OPERATION SAFE HAVEN TRAINS CIVILIAN JOINT TASK FORCE IN SOUTHERN KADUNA

OPERATION SAFE HAVEN TRAINS CIVILIAN JOINT TASK FORCE IN SOUTHERN KADUNA

In a bid to curb the incessant banditry activities in southern kaduna, Operation SAFE HAVEN has today 19 January 2022 graduated 98 youths trained on surveillance and information gathering. The graduation ceremony which took place at Headquarters Sector 7 Kafanchan saw youths selected from all the communities and ethnic groups in southern Kaduna passed out in a colourful graduation ceremony.

Speaking to the graduands, the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General Ibrahim Ali charged the youths to distance themselves from sentiment and discharge their duty without fear or favour. He stressed that the essence of the training is to ensure that the communities are protected against enemies of peace. General Ali also warned the youths not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs by some persons to achieve their selfish goals.

Speaking earlier, the Commander Sector 7, Operation SAFE HAVEN, Colonel Timothy Opurum noted that the training of the youths was necessary considering the importance of peace to development. He revealed that the team of the Joint Civilian Task Force comprised of youths selected from 7 major ethnic groups in Kafanchan, Kauru, Kaura and Jama’a Local Government Areas of southern part of Kaduna State.

Colonel Timothy stated that the trained youths would be deployed to various communities alongside security agencies. He added that presence of the Civilian Joint Task Force will aid the security agencies to fish out bad eggs who connive with bandits to perpetrate evil in the communities.

Highlight of the graduation ceremony was a match past parade and light combat demonstration by the graduands to the admiration of the Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN.

Please disseminate this information through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

ISHAKU TAKWA
Major
Military Information Officer OPSH
19 January 2022

GOVERNOR SIMON BAKO LALONG MOURNS BUHARI CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION (BCO) COORDINATOR,DR. DANLADI PASALI

GOVERNOR LALONG MOURNS BUHARI CAMPAIGN ORGANISATION (BCO) COORDINATOR, ALHAJI DANLADI PASALI

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has expressed shock over the death of Alhaji Danladi Pasali, Coordinator of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO).

Governor Lalong said the death of the politician and businessman was a great loss to his family, Plateau State and the nation at large because of his contributions to the politics and economy of Nigeria.

Lalong said Late Alhaji Pasali played a very significant role in the campaigns leading to the election of President Muhammadu Buhari and the overall success of the APC nationwide.

He said Alhaji Pasali is a grassroots politician who demonstrates a lot of passion for the improvement of the lives of ordinary people in the society.

The Governor also said the deceased made a lot of impact in the oil and gas sector where he owned several businesses and employed many youths.

While praying God to grant him eternal rest, he urges the family to be consoled by his good works and the fact that he was selfless.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
19th January 2022.

INSECURITY: GOVERNOR SIMON BAKO LALONG DECRIES ATTACKS ON TRADITIONAL RULERS; SAYS IT’S AN ATTEMPT BY CRIMINALS TO COW THEM

INSECURITY: GOVERNOR LALONG DESCRIES ATTACKS ON TRADITIONAL RULERS; SAYS ITS AN ATTEMPT BY CRIMINALS TO COW THEM

Plateau  State Governor and Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Simon Bako Lalong has decried the upsurge of attacks on traditional rulers in Nigeria saying it is an attempt by criminals to intimidate them agaunst exposing crimes within their domains in order to totally subdue the entire population.

Governor Lalong who was speaking at the annual Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation Lecture in Kano, said it was very worrisome to see that traditional rulers have become victims of kidnappings, murders and other violent attacks by criminals simply because they stand against their activities or mobilise their subjects to reject them.

Lalong who was the Chairman of the event said this development portends danger as the criminals seek to dominate the environment and dictate the affairs of society through criminality. This he said must be fought with vigour as criminals must be flushed out in every community.

Lalong said  “We condemn in strong terms this shameful and unacceptable act, and call on the security agencies to ensure that these incidences are dealt with swiftly. As Governors, we will activate all machineries to ensure that such persons and their sponsors are brought to book. Failure to do so will not only weaken the Traditional Institution, but also damage its reputation thereby making it incapable of contributing to finding lasting solutions to the lingering security challenges in the Northern Region and the nation at large. The result of insecurity is displacement, hunger and food shortages that have resulted from many farmers being unable to go to the farms to produce food. Therefore, all hands must be on deck to tackle the situation and give our people the confidence and guarantee to pursue their means of livelihood without fear of harassment, molestation or death”

He also frowned at allegations that finger some Traditional Rulers of aiding and abetting criminals. These he said are serious allegations that should be investigated and dealt with so as to safeguard the integrity, sanctity and dignity of the revered Institution. Such Traditional Rulers if found culpable should be held responsible for breach of peace and security in their domains and sanctioned appropriately according to law.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the late Sardauna Sir Ahmadu Bello remains an icon for his foresight and ability to carry along all segments of society including the traditional Institution in governance which led to major achievements recorded during his time.

He said the role of traditional rulers in tackling insecurity cannot be overstated because they play a crucial role in mobilising the people to address issues of concern in the society as well as set the tone for peaceful coexistence.

Osinbajo commended the organisers for keeping alive the memory of the late Sardauna whose influence touches many areas including empowerment, peace and security. This he said makes it more urgent for traditional rulers to be given recognition in the nation’s governance architecture.

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, former Governor of Niger State Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Sultan of Sokoto and other guests said it was hightime that the nation’s royal fathers were given definite roles in the constitution because they have very crucial roles to play in assisting Government address the security situation that is threatening the stability of the country.

Speaking on the theme, “Reviving the Northern Traditional Institutions: Imperative for Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria.”, Guest Speaker Justice Sidi Bahe, Emir of Lafia said the issues of insecurity and other acts of criminality are largely characterized by unmitigated violence and crime made manifest through complex network of insurgency, kidnappings, sporadic attacks, terrorism, assassinations and armed robbery.

He said looking at the challenges of peace and security in Nigeria and the role expected of the Traditional Institution, there is the need to put them at the centre of decision making as they cannot operate in isolation to other variables which make up our society today.

We said the situation needs to be taken back to the days when the Institution had a direct participation in Governance particularly in the defunct Northern Region.

Awards we given to deserving individuals who have contributed to the development of the Northern Region and Nigeria at large.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State & Chairman, Northern Governors Forum.
Tuesday 18th January 2022.

PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT CHIDES HURIWA OVER STATEMENT ON NEGOTIATION WITH KILLERS

PLATEAU GOVERNMENT CHIDES HURIWA OVER STATEMENT ON NEGOTIATION WITH KILLERS

The attention of the Plateau State Government has been drawn to a statement reportedly issued by the National Coordinator of the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), Emmanuel Onwubiko alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong have reportedly endorsed a ‘peace treaty’ between alleged aggressors of Fulani stock and Christians of Plateau State.

In the said statement, Onwubiko made very verbose and factless allegations against the duo and asked the people of Plateau State to hold their governor, Simon Lalong, responsible for unprecedented insecurity in the State.

Because his statement is filled with mischief, lies and sponsored propaganda, it is important to put the records straight before he misleads some gullible members of the Public.

We wonder what treaty Onwubiko is referring to which has been endorsed by Governor Lalong and President Buhari. If he is referring to the series of Dialogue and Accords the the Irigwe people and Fulani which took place during the attacks in Bassa last year when the Peace Building Agency brought together the two parties to find ways of addressing killings in their areas, then he is either very ignorant or deliberately mischievous.

Onwubiko who cut his teeth in journalism and activism in Plateau State at the State owned Nigeria Standard is fully aware that the people that were brought together are Irigwe and Fulani who have lived together for many years but have become victims of vicious killers and merchants of crises who attack innocent citizens on both sides, in dispute over ownership of Farmlands, not religion as insinuated in the writeup.

Is he saying that the two groups cannot come together to address their common challenges and agree on a pact to expose Criminal elements from the two sides who have wedged barriers between them despite the long history of peaceful coexistence? Can they not put in place measures to remove suspicion and rebuild trust which will help them identify and hand over criminals in their midst? How has the effort of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, which is on record as having held an unprecedented 34 Peace Dialogues ,between January and July, 2021 alone, suddenly turned into “negotiating with killers?”. If Onwubiko knows the killers he is referring to, he might as well assist the security agencies with their identities or at best forward same to the Governor. We categorically stand on the fact that Governor Lalong did not and has never “negotiated “with any killer in Plateau State.

Does Onwubiko realise that nobody, including Governor Lalong has ever promised any Amnesty to suspected killers in Plateau State? Does he also know that the security Agencies have continued to go after suspected killers on the directive of the Governor thereby making some arrests with prosecutions on-going?

It is now crystal clear that it is people like Onwubiko and his organisation in collaboration with some irresponsible elements of the opposition PDP-whose tired Narratives are discernable through the length and breadth of the writeup, who constantly fuel the embers of hate in Plateau State with their uuninformedand toxic rhetoric, often filled with misinformation and mischief. Little wonder, some of the parties that attend such sessions by the Plateau Peace Building Agency say one thing at the meeting and are quickly brainwashed by “activists and arm-chair critics” like HURIWA to issue Press releases soon after, denying their participation at such sessions and twisting facts of the proceedings for political gains.

It is not surprising that Onwubiko who has consistently proven to be a hireling and attack dog for the opposition PDP, will delve into the impeachment of former Speaker Ayuba Abok who the PDP wanted to use to discredit the Lalong Government and in the process, curry sympathy from deceived citizens in order to gain political relevance. Though their target was the Local Government Elections held in September last year, they woefully failed to realise their dream, and their naive and immature Abok was finally deservedly swept away like a pack of cards.

If the former Speaker Abok gave Government two weeks ultimatum to stop killings, was he not part of Government? Can Onwubiko cite one thing done by Abok to stop killings in the State apart from sponsoring demonstrators to remove corpses of victims from the Hospital and dump at the Government House in order to ridicule the Governor? Did Abok or the member of Bassa Constituency, who the opposition PDP readily use to Play politics with human lives in Bassa Local Government and who is the hardest hit by the attacks ever visit the victims of such attacks? They rather found the media houses more relevant to peddle their propaganda against Governor Lalong.

It is laughable that the impeachment saga which members of both political parties in the House have since put behind them , rallying around the new Speaker Rt.Hon. Yakubu Sanda, is still choking the Onwubikos and their PDP Sponsors. If they are still aggrieved, they can as well approach the Court or at best, restore Abok to office. Nevertheless, that is not the business of the Governor as the Plateau House of Assembly enjoys full autonomy granted by Governor Lalong which enables it to decide who leads them.

Reading through the story, one finds a clear attempt by HURIWA to religionise the attacks with a view to whipping up sentiments.

This will not only increase tensions, but also further widen the situation unnecessarily. We wonder what the organisation stands to gain from this. For HURIWA and Onwubiko’s irresponsible writeups with fabricated facts, such as the one in issue may attract more money from their PDP Sponsors and some gullible Donor Partners, but for us in Plateau State, we count the costs of fake Human Rights advocacy garnished with incitement to further violence, in tragic loss of Human Lives and destruction of properties of innocent Citizens of the State.

Finally, we wish to educate Onwubiko and HURIWA on why the people of Plateau State will remain grateful to Governor Lalong for his efforts to restore peace and security to Plateau State, a task he is handling well despite the desperation of crises merchants to restore the dark days when killings were rampant and life was difficult for all citizens, making visitors to run away and shun the State.

Governor Lalong in the last 6 and half years maintained security as his cardinal priority. He rejigged and revamped the Operation Rainbow; introduced Community Policing; Created Plateau Peace Building Agency; created more synergy between the State and Security Agencies in the State; Established the State Inter religious Council; Purchased and distributed hundreds of security vehicles, Motorcycles and other equipment to all security organs in the State; Signed into law the Anti Kidnapping bill; Built Watchtowers in strategic places in the city; empowered and engaged more vigilantes; signed into law the anti land grabbing bill and the anti violence bill; lobbied for the establishment of Mobile Barracks in Shandam and Airforce Base in Kerang among others.

Above all, he has remained resolute to being fair and just to all citizens and carrying them along in the governance of the State. This has endeared them to him for which they will certainly ignore the fabricated allegations of Onwubiko and HURIWA.

Hon. Diket Plang
Special Adviser of Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
18th January 2022.

BEROM COMMUNITY in ABUJA CONDEMNS ABDUCTION OF GWOM RWEI VWANG, HRH DA GYANG BALAK GUT

The Berom Community Association Abuja, Nigeria has said it is saddened over the abduction of the Gwom Rwei Vwang, which occurred on Monday 17th January, 2022.

In a statement jointly signed by the President, Engr (Dr) David Dung and General Secretary, Timothy Choji the group said “it is indeed a sad development as traditional rulers are known to be advocates of peace at all times and cannot be so ridiculed by lawless people like kidnappers”


It therefore condemn the dastard act in its totality and call on security agents to do their best to rescue our dear royal father form his abductors.
“We also call on the government of Plateau State to ensure the safety of all traditional rulers in the State and their subjects by beefing security around them to forestall future occurrence”
“It could be recalled, on December 26, 2021 the Sum Pyem was abducted in Gindiri, now it is Gwom Rwei Vwang and only God knows who will be next therefore, there is need for an immediate and proactive action by government”


“We also call on our communities back home to be vigilant and law abiding at all times. We must not allow miscreants to take advantage of any form of complacency on our part. We should be on guard at all times to secure ourselves and our families” the group advised.

GOVERNOR SIMON BAKO LALONG CONDOLES NCPC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, REV. YAKUBU PAM OVER LOSS OF MOTHER

GOVERNOR LALONG CONDOLES NCPC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, REV. YAKUBU PAM OVER LOSS OF MOTHER

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commiserated with the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam over the passing unto glory of his beloved mother, late Ngo Zimi Pam.

Governor Lalong described the late Ngo Zimi Pam as a devout Christian and a community leader who invested so much in raising her children and others despite so many challenges she encountered in life.

He said the death of the matriarch of the Pam family is a huge loss to her immediate Tahei Village of Gyel District, Jos South Local Government and Plateau State as a whole.

Lalong while asking the family to bear the loss and accept the will of God, said Ngo Zimi died at a ripe age leaving behind great legacies that will continue to speak for her in many years to come.

The Governor challenged her children, both biological and other ones she raised, to ensure that they carry on with the lessons of love, humility, hardwork and tolerance which she demonstrated and taught.

He also asked God to grant her soul eternal rest and comfort the family.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
18th January 2022.

GOVERNOR SIMON BAKO LALONG CONDOLES NCPC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY,REV. YAKUBU PAM OVER LOSS OF MOTHER

GOVERNOR LALONG CONDOLES NCPC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, REV. YAKUBU PAM OVER LOSS OF MOTHER

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commiserated with the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam over the passing unto glory of his beloved mother, late Ngo Zimi Pam.

Governor Lalong described the late Ngo Zimi Pam as a devout Christian and a community leader who invested so much in raising her children and others despite so many challenges she encountered in life.

He said the death of the matriarch of the Pam family is a huge loss to her immediate Tahei Village of Gyel District, Jos South Local Government and Plateau State as a whole.

Lalong while asking the family to bear the loss and accept the will of God, said Ngo Zimi died at a ripe age leaving behind great legacies that will continue to speak for her in many years to come.

The Governor challenged her children, both biological and other ones she raised, to ensure that they carry on with the lessons of love, humility, hardwork and tolerance which she demonstrated and taught.

He also asked God to grant her soul eternal rest and comfort the family.

Dr. Makut Simon Macham
Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State.
18th January 2022.

BREAKING NEWS: GWOM RWEI VWANG,DA GYANG BALAK GUT KIDNAPPED

Gunmen have Kidnapped HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos-south Local Government Area of Plateau State.

This sad incident is coming in less than one month after the abduction of another traditional ruler in Plateau State HRH Charles Dakat, who is the Paramount Ruler of Gindiri, in Mangu Local Government Area.

Our correspondent gathered that the Paramount Ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, few meters from the Gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos.

Spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command ASP Gabriel Ubah Confirmed the incident.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

More details to follow…

GAGDI CONGRATULATES NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVES OF AMPER DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ADDA)

Gagdi Congratulates Newly Elected Executives of Amper District Development Association(ADDA).

Member Representing the good people of Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency Rt. Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi felicitates with Amper District on the emergence of a new leadership for the Amper District Development Association (ADDA).

According to Gagdi, community development associations are a veritable vehicle for socio-economic development and communal integration given that they are closer to the people.

He extolled the virtues of the Engr. Peter Kassam led EXCO whom he described as comprising of person’s with impeccable track record and expressed his readiness to collaborate with them in expanding the frontiers of good governance as exemplified by the unprecedented and laudable representation Pankshin/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency has enjoyed since he came into office.

Signed.
Gagdi Media Team (GMT)

DVD MOVEMENT: THE UNSTOPPABLE WIND ON THE PLATEAU_Written by Boniface Kassam

DVD Movement : The Unstoppable Wind on the Plateau
By Boniface Kassam

Scientifically, it is believed that gases move from high-pressure areas to low-pressure areas. And the bigger the differences between the pressures, the faster the air will move from the high to the low pressure.

That rush of air is the wind we experience every day. And movement of air from high pressure to low pressure happens in nature all the time: Things always try to even out, and such a siituation is called DIFFUSION.

Diffusion in the simplest definition is the movement of individual molecules of a substance through a semipermeable barrier from an area of higher concentration to an area of lower concentration.

This aptly defines the current surge by the DVD Movement across the length and breadth of Plateau State.

The wind-blowing is reaching out and very fast too.

It is, therefore, obvious that in a democratic environment, political opinions depend largely on which way the wind is blowing.

The wind in this context is not that of a tornado which often destroys and unsettles things. Rather, it is the one that shapes the thinking of people as to the direction of political development which our dear State is passing through as 2023 draws near.

The above scenario also describes the level of acceptability of the DVD Movement by many citizens in Plateaus State. Every day, drums of massive support are hitting every nook and cranny of the State by lovers of this democratic movement, while voices of acceptability synchronized with harmonious dance steps are enough signs to showcase the arrival of this God-sent leader that the State has been waiting for.

His calmness, calculative accuracy, and experiences drawn from exposure to national leadership and governance place him far above others.

A personality that does not talk much but act more to the admiration of many. He possesses an inner mindset that drives his vision which is fashioned out, “To Build a Secured, Prosperous and United Plateau that is anchored on the Fear of God”.

The testimonies coming from far and near since his expression of interest to contest for the number one seat in Plateau State are legendary and cut across every tribe and religion.

For instance, last year after I was officially announced as the Head of Media for the DVD Movement, I started receiving phone calls and text messages from people I never anticipated would ordinarily call or chat me, given their personalities and the distances that separate us. But more heartwarming was the fact that, such calls and messages were embedded testimonies and goodwill messages that further define the character and personality of the leader of the DVD Movement, Nde David Victor Dimka fsi.

A senior lecturer with the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Dr. Sunny in a telephone conversation with me said; “My brother I am happy to hear that Oga Victor is aspiring to become the governor of Plateau State in 2023. This man is God- sent and I strongly believe that from the purest of his heart, God will surely make it possible. I am in South Africa today courtesy Victor Dimka, and I can name so many out there that have benefited immensely from his goodwill. This is a pay-back time for us! We are patiently waiting for when the flag will be handed over to him. I urge Plateau people not to miss this detribalized Nigerian who will certainly restore the past glory of the State and move it to higher heights”.

This is just one out of the so many testimonies I have received and still receiving from well-wishers in and outside of Plateau State on the support given to them by this compassionate individual.

During the recent Christmas and new year celebrations, his endorsement by various groups and individuals further increased to an unbelievable level. Located on a hilltop in Kabwir District of Kanke LGA, is Kanke Resort where he spent much of his time to receive visitors. The resort was a beehive of well-wishers during the yuletide period. Different groups of men, women, youth, professional bodies, and artisans were received on daily basis throughout his stay in the village. Indeed, the traffic was uncontrollable such that aligning the visits with other external engagements became a herculean task for the DVD team officials.

After attending to some of the major events which include cultural festivals, wedding ceremonies, and thanksgiving services in some of the local government areas of the State, he returned to his base in Jos where he celebrated the new year.

Since then, he has been engaged with series of courtesy visits to some elder statemen, traditional and religious leaders, organized trade, and union officials in the State. This is aside other solidarity visits by various groups and individuals who throng his Rayfield office on daily basis.

The overall impact of
these visitations and engagements by the leader of the DVD Movement in Plateaus State is that they have deepened the understanding of his personality, vision, and the philosophy behind the DVD Movement among the numerous supporters in the State.

There is this strong believe that for Plateau State to move beyond where it is today, there is need to have a strong-willed personality that is acceptable both within and outside the State as a governor. And that person is Nde David Victor Dimka fsi.