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Scores Killed In Fresh Plateau Attack



A notorious terrorist leader, Kachalla Baleri

• Lalong, gov-elect, others react
No fewer than 41 people were reportedly killed in a Monday night attack at Fungzai and Kubwat villages of Mangu Local Council of Plateau State.

Several others got injured, while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by persons, suspected to be Fulani militia.

A source said the gunmen stormed the area and shot sporadically to scare locals. He said he counted more than 41 bodies.

Governor Simon Lalong, who also confirmed the incident, in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, said he had directed security forces to arrest and prosecute the masterminds.

He condoled with the victims, even as he directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) to investigate the matter and ascertain humanitarian needs.

Also, the governor-elect, Caleb Mutfwang, has deplored the onslaught.

In a consolatory message by his Special Assistant on Media, Gyang Bere, he appealed to security agencies to be more serious in securing citizens, particularly those in rural areas.

He advised them to collaborate within the ambit of the law to fish out the perpetrators and try them accordingly.

Similarly, the Senator-elect for Plateau Central, Diket Plang, in a statement, regretted that his constituents were no longer sleeping with eyes closed.

He said the people, who are predominantly farmers, cannot access their farms for fear of being attacked.

Plang lamented that the killings came at a time when farming activities were ongoing in several communities.

He warned that if the trend subsists, hunger would aggravate the development.

On its part, the police command condoled with the people on the unfortunate incident.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Alfred Alabo, the force said: “The Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew Onyeka, has expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident that took place in Bwoi District of Mangu LGA, which has claimed the lives of yet to be identified persons from various villages within the area.

“That on 15/05/2023 at about 1156hrs, a distress call was received from one of our police officers in charge of Tanknale village of Mangu LGA that some unknown gunmen were shooting sporadically in a nearby village.

“Upon receipt of this information, the CP immediately mobilised all command assets to the scene to ensure that the suspects are arrested and brought to book.”

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Three Killed While Travelling To Attend Inauguration Of New Ebonyi Governor, Nwifuru




The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Three persons travelling to attend Monday’s swearing-in ceremony in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Southeast Nigeria, have reportedly been killed.

The victims who hailed, from Izzi Local Government Area, the home town of the new governor, Francis Nwifuru, were said to have died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Abakaliki.

Although the details of the accident were still sketchy, reports claimed many others also sustained varying degrees of injury.

According to one report, the vehicle carrying the victims had gone to Izzi to pick up villagers. Unfortunately, while they were travelling from the local government area to Abakaliki, one of the car tyres was deflated. 

Those injured in the accident have reportedly been moved to the Ebonyi Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki.

The swearing-in ceremony in the state, like it is happening across the country today (Monday), is holding at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki.

Meanwhile, efforts made by SaharaReporters to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer SP, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, were unsuccessful as she didn’t answer her calls.

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Enugu Governor, Mbah Names Chidiebere Onyia SSG



Professor Chidiebere Onyia

The Governor of Enugu State, Dr Peter Mbah has appointed Professor Chidiebere Onyia as the new Secretary to the State Government, SSG.

The appointment was announced in a statement personally signed by the Governor on Monday and released to the press by his media office.

Until his appointment, Prof. Onyia was the Managing Director of the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Facility.

He was also the Lead strategy advisor for the Federal Government of Nigeria, World Bank Group Power Sector Recovery Programme, and has over the years rendered services to different international organizations and countries, among them the United Nations, Germany and Russia.

Prof. Onyia is a visiting Professor of Education at the Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, a former visiting Professor at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and serves on the Governing Council of two private Nigerian universities.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Masters of Business Administration degree and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.

He also had a post-doctoral scholarship in Education Policy from the Ivy League Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

Prof. Onyia, with over 25 years of experiences in leadership, innovation, strategy, institutional reforms and research, has received numerous international and national awards and accolades for leadership excellence and for his outstanding contributions to the education sector. He is well published and a certified educational consultant, researcher, presenter, mentor and author of many books.

Prof. Onyia was a member of the Transition Committee, the technical committee that developed an actionable plan for the Peter Mbah administration, based on his manifesto and social contract with the people of Enugu State.

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Abia Governor, Otti Summons All Perm Secs To Meeting



Abia State Governor, Alex Chioma Otti has invited all Permanent Secretaries in the State civil service to a crucial meeting today, Tuesday.

The Governor made this known in a press release signed by Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

Ekeoma said that the meeting will be held at Michael Okpara auditorium in Umuahia.

The reason for the first official meeting was not disclosed, but it may not be unconnected with the Governor’s plans to reform the State’s civil service as contained in his inaugural broadcast.

Also the issue of salary arrears of civil servants which caused a three-week strike, may also be deliberated during the meeting.

Otti had during his inaugural speech abolished the dichotomy between core and non-core civil servants, saying that all civil servants would receive equal treatment in payment of salaries.

“We will treat all workers in the State as equal and none will be denied salaries while the other will be paid as it was done by the immediate past administration,” Otti had declared n his speech on Monday.

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