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ezyvic
Dec 30, 2008, 12:33 AM
A very very interesting case. If the constitutional reformers listen carefully, they might hear the voice for practical true federalism.

Plateau governor sues Yar’Adua over Jos crisis
By Tobi Soniyi and Jude Owuamanam
Published: Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008
http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art200812302334446

Does the President have the power to inquire into any violence in the 36 states of the Federation?

This is a question that may soon be answered by the Supreme Court which has been asked by the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, to order President Umaru Yar’Adua to stop meddling in the aftermath of the November 28, 2008 Jos crisis.

Jang, who is sueing on behalf of the state, has invoked the original jurisdiction of the apex court by requesting it to stop a panel set up by President Yar’Adua from probing the unrest in which hundreds of lives and properties worth millions of naira were lost.

The state also wrote a letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, advising the President to respect the rule of law.

The rule of law is the cardinal principle driving the seven-point agenda of the Yar’Adua administration.

Aondoakaa is the second respondent to the suit filed on Monday and which coincided with the constitution of a committee by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, to review the security situation in Jos.

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent reads in part, “We have no doubt that upon reading this letter and the processes attached, you would, in your characteristic manner, find it the least service you owe to the rule of law to advise the defendants to tread the path of the rule of law and direct the chairman and members of the administrative panel mentioned above not to sit or function until the Supreme Court would have determined the case.”

In the suit filed by Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Jang asked the Supreme Court to declare that Yar’Adua had no power under the 1999 Constitution or the Tribunal of Inquiry Act 1966 (now to be found in Cap T21 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) to constitute a tribunal or appoint any person or group of persons by whatever name called to inquire into the Jos unrest.

He also requested the court to hold that the power to constitute a tribunal to inquire into the violence was a residual matter on which only the state House of Assembly was competent to make law vide section 4(7) of the constitution.

Consequently, Jang urged the court to grant an injunction restraining the panel from inquiring into the Jos mayhem.

Similarly, he sought an injunction restraining the Federal Government and its agents from directing anyone or a body of persons to sit or continue to sit as a tribunal purporting under the Tribunal of Enquiry Act on the disturbance.

Yar’Adua had on December 25, 2008 constituted an administrative panel headed by Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye (Rtd.) to inquire into the Jos crisis. Other members of the panel are Mr. Festus Okoye, Ambassador G.B. Preware, Ambassador Fatai Sa’ad Abubakar and Alhaji Musa Shafi’l (Secretary).

The terms of reference of the panel include looking into the cause or causes of the crisis; and identifying those responsible for it .

In an affidavit sworn to by the Director of Civil Litigation in the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Florence Lotben, the state said Yar’Adua had no power to meddle in a crisis involving residents of Jos North Local Government Area.

She added in the affidavit which was attached to the originating summons that, “The right or power to conduct any inquiry into the said Jos crisis of 28th November 2008 belongs exclusively to the Plateau State Government as a residual matter.

“The act of the Federal Government in setting up the said administrative panel of inquiry into the said Jos crisis is calculated to usurp the constitutional power vested in the Plateau State Government for reasons best known to the Federal Government.”

Jang said that Yar’Adua did not consult him before setting up the panel to investigate events that took place within his jurisdiction.

Pending the time the apex court will hear the originating summons, Fagbemi filed a motion on notice seeking an order preserving the res in the case.

The Senior Advocate also asked the Supreme Court to stop the Federal Government from accepting the report of the committee.

He added that if the recommendations in the report had been accepted, the Federal Government should be stopped from acting on them.

Meanwhile, the security committee set up by Dike met with Jang on Monday.

The Chairman of the committee, Maj. Gen. K. A Role, told the governor that the members were in Jos to assess its security situation and make recommendations, especially on the curfew in some parts of the city.

He said that the team would, among others, monitor the security agents deployed in the city and interact with some residents of the state.

Responding, the governor advocated the amendment of the constitution to give governors the powers to control security agencies in their states, especially in times of crisis.

Jang expressed regret that a considerable time was wasted between the commencement of the crisis and the deployment of security agencies.

He told the committee the efforts he had made to ensure peace and security in Jos and other parts of the state. He said that he had purchased some Hilux Pick- Up vans to ensure an effective patrol of all the nook and crannies of the capital city.

He also advised that in order to avoid a backlash, the Federal Government should set up similar committee in other troubled spots.

Felix
Dec 30, 2008, 01:37 AM
Nice move! Yaradua and his group have been acting silly on the Jos crises from day one , maybe because the almajiri killing machine spiced with imported fanatics from Niger and Chad met some resistance from the locals, folks are going to be purnished for refusing to be slaughtered..Even his wife going to the shamefull extent of acting like she was taking sides during her recent visit to Jos..It is obvious this nonsense of a "panel" might be a prelude to declaring another state of emergency to impose a government favourable to some interest gruops in Jos so it is better nipped in the bud! Let the government and people of Jos handle that...Where are the actions on the reports of the endless panels from Kano through Bauchi to Kaduna masscers??

Tsohon Soja
Dec 30, 2008, 01:55 AM
I like this angle to events in Nigeria.

The fact that the Governor of a state is the chief security officer of his State is not in doubt, despite the fact that he hasn't the security apparatus to carryout this responsibility. The President Commander-in-Chief hold all these instruments of national power. The issue now is more or less onarguements over juridical powers.

Lets see how our jurist will handle this epoch-making venture from Jonah Jang's administration. This is the beauty of democracy.

I hope the case turns out well on any side. But I hope the ultimate judgement will find favourable inferences for those of us who believe that State governors should also not meddle in local government matters, just as they challenge the powers of the President over their own turf. The problem of the underdevelopment of Nigeria lies in the problem of local government administration, where state governors operate them like their toilets (forgive my language).

As it stands now, a governor can by fiat suspend and even remove a local government chairman. Also, the contentious issue of state-local government accounts is still on the ground.

This is fantastic. Issues are indeed coming up at the right time when the constitution has been tested over 10 years now and is good with the experiences garnered for a good review.

Despite all, I am one of the 'few'(?), who beleives that the our slavish and half-hearted 'xeroxing' of the American Constitution, not minding our history and culture difference will only contort our nation and our lives.

It is however good to have a foundation.

Auspicious
Dec 30, 2008, 02:15 AM
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I like this piece of news.

Maybe it will spell the end of the Era where Nigerian Presidents act like Feudal Overlords (or Village Headmasters) over the rest of the country that was originally intended to be operating under a Federal Democratic System of Government where the powers of everyone is clearly defined.

We will continue to watch this space.

Auspicious.

MrOneNaija
Dec 30, 2008, 04:16 AM
BEYOND THE LEGAL POSTURE

An interesting situation! Nevertheless, neither Jang (and his government) nor other relevant authorities and persons should seek to hide behind the cover of litigation to avoid taking blame for what went wrong in Jos recently. More importantly, nobody should be seen as standing in the way of an equitable, long-lasting and enlightened way out of the Jos-North quagmire.

Let us for the sake of argument envision a situation whereby the Supreme Court (SC) accedes to the request by the Plateau state governor. Jang will have his way and thereafter proceed to cause the constitution of a body to supposedly investigate the recent Jos mayhem. In the highly polarized politics of Jos where Jang and his government are said to have become part and parcel of the problem there, what are the chances that a process initiated by Jang will enjoy the moral support of a critical mass of the people who will be most affected by any decisions reached at the end of the day? Another pertinent question thus arises: How does Jang's legal posture substantially aid in the search for a solution to the Jos crisis? Can peace be anticipated outside of the framework being envisaged by either the state or the federal government?

Finally, what is Jang up to apart from his reported fear - irrational, in my opinion - that the federal government committee may be a prelude to a declaration of a state of emergency in Plateau ?

Bill Carson
Dec 30, 2008, 10:23 AM
Am beginning to like that Old man Jang....,

valteena
Dec 30, 2008, 12:03 PM
BEYOND THE LEGAL POSTURE

An interesting situation! Nevertheless, neither Jang (and his government) nor other relevant authorities and persons should seek to hide behind the cover of litigation to avoid taking blame for what went wrong in Jos recently. More importantly, nobody should be seen as standing in the way of an equitable, long-lasting and enlightened way out of the Jos-North quagmire.

Let us for the sake of argument envision a situation whereby the Supreme Court (SC) accedes to the request by the Plateau state governor. Jang will have his way and thereafter proceed to cause the constitution of a body to supposedly investigate the recent Jos mayhem. In the highly polarized politics of Jos where Jang and his government are said to have become part and parcel of the problem there, what are the chances that a process initiated by Jang will enjoy the moral support of a critical mass of the people who will be most affected by any decisions reached at the end of the day? Another pertinent question thus arises: How does Jang's legal posture substantially aid in the search for a solution to the Jos crisis? Can peace be anticipated outside of the framework being envisaged by either the state or the federal government?

Finally, what is Jang up to apart from his reported fear - irrational, in my opinion - that the federal government committee may be a prelude to a declaration of a state of emergency in Plateau ?


In as much as I understand your point, I would say that the federal government can also be said to be part and parcel of the problem in Jos as well. We all know that the problem in jos goes far deeper than the current election crisis that precipitated it.

Also, this is not the first of such crisis in Jos with the Federal government intervention as well. And as someone already pointed out, what came out of the previous enquiry into all the palavers we've had in different parts of the country. Have they cease to reoccur?

Offcourse not. What we've witnessed todate is the irresponsibility of all our leaders and their penchant for whipping up our political, ethnic or tribal and religion differences which continue to facilitate killings around our country.

To that extent, the Federal government is not better positioned to resolve this problem than the state government is. Their track record so far does not indicate different.

Having said that I believe it is an interesting constitutional development to clearify and uphold the roles and limits of the different arm of government as entrenched in our constitution and other statute.

Some very valid issues have been raised here. Like not consulting or working together with the government of the state concerned before setting up the panel to investigate events that took place within his jurisdiction.

If we are for any reason disatisfy with any aspect of these role definition, then we should do right thing to redress such. Reviewing the constitution. But until that is done, we are obligated to be guided and abide by the what our present constitution says.

What we are wont to do most often is turn blind eye and justifying the abuse of our constitution and laws with the excuse that such actions are good intentioned or in the interest of the generality of the people.

We forget that our constitution and other laws so made are there for the good of all of us and adhering by them will ultimately turn out to serve the good of all.

So Yep I am keenly interested in seeing how this turns out.

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 02:00 PM
It is high time we set straight on the path of true federalism. What is Yardy's business..and the federal government has never been known to be good adjudicators in issues even those affecting the central government anyway. All those white paper panel reports end up calcifying in the cravesces of Aso Rock.

afaukwu
Dec 30, 2008, 02:12 PM
Jang would have been right if we were a true federation. However, the last time one checked, Jos is still part of the nation governed by the president (I do not care that the incumbent is named Yaradua) with a duty to defend and protect the integrity of its whole and part. If it is good that the FGN should be the sole provider of Jos' monthly financial accruals, if the FGN is expected to come to the aid of Jos citizens mowed down by the incessant internecine strife, by desertification/erosion, or other man-made and natural harzards, then it should also be involved in determining what and how the craze (Jos killings) came about in the first place. Whether the outcome of any such investigations will be implemented remains another story. Andooaka is from the middle belt, more or less a Jos man; so lets see what he has to do/ say on this. Would he strike his middle belt brothers in the back?

Much as I detest the hateful excesses of the Hausa Fulani, I am persuaded to ask the question:does Jang have anything to hide?

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 02:15 PM
Much as I detest the hateful excesses of the Hausa Fulani, I am persuaded to ask the question:does Jang have anything to hide?

If Jang has anything to hide, then he very well be in better position to support the FG move cos there is no better way to hide it. How many FG reports have you seen or read? Even the Oputa report is secret and nothing came of it even after the public show!

Truth is, Jang was "elected" by the people of Plateau- and he should be allowed to do his job. Yardy should stick to his own job and do it more expeditously. Perhaps he should start by getting to work early and stop being tardy on the budget. Poke noser.

afaukwu
Dec 30, 2008, 02:23 PM
If Jang has anything to hide, then he very well be in better position to support the FG move cos there is no better way to hide it. How many FG reports have you seen or read? Even the Oputa report is secret and nothing came of it even after the public show!

Truth is, Jang was "elected" by the people of Plateau- and he should be allowed to do his job. Yardy should stick to his own job and do it more expeditously. Perhaps he should start by getting to work early and stop being tardy on the budget. Poke noser.

Were Jos citizens part of those who "elected" Yardy? If so, does he not have a stake in Jos affairs?
Plus, how far do you think a state (Plateau)-engineered report would go in a mad country like Nigeria? Can Jos implement the outcome of its report in a Nigeria, which we know clearly the result already -in favor of Jos?

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 02:32 PM
Were Jos citizens part of those who "elected" Yardy? If so, does he not have a stake in Jos affairs?
Plus, how far do you think a state (Plateau)-engineered report would go in a mad country like Nigeria? Can Jos implement the outcome of its report in a Nigeria, which we know clearly the result already -in favor of Jos?

Please read the constitution. There is no confusion here except you are trying to create one. There is a necessary intersect between federal and state jurisdiction, but there are also limitations: that is why the exclusive, concurrent and residual lists are effective instruments in our federal system.

The crisis happened within Plateau state only, and since it was not an inter state affair, a need for federal jurisdiction will be far fetched. That is a key federalism principle.

afaukwu
Dec 30, 2008, 02:37 PM
Please read the constitution. There is no confusion here except you are trying to create one. There is a necessary intersect between federal and state jurisdiction, but there are also limitations: that is why the exclusive, concurrent and residual lists are effective instruments in our federal system.

The crisis happened within Plateau state only, and since it was not inter state affair, a need for federal jurisdiction will be far fetched. That is a key federalism principle.

Thanks for expantiating;but I am just wondering, considering that it is obviously an inter-ethnic affair, albeit that it happened in one state. I am far from being a Nigerian constitutional expert. In any case, do we even have a constitution worthy of reading?:lol:

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 02:42 PM
Thanks for expantiating;but I am just wondering, considering that it is obviously an inter-ethnic affair, albeit that it happened in one state

So what if it is inter ethnic? Most states in Nigeria have more than one ethnic group. Delta state has 14-18 indegenous ethnic groups not counting the soujourners. It is the responsibility of Plateau state government to protect ALL nigerians within her borders- indegenous or not and I don't think the FG can do a better job at it. Has Yardy protected Nigerians enough from the foreign enemies like Cameroon or Chad for which he has sole jurisdiction? May be Yardy should start taking protecting Nigeria's territorial integrity more serious which is a core responsibility of his before worrying about local issues that seriously is not his business: at least at this point.

The National Assembly is always in place (with its diverse ethnic representation) to intervene in Plateau if justice is not done by the state government(I don't trust the executive arm of the FG to do that since it is not a good representative in diversity terms anyway). But I am won't to wait and let Plateau act on its problem before the FG rush in like they are any better problem solvers: especially given that they created a vast majority of those animosities breeding today with the Iwu like LG elections and the LG creation mechanism under the military

afaukwu
Dec 30, 2008, 02:48 PM
So what if it is inter ethnic? Most states in Nigeria have more than one ethnic group. Delta state has 14-18 indegenous ethnic groups not counting the soujourners. It is the responsibility of Plateau state government to protect ALL nigerians within her borders- indegenous or not and I don't think the FG can do a better job at it. Has Yardy protected Nigerians enough from the foreign enemies like Cameroon or Chad for which he has sole jurisdiction? May be Yardy should start taking protecting Nigeria's territorial integrity more serious which is a core responsibility of his before worrying about local issues that seriously is not his business: at least at this point.

The National Assembly is always in place (with its diverse ethnic representation) to intervene in Plateau if justice is not done by the state government(I don't trust the executive arm of the FG to do that since it is not a good representative in diversity terms anyway). But I am won't to wait and let Plateau act on its problem before the FG rush in like they are any better problem solvers: especially given that they created a vast majority of those animosities breeding today with the Iwu like LG elections and the LG creation mechanism under the military

This is, apparently, a different kind of inter-ethnic affair: indigenous people versus the non-indigenous, yet self-proclaiming almighty Hausa Fulani (:lol:). Jang has a long way to go on this matter.

My own solution is for acomplete scrapping of this indigene thing, and even imposing prison terms on its violation.

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 02:54 PM
This is, apparently, a different kind of inter-ethnic affair: indigenous people versus the non-indigenous, yet self-proclaiming almighty Hausa Fulani (:lol:). Jang has a long way to go on this matter.

My own solution is for acomplete scrapping of this indigene thing, and even imposing prison terms on its violation.

Well, let Jang take a bite at it first. You cannot accuse one of not acting if you don't allow them to act. Even then (if Jang fails to act), it is the national assembly (with its investigative power intact) that should look into the mattter not the executive which has far more important business on its hands that is has shown so far of being never up to. Even the indegenous matter is a legislative matter, not Yardy's business. It is time to stop this idea of imperial presidency.

afaukwu
Dec 30, 2008, 03:03 PM
Well, let Jang take a bite at it first. You cannot accuse one of not acting if you don't allow them to act. Even then (if Jange fails to act), it is the national assembly (with its investigative power intact) that should look into the mattter not the executive which has far more important business on its hands that is has shown so far of being never up to. Even the indegenous matter is a legislative matter, not Yardy's business. It is time to stop this idea of imperial presidency.

Well, let's see what the Yardy-engineered courts will say, though I will be happy if true federalism, non-indigenousness and non-federal character are not the case in Nigeria.

I DO NOT SEE THE COURT STOPPING YARADUA FROM THIS INVESTIGATION:

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 03:12 PM
Well, let's see what the Yardy-engineered courts will say, though I will be happy if true federalism, non-indigenousness and non-federal character are not the case in Nigeria.

I DO NOT SEE THE COURT STOPPING YARADUA FROM THIS INVESTIGATION:

Time will tell.

Lalakokofefe
Dec 30, 2008, 03:13 PM
There is more to this than meets the ordinary eye.

I am asking myself why Jang will want to stop an inquiry into the cause(s) of the riots. Does he not want to know? Or does he know already, and is trying to stop us from knowing?

I know the arguments about federalism and all that .... but last time i checked, Jos is still part of Nigeria. It is still within Nigeria. It gets an allocation from the Nigerian government every month. It cannot survive without subventions from the Nigerian government. And Yardy is still the head of that government.

Interesting development none the less.

afaukwu
Dec 30, 2008, 03:16 PM
There is more to this that meets the ordinary eye.

I am asking myself why Jang will want to stop an inquiry into the cause(s) of the riots. Does he not want to know? Or does he know already, and is trying to stop us from knowing?

I know the arguments about federalism and all that .... but last time i checked, Jos is still part of Nigeria. It is still within Nigeria. It gets an allocation from the Nigerian government every month. It cannot survive without subventions from the Nigerian government. And Yardy is still the head of that government.

Interesting development none the less.

That which Jang seeks is DEAD ON ARRIVAL

easekieled
Dec 30, 2008, 03:51 PM
BEYOND THE LEGAL POSTURE

An interesting situation! Nevertheless, neither Jang (and his government) nor other relevant authorities and persons should seek to hide behind the cover of litigation to avoid taking blame for what went wrong in Jos recently. More importantly, nobody should be seen as standing in the way of an equitable, long-lasting and enlightened way out of the Jos-North quagmire.

Let us for the sake of argument envision a situation whereby the Supreme Court (SC) accedes to the request by the Plateau state governor. Jang will have his way and thereafter proceed to cause the constitution of a body to supposedly investigate the recent Jos mayhem. In the highly polarized politics of Jos where Jang and his government are said to have become part and parcel of the problem there, what are the chances that a process initiated by Jang will enjoy the moral support of a critical mass of the people who will be most affected by any decisions reached at the end of the day? Another pertinent question thus arises: How does Jang's legal posture substantially aid in the search for a solution to the Jos crisis? Can peace be anticipated outside of the framework being envisaged by either the state or the federal government?

Finally, what is Jang up to apart from his reported fear - irrational, in my opinion - that the federal government committee may be a prelude to a declaration of a state of emergency in Plateau ?

You sounded like you have a problem with Jang, if you dont then face the issue differently and lets see what the courts will come up with. Jang is not the problem of Plateau but the minority settlers(hausa fulani)... if you dont want to say it...at any given point they are willing to kill if you are not one of them. Was Jang in Kaduna, Kano or Bauchi?
I feel Jang has been fair to all people living on the Plateau...the Ministers dropped by UMYA, one was a hausa Fulani man claiming Plateau, he served as a minister under this administration( he is originally from Sokoto).
Show me one state in Nigeria where that is possible. Plateau is the only state that you find people originally from different states contest and win elections in the state.Is it possible to attempt that in Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, or even Enugu?
Show me the result of OBJs emergency rule...
Please the courts should do their thing...
Tell this sleeping president to control his little saucy wife... as well as the Sultan of Sokoto who said the fight is not over... words of wisdom to them....Plateau people ate dogs, eat dogs and are eating dogs and will eat dogs again!

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 03:59 PM
There is more to this than meets the ordinary eye.

I am asking myself why Jang will want to stop an inquiry into the cause(s) of the riots. Does he not want to know? Or does he know already, and is trying to stop us from knowing?

I know the arguments about federalism and all that .... but last time i checked, Jos is still part of Nigeria. It is still within Nigeria. It gets an allocation from the Nigerian government every month. It cannot survive without subventions from the Nigerian government. And Yardy is still the head of that government.

Interesting development none the less.

Again the governor is conducting his own inquiry at the state level, all he is asking for is for the FG to mind their business. And please let us stop the ignorance (by saying "is Jos not part of Nigera?") when the issue at hand has evidently not crossed state line or is not contained in the exclusive legislative list: then it is no federal business; of course the justices are free to determine that the FG can act if the risk of crossing state line exists in which case this action will suffice. But first, let the courts have their say. It is democracy in action.

Cos we have always done it some shoddy way doesn't mean we should continue that way. We can create bigger problems by using the easy back door route- which is what very well began this problem. Was it not an ill conducted national election that created a template for this crisis in the first place?


That which Jang seeks is DEAD ON ARRIVAL

Nothing is dead on arrival until the justices speak...you may be surprised, the SC have sided with states 8 out of 10 times; go ask Tinubu and Fashola in Lagos.

Tsohon Soja
Dec 30, 2008, 04:10 PM
I spent sometimes yesternight reading the Nigerian constitution, though with a novices eye. The President really has no powers for such as I could see. But as the nation's chief security officer, he has implied powers. Practically, this was why the executive had to place its whole security apparatus on alert in all states of the federation, especially the Igbo, Hausa-Fulani states to forestall any reprisals that could have occasioned consequent the Jos stupidity.

The arm of government that apparently has clear responsibilities and powers to institute far reaching investigations at the federal level is clearly the National Assembly. They evidently have far reaching powers over states, short of removing state executives.

The issue of what is right so far from my perspective is who will declare a convening authority guilty if the authority is so duly found guilty. Can you be found guilty of an offence by your own court? That's the question. this questions could be answered against the light of election results returned by State electoral Commissions. Have we seen a commonality where parties other than the state governor's being returned winners? Is this not the problem that led to the Jos foolishness? So how would a tribunal constituted by Jang who already publically has given evidence to press and visitors that some quarter in the conflict hired merceneries from all sorts/parts of part of Africa. On the Federal side, how else could neutrality be shown with Hajiya Turai's clear partiality, in her visit to the internally displaced.

Aside juridical issues, moral issues are also on the line here.

Lalakokofefe
Dec 30, 2008, 04:13 PM
Nothing is dead on arrival until the justices speak...you may be surprised, the SC have sided with states 8 out of 10 times; go ask Tinubu and Fashola in Lagos.

But if they side with Jang in this case, is that a good thing?

Tsohon Soja
Dec 30, 2008, 04:31 PM
You sounded like you have a problem with Jang, if you dont then face the issue differently and lets see what the courts will come up with. Jang is not the problem of Plateau but the minority settlers(hausa fulani)... if you dont want to say it...at any given point they are willing to kill if you are not one of them. Was Jang in Kaduna, Kano or Bauchi?
I feel Jang has been fair to all people living on the Plateau...the Ministers dropped by UMYA, one was a hausa Fulani man claiming Plateau, he served as a minister under this administration( he is originally from Sokoto).
Show me one state in Nigeria where that is possible. Plateau is the only state that you find people originally from different states contest and win elections in the state.Is it possible to attempt that in Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, or even Enugu?
Show me the result of OBJs emergency rule...
Please the courts should do their thing...
Tell this sleeping president to control his little saucy wife... as well as the Sultan of Sokoto who said the fight is not over... words of wisdom to them....Plateau people ate dogs, eat dogs and are eating dogs and will eat dogs again!

A Hausa-Fulani man serving as Minister in plateau is what makes Jos a special case in Nigeria. If you are old enough or may recall from records. The most dreaded football team from Northern Nigeria in the 60s through the 70s was Plateau United or Mighty Jets of Jos. The team was composed of players like Ismaila Mado, Lawandi, Garba Okoye (interesting breed of an Igbo father and a Hausa-Fulani woman), Tijjani - George Best, Layiwola Olagbemiro, The Atuegbu Brothers etc. This was one symbol which examplifies the melting-pot that was Jos - The Jos-North in particular.

You also must have heard of the pride of all Plateau people in the singer Dan Maraya Plateau (A Hausa man). In fact the Hausa-Fulani of Jos see themselves not as typical Hausa-Fulani people, but an evolution called the 'Jasawa', a derivative of Jos, meaning 'the people of Jos'.

You may find this further reading interesting?

http://www.gamji.com/article8000/NEWS8370.htm

ezyvic
Dec 30, 2008, 05:38 PM
But if they side with Jang in this case, is that a good thing?

I would appreciate if the Supreme Court is allowed to interprete the constitution, considering the centralization of power and the abuse of such powers by the Federal Government. The States and Local Governemnts have also had their own differences, in terms of defining roles. Yes, Jang learnt from the past, recalling OBJ's use of 'state of emergency' to place Dariye in the cooler, while the issues remained unsolved. If the Federal Government requires a panel to establish what the problems are in Plateau State, then its a shame. The intelligence unit knows precisely who and where the problems are emanating from. Its time to look into past enquiries, update on latest intelligence reports, and of course, ACT. Act in partnership with the State Government to bring the murderes to book.

Ethnic and Religious crisis needs to be handled with care, but decisively. I recall the Zamfara-sharia episode, with the state imposing sharia laws, despite Nigeria being a secular State. The Federal Government failed to act, and deep inside me, I knew that a Federating system was the canopy under which the sharia law thrives. So, if Zamfara claims to practise sharia law, why do they accept monthly allocation gathered from taxes payed by breweries (one of the highest tax payers) that have been banned from operating in the state. I think the entire constitution needs to be looked into and the earlier states start challenging to expose the inadequacies of the constitution, the better for us all.

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 05:40 PM
But if they side with Jang in this case, is that a good thing?

Good is a relative term. If following the constitution as it is written, federal, is a good thing: then it is a good thing. The federal government of Nigeria is by far the last entity I want to adjudicate on any dispute especially on the state level. Lord knows how many boundless crisis and human lives have been lost due to federal intervention of elections, local government creation and even communal dispute on resources and resource allocation in the past 40 years. The federal government of Nigeria is the problem. It is wholly illegal, inefficient and utterly corrupt in its content, dealing and posture. Let us leave local people to solve their problem. The federal government has no magic wand, in fact it has the evil mess it up wand. If you doubt it, name one thing the federal government of Nigeria has done right in 40 years. I am waiting - even the anti-corruption drive under EFCC and common retaining Nigeria's boundaries at the eastern shores could not be done. Who dash monkey banana?

bob
Dec 30, 2008, 05:43 PM
Again the governor is conducting his own inquiry at the state level, all he is asking for is for the FG to mind their business. And please let us stop the ignorance (by saying "is Jos not part of Nigera?") when the issue at hand has evidently not crossed state line or is not contained in the exclusive legislative list: then it is no federal business; of course the justices are free to determine that the FG can act if the risk of crossing state line exists in which case this action will suffice. But first, let the courts have their say. It is democracy in action.

Cos we have always done it some shoddy way doesn't mean we should continue that way. We can create bigger problems by using the easy back door route- which is what very well began this problem. Was it not an ill conducted national election that created a template for this crisis in the first place?



Nothing is dead on arrival until the justices speak...you may be surprised, the SC have sided with states 8 out of 10 times; go ask Tinubu and Fashola in Lagos.


how can this impact the operations of the JTF?
on what mandate are the soldiers and sailors and airmen operating?
who renews this mandate periodically or is it perpetual?
still dizzy from the effects of buhari, ibb and abacha we give too much leverage to the federal govt.
i give kudos to jang and his team (i know we do not lack ideas men in nigeria) for asking this pertinent question.

busanga
Dec 30, 2008, 05:47 PM
how can this impact the operations of the JTF?
on what mandate are the soldiers and sailors and airmen operating?
who renews this mandate periodically or is it perpetual?
still dizzy from the effects of buhari, ibb and abacha we give too much leverage to the federal govt.
i give kudos to jang and his team (i know we do not lack ideas men in nigeria) for asking this pertinent question.

Bob, distinction has to be made between an intra-state crisis like this and an inter-state crisis like the Niger Delta's. The Niger Delta crisis involves more than one state and affects the territorial integrity of the nation and that evidently brings it under federal jurisdiction. Until we learn to follow consistent rules, the rule of law mantra will remain just an epiteth.

Osibinaebi
Dec 30, 2008, 05:53 PM
A Hausa-Fulani man serving as Minister in plateau is what makes Jos a special case in Nigeria. If you are old enough or may recall from records. The most dreaded football team from Northern Nigeria in the 60s through the 70s was Plateau United or Mighty Jets of Jos. The team was composed of players like Ismaila Mado, Lawandi, Garba Okoye (interesting breed of an Igbo father and a Hausa-Fulani woman), Tijjani - George Best, Layiwola Olagbemiro, The Atuegbu Brothers etc. This was one symbol which examplifies the melting-pot that was Jos - The Jos-North in particular.

You also must have heard of the pride of all Plateau people in the singer Dan Maraya Plateau (A Hausa man). In fact the Hausa-Fulani of Jos see themselves not as typical Hausa-Fulani people, but an evolution called the 'Jasawa', a derivative of Jos, meaning 'the people of Jos'.

You may find this further reading interesting?

http://www.gamji.com/article8000/NEWS8370.htm

TSOHON SOJA,
I quiet agree with the above, but the main problem is the OLIVER TWIST in the JASAWAs,within a small margin of error, i can say the Ogbomosho people in remote Nguru should have more stake in Nguru than the Jasawas in Jos, You just cannot mistake the Ogbomoshos in Nguru, but they dare not anticipate representing Nguru in any elective position , not because they do not have the wherewithal or that they will not win election, but the status quo remain that they are not indigiene of Nguru up to fouth generation men born and bred in Nguru. it is simply unacceptable to the oligarchy, or go to Sabo in Kano, how can an igbo think of being the chairman of Fagge without heads being detached from thier owners. So the earlier the Jasawas respect status quo the better it is for all of us, they cannot rewrite history. what makes it more annoying with the so called Jasawas, is their believe of entitlement.

Bill Carson
Dec 30, 2008, 08:32 PM
Jos Is made up of Indigenous tribes like Berom, Jarawa & Anaguta etc…. Jasawa Is a figment of Hausa/Fulani Imagination. Someone should tell the Hausa/Fulani to join the queue like other non-Indigenes and respect the law of their host.

Before you know It they will be asking for Emir of Jasawa or Jos north, I trust Berom man he will not allow that rubbish Yoruba allowed In Ilorin to happen to them.

Mrs. Yaradua that went on condolence visit to Jos, should also try and visit Benin (Edo State) to console the parents of the young Man that was killed by the Spanish Government. She should advice her husband to Institute a panel to Investigate and recommend what sanction should be Imposed on Spanish Govt for killing a fellow Nigeria.

Tsohon Soja
Dec 30, 2008, 08:55 PM
My compatriot Oshibenebi,

I do not want to take your statements as an endorsement of the sad 'settler in perpetuity syndrome', which is primitive and by Nigerian law - unconstitutional.

The People of Nguru have all rights to stand and be counted, just like the Nupe, Jukun, Burra, Yorubas in Kano and Jigawa States, ala Sabo Bakin Zuwo (Nupe), Kwankwaso (Yoruba) and Shekarau (Burra). Remember the Sani Abachas and the Tofas (Kanuri)?

The Yorubas in Nguru have occupied and are occupying electve and appointive offices, but mostly as alloys from inter-marriages. I can't remember any one recently.

The difference the Jasawa community in Jos have is that, they made Jos -North a setllement, later a town and untimately the city that it is now. They were there before the Yourbas and then the Mid-Westerners and the Igbo (P&T, Railway workers and later tin mining families).

If we are to say it as it is, the problem is just about the religious inclination of the 'settler' community and their desire for participation in state administration.

While the Kano situation accomodates those muslim settler people no matter where they come from, we have not seen Christians in those states occupying high elective or appointive offices.

In conclusion my brother, we must focus on 'official' posturings that will be accomodative of our differences. Nobody paid the Almighty Allah for a chioce of what he or she turned out. I have met many a people who would rather be from somewhere other that where they are from.

Osibinaebi
Dec 30, 2008, 09:19 PM
My compatriot Oshibenebi,

I do not want to take your statements as an endorsement of the sad 'settler in perpetuity syndrome', which is primitive and by Nigerian law - unconstitutional.

OSIBI SAYS,

I can never endorse such a barbaric act, but feel good to castigate the cause of the killing which is the intolerance and superior sense of entitlement exhibitted by the Jasawas
The People of Nguru have all rights to stand and be counted, just like the Nupe, Jukun, Burra, Yorubas in Kano and Jigawa States, ala Sabo Bakin Zuwo (Nupe), Kwankwaso (Yoruba) and Shekarau (Burra). Remember the Sani Abachas and the Tofas (Kanuri)?

OSIBI SAYs
The list you have there is a myth that cannot stand any scruntiny whatsoever, all those you listed assimilated into the society and have even lost touch with their origin, but that is never the Hausa does it, they will REFUSE to assimilate and keep to themselves and fgo ahead to impose their own culture on the people, can you tell us if Kwankwaso speaks Yoruba or if Bakin Zuwo understands Nupe. The jasawa kepp only to Hausa without any regards to the Beroms either culturally or religiously and they want to Lord it over them, this will not wash
The Yorubas in Nguru have occupied and are occupying electve and appointive offices, but mostly as alloys from inter-marriages. I can't remember any one recently.

The difference the Jasawa community in Jos have is that, they made Jos -North a setllement, later a town and untimately the city that it is now. They were there before the Yourbas and then the Mid-Westerners and the Igbo (P&T, Railway workers and later tin mining families).

OSIBI SAYS<
This is a fallacy Where do you even call your own Jos North. With the thick population of the Anagutas and Beroms farming and hunting through time, you come to say the Jasawa made Jos????

If we are to say it as it is, the problem is just about the religious inclination of the 'settler' community and their desire for participation in state administration.

While the Kano situation accomodates those muslim settler people no matter where they come from, we have not seen Christians in those states occupying high elective or appointive offices.

In conclusion my brother, we must focus on 'official' posturings that will be accomodative of our differences. Nobody paid the Almighty Allah for a chioce of what he or she turned out. I have met many a people who would rather be from somewhere other that where they are from.

OSIBI SAYS,
I partly agree with your summary, but then the Jasawa have constituted themselves into a cog in the wheeel at the expense of others, meaning we need to point it out before they try rewriting history. The Almighty enjoins us to love our neighbour as ourselves meaning we should not do to others what we cannot tolerate, if the Sokoto man will not allow me to contesdt in Sokot beacuse i am not hausa and muslim, then No Hausa should contest in Jos

TSOHO SOJA,
No matter how we color it, the so called JASAWAs is a present day coinage, they have no place in the indigenious settlements in JOS. How can you insinuate that they settles there, Do you just go to any place to settle when there already exist people there. The norm in african society is for the late settle to seek permission to settle and most times, they arre given land to settle usually at the outskirt of the town, how can you now claim the jasawas were there before everybody. The bone of contention is the hausa-fulani aka Jasawa claiming they were on ground before the Beroms and the anagutas, this is falsehood and an attempt to rewrite history. The hausas went there as iterant traders. i hope you are aware that this same claim has been made about MAKURDI, but Godbless, them to attempt to as much as grapple with the TIVs and they will see massacre. They claim the hausa started Makurdi. The myopia of these type of claim is their forgetting that the old society was a case of people having expanse land, such that a village may have land covering about 30 miles radius, so for the mere fact that there are not visible presence on ground does not mean the land was empty. the only way to claim land in those days was to wage war and win or beg for accomodation. this is eactly the case of the hausas, they NEVER defeated the Beroms, so they cannot lay claims to that land. They are just insulting the goodwill of the past by claiming they were there before anyone.

I do not sanction the killings in Jos, but for crying out loud, the Jasawas are being greedy and trying to be oppresive what is happening is not about religion, but ethnicity and the earlier the jasawa pack their bags to Sokoto and kano to contest the better for peaceful coexistence. I strongly believe in one Nigeria and believe anyone should aspire for anything wherever he or she is based in the country, but ONLY when it is applied across board. we cannot tolerate where the hausa wants to share the bounty of other states, but keep that of the core hausa states to themselves. That sense of entitlement being expressed by the hausa should be applicable across board. The jasawa already have a seat in the HOR and have got undisputable claim to most of the councillor seats, so must they be the Chairman at the expense of others. It is their being gradually tolerated for peace that is making them ask for more. i hope you know that if they leave the Beroms to fight the war to an end, they will annilate the hausa completely in that territory even with the imported mercenaries. go ask what happened in Zango, its just that these set of people will not learn

Tsohon Soja
Dec 31, 2008, 04:02 AM
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TSOHO SOJA,
No matter how we color it, the so called JASAWAs is a present day coinage, they have no place in the indigenious settlements in JOS. How can you insinuate that they settles there, Do you just go to any place to settle when there already exist people there. The norm in african society is for the late settle to seek permission to settle and most times, they arre given land to settle usually at the outskirt of the town, how can you now claim the jasawas were there before everybody. The bone of contention is the hausa-fulani aka Jasawa claiming they were on ground before the Beroms and the anagutas, this is falsehood and an attempt to rewrite history. The hausas went there as iterant traders. i hope you are aware that this same claim has been made about MAKURDI, but Godbless, them to attempt to as much as grapple with the TIVs and they will see massacre. They claim the hausa started Makurdi. The myopia of these type of claim is their forgetting that the old society was a case of people having expanse land, such that a village may have land covering about 30 miles radius, so for the mere fact that there are not visible presence on ground does not mean the land was empty. the only way to claim land in those days was to wage war and win or beg for accomodation. this is eactly the case of the hausas, they NEVER defeated the Beroms, so they cannot lay claims to that land. They are just insulting the goodwill of the past by claiming they were there before anyone.

I do not sanction the killings in Jos, but for crying out loud, the Jasawas are being greedy and trying to be oppresive what is happening is not about religion, but ethnicity and the earlier the jasawa pack their bags to Sokoto and kano to contest the better for peaceful coexistence. I strongly believe in one Nigeria and believe anyone should aspire for anything wherever he or she is based in the country, but ONLY when it is applied across board. we cannot tolerate where the hausa wants to share the bounty of other states, but keep that of the core hausa states to themselves. That sense of entitlement being expressed by the hausa should be applicable across board. The jasawa already have a seat in the HOR and have got undisputable claim to most of the councillor seats, so must they be the Chairman at the expense of others. It is their being gradually tolerated for peace that is making them ask for more. i hope you know that if they leave the Beroms to fight the war to an end, they will annilate the hausa completely in that territory even with the imported mercenaries. go ask what happened in Zango, its just that these set of people will not learn

I understand your stand and respect it, as much as I do not agree with you completely. I am at the twilight of my life as a Nigerian. My worry is not for me, but for my children who are just growing up, because I started a family late due to my professional committment. Through my profession, I have seen how ancient hatreds (Liberia, Angola, Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia) have swept lives unnecessary. How mere sentiment bred positions have destroyed nations and dug deep unhealable wounds in generations.

Jos is growing to be one place that will haunt Nigeria with this kind of sentiment. Why? Because hardly is there a city in Nigeria where all its people are so well represented. Not even Ajegunle. So if we continue to delibrately block ratilonality just and just to deal with one people... Then Ho! We have a generation of violence at a national scale ahead of us.

I am not a prophet of doom, but a student of military history and strategy, additional to my averagely long active service experience.

Isn't it amazing that Jang who ran to the Jasawas and sought Plateau governorship mandate under ANPP just a few year back against Dariye, until Ahmadu Alli gave him a bloody nose (by sucking up UNPP votes in Jos North), is the same person who is saying that the same Jasawas are an insignificant quantity in the politics of Jos North, nay Plateau State? Well one could see that its revenge time, but unfortunately, in blood.

We really live in interesting times.

Those who have ears, let them hear...

May Allah protect Nigeria. Ameen.

DaBishop
Dec 31, 2008, 04:52 AM
Tsohon Soja:

I have followed this debate quietly, while I see ya point, I cannot help but point out ya bias.

The issue of indegene/settler is a sore constitutional issue that needs to be applied to all of Nigeria. In what part of Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, to mention a few, are Christian, Beroms, Tivs or Yorubas and Igbos allowed to constitute a voting block and call themselves a special name and take over their part of the city/county/state under our democracy?

If it is not done there, why Jos?

Bear in mind, I grew up in Jos, my parents worked in Jos, we went to school in Jos...then we did not have any such 'Jasawa'. Even then we had certificate of indegene that you got from ya local govt for certain benefits. We knew that in the corrupt tradition, persons paid under the table and claimed to be indegenes of our peaceful,accomodating state then.

In land law, too, if you lay claim to land, you prove it by history of settlement, long standing farmlands, chieftiancy stools and religion under our native law and custom. Where did these Jasawa have farmlands...or grazing lands? When did the indigenes accept Islam? In the 1970's, when things were relatively peaceful, for instance, how many Jasawa's were commisioners in Benue Plateau State?

If the said Jasawa now consider themselves settled enough to be indigenes, why import 'foreigners' as Islamic mercenaries to come fight their political battles and disrupt the peace, because an election went awry?

Jos is a problem waiting to happen, but I dare say, the Maitatsine Jihadists are the ones who would cause trouble all the time, not the Igbos, or Yorubas, or Eggons, or Angas, but the Jihadists, always. You want peace, you go to the rabble rousers, the trouble makers, those who would not go to the election tribunal, but would take the law into their hand.

easekieled
Dec 31, 2008, 08:14 AM
[QUOTE=Tsohon Soja;306680]My compatriot Oshibenebi,

I do not want to take your statements as an endorsement of the sad 'settler in perpetuity syndrome', which is primitive and by Nigerian law - unconstitutional.

The People of Nguru have all rights to stand and be counted, just like the Nupe, Jukun, Burra, Yorubas in Kano and Jigawa States, ala Sabo Bakin Zuwo (Nupe), Kwankwaso (Yoruba) and Shekarau (Burra). Remember the Sani Abachas and the Tofas (Kanuri)?

The Yorubas in Nguru have occupied and are occupying electve and appointive offices, but mostly as alloys from inter-marriages. I can't remember any one recently.

The difference the Jasawa community in Jos have is that, they made Jos -North a setllement, later a town and untimately the city that it is now. They were there before the Yourbas and then the Mid-Westerners and the Igbo (P&T, Railway workers and later tin mining families).


...just like Mango Park discovered River Niger!

ezyvic
Dec 31, 2008, 12:34 PM
The stories keep unfolding. If the Governor of a State is the Chief Security Office of that state, why would any form of intelligence report not have his input? Why would such a Governor be completely cut-off from an investigative panel? What is Yar'Adua out to achieve? The Nigerian Police Force has never hidden their hierachy of intelligence sharing, from the IG to the President, then the Security Council, before the Governor, that is if the Governor ever get a full piece of the report. The chain should be the other way round.

I await the Supreme Court's interpretation of this barbaric posture of the Federal Government. I also implore other State Governors to take a cue.

Jang Defies Yar’Adua
•Sets up parellel panel to probe Jos crisis
From Seriki Adinoyi in Jos, 12.31.2008
http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=131906

The Plateau State Govern-ment yesterday defied the Federal Government and set up its own panel to probe last November 28 sectarian riots in the state where over 300 people lost their lives.
Similarly, the state government which had two days ago dragged the Federal Govern-ment to court for constituting a panel to probe the crisis also explained why it went to court. The government said its action was to make sure that its people were not treated as second class citizens in their own country.

According to a statement yesterday in Jos by James Mannok, the Director of Press to the state Governor Jonah Jang, the state government has approved the constitution of a six-member investigative panel to probe the crisis.

Former Attorney-General and Justice Minister who is also a former judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague, Prince Bola Ajibola (SAN), is to head the committee, while Reginia Abang, Mr. Daniel Gopet, Prof. A.T Yaya, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Napoleon Timkat are members.
Mr. M.T Falle is to serve as Secretary.

Mannok said in the statement that the general public should feel assured that justice would be done by the commission of inquiry, stating that the panel is made up of people of proven integrity and international repute.
Speaking on behalf of the state government over the court case, the state Commissioner for Information Nuhu Gagara said the government was interested in the interpretation of the provisions of the law over who has the power between the state and the Federal Government to carry out an investigation or probe of an event that happened in some parts of a local government in a given state in Nigeria.

Gagara, who spoke with newsmen in Jos, said the state government was not comfortable with the way and manner President Umaru Musa Ya'Adua and his wife, Turai, had treated the people and government of the state over the Jos North civil disturbances.

He lamented that most of the delegations the President sent to Jos over the crisis did not visit the governor as the chief security officer of the state to get first hand information from him.
They rather went on their own, he said, to visit selected locations and had discussions with the leaders of the Hausa community only before returning back to Abuja to present one-sided report to President Yar’Adua.

“We cannot be treated as second class citizens in our own country by anybody, the rule of law must be followed as to who between Governor Jang and President Ya'Adua has the constitutional power to set up a probe panel on Jos North civil disturbances,” Gagara said.

He said President Ya'Adua should realise that when his kinsmen, the Hausa community, rejected him during his presidential campaign visit to Jos in 2007 and teamed up with one of the opposition parties with a presidential candidate from his home state Katsina, Governor Jang mobilised the indigenous Plateau people to give him overwhelming votes from the state.

He said Plateau people deserved better treatment than what they were getting in return from the Federal Government under the present dispensation.

On the headship of the probe panel set up by President Yar’Adua, Gagara said the role allegedly played by Major-General Emmanuel Abisoye (rtd) in the trial and elimination of prominent Plateau sons in the military in the Dimka coup of 1976 was still fresh in the minds of Plateau people.
According to him, most of those sentenced to death and executed by the Abisoye military trial panel were innocent of the offences for which they were killed.

Gagara also faulted what he called the one-sided constitution of the panel by the President without recourse to any input from the governor of the state, warning that Plateau people would want the Federal Government to practise the rule of law in dealing with all concerned.

Meanwhile, security chiefs made up of Army, Navy, Airforce and Police as well as officials of the State Security Service (SSS) are at present working on strategies to effectively respond to crisis situation when they occur such as the recent riots in Jos North.

The team constituted by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, was at the Government House, Rayfield, Jos, on Monday. It was led by Major-General Biodun Role and held high level discussions with Governor Jang on how the security forces could best deal with civil unrests.
The security chiefs reviewed the Jos crisis and the role of the security agencies in the wake of the riots and how the armed forces could handle such events in future.

General Role explained that the team’s assignment was to develop some models that members of the armed forces could use as a potent response mechanism to deal with similar situations in future.
Jang commended the armed forces for their role in maintaining law and order, describing what happened in Jos as most unfortunate.
He also urged the team to visit other states where similar unrests had happened in the past.

He said government was re-organising its security system to forestall any recurrence of the crisis.
“This problem should be looked at generally. We want to have peace on the Plateau. In fact, I have just been thinking of how I should now re-organise the security of Jos-Bukuru environs in particular and the state in general,” he said.

The governor lamented that during the crisis, a reinforcement of security operatives had to be brought into the state from other states and they came and met a deteriorated situation to contain.
The security team will be in Jos for about one week to consult with all relevant authorities and parties to the crisis

Bill Carson
Dec 31, 2008, 01:17 PM
[QUOTE=ezyvic;306931]

On the headship of the probe panel set up by President Yar'Adua, Gagara said the role allegedly played by Major-General Emmanuel Abisoye (rtd) in the trial and elimination of prominent Plateau sons in the military in the Dimka coup of 1976 was still fresh in the minds of Plateau people.
According to him, most of those sentenced to death and executed by the Abisoye military trial panel were innocent of the offences for which they were killed.



Ezyvic,

That Mr. Yaradua Is a very dishonest and wicked sick man……. General Abisoye Is the same man that sent Innocent Plateau Indigenes to early grave Including Gov. Gomwalk whose only crime was trying to stop Hausa/Fulani overrunning Jos. What Yaradua Is trying to do with this his Panel Is no different from what he tried Imposing on NigerDelta with Gambari from UN till the Militants (sorry, freedom fighters) sent him packing.