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Gbong Gwom Jos Stool: 2nd Paramount ruler seeks to join as co-defendant

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The Ujah of Anaguta, Chief Jauro Magaji, on Monday, sought the leave of court to join as co-defendant in the suit challenging Gov. Simon Lalong’s attempt to tamper with the Gbong Gwom Jos Stool.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this brings to two the number of paramount rulers seeking to join in the matter.

The first was the Ataa Aten, Yakubu Chaimai, who declared his intention on June 11, when the matter was first mentioned and adjourned to June 24 in his instance.

Gov Lalong had created two traditional councils out of the Jos Traditional Council, which did not go down well with the Berom nation, which filed a suit challenging such an action.

Aggrieved by that action, 7 of the “illustrious sons of Berom nation”, had on May 23 dragged the state government before Justice Christine Dabup of State High Court V, challenging the Governor and the State Government.

The Court had on that day, May 23, issued an interim injunction stopping Lalong from tampering with the composition of the Gbong Gwom Jos Traditional Council.

Joined in the suit are the State Attorney General (AG), Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, chairmen of Jos North and Riyom Local Government Areas.

On the first day (June 11) the case was mentioned, Chaimai, through his Counsel, Mr Titus Mann, announced his appearance and interest to join in the case as as a co- defendant, an application which caused its adjournment.

NAN reports that when the came up again for hearing of the Paramount Ruler’s application, on Monday, June 24, another Paramount ruler, the Ujah of Anaguta also made his appearance and interest to join in the matter as a co-defendant.

“My Lord, l am Mr Samson Bukar, counsel, to the Ujah of Anaguta, Chief Jauro Magaji, who is seeking the leave of Court to be joined as a co-defender in this matter.

“We have already filed and served our processes with a motion on notice to join in the case,” Bukar announced.

Mr Edward Pwajok, SAN, the plaintiffs’ lead counsel, had earlier told the court that the case was for hearing, of the motion filed by the Attah Atten, but “again my Lord, we have just been served here in Court with another application of yet another interested party.”

“The Ujah of Anaguta is seeking for the leave of this honorable court to also join as a co- defendant and we can’t shot him out.

“Since all the parties have been served with the processes, we shall be applying for a short adjournment to enable us reply to the application.

“But before then we can take the motion of the Attah Atten since all the parties are not opposing it so that he can come in properly, “ Pwajok applied.

Pwajok said that they do not wish to drag the case so long, “even though this is a civil matter and hope to ensure we all we could by being prudent at filling and replying to processes filed in respect to this case.”

Mann then quickly moved his application and the court granted it as prayed and declared him (Attah Atten) as the 6th defendant in the suit.

Justice Dabup, however, adjourned the case to July 8 for hearing Ujah of Anaguta’s application for joinder.

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Plateau Speaker salutes Gbong Gwom Jos at 68

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The Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr Abok Ayuba, has congratulated Da Gyang Buba, the Gbong Gwom Jos, and Chairman of the Plateau Traditional Council, on his 68th birthday anniversary.

Ayuba congratulated the monarch in a statement by his Director of Press, Mr Bulus Atang, on Friday in Jos.

He described the paramount ruler as a symbol of unity, adding that the monarch had played key roles in ensuring peace in the state.

He prayed God to continue to strengthen Buba to further sustain the cultural heritage of the people of the state.

The speaker assured the monarch of the support and cooperation of the 9th assembly in maintaining peace and order in the state.(NAN)


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Gov. Lalong congratulates Gbong Gwom Jos at 68

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated His Royal Majesty Jacob  Buba, the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman, Plateau Traditional Council, on the occasion of his 68th birthday.

Lalong conveyed his felicitation in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, in Jos on Thursday.

The governor described the royal father as a man of honour and character who had continued to serve as a unifying factor for the people of Plateau and the nation at large.

While wishing him well in the years ahead, the governor urged the monarch to continue to offer his fatherly counsel toward sustaining the peace and tranquillity being consolidated in the state.

Lalong also used the occasion to appreciate Buba’s leadership of the traditional council in the state which he said had given the government the needed support and cooperation among the citizens. (NAN)


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Gbong-Gwom Stool tussle: Court frowns over Gov Lalong’s failure to convene truce meeting

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A High Court in Plateau on Wednesday frowned over the failure of Gov. Simon Lalong to convene a meeting to resolve the Gbong Gwom stool tussle as ordered by the court.

Justice Christine Dabup, who expressed dismay over the attitude of the State Government to resolve the matter out of court, called for more caution and prudence on issues of state importance.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Dabup had on July 18 ordered for out of court settlement to be reported back to the Court on Oct. 2.

The court had ordered the state Director of Civil Litigation of Ministry of Justice, Mrs Florence Lotben, to go and inform Governor of the need for him to initiate an out of court settlement over the case and report back to it on Oct. 2.

But on resumption, Mr Niri Darong, Counsel the Plaintiffs, told the court that they kept waiting to no avail for a call from the Government for a round table discussion to see how the issue could tackle out of court.

“My Lord, we want to bring to your notice that since this honorable court gave the order on July 18 for an out of court settlement, we have never been invited for any such discussion till we again come before today.

“Only the counsel to the State Government can explain to us why we are still where we are today in spite of your order? As for us, we are very ready for out of court settlement or continuation of the case.

“We have filed our proposed terms of settlement to show that we want peace,’’ Darong said.

Responding, Lotben, told the court that the Gov. Lalong, who is the 1st Respondent, had not been stable in the state as he was “frequently out of the state on official engagements.”

“We are optimistic that once the Governor is back, we shall see how we could sit on a round table and iron out the matter as ordered by the court.

“All we need is more time and patience with us to do the needful.

“Our concern too is that we have not received the said proposed terms of settlement from the plaintiffs but once we get that, we shall be guided toward its realization,’’ Lotben assured.

However, a motion filed by Mr Nantok Dashur, Counsel, the State Government, and Mr B.K. Adam, counsel to the Hausa Community, who intended to be joined as co-defenders, were said to be incompetent as some parties were said to excluded.

Dashur and Adam both pleaded for more time to enable to put their motions and applications in order.

Justice Dabup then adjourned the case until Dec. 12 for report of settlement or hearing of the case.

In a similar matter filed by one Daniel Choji and four others against the Plateau Governor and three others, Counsel to Ujah Anaguta Chiefdom, Mr Harrison Ugwuala, moved his motion for extension of time for him to file his counter affidavit to the suit.

Also, Lotben, Counsel to Lalong, asked for time within which to file fresh papers in defence of the suit.

But Darong, Plaintiffs’ Counsel, told the Court that “in spite of the fact that this suit has been on since 2018, the Governor purportedly created two councils, Jos North and Riyom traditional councils on May 2.”

Mr Kingsley Malan, Counsel to Gbong Gwom Jos, agreed with Darong’s submission and described it as “pure contempt of Court.”

Responding, Lotben debunked such claims, and affirmed, “at no time had a Jos North or Riyom Traditional councils were ever created in the state by the Governor.”

After listening to all the parties involved, Justice Dabup also adjourned the case until Dec. 10 for hearing.

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Gbong Gwom Stool tussle: Court orders for out-of-Court settlement

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Justice Christine Dabup of the Plateau High Court on Thursday ordered an out-of-court settlement in the Gbong Gwom Jos Traditional stool tussle.

Mr. Adward Pwajok, SAN, lead counsel of petitioners, represented by Mr Niri Darong, objected to the application.

The first was the Ataa Aten, Yakubu Chaimai, who declared his intention on June 11, when the matter was first mentioned and adjourned in his instance, followed by another paramount ruler, the Ujah of Anaguta, Chief Jauro Magaji, who joined on June 24.

Nevertheless, the Ada Gwom, Jos-Izere Chiefdom, Jos North Local Government, is the third interested party as it stands.

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Gbong Gwom Jos Kingship: Paramount ruler seeks to join as co-defendant

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Jos, June 11, 2019 The paramount ruler of Ganawuri, the Ataa Aten, Yakubu Chaimai, on Tuesday sought the leave of a Plateau State High Court to be  joined as co-defender in the suit challenging Governor Simon Lalong’s attempt to tamper with the Gbong Gwom Jos Stool.

Seven of the “illustrious sons of Berom nation”, had on May 23 dragged the state government before Justice Christine Dabup of State High Court, over its attempt at tampering with the composition of the Gbong Gwom Jos Traditional Council.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports in Jos that Gov Lalong had created two traditional councils out of the Jos Traditional Council, which did not go down well with the Berom nation, which filed a case challenging such action.

Consequently, the court on May23 issued an interim injunction stopping Lalong from tampering with the composition of the Gbong Gwom Jos Traditional Council.

Joined in the suit are Plateau State Government as the 1st defendant, while the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs are 2nd and 3rd defendants.

Others are the Chairman, Jos North Local Government, and Chairman, Riyom Local Government.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, Chaimai, through his Counsel, Mr Titus Mann, announced his appearance and wish to join in the case as as a co- defendant.

“My Lord, l am Titus Mann, counsel, to the Ataa Aten of Ganawuri, who wish to be joined as a co-defender in this matter.

“We have already filed our processes with a motion on notice to join in the case,” Mann announced.

Mr Edward Pwajok, SAN, the plaintiffs’ lead counsel, had earlier told the court that the case was for hearing, but that he had received three different motions from the defendants.

“My Lord, we have a motion on notice that we hope to move today, but for the three motions we have just been served with, we cannot go on simply because we need to study them and reply to them.

“While one of motions seeks for the setting aside of the interim injunction this court had issued, another is seeking for an extension of time to reply to our motion on notice.

“The third one is the motion on notice by Mr Titus Mann seeking to join on behalf of the Ataa Aten of Ganawuri as co-defender.

“Your Lordship, in view of the fact that there is need for us to formally reply to these processes in the interest of justice, we hereby apply for a very short adjournment during which we would have responded to all the processes, “ Pwajok solicited.

Responding, the State Attorney-General, Mr Chrysanthus Ahmadu,  counsel to the defendants, who was represented by Mrs Rauta Dakota, a Director in the Justice Ministry, said, “that’s the true position of things My Lord.”

“We have filed two motions; one seeking for an extension of time to reply to plaintiffs motion on notice and the second asking the court to set aside the interim injunction it issued to the plaintiffs.

“Therefore, we are not objecting to the application for an adjournment,” She said.

Pwajok, however, notified the court of the interim injunction which he said still subsist pending the determination of the case,

After listening to the parties involved, Justice Dabup adjourned the case to June 24 for hearing.

NAN reports that the state government had on May 14 created Riyom and Jos North Traditional Councils out of the Jos Joint Traditional Council.

The creation of the two councils left the Jos Joint Traditional Council with only two local governments – Jos and Barkin-Ladi – instead of the former four.

The state government also announced that the Attaa Aten of Ganawuri would chair the Riyom Traditional Council, while the Ujah of Anaguta would head the Jos North Traditional Council.

Irked by that move, the seven petitioners, led by Mr Daniel Choji, “on behalf of themselves and all adult male Berom indigenes of Berom Districts in Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom Local Governments, rushed to the court to stop it.

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Court stops Gov. Lalong from tampering with Gbong Gwom Jos stool

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A Plateau State High Court on Thursday issued an interim injunction stopping Gov Simon Lalong from tampering with the composition of the Gbong Gwom Jos Traditional Council.

The injunction was issued by Justice Christine Dabup, after listening to Mr Niri Darong, Counsel to seven “illustrious sons of Berom nation”, who had dragged the state government before him over the creation of two traditional councils out of the Jos Traditional Council.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the state government last week created Riyom and Jos North Traditional Councils out of the Jos Joint Traditional Council.

and filed the same day by one Da Daniel Chji of Dong, in Kabong, Jos North Local Government, in which he prayed for an interim injunction and mandatory order.

“The defendants, their agents, representatives or privies are hereby restrained from tampering with the Jos Joint Traditional Council, including suspending or deposing any member of the Jos Joint Traditional Council, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“The defendants are mandated to continue to recognize the Gbong Gwom Jos as the President of Jos Joint Traditional Council made up of Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Kadi and Riyom Local Governments, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

Dabup fixed June 11, 2019 for the hearing on the motion on notice.

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Gbong Gwom to Lalong: No governor has authority to redefine traditional boundaries

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Chief Jacob Buba Gyang, the Gbong Gwom Jos, and Chairman, Plateau Council of Chiefs,  has said that state governors do not have the authority to redefine traditional boundaries.

“I am not aware of any authority by a governor to redefine traditional boundaries. Government cannot redefine boundaries where there is no problem,” Buba said on Friday in Jos.

The monarch, who spoke at the “Nzem Berom 2019”, an annual cultural festival of the Berom ethnic group of Plateau, was reacting to a Thursday circular in which the state government created two traditional councils out of the Jos Traditional Council.

The creation of the two traditional councils – Jos North and Riyom – has effectively whittled down the powers of the paramount ruler who superintends traditional rulers in the four local governments that make up the Jos Joint Traditional Council.

With the split, the Gbong Gwom is left with only two local governments – Jos South and Barkin-Ladi.

According to the circular, the Attah Aten of Ganawuri will chair the Riyom Traditional Council, while the Chiefs of Anaguta and Afizere would be in charge of the two traditional stools in Jos North.

“There has been government pronouncement and actions to do with the traditional institution even when there was no problem. We have no problem with our neighbours and we have been in peace with one another.

“The traditional boundaries existed even before the existence of Nigeria as a country and every tribe on the Plateau has a defined territory.

“We want to appeal to politicians to respect these territories,” Buba stated.

The monarch further said that the country had a Land Use Act with the customary rights of land ownership embedded in it.

“All over Nigeria, land belongs to communities, families and individuals. We want to appeal that government must not take actions that will bring security challenges to Plateau.

“Yesterday night, I had to appeal to the Berom nation and its vibrant youths to please calm down.

“I told them that as sensitive as the issue is perceived, it has not gone beyond the Berom traditional institution, the elders and the Berom organisations.

“We will sit with government and educate government about what it is; we hope we will have the listening ear of the governor to make amends where they have made errors.

“There is no human being that is perfect, we all make mistakes.

“We appeal to the Berom nation to please calm down. We will follow due process and we are absolutely sure that God will not forsake us,” he added.

The monarch pointed out that people were craving for peace because there would be no development without it.

He said that he had had cause to write to the state government reminding it of reports of three judicial commissions of inquiry between 1994 to 2009.

“All the judicial commissions of inquiry agreed with the position that Jos belongs to the Afizere, Anaguta and the Berom.

“I wrote a letter last year reminding the governor of this and requesting him to allow traditional rulers of these tribes to sit with the state boundary commission to determine everybody’s boundary.

“I am still appealing to government to look into this.

“We don’t want a situation where government policy will bring chaos between neighbors, brothers and sisters that have lived together in peace over the ages,” he said.

Mr Jafaru Wuyep, Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, who represented the governor, in his remarks, promised to convey the message.

Wuyep acknowledge that the cultural festival was a unifying force that also promotes peaceful coexistence, adding that it was an avenue to project the Berom cultural identity, attract tourists and promote socio-economic activities.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the cultural festival featured cultural activities by different groups and tribes, as well as the exhibition of Berom technology.

NAN also reports that  awards were given to two Berom personalities that had distinguished themselves and contributed to the development of the people.

The awardees included Barnabas Dusu, now late, who received a posthumous award for being instrumental to the translation of the Holy Bible into Berom language.

The other recipient of the award was Marie Nyam, who is famed as a major contributor to the educational development of many sons and daughters of Berom land.
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Adetiba to change `King Women’ series’ to `OgbongAnwan’

Adetiba to change `King Women’ series’ to `OgbongAnwan’
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Abuja, Jan. 16, 2018 (NNN) producer and music video director, Kemi Adetiba, has disclosed her intention to change `King Woman’ series to ‘ObongAnwan’.

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Adetiba to change `King Women’ series’ to `OgbongAnwan’
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By Priscilla Osaje
Abuja, Jan. 16, 2018 (NNN) producer and music video director, Kemi Adetiba, has disclosed her intention to change `King Woman’ series to ‘ObongAnwan’.

Adetiba, a filmmaker and music video director made this known in her in instagram handle @kemiadetibac on Tuesday.

The ‘King Woman’ is an interview based series by Adetiba that showcases powerful Nigerian woman as they tell their stories.

“Very excited (yet extremely nervous) to announce that we start shooting the second season of “KING’’ this week.

“So YES… For all those that have been invading my DMs and accosting me both in private and in public, you WILL have a new season THIS year.

“We’re also playing with the idea of a rebrand. Changing the title “King Woman’’ back to its original native name `ObongAnwan’.

“For those that don’t know the story, “ObongAnwan’’ is a chieftaincy title bestowed on worthy women in my mom’s state of Akwa-Ibom (where she is from) and this native name directly translates to King Woman,’’ Adetiba wrote.

However, she said that when naming the series, she was worried people wouldn’t embrace a native name.

She stressed that she was no longer worried adding that she loves its deep, cultural essence and significance brought back.

Meanwhile, Adetiba is working on ‘brotherhood,’ a follow up project to her web series, ‘King Women.’

This move is coming following the success of her feature film as a producer and director, ‘King Of Boys’.

Adetiba, a New York Film Academy alumna also known as `Bruce Lee of Visuals,’ after years of directing great music videos, has positioned herself as a filmmaker to watch out for in Nollywood. (NNN)
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Gov Lalong inaugurates advisory committee on community policing

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Friday inaugurated a 17-member State Advisory Committee on community policing.

The committee is expected to supervise and guide the state government in the implementation of the community policing policy programme.

Lalong, in a brief speech at the ceremony, said that the committee was the highest custodian of community policing charged with handling all matters in that regard.

He said that the committee comprised of critical stakeholders such as the Chairman, Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, and the Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, who would serve as co-chairmen.

“With this array of distinguished personalities assembled in this Committee, I have no doubt that the massive wealth of experience gathered by them will be deployed into providing leadership that will make community policing a success.

“The Federal Government, which nominated you for this critical assignment, shall be expecting nothing less than your very best.

“In the same vein, the government and people of Plateau will also be looking up to you to act in the best interest of peace and security,” he said.

Lalong charged the members to be focused and resolute in carrying out their assignment, urging them to shun every distraction that could arise from religious, ethnic or political pressures.

“You should also be determined to overcome any attempt by criminals and their sponsors to drag you into controversies aimed at scuttling your assignment.

“You must resist these tendencies by remaining faithful and patriotic to your task,” he said.

He said that security was a major priority of his administration, adding that efforts had been put in place to overcome the crises that bedeviled the state in recent years.

He regretted that Plateau was still confronted with crimes such as banditry, kidnapping, robbery and violent clashes that had continued to threaten the tranquility of the land.

“It is to nip such criminal tendencies in the bud that we became one of the first States to adopt the Community Policing Option in securing the lives and properties of our people,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, had commended Lalong’s efforts toward tackling security issues in the state.

Represented by the Deputy IGP in charge of Development and Training, Mr Shehu Lawal, he said that community policing was to complement the duties of the Police Force.

He said that other committees to work with the advisory committee were the Area command and Divisional Police advisory committees on community policing, explaining that the later would work with ward heads and local government chairmen.

The IGP said that the committees, which comprise of critical stakeholders such as security agencies, religious and traditional leaders, were to facilitate ownership of the programme and its success.

According to him, the Divisional Police Committee is primarily for community awareness and sensitisation, and the screening of those to be recruited in the communities.

“It is a voluntary service and will not engage hooligans; only responsible persons will be screened, recruited and trained,” he said.

The Gbong Gwong Jos and Chairman, Council of Chiefs and Emirs in Plateau, Jacob Buba, who spoke on behalf of the committee, assured the governor that members would discharge their duties diligently.

He commended Lalong for championing security in the state, while praying to God to guide the committee to facilitate peace.

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