3 Dead, Several Injured In Fresh Crises In Taraba

The Taraba State Police Command on Monday confirmed the death of three persons and at least six others sustained injuries in another overnight attack on Maisamari in town in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state by a suspected militia group.

The police spokesman in the state, ASP David Misal, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo, said the incident took place during a cultural event called Nding-Chin. The cultural event was said to be taking place in the area for the first time.

Misal, who said the area was now calm, disclosed that the command had deployed additional policemen to beef up security.

Godwin Sol, Acting Chairman of Sardauna Local Government Council, told NAN that the administration had earlier banned all cultural meetings and festivals because of the security situation in the area.

Sol, however, said he was surprised to learn that a group, which mobilised their kinsmen from surrounding villages, held a dance event in Maisamari against the council’s order.

He said security operatives were later mobilised to disperse the gathering.

The spokesman said due to the size of the crowd, a time frame within which to complete the exercise and disperse was given.

Sol said at the expiration of the time frame, instead of leaving the town as agreed, the group relocated to the house of one Yaya Ahmadun to continue with the dance which continued into the night.

“It was while this was going on that some unknown gunmen attacked the place and killed three persons and injured six others,” Sol said.

The council boss said the host of the event in Maisamari, as well as leaders of the cultural group have been arrested.

 

Abel Diah Lauds State Govt. For Recruiting 3000 Teachers

The Speaker of Taraba House of Assembly Mr Abel Diah, on Friday, lauded the state government for recruiting 3,000 secondary school teachers to boost education in the state.

Diah said the massive recruitment of teachers would turnaround the education narratives in the state.

He said this in Jalingo while distributing appointment letters to 200 of the successful teachers from Sardauna Local Government area of the state.

The Speaker said that the injection of the 3,000 teachers into secondary schools would go a long way in improving academic standards in the state.

Diah urged teachers from his community to key into the governor’s rescue mission by contributing their quota to reposition the state’s secondary school education.

“I congratulate you, the 200 successful candidates from Sardauna Local Government Area on your success at the recent teacher’s recruitment examinations by the government.

“The recruitment of 3,000 secondary school teachers across the 16 Local Government areas is a practical step to improve on the standard of education in the state,” he said.

Mr Gibeon Kataps, a former Secretary to Taraba Government and community leader, commended the efforts of the governor in repositioning education in the state.

Kataps implored the teachers to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them by the people of the state.

Crack In PDP As Ex-Taraba Gov Joins APC

Former Acting Governor of Taraba, Alhaji Garba Umar on Tuesday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Umar said in Jalingo at a meeting of APC Integrity Group, that he took the decision after consultations with political stakeholders in and outside the state.

Umar said he decided to join hands with politicians of like mind to save the state from alleged bad governance.

‘‘I can see future in APC, and if we work together as a team, the party will wrestle power from PDP in the state come 2019.

‘‘I want to assure you that this is the APC and I am part of it one hundred per cent.

‘‘I have decided to join my brothers of like mind to see how we can salvage the state come 2019.

‘‘I assure you of my unwavering loyalty and willingness to make all necessary contribution for the success of this party and our mission,’’ Umar said.

The former acting governor stated that he had made an arrangement to officially decamp along with hundreds of his supporters to the APC.

The Chairman of the APC Integrity Group, Alhaji Uba Maigari, said that the party was honoured to have the former acting governor and political appointees that served under him joining the party.

Maigari said Umar’s goodwill and political connection would enhance APC’s chances in the 2019 general elections.

Umar, fondly known as UTC, was chosen by the late Governor Danbaba Suntai as his deputy after the impeachment of the then Deputy Governor, Sani Abubakar.

He became the state’s acting governor after Suntai’s plane crash in 2012.

He was later sacked by the Supreme Court in 2014 when the apex court ruled that Abubakar’s impeachment was illegal and ordered his reinstatement.

Ex-Taraba Gov’s Body Arrives Nigeria

The remains of the immediate past governor of Taraba State, Pharm. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, have arrived Nigeria from the United States.

The body arrived the country Friday morning.

The body of the late governor, which arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja enroute Jalingo few minutes past 5am, was thereafter received by a delegation of the Taraba State Government.

Sutai’s wife, Mrs. Hauwa was also spotted at the airport terminal at about 7.07am accompanied by aides and security men.

Suntai died in a US hospital on June 7, 2017 after surviving a fatal air crash in a plane piloted by himself in 2012.

Suntai’s Burial Postponed to August 19

The Taraba State government has announced the postponement of the state burial of former Governor Danbaba Suntai from Aug. 5 to Aug. 19.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa in a statement on Saturday said the new date followed the governor’s consideration of the report submitted to him by the steering committee for the burial of the late governor.

Suntai was receiving treatment in Florida (USA) for injuries he sustained from a plane crash almost five years ago when he died the the 28th of June 2017.

I Won’t Allow Any Taraba Citizen Die – Gov Ishaku

Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku has said the safety of lives and property of the citizen of the state is paramount to him as he would rather sacrifice his life than allow their safety to be jeopardized.
Ishaku said that the death of any citizen in the state grieves him. He said: “Perhaps I’m the only one who knows how deeply hurt I feel when I hear of the death of any Taraba citizen due to crisis or, as a matter of fact, for any other reasons.

“Of all the things Taraba people look up to me for, the preservation of their lives and property is number one. If I fail to protect them, then I’ve really failed. So, that’s why I said I would give my life; I would rather be sacrificed than any Taraba person, no matter his tribe, religion or status.

Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku has said he would rather sacrifice his life to ensure the safety of lives of people of the state.
Ishaku said that the death of any citizen in the state grieves him. He said: “Perhaps I’m the only one who knows how deeply hurt I feel when I hear of the death of any Taraba citizen due to crisis or, as a matter of fact, for any other reasons.

“Of all the things Taraba people look up to me for, the preservation of their lives and property is number one. If I fail to protect them, then I’ve really failed. So, that’s why I said I would give my life; I would rather be sacrificed than any Taraba person, no matter his tribe, religion or status.

“I won’t allow any Taraba person die because of any violence. It won’t happen under my watch and I mean it. I would not sleep until there is peace everywhere in the state.”

Source: Naij.com

Taraba Crisis: Committee Set Up To Investigate Recent Disturbance In The State

The Taraba Government says it has set up a committee to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the recent violence that hit parts of Ussa and Takum Local Government Areas.

Alhaji Haruna Manu, the Deputy Governor, who announced this on Tuesday in Jalingo, said that government was determined to get to the root of the recurring crises so as to work out measures to end them.

“Government wants to fish out the perpetrators of the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Taraba. The crises have affected our development and we cannot continue this way,” he said.

Manu, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the weekly security meeting, said that anyone found to be linked to the clashes would face the full wrath of the law “no matter his or her status in the society”.

He said that the security meeting, which he presided over, focused on finding a lasting solution to the perennial clashes which had claimed several lives, particularly in the central and southern parts of Taraba.

According to him, the committee will be expected to establish the main causes of the crises and recommend ways of averting future occurrences.

“The communities involved in the recent clashes – Kuteb, Jukun and Fulani – have coexisted peacefully over the years. We have met some of their leaders and they have agreed to expose the evil men that have infiltrated them,” he said.

He said that security agencies had intensified patrols in all corners of Taraba, and expressed optimism that those alleged to have hired mercenaries to kill farmers would be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the state government has rejected suggestions that the anti-open grazing bill currently before the House of Assembly, was targeted at herdsmen.

According to Mr Emmanuel Bello, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to Gov Darius Ishaku, such insinuations are “mischievous, divisive and without substance”.
“It is wrong to say that government is habouring anti-Fulani sentiments; the bill is aimed at finding a permanent solution to the herdsmen/farmers clashes. No group is targeted.”

He urged members of the public to fully participate in the public hearing aimed at getting everyone’s input into the bill.

Again, Suspected Herdsmen Kill 12 In Taraba

At least 12 people were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen between Sunday and Monday at Gazabu, Tukun Ruwa, Utsua Daa, Kungana and Kpenkpen villages in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Besides, scores of people sustained serious injuries in the attack and are currently receiving treatment at the Bali General Hospital.

This is coming barely 10 days after similar attacks on Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas left no fewer than 18 people dead.
Though the state Police Public Relations Officer, David Missal, said three persons were killed in the attack, the Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa, said 12 people, including a one-week-old baby were killed by the herdsmen.

Gbaa, who is the Chairman, Council of Tiv traditional rulers in the state, condemned the incessant attacks on Tivs in the area, saying the attacks are being carried out deliberately to dispossess his people of their ancestral lands.

He wondered why such attacks are not being carried out in Daka district also in Bali and Mutum Biyu district in Gassol Local Government Area just as he urged Governor Darius Ishaku to hold the local chiefs in the areas accountable for the crisis.

While commending the governor for the steps he has taken so far to restore peace in the area, he appealed to the state House of Assembly to investigate the crisis with a view to bringing a permanent solution to the incessant attacks on his people.

He, however, appealed to the government to urgently provide relief materials for the internally displaced persons (IDPs)  who abandoned their homes for safety and have swelled the IDP camps in Bali.
Narrating the ordeal of the displaced persons to journalists who visited the camp yesterday, the camp leader, Mr. Matthew Baki, said the challenges facing the people includes water, shelter, food and exposure to all forms of diseases.

“Just yesterday, two women delivered here without access to medical facility and one of the children died hours after delivery. And as you can see,  we are all sleeping outside in this open field and it has been raining since we came in here. We are exposed to all forms of diseases. We want the government to end the crisis to enable us return to our homes and farms,” he said.

Fielding questions from journalists, the Lamdo Bakundi, Alhaji Misa Gidado, who is the traditional ruler of Bali, said he has been holding series of meetings with stakeholders in the area to ensure a quick end to the crisis, and appealed to both the Fulani herders and Tiv farmers to embrace peace.

It was gathered that 1,765 people are currently camping at the Tiv Council Hall,  St. Paul’s Catholic Church and NKST Church all in Bali town while the number is expected to increase in the days ahead as more people troop into the camps to take refuge.
Also, five persons were killed and six other injured in suicide attacks on Konduga, a town in Borno State, the police said on Tuesday.

The police in a statement by its spokesman in the state, Victor Isuku, said the incident occurred on Monday night at about 9:30.
He revealed that the attacks were by three female suicide bombers who all lost their lives in the incident, that equally claimed two other lives and had six others injured.

The statement read: “Information received from District Police Officer Konduga, has it that on 15/5/17 at about 21:30 hours, three female suicide bombers detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) strapped on their bodies at Shuwa settlement of Mandarari Ward Konduga , killing themselves and two others.
“While six persons sustained injuries. Normalcy had been restored.”

Corp Member Reportedly Dies of Electrocution in Taraba State

It has been gathered that a serving corp member has died following an electrocution at his place of primary assignment, in Taraba state. According to a post shared by a Facebook user identified as Frank Friday Onyebuchi Ihuoma‎, a corp member serving in Taraba state, has died due to electrocution. The late corp member identified as Segun Olumide, was said to have gotten electric shock while charging his laptop, and was pronounced dead at the hospital he was rushed to.

A corp member identified as Olumide, was reportedly electrocuted by his laptop, at his PPA in Ogun state Another untimely death of a corper

According to a post shared by a Facebook user identified as Frank Friday Onyebuchi Ihuoma‎, a corp member serving in Taraba state, has died due to electrocution. The late corp member identified as Segun Olumide, was said to have gotten electric shock while charging his laptop, and was pronounced dead at the hospital he was rushed to.

See what Frank wrote as he shared the picture above: “Life is just meaningless sometimes. After all this stress of school all for him to end up this way!!! Lord have mercy on us. A member of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ stream 1, Segun Olumide; serving in Taraba State has been electrocuted. It was gathered that despite being rushed to the hospital by his colleagues after he suffered serious burns from electric shock while charging his laptop, it was too late as he was confirmed dead on arrival. The Ogun State indigene was said to have studied Electrical Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State.

Olumide, who was serving at the Government Day Secondary School, Wuro Sembe, Jalingo, was reportedly placed the laptop on his laps and slept off. With tears in the eyes of many corp member Dis morning at federal medical center Jalingo as they saw the lifeless body of segum been taken from the mortuary to his hometown today. May God grant him eternal rest, amen!!! My advice to the public is that we should be careful with our electronics, phones, laptops.”

RIP to him!