Bako Lalong.
As securities were seen in strategic position of the state to prevent further break- down of law and order.

Unity Foundation Appreciates Dignitaries Who Attends Its 14th Edition Of Skills Acquisition Program.

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nity Foundation Appreciates Dignitaries Who Attends Its 14th Edition Of Skills Acquisition Program.

By, giwa alex, Jos

Foundation under the auspacies of “Unity Foundation” has thank the dignitaries who despite their busy schedule took time out to attend the skills acquisition closing ceremony of the foundation.

Their attendance did not only add glamour to the occasion, but the advice has enriched the participants of the skills acquisition which they will use for the rest of their existence.The occasion which was organized at the Jos Central Mosque was held on the 24th October,2020 .

“Your coming to the event ,as well as immense contributions towards the realization and successes of the program, have added value to the program in all ramification.”The aims and objectives of the Unity Foundation is to impact on humanity, which is primary goals, that is why the foundation engaged in reconstructions of Mosques in our respective communities, revamping Boreholes that grieves technical challenges, including culverts that were either neglected or suffers encroachment of erosions.

He said It is also on records that Alh. Abubakar Yaro the Founder of Unity Foundation Maidankali has distributed palliative during the covid- 19 pandemic in plateaue state and Its environs.He further added that the foundation having realize the importance of education, had give scholarships to many indigents children who could not afford to pay school fees and exams fees in various public, community and private schools in the metropolitan.

He stressed that the Foundation, under the supervision and sponsorship of the amiable and sociable ALH. Abubakar Yaro Mai-Dankali has so far trained not fewer than Two Thousand women in various skilled acquisition programs ranging from; Cosmetology, Catering, Makeups, Henna decoration, and Shoe making and other skills acquisition .

Other achievement of the foundation includes Knitting, Tailoring design as well as cuisine both local and continental dishes for the community women to stand the test of time.

The training he said is not limited to Jos North alone ,it cut across various communities of Jos- North, Jos- South, and Bassa, while places like Babale, Narguta, and Janta Apata were amongst the beneficiaries of the laudable project of the Executive Director Unity Foundation Abubakar Yaro.

Plateau State : Governor Lalong Denies Hoarding Palliatives.

Plateau State : Governor Lalong Denies Hoarding Covid-19

Palliatives.

By,giwa Alex, Jos
Following the vandalization and looting of palliatives from some warehouses in Jos and Bukuru on 24th October 2020, by protesting #Endsars protesters,the state government has condemnedb in strong term the action of the protesters and further make some clarirications about the items to clear the erroenous impression that they were being hoarded.
The government clearification is contained in a press release dated 24th October,2020, signed by the commissioner of information and Communication Hon. Dan Manjang and made available to this medium in Jos, plateau State capital.
The release said the items at the warehouses were delivered to the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management for distribution to beneficiaries in Plateau State.
The public may recall that the Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk was in Jos together with the Minister of Women Affairs Dame Paullen Tallen on the 16th October 2020 to deliver the items and had indeed brought in the personel of the Ministry to carry out the distribution in conjunction with State officials.
However as they were preparing to begin the process, the #ENDSARS protests began which put the process on hold.
Unfortunately while the iterms from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management alongside the state representatives were waiting for the coast to clear to commence the distribution, the stores were breached and the items carted away.
The Plateau State Government therefore wishes to state categorically that it did not hoard any palliatives meant for the citizens of the State at any time.
All the palliatives purchased by the State and those donated by private individuals were distributed equitably by the State Palliative Committee headed by His Excellency Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Deputy Governor of Plateau State.
With this explanation, it would be wrong and mischievous for anyone to suggest that the State Government was hoarding food items meant for indigent citizens.
The Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Lalong will never tolerate that.
Government wishes to once again appeal to the citizens particularly the youths to continue to conduct themselves peacefully and avoid any action that could cause the breakdown of law and order.
The Government wishes to remind citizens that directive for the ban on protests and procession is still in force and security agencies still have the mandate to arrest and prosecute those who violate the order.

Rev.Yakubu Pam Appointed Chairman Inter-Governmental Organization Council For Nigeria And International Human Rights Commission

Rev.Yakubu Pam Appointed Chairman Inter-Governmental Organization Council For Nigeria And International Human Rights Commission.
By,alex giwa, Jos
Rev.Yakubu Pam the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), has been appointed Chairman of inter-Governmental Organization Council for Nigeria Human Rights Commission (IHRC).
Receiving the letter of appointment from the Country Head, of International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Amb. Friday Sani in his office in Abuja, the (NCPC) boss commended the International body for finding him worthy for the appointment.
Yakubu Pam thanked the body for the sacrifices they made in making his appointment a reality.
The (NCPC) boss said that there was need to believe in the vanguard of fighting to make sure that Nigeria becomes united.
According to him, “we must help our country to rise up and shine with the position God has helped giving us”.
He however commended the international body for joining him in the path of peace building process.
He stressed that he had spent most part of his time in life making sure that he stands for peace.
The (NCPC) helmsman stated that protesting is not entirely bad, but it is risky because it could be hijacked by hoodlums who do not mean well for this nation.
In his words “It is my belief that all hands should be on deck to put an end to this situation”.
Earlier, the Country Head of the international Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Amb. Friday Sani said he is in the Commission with the approval of the world leardership of International Human Rights Commission to honour him with the award.
He further explained that protests or demonstrations should not be the right way to resolve issues rather than canversing for a diplomatic relationship in resolving issues.
Ambassador Sani averred that Rev. Pam’s character and his person would be used to solve the problems facing Nigeria.
And promised to partner with the NCPC boss in peace building process and stressed the need for Rev. Pam to convene strategic meetings with Christian leaders on one hand and Muslem leaders on the other hand to find lasting relations to this present security challenges facing the country.
A letter of appointment and a plaque of award and some face masks werepresented to Rev.Pam in line with the organization fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic by Friday Sani.

 #Endsars Protest: Communique Of South West Caucus In The Senate.

#Endsars Protest: Communique Of South West Caucus In The Senate.
By, Our Reporter
Being cognisant of the recent developments in the country generally and in particular the violent incidents in some places in South West Region
Being cognisant of our responsibility to peace, security and welfare of the people.
We 17 elected Senators from the six South West States after our meeting state as follow:
1. We recognise the right of citizens to ventilate their grievances by way of peaceful protests.
2. We have received the 5-point demands of the genuine #EndSARS protesters and we identity with the demands. With our colleagues in the Senate, we have passed these demands to the Federal Executive for implementation.
3. We deprecate unequivocally the use of brute force against peaceful protesters in the country.
4. In view of the massive infrastructure deficit and precarious financial situation of the country, we condemn wanton destruction of public property and those of private individuals by hoodlums as this constitute bastardisation of the cause of genuine #EndSARS peaceful protesters.
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We enjoin the President and all security agencies to ensure security of lives and property in all parts of the country.

5. We urge the #EndSARS protesters to exercise restraints to enable the government implement their demands.

#ENDSARS PROTEST: NUJ URGES VIGILANCE BY JOURNALISTS.

#ENDSARS PROTEST: NUJ URGES VIGILANCE BY JOURNALISTS.

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Federal Capital Territory, FCT Council, has called on members in the FCT to remain vigilant following reports of violence in some parts of the territory over the #EndSARS protests.

Chairman of the NUJ, Emmanuel Ogbeche, in a statement released on Thursday, said it has become urgent for journalists to take their safety seriously as few colleagues have narrowly escaped lynching by suspected hoodlums.

The statement read in part: “We call on all our members and media practitioners in general in the FCT to take their safety seriously. We have received reports of the near lynching of some journalists but relieved that none was hurt.”

According to Ogbeche, journalists should have special numbers of other colleagues and security agencies on speed dial when covering protests and rallies.

The NUJ FCT Council Chairman called on security agencies especially the police, to guarantee the safety of journalists at this difficult moment.

End lnsecurity Protest: Northern Groups Opt For Suspension To Prevent Hijack By Hoodlums.

End lnsecurity Protest: Northern Groups Opt For Suspension To Prevent Hijack By Hoodlums.

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By,Tvafrica

The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has opted for an immediate suspension of the End Insecurity Now protests in Northern Nigeria, for possible fear of being hijacked by hoodlums not to worsen the security situation in the region.

The coalition while addressing a news conference in Kaduna, said it does not want attention to be diverted from its objective of urging the government to take firm and immediate steps to address the security concerns in the North.

The last couple of weeks has seen sparks of accumulated anger vented by youths in the form of protests across the nation.

The northern version of the protests is focused on securing the region from incessant bandit attacks, insurgency, kidnappings among other security challenges rocking the region.

Disturbed by the dimension the EndSARS protests have assumed, the Coalition of Northern Groups is calling off its EndINSECURITY protests, to prevent it from being hijacked, like the EndSARS protests.

The aftermath of what began as a peaceful protest according to the coalition is the height of total disregard for the value of life.

The coalition says, Nigeria must deepen her democratic mechanism as well as protect citizens’ rights to peaceful protests, but condemned all forms of manipulation that could cause the breakdown of law and order during protests.

Plateau State Government Has Relex Curfew From 6am-8pm 

Plateau State Government Has Relex Curfew From 6am-8pm
By,giwa alex,Jos
The plateau State Government has reviewed the curfew earlier imposed in Jos-north and South of the state following the #Endsars protesters on Tuesday 20th October,2020 which left not fewer than 5 persons dead.
The review of the curfew bis contained in a press statement dated 22nd October,2020, signed by the secretary to the state government Professor Danladi Atu(SGS) and and made available to this medium in Jos, Plateau state capital.
The release read as follows:
Following resolutions

reached at a high level stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, one of which is the need for stakeholders to immediately engage their communities across the state in a systematic Peace dialogues aimed at de-escalating tension, the Government has decided to relax the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North and South Local Government Areas from 6am to 8pm as from Friday October 23, 2020 until further notice.

This decision was reached after painstaking deliberations with critical stakeholders and careful assessment of the security situation that led to the skirmishes in some parts of the affected local government areas, last Tuesday.

Please note that the government is not unmindful of citizens’ Constitutional Rights to hold lawful assembly or stage peaceful protests as long as these are carried out within the extant laws of Nigeria. As a Government, we also appreciate the fact that these are the variables that further deepen our democracy.

However, as a deliberate approach to prevent a repeat of last Tuesday’s ugly incident where precious human lives and property were lost, the Government has for now also resolved to ban forthwith any processions and protests under whatever guise in order to safeguard the lives all citizens of the state.

This is to enable the Government isolate and deal with those who are bent on disrupting the peace of the State.

By this notice, we urge all law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of molestation as government has put all necessary measures in place to ensure the maintenance of law and order across the state.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Plateau State government has already set machinery in motion to address the demands raised by the protesters.

In this light, government has constituted a Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge, Justice Philomena Lot which has since swung into action and ready to receive petitions from those who have cases.

We sue for understanding and patience from all and sundry as government takes decisive steps to address the demands of the protesters in the coming weeks.

We therefore call on all citizens to avoid any action that is inimical to the overall development of the state especially those that threaten the peace and unity of our people.

Governor Lalong Visits Areas Affected By #Endsars Protest,Vows To Disallows Return Of Choas In Plateau.

Governor Lalong Visits Areas Affected By #Endsars Protest,Vows To Disallows Return Of Choas In Plateau.By, giwa Alex, JosGovernor Simon Bako Lalong on Wednesday 21st October 2020 visited some of the areas that were affected by the disturbances that trailed the #Endsars protests in Jos North and Jos South Local Government areas of Plateau which led to the imposition of curfew in the two Local Governments.The Governor accompanied by Deputy Governor Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Secretary to the Government of the State Prof. Danladi Atu and heads of security agencies in the State, took a tour of Ahmadu Bello Way, Terminus and Bukuru where he was briefed by the Commissioner of Police Edward Egbuka.He was told that some cars belonging to customers were burn at the Ahmadu Bello Way while attempts to loot shops were thwarted and some arrests were made.The Governor also went round some of the businesses that were partially torched and places of worship that were vandalized along the terminus area.At Jos South Local Government, the Governor visited some places of worship that were burnt and looted at Gyero road and Kugiya market.While speaking with journalists after the visit, the Governor said he was disappointed that some persons were cashing in on the #Endsars protests to implement their hidden agenda of destabilizing Plateau State at all costs.That he said will not be allowed to happen under his watch.On compliance to the 24 hour curfew, the Governor said he was satisfied with the level of compliance but will only announce further measures after an analysis of the current situation by security agencies.He advised citizens to guard their safety and peace judiciously and also cooperate with the government in fishing out criminals whether they are associated with the protests or not.

Governor Lalong Summons Stakeholders Meeting To De-escalate #Endsars Protests And Curfew

Governor Lalong Summons Stakeholders Meeting To De-escalate #Endsars Protests And Curfew
By,giwa alex, Jos
Barely a day the Plateau State government governor Bako Lalong imposed 24- hours curfew in Jos-north and South local government of the state,the government has summoned stakeholders meeting to De-escalate #Endsars protest in the state.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Wednesday 21st October ,2020, summoned a stakeholders meeting to further engage on the processes of de-escalating the situation and enhancing the security of the State.
While addressing the stakeholders who include traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, and special interest groups, the Governor Lalong said the #ENDSARS protest which began peacefully was gradually degenerating into chaos as hoodlums attacked and molested innocent citizens who were going about their normal businesses.
This development Lalong lamented has took a new turn yesterday when the protests led to the destruction of properties, cars and looting of business premises along the Ahmadu Bello way as well as the burning of a place of worship along Gyero Road in Bukuru In addition, five deaths recorded.
Lalong said “Government was left with no choice than to impose a curfew to stop further loss of lives and properties.
As collaborators and partners in our inclusive governance architecture, l have once again convened this interface to update you and equally solicit for your input as the way to consolidate on the calm atmosphere that has been restored in the affected areas. Peace is a priceless commodity that we cannot do without”.he stressed.
He warned that no one will be allowed to jeopardise the peace of the State because the protests had been hijacked and now taking the dimension of ethno religious crisis.
He further said his administration will not tolerate the actions of these miscreants as anyone who constitutes threats to the lives and properties of law abiding citizens will be dealt with decisively.
Plateau State Commisoner of Police CP Egbuka said the #ENDSARS protesters had refused to heed the advice of security agencies which led to the unfortunate situation.
He stressed that intelligence revealed that the protest was infiltrated by some people behind the scenes who are bent on causing chaos.
He said so far, five deaths have been recorded as two corpses we discovered in Jos South Local Government on Wednesday.
Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba commended Governor Lalong for his prompt action to intervene in the crisis so as to ensure that the State and its people do not witness violence.
He said as traditional, community, and religious leaders, everyone has a role to play to ensure that those dark days do not return.
Stakeholders in their contributions called for further engagement with stakeholders in the various communities to ensure that normalcy is restored to enable government lift the curfew.
A communique reached at the event recommended among other things that more efforts should be made to identify and dialogue with leadership of the protests and also fish out the criminals to be brought to Justice

Governor Lalong Canvasses For Federal Roads And Health Facilities In Plateau State 

Governor Lalong Canvasses For Federal Roads And Health Facilities In Plateau State
By,giwa alex, Jos
Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has appealed to the Federal Government to embark on urgent intervention in some of the Federal roads in the State which are in a deplorable condition and causing untold hardship to motorists.
Governor Lalong appeals is contained in a press statement dated 20th October,2020, signed by the Director of press and public affairs to the governor Makut Macham and made available to this medium in Jos , Plateau State capital.
Governor Lalong was speaking when he received members of the House of Representatives Committee on FERMA who are on over sight visit to Plateau State.
Lalong said some of the roads include the Akwanga- forest-Jos road, Jos-Jingre-Saminaka-Pambegua road and Shendam-Lafia road among others which are in a deplorable condition.
He said “I want to appreciate the ongoing intervention in some of the roads such as the collapsed bridge in Wase, Mato-Kuka Taraba road, as well as Panyam-Shendam roads. However, we appeal for immediate intervention in the other roads such as the ever busy Jos-Abuja road which are in bad shape. We shall continue to work with the National Assembly particularly members of the House Committee on FERMA to ensure that this is done”.
Chairman of the Committee Hon. Olufemi Richard Bamisile assured the Governor that the Committee will do all within its power to ensure that there is intervention in the roads enumerated. He commended Governor Lalong for his development efforts in infrastructure, agriculture and peace.
Meanwhile the Governor also recieved a 7-Man Delegation from Federal Ministry of Agriculture Rural Development which is implementing the APPEALS project funded by the World Bank.
Governor Lalong while welcoming the team which is promoting Agro processing and value chain addition said Plateau is eager to join the second phase of the program because of the need to process perishable crops such as tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables which the State produces in abundance.
He presented the letter of intent to the team leader for onward presentation to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Leader of the team Dr. Tijjani Ahmed Ajayi said they were in the State for an assessment visit that will ascertain the readiness of Plateau to join the project and has been satisfied with the efforts of the State which has provided a project office, vehicles and other requirements. He requested the Government to address few areas that have been pointed out for improvement.
The Governor also received House Committee on Health led by its Chairman, Dr. Pascal Chigozie Obi who informed the Governor that they were in the State to inspect Federal Health institutions in the State such as the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
Governor Lalong appealed to the Committee to facilitate the development of existing health institutions in the State and establishment of new ones in line with the efforts of the State to develop health tourism.

Plateau State: DSS Invites Apostle EL-Buba Over “ENDSARS” Protest.

Plateau State: DSS Invites Apostle EL-Buba Over “ENDSARS” Protest.
By, giwa alex, Jos
The Directorates of States Security Service (DSS)have invited Apostle EL-Buba the founder of EBOMI church in Plateau State capital.
The invitation of the Apostle may not be unconnected to the Endsars protest that has engulf the state and the whole country.

I went to the DSS office to know what best can be done in regards to the on going project in the country.

The man of God Apostle EL-BUBA who arrived at the DSS office around 10am on Tuesday,20th,2020 in company of his lawyer Barr.Bawa and some of his personal aid in the ministry and spend not less an hour with the security agent.
In an interview with journalist immediately he worked out of the office of DSS at his Ebomi tower in kashim Abrahim street opposite ldomie plaza ,he said ,
“I make them understand that they should ensure there is interaction between the government and the youths and about treat ,not about trying to bully or treats, but about seatiny on round table and to have a discussion with the protesters.”
“I was seen as major steerer of the protest,as a father ,I can not just leave my children to be on the street just by themselves,I have to come in,and feel what they are feeling and to give them fatherly advice and to give them Sense of direction if need be.”
And to help the government to know what is right ,in fact we have extensive deliberation .
” went with my lawyer barrister Bawa to the DSS office which I was able to pin point one after the other and not about seating down in their comfort zone”.
“You have to meet with the people and discuss ,the cap has change ,so you have to wear the cap they are wearing and speak the language they will understand” .
Apostles EL-BUBA further said he also use the invitation to advice the government that
Is not about bringing Out the military to intimidate , rather the military should protect the protesters against hired hoodlums from some quarters.
It’s when people sees that the government is agreeing what they are saying, they will be willing to come out to talk.
All is about trust,trust has been distroyed by the people in government,if they could trust some leader as we are building on that trust to see how it could be sustained.
This are some of the things we discussed and they appreciated.
But intimidation and to arrest me is not the answer it should be what should be the solution I have to give to the government .
This children are our children,if you ask them to go left they will go ,and when you ask them to go right,they will go because they know people like us can’t miss lead them.
In such a time like this,is to know what people are saying and to make a necessary adjustments.
This on going protest in time like this,is not about “Endsars” that is just a tag,there is need for a holistic police reform totally.
There you can talk about infrastructure where you

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all on this young people who can come out to say their mind.

The the youths are technological driven ,they can be able to give how the nation can be rebuilt in a shortest possible time.

You cannot just seat down there at the comfort of your zone and be thinking on how you can distribute try money to them,in fact,they are not interested in your money,their desire is to see new Nigeria they can lay claim ownership approach as they have been focusing on in the time past.

Basically, they may want to engage on further discussion like I stated before ,l have clearly stated what they should do ,if they work on what I advised, they may likely yeild success.

On his part,the lawyer to Apostle EL-Buba, barrister Bawa who doubled as the chairman of NBA plateau State chapter, who was in company of of EL-Buba to the invitation to DSS office, said the Apostle invitation to the DSS is not by force,is by volution.

In fact I went to honor the DSS invitation to discuss and suggest way for the on going protest in the state,by extension Nigeria as a whole.

In fact, this youths ,they are my children,and can’t just live them alone to themselves because they needs direction at this time.

The fact is that the protesters have been peaceful and focus in their demand and agitation.

We saw what transpired during the demostration in Abuja where hoodlums hijacked the whole process and the police stood and where watching .

So he was invited an he offer himself at his own volution and the DSS consider it as a privilege,he maintained

Governor Lalong Appeals To Prostesters To Vacate The Streets .

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overnor Lalong Appeals To Prostesters To Vacate The Streets .

By,giwa alex, Jos
Governor Bako Lalong has appealed to the plateau State protesters to vacate to street particularly those who have cases, to vacate the streets and direct their energies towards the panel of inquiry in order to have their cases investigated so that they can obtain justice. That way, government will continue to address the other issues raised by the protesters as rapidly as possible.
Governor lalong described this period as a very crucial event has become necessary because of the current developments in our nation occasioned by the ENDSARS movement which is a response to the complaints of alleged atrocities committed by some members of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria police against the citizens.
Governor Lalong made the appeal in a release dated Monday 19th October,2020, personally signed by him and made available to this medium in Jos, plateau State capital.
The governor said,”let me first add my voice to the condemnation and genuine cry of the many Nigerians and indeed citizens of Plateau State who have suffered one form of humiliation, intimidation, harassment and loss as a result of the activities of bad elements within the disbanded SARS and other units of the police force.”
“Indeed such horrific stories have brought us to where we are today that the Federal Government dissolved SARS in response to the demand of protesters from various parts of the country. The protesters have presented a 5-point demand to the Government for the disbandment of SARS; Punishment of culprits; Compensation for victims; Setting of panels to investigate all atrocities and improving the welfare of the police.”
He further add that Its in furtherance of the implementation of these demands that we are gathered here for the inauguration of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate complaints of police brutality and related extra judicial killings in Plateau State by SARS and other police units.
He stressed that Judicial Commission of Inquiry is to receive and hear complaints from all victims who have any complaint against the SARS and other police units with the view to ensuring that they obtain justice.
Accordingly, pursuant to Section 2(1) of the Commissions of Inquiry Law, Cap 25, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963 and by the powers vested in me, I have approved the constitution of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to hear Complaints by Victims of Police Brutality and Other Related Extra-Judicial Killings in Plateau State.
The Membership is made up as follows:
Justice Philomena Lot (Rtd.)Chairman,
CP Garba Patrick (Rtd.) Member,Ezekiel Dauda Dasche Member .
The (Youth Representative)
Mrs. Rauta Dakok (Rep. Ministry of Justice)Member Mrs. Kiyenpiya Mafuya Member.
Others are(Rep. of Human Rights Commission) ,
Dr. John Jinung Representing Civil Society
Fatimah Suleiman Representing Civil Society.
Other members of the panel are Mr. Cornelius Shiolbial Perm Sec. Cabinet & Special Services (Secretary)
The terms of Reference of this panel includes
To receive and investigate Complaints of Police Brutality
and related extra-Judicial Killings in the State,to evaluate evidence and draw conclusions on validity of Complaints and,to recommend Compensation and other remedial measures.
The Committee according to governor Lalong has Six (6) months to conclude its assignment and submit its reports.
He however said with the setting up of this Judicial Panel of Inquiry, it is expected that all those who have any complaint of misconduct against any officer of the defunct SARS and other police units will channel their grievances to the Committee for investigation and further necessary action.
” Let me therefore appeal to the protesters, particularly those who have cases, to vacate the streets and direct their energies towards the panel of inquiry in order to have their cases investigated so that they can obtain justice. That way, government will continue to address the other issues raised by the protesters as rapidly as possible.”
Governor Lalong commend majority of the protesters for their civil conduct during the protests,and however, I want to draw their attention to the fact that the agitation is gradually being hijacked by miscreants who are taking advantage of the situation to commit crimes. Some citizens are already witnessing harassment from this category of people.
He assured government willing to continue the process of dialogue and engagement with leaders and representatives of the protesters if and when they make themselves available, to further de-escalate the situation and ensure that their demands are met.
“I urge them to heed the voice of reason and resist being used by politicians and clandestine interests that are bent on undermining government and thereby testing its will.”
“Furthermore, the continued blocking of roads and denying other law abiding citizens access to their offices and business destinations is hurting the economy of the State and will at the end be counter-productive particularly now that we are trying to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Besides, this blockade is hampering access to other States since Plateau is a major transit route to other parts of the country.”
“Fellow citizens, these are difficult times that call for unity and understanding which is needed to enable us overcome the current challenges in our march to nationhood. We have to stand together and avoid any act that could jeopardize our collective existence and the future of our children. ,”
“I will also like to use this opportunity to correct the misconception asserting that the Northern Governors Forum under my leadership wants the return of the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This is far from the truth as there is no way the Northern Governors will call for the resurrection of an already scrapped SARS as approved by the President and announced by the Inspector General of Police.”
” Rather, what I and my colleagues have emphasized was the need for deeper and wholistic reform of the entire policing architecture in the country. We are of the opinion that despite the condemnable atrocities by some members of the dissolved SARS, there are some among them that were good and performed their duties diligently, and as such there should not be blanket condemnation.”
” What we also pointed out was the fact that some Northern States benefited significantly from the disbanded SARS in the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes. I wish to reiterate my deep personal support for the agitation of a wholistic reform of the policing architecture which has commenced with the scrapping of SARS. As Governor, I will also continue to advocate for further reforms towards the rapid implementation of community policing for which I have strongly advocated for.”
” Finally, I call on all our citizens to remain vigilant and cooperate with government and security agencies to frustrate any attempt by individuals or groups to scuttle the substantial peace that we have been enjoying under the cover of ENDSARS protest or any other guise. Peace remains our cardinal goal and we will not compromise it.”
” For members of this judicial panel, I congratulate you for your appointment to serve our State and the nation at this critical time, I challenge you to be thorough, diligent and fair to all those that will appear before you in order to ensure that justice is served to all parties .
He stressed that Judicial Commission of Inquiry is to receive and hear complaints from all victims who have any complaint against the SARS and other police units with the view to ensuring that they obtain justice.
Accordingly, pursuant to Section 2(1) of the Commissions of Inquiry Law, Cap 25, Laws of Northern Nigeria, 1963 and by the powers vested in me, I have approved the constitution of a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to hear Complaints by Victims of Police Brutality and Other Related Extra-Judicial Killings in Plateau State.
The Membership is made up as follows:
Justice Philomena Lot (Rtd.)Chairman,
CP Garba Patrick (Rtd.) Member,Ezekiel Dauda Dasche Member .
The (Youth Representative)
Mrs. Rauta Dakok (Rep. Ministry of Justice)Member Mrs. Kiyenpiya Mafuya Member.
Others are(Rep. of Human Rights Commission) ,
Dr. John Jinung Representing Civil Society
Fatimah Suleiman Representing Civil Society.
Other members of the panel are Mr. Cornelius Shiolbial Perm Sec. Cabinet & Special Services (Secretary)
The terms of Reference of this panel includes
To receive and investigate Complaints of Police Brutality
and related extra-Judicial Killings in the State,to evaluate evidence and draw conclusions on validity of Complaints and,to recommend Compensation and other remedial measures.
The Committee according to governor Lalong has Six (6) months to conclude its assignment and submit its reports.
He however said with the setting up of this Judicial Panel of Inquiry, it is expected that all those who have any complaint of misconduct against any officer of the defunct SARS and other police units will channel their grievances to the Committee for investigation and further necessary action.
” Let me therefore appeal to the protesters, particularly those who have cases, to vacate the streets and direct their energies towards the panel of inquiry in order to have their cases investigated so that they can obtain justice. That way, government will continue to address the other issues raised by the protesters as rapidly as possible.”
Governor Lalong commend majority of the protesters for their civil conduct during the protests,and however, I want to draw their attention to the fact that the agitation is gradually being hijacked by miscreants who are taking advantage of the situation to commit crimes. Some citizens are already witnessing harassment from this category of people.
He assured government willing to continue the process of dialogue and engagement with leaders and representatives of the protesters if and when they make themselves available, to further de-escalate the situation and ensure that their demands are met.
“I urge them to heed the voice of reason and resist being used by politicians and clandestine interests that are bent on undermining government and thereby testing its will.”
“Furthermore, the continued blocking of roads and denying other law abiding citizens access to their offices and business destinations is hurting the economy of the State and will at the end be counter-productive particularly now that we are trying to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Besides, this blockade is hampering access to other States since Plateau is a major transit route to other parts of the country.”
“Fellow citizens, these are difficult times that call for unity and understanding which is needed to enable us overcome the current challenges in our march to nationhood. We have to stand together and avoid any act that could jeopardize our collective existence and the future of our children. ,”
“I will also like to use this opportunity to correct the misconception asserting that the Northern Governors Forum under my leadership wants the return of the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). This is far from the truth as there is no way the Northern Governors will call for the resurrection of an already scrapped SARS as approved by the President and announced by the Inspector General of Police.”
” Rather, what I and my colleagues have emphasized was the need for deeper and wholistic reform of the entire policing architecture in the country. We are of the opinion that despite the condemnable atrocities by some members of the dissolved SARS, there are some among them that were good and performed their duties diligently, and as such there should not be blanket condemnation.”
” What we also pointed out was the fact that some Northern States benefited significantly from the disbanded SARS in the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes. I wish to reiterate my deep personal support for the agitation of a wholistic reform of the policing architecture which has commenced with the scrapping of SARS. As Governor, I will also continue to advocate for further reforms towards the rapid implementation of community policing for which I have strongly advocated for.”
” Finally, I call on all our citizens to remain vigilant and cooperate with government and security agencies to frustrate any attempt by individuals or groups to scuttle the substantial peace that we have been enjoying under the cover of ENDSARS protest or any other guise. Peace remains our cardinal goal and we will not compromise it.”
” For members of this judicial panel, I congratulate you for your appointment to serve our State and the nation at this critical time, I challenge you to be thorough, diligent and fair to all those that will appear before you in order to ensure that justice is served to all parties without any bias.”