Looting, vandalism: Plateau lost N75bn says Lalong

Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor, has had an interaction with youths in the State as part of his consultation with stakeholders to ensure lasting calmness in the State. While addressing the participants, Lalong said his administration has been friendly to the youths and advised them against engaging in retrogressive behavior which has the tendency of hindering the development of the State. He said, “My dear youth of Plateau State, we have gathered here in continuation of our consultations with stakeholders towards our journey to progress and development. You will recall that I have had engagements with traditional rulers, elders and community leaders in recent weeks. Sadly the engagement with the youths was obstructed because of the uncertainties that arose as a result of the #ENDSARS protests and subsequent disturbances that followed. “It is therefore with a deep heart that I welcome you to this interaction as we review the events of the recent past and look at the way forward. Indeed, these are very challenging times for the nation and our State because of recent events which have left us counting our losses.  Lives have been lost, properties destroyed and the voices of the youths clearly and loudly heard across the nation and beyond. “Let me first express my deep commiseration to the families of those who have lost their lives and others who have suffered injuries or lost their properties during the unfortunate recent happenings in our State. I went round some of the affected areas together with Members of the National Assembly Caucus from Plateau State and the Minister of Women Affairs to assess the level of destruction. What we saw was horrific and despicable. “The level of destruction and carnage is unbelievable and unacceptable. We are still trying to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the total cost of the damage. However, the preliminary report by a team of experts I constituted has estimated the losses to be put at about 75 billion naira for now. This[…]

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Looters were given 48 hours to return stolen palliatives -Plateau

Plateau State Government has given looters 48 hours to return stolen COVID-19 palliatives they have  in their possession or risk being arrested. In a reaction on Monday, the State Police Command described the act as criminal, nothing that the looters should return the stolen palliatives before Wednesday. In a statement on Monday, the acting Spokesman of the State Police Command, Donbey Peters, made this known. The statement reads in part, “Sequel to the ugly occurrences that bedevilled some parts of the state particularly Jos North and Jos South LGAs, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, CP Edward Egbuka, has condemned in totality the breaking and looting into government warehouses, shops and private houses of individuals by hoodlums and other criminals within Jos and Bukuru metropolis under the guise of #EndSARS protests. “He described it as an act of criminality aimed at truncating the tireless efforts of the police and other security agencies on the Plateau. This has led to the arrest of over a hundred persons. “He stated that the Government of Plateau State is giving these looters the grace to return immediately, every looted item to the nearest local government office not later than Wednesday 28/10/2020. Anyone found in possession of any looted item after this date will be arrested and brought to book.”PALLIA The statement reminded the public that the 24-hour curfew imposed by the government is still in place and cautioned the public against disobedience.

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Plateau, Zamfara killings, others not religiously motivated – Okorocha

Governor Okorocha said the killings experienced in some parts for Nigeria are beyond religion He said the recent killings in Zamfara and Plateau have shown that religion is not the reason behind the deadly violence threatening the country’s peace – He, however, sought the collaboration of religious bodies in tackling insecurity in the country The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, said on Sunday, July 1, that the recent killings in some parts of the country, especially Plateau and Zamfara states were beyond religious sentiments. Okorocha stated that no religious group is spared in the killings, adding that “in some of the incidents both Christians and Muslims were victims”, The Nation reports. He noted that the country is at the moment passing through very difficult times and urged religious leaders and all Nigerians “to pray to God for the peace of the country not minding where one comes from and which religion one belongs Okorocha said this at the 10th Episcopal Anniversary of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Imo state, His Lordship, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu. He lamented that “some people have lost their sense of value for lives with the rate at which blood-letting is going on in this Country”. According to him: “Initially, I thought that what was going on in some parts of the country was a religious war; but the Plateau and Zamfara killings have shown that what we have in our hands is beyond religious killings. “In these killings, Muslims were killing Muslims and Christians killing Christians. They kill innocent citizens both young and old. And for us Christians, this is the time to pray for peace and love for one another”. Governor Okorocha told the bishop “the reason I join the world to celebrate you at your 10th Episcopal Anniversary is that you are a very good Bishop. You are the kind of Bishop that uses his office to attract people to God rather than chase them[…]

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Plateau Assembly speaker escapes impeachment

Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker Peter Azi has escaped impeachment by fellow lawmakers for attempting to prolong the tenure of transition committee chairmen in the 17 local government councils of the state slated to expire on Thursday, June 28. This is following the truncated election of chairmen and councillors by the state Governor Simon Lalong barely a month after he took over power in 2015. Since then, the state government had been appointing caretaker committees periodically to oversee the affairs of the local governments. Disagreement reportedly started on the floor of the House on Thursday when Azi wanted the lawmakers to go on recess without discussing the tenure of the transition committees whose tenure expired same day. But a lawmaker representing Mikang constituency, Na’anlong Daniel moved a motion of urgency on the tenure of the transition of chairmen that had just expired. This was supported by Simon Kudu of Irigwe/Rukuba constituency. The debate was reportedly uncomfortable for some members who were not in support of the development, as they commenced impeachment process of collecting signatures against the speaker before the lawmakers resolved to settle the matter. After much deliberation, 18 out of the 24 members of the House voted to end the tenure of the transition committee chairmen in the state. The House will further debate on having elected executives for the local governments. The failed impeachment process has resulted in the dismissal of chairmen and councillors at the 17 local government councils. However, reports suggest that the action of the majority of the lawmakers is not connected with principal officers of the House to extend committee chairmen’s tenure in compliance to wish of the state government.

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