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July 16, 2024

Tributes Flow for Slain Plateau APC Spokesman, Lalong Raises Alarm on Political Killings

From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos

It was a moment of tributes, eulogies and condolences for the late Plateau State Publicity Secretary Mr. Sylvanus Namang who was murdered by yet to be identified gunmen two weeks ago, as mourners converged on Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Gigiring Jos where a funeral service was held.

Speaking at the service, the Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District Simon Bako Lalong described the late Namang as a man of courage who lived his life in defence of truth, justice and fairness.
He said having interacted closely with Namang, he can testify that he died for the peace, progress of Plateau State and Nigeria having given his best in active service. He prayed that the death of Namang will bring reconciliation to the politics of the State.

Lalong however observed that there is a worrisome trend in threats and killing of politicians in Plateau being disguised as kidnapping.

He said “when Namang was killed, there were various narratives with some claiming kidnapping. But there is no trace of demand for ransom or any other sign that justifies such claims. Just yesterday, we received the news of the assassination of a former House of Assembly member who worked with me, Hon. Sunday Muchen from Bokkos Local Government. He was killed after being abducted from his home without any demand for ransome. His body was later found in the bush decomposing after some days”.

While appealing to Governor Caleb Mutfwang to look into this ugly development and ensure that security agencies fish out those threatening the peace of the state, Lalong recalled that Namang constantly faced threats because of his writings and political activities.

He said one of the things Namang wrote about was the lack of a functional House of Assembly. He therefore appealed to the Governor to use his power and allow the House of Assembly Members be sworn in so that the State will move forward.

Governor Mutfwang who also condoled the family said the death of Sylvanus Namang was a sad development which will not go unavenged as there’s nothing hidden under the sun.

He said anyone who takes the life of another person for whatever reason will surely account for it before God even if he thinks he will escape man’s judgement.

While advising the citizens to bring forth any information or evidence that will assist the security agencies and government to fish out his killers, the Governor cautioned against politicising his death as a mark of honor to him and his family.

Earlier, his son paid tributes to his father for his love, care, generosity and principles.

He said while God knows why his father was killed, the family finds it hard not to inpute assasination and politics because of the threats he constantly faced while alive.

“I appeal to my fellow Plateau State citizens that it is ok to have different views and political choices. Even I and my father never agreed on everything and he taught us to hold our convictions dear to us” he said.

His widow Mrs. Milcah Namang said her husband was a loyal and caring person who never waivered in his service to the family, Plateau state and Nigeria. She said he had a rough journey because of his journalistic profession. She recalled that he has been trailed and threatened many times in the past but survived untill this time when he was killed by people yet to be identified.

She said while there were various narratives on her husband’s killing, Journalists should assist by doing investigative work to unravel the killers rather than go to one corner to write whatever they want. She prayed that his death will unite Plateau State and Mwaghavul nation.

In a sermon, Rev. Williams Istifanus John reading from 2nd Cor 5:10-13 said death is a necessary end but not palatable a topic to discuss. However, everyone must budget and prepare for it. Everyone must remember that judgement awaits them based on their actions and testimony.

There were testimonies and tributes from former General Manager of Plateau Radio Television Corporation Mr. Jephtha Jackden, a childhood friend of the deceased.


Others are Keffi Old Boys Association, representative of DG FRCN Dr. Mohammed Bulama, Gut Community Rayfield, Boys Brigade Nigeria, APC Chairman Plateau State Hon. Rufus Bature, Mwaghavul Development Association, District Head of his village, Kopal who all described him as a great man who left behind a rich legacy.

His remains was later laid to rest in his home in Gut, Rayfield Jos.

Meanwhile, Senator Lalong has paid a condolence visit to the family of Late Hon. Sunday Muchen, former Member representing Bokkos State Constituency who was found dead after he was abducted from his home in his village Mahurum, Manguna, Bokkos Local Government.

He commiserated with the family and expressed sadness over the unfortunate dead of the politician who was a close associate.

Lalong prayed God to grant him eternal rest while assuring them that the killers will be fished out.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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