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Court stops Lalong from splitting traditional council

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State

A Jos High Court has restrained Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State from tampering with the composition of the Joint Traditional Council which before last week had comprised four local government councils headed by the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba.

Lalong had in a letter by the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dayyabu Garga, carved out Jos North and Riyom traditional councils from the existing joint traditional council, leaving the Gbong Gwom to head only Jos South and Barkin Ladi LGAs.

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The governor’s decision followed his creation and upgrade of chiefdoms including that of Ganawuri in Riyom and Anaguta in Jos North from second class to first class status. The Ganawuri chiefdom is now headed by the Atar Aten of Ganawuri with headquarters at Ganawuri while that of the Anaguta is headed by the Ujah of Anaguta with headquarters at Gwom.

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Justice Christine Dabup of the state high court restrained the defendants which include the governor, the state Attorney General, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as chairmen of Jos North and Riyom from tampering with the composition of the joint traditional council.

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