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Police Brutality: Panel Set to Prepare Report as Sitting Ends

Police Brutality: Panel Set to Prepare Report as Sitting Ends

The Judicial Panel on Restitution of Victims of Police Brutality and other Security Agencies in Taraba state led by Justice Christopher Awubra has concluded its sitting after receiving 34 petitions with no compensations for any vicitm.

Out of the 34 petitions received, 6 were withdrawn or struck out while 28 were successfully heard.

The Nigeria Police Force had 26 petitions against it, while the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Army had 2 and 3 respectively.

The petition consisted of eight murder cases and twenty six others bordering on torture, illegal arrest, extortion and illegal detention.

The Secretary of the panel, Elihu Ekarah told newsmen at the end of the sittings that most of the petitions would be determined by their strenghts.

“Only the NSCDC never defaulted from honouring surmons. The Nigerian Army never showed while the Police staretd appearing but later stopped, he said”.

He explained that most of the petitions were determined on the strenght of the petitioners and the absence of the respondents was deemed to be a waiver of their right to be heard or defend themselves.

The source added that only the NSCDC, among the security agencies, never defaulted from honouring summons.

At the last sitting of the panel, three petitions were heard and the first petition had to do with four siblings who were accused of stealing, totured and killed.

Narrating the ordeal, the petitioner and a sibling of the deceased, Kabiru Jibril, said they were having a chat in front of their house when officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) approached them and picked his four sublings, leaving him to inform his parents about the incident.

He added that the SARS officers threatened to shoot him and his mother if they approached their office to find them.

Jibril told the panel that they later summoned the courage to approach the office the day after and on getting there, they were told that the people they came to look for were not in their custody hence they should go in search for them elsewhere.

On their way home, he said a relative asked them to stop at the Jekadafari Cemetary in Jalingo where they found the remains of the four victims with bullet wounds all over their bodies.

According to the petitioner, they sought to find out who brought their corpes and were told that the police did and gave the undertakers ten thousand naira to get all the necessary materials to bury them.

The victim’s family demanded Eight Hundred Million Naira as compensation (Two Hundred Million each to the four deceased victims).

One Abdullahi Manu also filed a petition against the Nigerian Army, alleging that two soldiers killed his elder brother and dumped his body at Bomon Kurkur Community in Bali Local Government Area.

He asked the panel to grant his family One Hundred Million Naira as compensation for the damage caused.

Another petitioner, Jayi Auta, called on the police to return the corpse of his elder brother whom they shot, killed and took away. He identified the policeman who killed the victim as Ezekiel Chimbe, adding that his father has died as a result of the shock of his son’s death.

Like others, Auta demanded Fifty Million Naira as compensation for the death of his father and his elder brother.

In his response, Justice Awubra said the panel would use the remaining 13 days to write and submit its recommendations to the state governor for implementation.

Recall that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku inaugurated the panel on October 22, 2020 and gave the panel two months to complete its task but later extended it to six months, considering the task involved.

The panel received and listened to a total of 34 petitions since its inaugural sitting on November 26, 2020.

Gov. Ishaku Condoles With the Military, Families of the Chief Of Army Staff and Other Officers Who Died in the Kaduna Plane Crash on Friday

Gov. Ishaku Condoles With the Military, Families of the Chief Of Army Staff and Other Officers Who Died in the Kaduna Plane Crash on Friday

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has condoled with the families and the entire Nigerian Armed Forces over the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Attahiru Ibrahim and other senior and junior military officers in a plane crash on Friday.

Governor Ishaku described the death of the officers as shocking and a big blow to the families of the victims, the military and the nation at large.

He said the late Chief of Army Staff was a highly disciplined officer who assumed the leadership of the army at a time that Nigerians craved for a change in the military strategy against insecurity in the country.

“The death of the Chief of Army Staff and the other victims of the crash at this time, has robbed the country of their contributions to this highly sought new strategy in the war against insecurity in Nigeria”, Ishaku said.

He prayed God to grant the souls of the late military officers peaceful rest and their families the fortitude to bear these monumental losses.

BALA DAN ABU,
Special Adviser to the Governor.
(Media and Publicity)

Taraba Pledges to Support for Transformation of FUW

Taraba Pledges to Support for Transformation of FUW

Governor Ishaku speaking with a representative during the visit of the Federal University Presidential Panel at the Government House, Jalingo

Governor Ishaku speaking with a member of the Federal University Presidential Panel at the Government House, Jalingo

The Taraba state government will give all the necessary support needed for the transformation of the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba state to a world class institution, the state Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku has said.

Accordingly, the management of the institution, has been charged to identify areas of support and cooperation with the state government in the pursuit of this mandate.

Governor Ishaku ho made the pledge while playing host to the presidential visitation panel on the University led by Dr. Umaru Dorofi said the institution should shift emphasis from traditional courses to science and technology oriented programme in response to the current global focus on technology development.

He said the world was evolving into a digital age and therefore all education pursuits must be tailored to reflect such realities.

Governor Ishaku addressing the visiting panel during their visitation.

Governor Ishaku addressing the visiting panel during their visitation.

Earlier, the leader of the visitation panel, Dr. Dorofi said they were in government house to their mission and the state and also solicit his support where necessary.

He said their mandate was to look in the general administration, finances, work content, management/staff relationship in the last 10 years.

The panel is a constitution of the Federal Government who are saddled with the responsibility of visiting universities after 10 years to evaluate the university.

These evaluations include governance, academic issues, quality assurance, financial management which is prudent and a cordial working relationship between the management and students. Also among their evaluation are areas of infrastructures, growth and so on. This committee is mandated by the president to see what they do in universities after every 10 years.

The panel which visited Taraba includes members from Rivers state Bauchi state, Anambra state, Kogi and FCT.

The Chairman of the panel disclosed that the visit was to officially inform the Governor of their presence and assignment in Taraba state as well as to solicit for support throughout their stay in the state.

Governor Darius Ishaku responding to the panel said he is aware that their visit is critical especially to the survival of the university, he said 10 years was enough for any university to provide enough quality result for the society.

He said it is necessary because this will inform the President if indeed the formation of the school was the best or an effort in vain.

Governor Ishaku disclosed that the Federal University Wukari has been lucky because all the former VCs did extremely well and he is optimistic that the present will do even better though citizens expectations are high and wish that other courses like Engineering be added to the fleet of study courses.

The Governor said he beleives in quality than quantity because if there are quality staff, it gives the society the best output and went ahead to urge the federal government to focus on the quality and field of specialisation.

He assured them of maximum support in carrying out their assignments throughout their stay in the state and foresees the university growing to become one of the best in the country.

Wukari though have had her own share of insecurity just as other parts in the nation which has affected the calender of academics activities of the school but he is happy that activities are picking up academically in the school.

 

Gov. Ishaku Receives High-Powered Condolence Delegation From Adamawa State

Gov. Ishaku Receives High-Powered Condolence Delegation From Adamawa State

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku today received a high-powered delegation of the Adamawa State Government which came to condole him on the death of Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan, former Women Affairs minister.

The delegation was led by the state Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Adamu Atiku Abubakar.

A letter of condolence from the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri was also presented to Gov Ishaku at the ceremony by leader of the delegation.

Speaking during the visit, Alhaji Adamu described the death of Hajiya Aisha as the loss of an icon.

He said Taraba had lost an icon, a mother in a million, one who was very kind and generous and prayed God to give Governor Ishaku and the entire people of Taraba State the fortitude to bear the loss.

In his reaction, Governor Ishaku thanked his Adamawa State counterpart, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, for the visit of the delegation and promised that he would work with him to promote and nurture the healthy relationship that currently exists between the two states.

He described Jumai Alhassan as a wonderful woman. “She was an honest person. If she said she was supporting you, she will do so wholeheartedly”, Ishaku said.

He said after the election in 2019, Senator Aisha came and told him that she was ready to work with him in the interest of the people of Taraba State and that she remained committed to that promise until her death.

Gov. Ishaku Receives High-Powered Condolence Delegation From Adamawa State

Gov. Ishaku Mourns Hajiya (Senator) Jumai Alhassan

Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has received with deep shock news of the death of Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan, a former governorship candidate in the state and frontline member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Governor Ishaku described Hajiya Jumai as a woman of great courage and that her death is for him, a personal loss.

He said he and the late Senator Jumai Alhassan had enjoyed a robust political relationship and had kept in touch even while both of them contested for the same seat of Governor of Taraba State from different political platforms in 2015 and 2019.

He described the Senator as an asset and that her death has robbed Taraba State and Nigeria of the benefits of her wealth of experience in politics.

He said that as minister of Women Affairs Senator Aisha contributed immensely towards social and political emancipation of women and that her death has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.

He urged her family to take solace in the fact that Senator Aisha Alhassan lived a life of service to humanity.

He prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest.

BALA DAN ABU,
Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity).

Taraba Government Reacts On the Motion Moved By Sen. Bwacha On The Arrest and Detention of Some Youth from Takum

Taraba Government Reacts On the Motion Moved By Sen. Bwacha On The Arrest and Detention of Some Youth from Takum

The Taraba state government has reacted on the motion that was moved by the Senate deputy minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha on the arrest and detention of some youth in Takum by the police in Jalingo.

This was contained in a Press Conference address by the Commissioner for Information, Barr. Danjuma Adamu on Thursday 6th May, 2021.

Details of the Press Conference is given below;

“The attention of the Taraba State Government has been drawn to a publication on the social media signed by one Disebe S. Bala Donga, SA New Media to Senator Emmanuel Bwacha linking the Taraba State Governor, His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to the arrest and detention of some youth from Takum Local Government Area by the Police in Taraba State.”

 

“The purported writer claimed that the youth “were mischievously lured by His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to Jalingo” before they were whisked away by the police for an illegal detention for a bailable offence.”

 

“Sadly, this statement was also corroborated by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha when he moved a motion in the senate against the arrest and detention of 14 youth, where he said the youth attacked a person who is the ‘’younger brother’’ of the Governor of the state. This is wicked and a deliberate attempt by senator Bwacha to drag the Governor into an issue he knows nothing about.”

 

“Clearly, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha is defending the arrest of the ‘’Bwacha Brought Ups’’. No wonder, he is trying to defend the indefensible as the law is already taking its course.”

 

“In view of this falsehood, the Taraba State Government is compelled to react and clarify the issue.”

 

“The Governor has always been a promoter of the principles of separation of powers and cannot do anything to interfere in the duties of the police or the judicial arm of government.”

 

“It will therefore be preposterous for the Governor to descend so low to meddle and influence the action of the police.”

 

“The police are trained to detect and fight crime and criminality as this is their constitutional responsibility, which is exactly what they have done in this case.”

 

“If the sponsors of the youth, particularly Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has anything against the action of the police for the arrest and detention of the 14 youths, he should go to the court to seek redress.”

 

“It is wrong for Senator Emmanuel Bwacha or group to link the Governor to the arrest and detention of the youth simply because someone or some people are trying to seek cheap publicity.”

 

“The Governor stands to gain nothing from the arrest and detention of the youth and the Taraba State wants to advise those trying to drag the Governor into the issue to look elsewhere.”

 

“Governor Darius Ishaku’s concern at all time is the promotion of security, legality, peace and progress of Taraba State. This has been his focus since he assumed power in May 2015 and he will continue to do so, by the grace of God.”

 

“Thank you and God bless.”