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Jos residents not aware of World Happiness Day

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As the world celebrates Happiness Day on March 20, some residents of Jos say they are not aware of the event.

The day was originally conceptualised and founded  in 2006 by Jayme Illien, the Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations New World Order project, to promote happiness among people of the world.

But the residents of the tin city told Nigeria News Agency that they were unaware of the existence and celebration of such day.

Mr Isaac Abaa said that this was the first time that he was hearing about the day.

Abaa, however, said that happiness was a relative term,depending on the situation one found himself.

“I am not happy because of the situation in the country, but I am making deliberate efforts not to be sad,”he said .

He said that eating his wife’s special delicacy and answering challenging questions from his children after school were the only things that were making him happy.

Another resident, MrJeremiah James, also said he was not aware of the day, but that the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was making him sad because schools and places of worship were being shut down.

 “The spread of coronavirus has affected the level of my happiness because we heard that, school’s and places of worship will be shut down and it is a thing of concern,” he said.

But Miss Blessing Gokum says she is happy for being alive to celebrate her sister’s graduation from nursing school.

“I am very happy today because today is my sister’s graduating from nursing school.

“Happiness is free, therefore I try to be happy and also make the people around me happy,” Gokum said.

Miss Shantel David, a student of Plateau State University, Bokkos, said that she was sad because of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities  (ASUU).

David said that the ASUU strikes were making students  to stay in school beyond the expected period.

She further said that the fear of the Coronavirus and the attendant economic downturn were causing untold hardships to her.

Miss Cynthia Mancha on her part, also said said that the coronavirus had affected her state of happiness as many innocent people were losing there lives to the disease.

“Today is World Happiness Day, but as I am talking to you now I am mourning, mourning the innocent souls that lost their lives around the world because of the disease.

 “The fast spread of the virus is really causing chaos and anxiety in our society today.

  “I am advising people, especially those being quarantined not to lose hope on life and to also to focus their energy on being happy,” Mancha said

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
(NAN)

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Police parade fake soldier in Jos

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The Police Command in Plateau has paraded one John Ladong of Gero community of Jos South Local Government Area of the state, for personating as a Captain of the Nigeria Army.

Mr Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner in charge of the command, paraded the suspect before newsmen on Saturday in Jos.

The commissioneer explained that the suspect was arrested and handed over to the police by operatives of  ‘Operation Safe Haven’ (OPSH), a special task force maintenaning peace in the state.

Egbuka explained that the suspect,who was arrested on May 18 at Riyom, was also putting on a full army camouflage uniform, and driving an army coloured Peugeot 206 vehicle.

“After arrest, the personnel of OPSH transfered the suspect and handed over to our Area Command in Bukuru.

“Upon interrogation, it was established that suspect was not a military personnel,” the CP said.

Egbuka said 15 sets of army and Air Force  uniforms, 15 forcecom sim cards, two pairs of military boots, one jack knife, and other items were found in the suspect’s possession.

The commissioner said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were  concluded.

Speaking to NAN, the suspect regretted his act and pleaded that justice be tampered  with mercy.

He also confessed that he was once a personnel of the Nigerian Air Force but was dismissed from service as a Lance Corporal for mutiny.

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Fury hopes to ‘give fans what they want’ with Joshua showdown

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Tyson Fury said he was eager to give British boxing fans what they want by fighting Anthony Joshua for the undisputed world heavyweight title, but said the duo must focus on their immediate opponents to make such a match happen.

Fury won the WBC title in Las Vegas three months ago with a seventh-round stoppage of Deontay Wilder.

Joshua defeated Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in a December rematch in Saudi Arabia to reclaim his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles.

Joshua’s next fight is with mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev, but their bout, scheduled for June 20, was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Fury will take on Wilder in a rematch later this year.

“If I get knocked out by Wilder, then it won’t be on, will it?

“It’ll be another fight with Wilder… If he loses to Pulev, so close, but so far.

“In heavyweight boxing, you can never count your chickens before they hatch, so one fight at a time, one victory at a time,” Fury told Sky Sports.

Fury said a meeting with Joshua had the potential to be the biggest match since Britons Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno fought in 1993.

“All going well, God willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown, and I can give the fans what they want to see, especially the British fans,” he promised.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/ (NAN)

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6.1-magnitude quake hits San Jose del Cabo, Mexico — USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 173 km southeast of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico at 0846 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 22.4028 degrees north latitude and 108.1636 degrees west longitude.

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Eid el Fitr: Jos residents lament hike in prices of commodities

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Some residents of Jos in Plateau have lamented hike in prices of commodities as a result of the Eid El fitr.

Residents, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Friday, said the increase was outrageous.

Zuwaira Hamza, a housewife,  resident  in Katako,  said that she went to the popular Faringada market to buy tomatoes but was unable to.

“The small basket of tomatoes I usually buy at the cost of N800 is now sold for N1,400, it is just too expensive,” Hamza said.

Helen Pam, a trader who buys to sell at home,  said that long pepper popularly known as shombo was sold for N600 for a four litre paint bucket before but  now  it sold  for N1,000.

Mariam Danni, a teacher said that a  medium-sized basket of tomatoes which was sold for N1500 was now sold for N2,800.

Alhaji Gambo Umar, a tomatoes trader, said that the cost of transporting the commodities from the farm to the market was the reason for the hike in price.

“The pandemic is the reason for all these problems, the farmers now pay more money to  transport goods because of the lockdown,” Umar said.

Mrs Margaret Emeka, who lives in Apata, said that the yams she bought for N1,200 before was now sold for N2,000.

NAN reports that at the Bukuru and Building materials market, residents were seen buying just little quantities  as most  commodities were unaffordable.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Police confirm killing of Unijos lecturer, arrest one suspect

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The Police Command in Plateau has confirmed the killing of Dr Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer with the University of Jos, by gunmen.

Mr Edward Egbuka, the Commissioner in-charge of the command confirmed the incident at a news briefing on Sunday in Jos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that gunmen stormed the residence of the deceased in the early hours of Saturday, shot him and kidnapped his six-year-old daughter.

According to Egbuka, the police immediately mobilised to the scene and engaged the criminals in a gun duel  and arrested one of them.

He also confirmed that the kidnapped daughter of the deceased was also rescued from the abductors.

“Yesterday, at about 5:30 a.m., we received a distress call  from Road 6, University senior staff quarters, Jos, where some hoodlums entered the house of one Dr Nandi Drenkat, a lecturer with the University of Jos, shot him and kidnapped his six-year-old daughter.

“Immediately we received  the information, a combined team of conventional police men, mobile men, the anti kidnapping unit, vigilantes and hunters were deployed to the hilly  areas where the kidnapped victim was suspected to have been kept.

“The scene was thoroughly combed and in the process, the kidnappers were sighted on the hills and there was a gun duel between them and the security men.

“In the process one of the kidnappers, Ali Mohammed, was shot on his right leg and was  arrested with one AK 47 rifle and 29 rounds of live ammunition was recovered.

 “Consequently, the deceased kidnapped daughter alongside another victim, Chiboze Joseph, were rescued unhurt,” he said.

The commissioner said after preliminary interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime, adding that he would be charged to court after investigation.

He said that manhunt for other fleeing members of the gang continued and vowed that the command would not rest on its oars until they are arrested.

The commissioner, however, regretted that one of the hunters was shot during the gun duel and was later confirmed dead.

Egbuka appealed to Plateau residents with useful information that would lead to arrest of the remaining criminals to avail it to the police.

He also called on the residents of the state to promptly report any suspicious movements around their vicinities to the security agencies

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Jos undergraduate’s killing: NHRC begins investigation

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The North Central Office of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said it had began investigation into the killing of Rinji Bala, a 300 level student of the University of Jos.

Mrs Grace Pam, its Zonal Coordinator, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Jos, adding that the action had contravened the fundamental right to life as contained in the 1999 constitution as amended.

News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the 20-year-old student, a resident of Hwolshe community in Jos South Local Government Area (LGA), of the state, was reportedly killed by a member of a security task force on May 12.

Bala was arrested that night alongside six others by the task force personnel who were on patrol, but was later released after interrogation, and having been found innocent.

The deceased was shot a few metres away from the gate of the sector by one of the members of the task force, where he and others were reportedly interrogated.

NAN also reports that the task force, through its Media Officer, Maj. Ibrahim Shittu, admitted and confirmed the incident, adding that the personnel involved in the act had been arrested and detained.

Pam promised that the commission would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators were brought to book, in accordance with its mandate.

“The National Human Rights Commission has condemned in strong terms the torture and gruesome killing of Rinji Bala, a student of the University of Jos by security personnel.

“This is inhuman and a gross violation of his right to life as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended and other international human rights instruments that Nigeria is signatory to.

“Consequently,  the Commission has began investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing of the young man and will leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to book.

“This is in line with the Commission’s mandate of monitoring, investigating and enforcing human rights of all citizens,” she said.

Pam assured the family of the deceased and members of the public that the commission would not rest on its oars until all those involved in the destardly act were fished out and brought to Justice.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Medics work at San Jose Hospital in Santiago

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Health workers transport a COVID-19 patient at San Jose Hospital in Santiago, Chile, May 15, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua)

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Group wants open investigation into Jos undergraduate’s killing

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A Jos-based NGO, Youth Initiative Against Violence & Human Rights Abuse (YIAVHA), has called on the Plateau government and Nigeria Army, to conduct transparent investigation into the killing of Rinji Bala, a 300 level student of University of Jos.

Bala was allegedly gunned down by a military personnel attached to the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), in Jos.

Executive Director of the Organisation, Mr Jacob Pwakim, made the call in a statement on Friday in Jos, insisting that an open investigation on the incident would restore confidence of the people on the military.

The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the 20-year old student, a resident of Hwolshe community in Jos South Local Government Area (LGA), of the state, was reportedly killed by a member of the task force on Tuesday.

Bala was arrested that night alongside six others by the task force personnel, who were on patrol, but was later released after interrogation, and having been found innocent.

The deceased was shot a few metres away from the gate of the sector by one of the members of the task force, where he and others were reportedly interrogated.

NAN also reports that the task force, through its Media Officer, Maj. Ibrahim Shittu, admitted and confirmed the incident, adding that the personnel involved in the act had been arrested and detained.

Pwakim, who described the incident as “unfortunate”, said a thorough and open probe and prosecution of those involved in the act, would go a long way in pacifying the people.

“It is unfortunate that we lost Rinji Bala, a promising Plateau youth, by the negligence of those who are paid to safeguard our lives and properties.

“This sad incident is one too many of reported cases of unprofessional conducts and engagements by security personnel, who have been tasked to ensure lasting peace in the state.

“We call on the commissioner of police, army authorities in Operation Safe Haven, and the Plateau State Government, to investigate this act.

“We also call on the authorities to show solidarity with the family of the deceased and administer a transparent process of investigation, and most likely prosecution that restores public confidence in the government and security agencies.

“Especially at this moment that everyone needs to be on board to prevent the spread of COVID 19,” Pwakim stated.

The director, however, urged members of the public, particularly the youths, to be law-abiding and observe safety measures outlined by government and health professionals.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

 

 

 

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Lawmaker condemns killing of Jos undergraduate, calls for probe 

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Mr Yusuf Gagdi, a member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau in the House of Representatives, has condemned the killing of a student, Rinji Bala by a member of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in the state.

Gagdi, who made this condemnation in a statement on Thursday in Jos, also called on the military authority to probe the killing of Bala, a 300 level student of the University of Jos.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Bala, a  20-year old resident of Hwolshe community of Jos South Local Government Area of the state was killed by a member of the task force on Tuesday night.

Rinji was arrested that night alongside six others by the task force personnel, who were on patrol, but was later released after interrogation, having been found innocent.

NAN also reports that the task force, through its Media Officer, Maj. Ibrahim Shittu, admitted and confirmed the incident, adding that the person involved in the act had been arrested and detained.

 Gagdi, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate”, promised that the perpetrator would not go unpunished.

“I wish to express my sadness and grief over the gruesome killing of one of my very young and vibrant constituents, Rinji Bala by a member of Operation Safe Haven.

“This sad incident is one too many of reported cases of unprofessional conducts and engagements by security personnel, who have been tasked to ensure lasting peace in the state.

“I wish to call on the military authority to unravel the officer involved in this unprofessional act and be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Gagdi condoled with the family of the deceased, the Ngas Nation and all Plateau citizens on the unfortunate incident, and prayed God to grant them the fortitude and grace to bear the loss.

The lawmaker also admonished Plateau residents, particularly the youth to be law abiding and obey government directives in the management of coronavirus in the state.

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