UPDATED: Senator Gyang Dantong, health committee chair, dies in Plateau

Reports reaching us from Jos, the Plateau state capital, Gyang Dantong, the Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District in the upper legislative chamber has died.

The member representing Barikin Ladi at the State House of Assembly, Gyang Filani  was also reported dead Sunday.

There are however conflicting reports of how the two lawmakers died.

While one version said they were shot dead while attending the burial of those killed on Saturday in attacks on some villages in Barinkin Ladi, the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Ruwang Dantong as saying his brother, 55, died of heart attack. Mr. Ruwang said the senator died after seeing the dead bodies of  his kinsmen killed in an attack on Kakuruk village in  Barikin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau. 

Mr. Ruwang also confirmed the death of Assemblyman Gyang Filani, representing Barikin Ladi constituency in Plateau House of Assembly.

Mr. Ruwang said both  representatives were at the scene of the attack carried out between Friday and Saturday when they started hearing gunshots from another set of attackers.

Shocked by the situation, the duo collapsed and were taken to Barikin Ladi General Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

When contacted, the spokesman of the state command of the Nigerian Police, Emmanuel Abu, said he heard of the incident but was yet to be briefed officially.

Efforts to get the spokesperson of the Special Task Force, STF, Salisu Mustapha, were unsuccessful, as his telephone failed to connect.

About 22 people were reportedly killed in an early morning attack on some nine villages in the area Saturday, while a raid by a team from the STF on some Fulani settlements reportedly also claimed about 10 lives. 

The late senator was a former member of the House of Representatives and two-term member of the senate, where he was also a member of the Aviation committee.

A medical doctor, the late senator had his first degree in medicine at the University of Jos, and a masters in public health from the University of Ghana.

At the Rayfield residence of the late senator, relatives and well wishers were in shock and wailing over the deaths.



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  • Lanre

    If the people of Jos cannot rise up to their gradual elimination and annihilation and realise that this is genocide, then too bad.

    • Hillohg

      But when birom attack and maim fulani in jury karama killing and putting in wells thousand of them thats not a genocide and nobody talk cos they are not humans??? let there be justice.

      • Mani_Kay

        This is exactly the lying propaganda of the murderous Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani…that they are killing in revenge. It’s all lies and consistent with Islam as practiced by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. The people of Middle Belt and Christians of Northern origin must lead a very ruthless fightback against the murderous Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani.

        • Arcmusa

          Dundee come and help them fight and lets see. Why would fulani people just attack biroms for no reason? Why didnt they attack them for the more than 100 yrs they’ve been living together. Its people like u and ur hypocritical southern press that always spreading lies. It was first reported that the senator was shot, now his brother says he died of heart attack. You and all ur christian terrorist can not fight God and win, u devil worshipper. Just go and give ur pastor tithe and let him continue deceiving u. I feel so sorry for ur kind.

          • Mani_Kay

            The Fulani people attack the Biroms because it is in their (fulani) character to kill and destroy.

          • Arcmusa

            Were ur ancestors fulani slaves? Why are u so bitter and filled wit so much hatred for the fulani. The senator died of heart attack not killed by fulani as u were made to believe. I know ur feeling so ashamed now for exposing urself. God no dey sleep.

          • Hcredo

            You say it is in the character of the Fulani’s to kill, let me ask you: Who started the first killing in Plateau? you should learn the facts well & stop talking out of ignorance.

        • kempinski

          And u think that will solve the problem?

        • Adenle


        • Hcredo

          You should be in the forefront of the battle. It is easy to sound the horn of battle in the comfort of your living while innocent Nigerians are being killed. Abeg, if you can’t make the situation better by preaching peace, just Shut the Fuck up!

        • Hcredo

          I really don’t know why they let people like you use this forum to propagate war and hate crimes.

      • Lanre

        This is interesting. Let’s analyse for just a second the train of thought here. Did I mention any ethnic group? I said the people of Jos. Are the people of Jos only Beroms or Biroms? Your post seems to be justifying the killing of another human being. And you are human?

    • jude

      Crimes committed by men go after them. Over the years, many innocent(Christians, Beroms,Moslems,Hausas, Fulanis, Yorubas,Igbos,etc) had been killed. The crisis caused by the untouchables and now Nemesis has caught up with them.I also think the COAS should be asked to explain the killings.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    if u condemn the fulbe..they say u hate. yet anywhere they go its trail of blood. they wont let people mourn their victims. Calling on the ICC, to hold these murderers and their sponsors accountable, all d way to sokoto. christians must live in the north and no amount of genocide can stop d church of God.

    • Babajo

      Your uncivilized birom kinsmen started it all by killing ppl in the name of indegenes vs settlers so primitive your pple are citing indegenships as reason for killing and destroying properties which they lazily couldn’t acquire. Now that it has dawned on you that you cannot annihilate the so called settlers,and, in fact you are at the recieving end you hypocritically start citing religion to gain sympathy,it’s still fresh in poles minds when your cannibalistic kinsmen burnt and ate Muslims at id ground. Don’t seek to involve pple from other states just bear your cross-end it as you started it.CANNIBALS.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        grow up, man. ‘they started it’. just end the violence.

  • Misbahun

    Berom started it all – whether you agree or you do not!
    Fulani are not cowards – and will avenge their old men/women & children
    killed in cold blood by Berom some years back.
    The circle continues……..

  • Hcredo

    It’s amazing, can the fear of death actually kill someone? these our leaders are so sheltered in their little paradise that the mere condition of facing the situation on ground killed them. I mean BOTH of them died within minutes! So imagine what the people of Plateau are facing, having to live in the face of imminent death every day.

  • Manzo Ayuba

    No sir, they ran from the scene of the shooting even when the security forces ask everybody to lie down so that they could ascertain the situation and reply, after running for half kilometer, he fell down and died. That is why till now nobody is saying anything about it.