Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang has relocated from the Governor’s Lodge at Jishe to the Government House, Rayfield, Jos.
Sources close to the governor said Jang was advised by the security agencies in the state to vacate the beautiful mansion for his own safety, for now.
In the past two weeks, the large beautiful complex that had served as the governor’s house, which he also used as his office, has suddenly become quiet. Before this time, the Lodge used to be a beehive of activities where nobody could easily enter. But now, only security guards, including some policemen who still hang around the gate could be seen trying to give life to the once boisterous environment.
Before this time, when the governor was there, visitors would regret going there because of the security checks they would go through before they could be allowed to see any of the governor’s advisers. But now, it is a thoroughfare, as the gigantic edifice is abandoned.
The abandoned Governor’s Lodge at Jishe is situated in a valley surrounded by towering hills, an environment which people believe is not conducive for the governor and his family’s safety, hence, the security advice that he relocate until when the security situation in the state improves.
Besides, the last two different bomb explosions at Tudun Wada in Jos North Council occurred not too away from the Governor’s Lodge at Jishe. According to a source, “this has sent a warning signal to the governor to relocate because he was covertly being threatened. People do not test the depth of a river by using a human being. I think the governor has taken a wise decision by heeding to the security advice.”
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, said the governor has a right to determine the location from where to operate. He told The Guardian that Jang could decide to operate from either Du or Jishe.
A civil servant in the state, who pleaded anonymity, said there was nothing wrong in the governor’s relocation if his life was actually being threatened.