Re: As Lalong and citizens bicker over Covid-19 stigmatisation

June 4, 2020 Makut Simon Macham 0

The attention of Plateau state government has been drawn to a feature published on page 20 of Blueprint Newspaper No 288 of Wednesday June 3, 2020 in which several allegations and outright misinformation were raised against the state government and the person of His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong. We are constrained to put the record straight before the article is embraced Read More

Almajirai’s return to home states: Northern govs defy FG, insist process continues

The North presently accounts for 54 per cent of the COVID-19 cases and 70 per cent of new ones in Nigeria, the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said.      Also, amidst continued criticism and caution  by the federal government and other major stakeholders,  the governors said the process of returning the Almajirai to their home states would continue with due regard for Read More

Northern govs mull mobile testing, decry inadequate centres

May 1, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF), Friday, said the region will soon have mobile testing vans for novel coronavirus, just as the forum decried inadequate number of testing centers in the region. The forum’s chairman and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, stated this at the end of their meeting held via teleconferencing. He said, “The Forum reviewed some of the issues Read More

Breaking: Pandemonium as fire rages at CBN office

April 21, 2020 Editor 0

Fire Tuesday broke out at the Central Bank of Nigeria office in Jos, Plateau state. According to a tweet by the CBN, “Minor fire outbreak at the Jos branch of Central Bank of Nigeria, promptly contained today, April 21, 2020.” Details loading…

COVID-19: JUTH has 6 ventilators, best isolation center, says CMD

April 7, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Doctor Edward Banwat, said the hospital has about six functioning ventilators, with the best isolation center in the country. Dr. Banwat stated this during an interaction session with news men recently at the hospital. “Ventilators are in critical need across the globe because of the pandemic of Coronavirus. Read More

Breaking: Lalong declares curfew in Plateau over Covid-19

April 6, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong, Monday evening, declared a one week total lockdown of the state with effect from Thursday midnight. The governor ordered the lockdown in his second statewide broadcast onthe effect of Coronavirus. He said, “To this effect, I’m directing a total lockdown, effective 12 midnight of Thursday 9th April 2020 to 11pm of Wednesday 15th April 2020.” Details Read More

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COVID-19: JNI urges compliance, commends Lalong

March 27, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Plateau state chapter of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Wednesday, declared   support and solidarity with the position of Plateau state government on measures to prevent occurrence of COVID-19 in the state. The state chairman of the JNI, Emir of Wase, Muhammad Sambo Haruna, made this known in a press release issued by the state publicity secretary of  JNI,  Sani Mudi. Read More

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Nigerians to Police: Extend Birnin Gwari bandits’ feat to Zamfara, Niger, Benue, others

February 7, 2020 Editor 0

Following the crackdown on suspected insurgents and bandits’ hideouts in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state by the police Wednesday, Nigerians have called on the police to sustain the tempo and extend same to Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Benue and other parts of the country facing security challenge. At the end of the seven-hour operation, police said they killed 250 suspected insurgents Read More

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Bauchi, Sokoto, Kano, Plateau: Reactions trail Supreme Court victory for Bala, Tambuwal, Ganduje, Lalong

January 21, 2020 Editor 0

There was tight security in Abuja as Supreme Court Monday delivered judgement on the Bauchi, Kano, Sokoto and Plateau states’ governorship elections. Blueprint observed that police personnel and vehicles were seen positioned at strategic places and roads leading to the apex court. The police and army vehicles were also seen patrolling roads around the apex court and the federal secretariat to Read More

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Harmattan at freezing point: Day charcoal fumes suffocated 2 friends in Jos

January 6, 2020 Editor 0

Two young men recently died in Jos, Plateau state capital, following hash freezing weather rocking the ancient city. The two young men that were residents of Gangare community of Jos North Local Government Area died last Friday. However, their death was later confirmed exclusively to Blueprint by Alhaji Labiru Idris, elder brother to one of the deceased. Alhaji Labiru said the name Read More

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I’ll not leave uncompleted projects- Lalong

December 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has said that he will complete projects he initiated before leaves office in 2023. A statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, said that the governor made the pledge while inspecting ongoing “legacy projects” across the state. “We want to complete the projects during our tenure to avoid the Read More

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Lalong reappoints Abdullahi ES Plateau Muslim pilgrims board

December 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

Governor Simon Lalong has approved the reappointment of the Executive Secretary, Plateau State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Barr Auwal Abdullahi. The governor in a letter of confirmation to the ES signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, dated November 20, 2019, said “the reappointment is with effect from May 2019.” Governor Lalong appreciated the Read More

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Appeal Court affirms Lalong’s victory

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos Friday affirmed the victory of Plateau state Governor Simon Lalong in the March 9 supplementary elections. The PDP candidate Lt.- Gen. Jeremiah Useni (retd.) rejected the verdict and vowed to appeal against it at the apex court. The five-member penal of the appellate court, which upheld the decision of the Justice H. A. Read More

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OPSH to rehabilitate, empower 500 Plateau repentant Sara Suka

November 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), an outfit in charge of security in Plateau and parts of Bauchi and Kadauna states is to rehabilitate and empower 500 repentant hoodlums and Sara Suka boys. A statement by OPSH Spokesperson, Major Ibrahim Shittu, Tuesday, said the programme was aimed at providing them with necessary health care, skills and empowerment in order to properly Read More

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Plateau Assembly, YIAGA commence civic legislative agenda

November 6, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Plateau State House of Assembly is set to hold its maiden edition of citizen led legislative agenda, for the next four years. The House speaker Rt. Hon. Nuhu Abok, represented by House Committee Chairman on Information Hon. Peter Dashi said this Tuesday in a press conference. He said the meetings would be held across the three senatorial district of Read More

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Uncertainty in Plateau as Appeal Court decides Lalong, Useni’s fate

November 4, 2019 Editor 0

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, Plateau state capital will on Monday hear the appeal filled by Senator Jeremiah Useni pending before it against the election of Governor Simon Lalong. Senator Useni is challenging the judgement of the Plateau state governorship election tribunal which affirmed the declaration and subsequently returned Lalong as the valid winner of the 2019 poll. According Read More

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Breaking: Reprieve for Plateau Rep member as Appeal Court upholds his election

November 4, 2019 Editor 0

Justice Ukechuku Onyemenam of the Court of Appeal Jos division has upheld the election of Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), into the seat of Pankshing/Kanke/Kanam Federal Constituency, of Plateau state. She dismissed the appeal of Hon. Timothy Gulu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for lacking merit. Details loading…

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Breaking: Tribunal affirms Lalong as Plateau gov, dismisses PDP’s Useni petition

October 2, 2019 Editor 0

The Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice H. A Salesman has dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Jeremiah Useni, against the election of Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Useni had challenged the reelection of Lalong, claiming that there were cases of over-voting and votes cancellation Read More

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Lalong sends list of commissioner-nominees to state assembly

September 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

Governor Simon Lalong has submitted a list of 23 commissioner-nominees to the Plateau State House of Assembly. The Governor in a letter read Tuesday during plenary by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abok Izam, returned five former commissioners. The list includes Victor Lapbag, Elizabeth H. Wapmuk, Yakubu Dati, Tapgun Sylvanus Dankano, Barr. Chrisantus Ahmad, Ibrahim Saad Bello and Barr. Rimven Bitrus Read More

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Plateau: Police hunt down notorious kidnapper, cattle rustlers, others

June 21, 2019 Editor 0

A notorious kidnapper, five cattle rustlers, eight culpable homicide, four armed robbery suspects have been arrested, Plateau state Commissioner of Police, CP Isaac Akinmoyede has revealed. He said the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), traced and arrested notorious kidnapper, Johnson Aiku ‘M’ of Ilesha in Osun State. According to him, one Engr. Adewale Emmanuel Aiku .M. of Zaria road Jos, reported Read More

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Justice Soluade: Exit of a perfectionist

June 15, 2019 Editor 0

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, I received a call from a barrister living in Jos. Any time someone introduces himself or herself to me as a barrister, I am always tempted to ask whether the fellow is a barrister at law or a barrister at booze. This is because there exist two bars: a bar of honour peopled by lawyers Read More