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* The death of any Taraba citizen deeply pains me, says Gov. Ishaku

* Vows to bring perpetrators to book

*Says figure of casualties shouldn’t be exaggerated by politicians.

Gov. Darius Ishaku

Gov. Darius Ishaku

Governor Darius Ishaku has sworn that he would hunt down perpetrators of violence, even as he sends his heartfelt condolences to victims of the crisis in parts of Sarduana local government. In a solemn, emotional tone, the governor said all lives in the state are his to protect through the mandate he got from the electorate. He said he would chase all defaulters and ensure justice is carried out.

Speaking also through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, Gov. Ishaku said he’s deeply touched by the death of anyone, let alone that of citizens of the state. He said, “those who know me would attest to the fact that I get emotional when anyone dies. I see people through a different prism from others. I actually see everyone as related to me in one way or the other. So when I hear of these deaths, the first thing I asked myself is whose father or whose son or daughter has been killed.

My heart automatically goes to their families and friends. I have always said fighting is getting outdated. Why should anyone fight when there are very effective means available to settle disputes. Let me profoundly console families of the deceased. We can not bring back loved ones but we shall bring closure by way of justice. Don’t seek revenge. We are here as a government to find and deal with perpetrators of evil.”

The governor said politicians should not exaggerate the numbers of casualties. He said, ” the representative of the IGP here who is the DIG has the correct figures and they are single digits. The figure doesn’t matter to me because I’m already sad at the deaths. One life is equivalent to all humanity. But we have to keep the records straight to avoid heating the polity. The police are the custodian of such information which they share with us. Again, human life for me is not a thing to be surrendered to numbers. One human life is as good as all lives. The death of every man, according to Donne the poet, diminishes humanity.”

On defaulters, Ishaku said they are on their own. He said, “I don’t care who you are and what your motives are but if you are violent and you take any life, I would hunt you and bring you to justice or bring justice to you. But we would ensure that we bring the full weight of the law to bear on you. I’m warning troublemakers. I would get you.”