After a review of the security situation in parts of Jalingo and Ardo Kola Local Government Areas of Taraba State which experienced crisis recently, His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved that the current curfew imposed on Jalingo town and other affected areas should now start from 9pm and end at 6am daily until further notice. This means a three-hour reduction in the time previously covered by the curfew.
Governor Ishaku also ordered a ban on the movement of Keke NAPEP in all the areas covered by the curfew between 8pm and 6pm daily until further notice.
He directed security agencies in the state to ensure strict enforcement of these new directives on security in the state.
Bala Dan Abu
S.S.A to the Governor.
Text of Press Conference on the Position of the PDP on the Unfolding Events Relating Illegal Invasion and Violent Attack on the Residence of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku by Police Operatives.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been following with keen interest the unfolding events relating to the illegal invasion and violent attack on the residence of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku, by Police operatives, who claimed to have been detailed by Presidential authorities.
Nigerians can recall that at the wake of the attack, on June 11, 2019, allegedly led by one Police DSP Edwin Oruakpa, the PDP charged the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately get to the root of the matter, expose the actual forces behind the invasion and their real intentions, as well as to bring all the culprits to book publicly.
The PDP however states in clear terms that it is not satisfied with the manner with which the Federal Government is handling the issue. Already the poor handling of the matter is now sparking off suspicions of a creepy ploy to suppress facts and divert public attention from the questions surrounding the unlawful assault.
That invasion, as you all are aware, is in direct violation of the Governor’s immunity under the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), prompting many Nigerians to point to no other motive other than a deliberate and calculated attempt to intimidate and hurt the person of the Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Ishaku.
This is especially as the invading operatives had ferociously stormed the residence, threatened the occupants with AK 47 rifles, violently broke the entrance doors, manhandled the governor’s son and carted away valuables belonging to the governor and his son, after finding nothing incriminating in the residence.
The poor handling of the matter is already heightening apprehensions in the public space that the invasion was primarily designed to setup, frameset upriminate and smear the image and popularity of the Governor of Taraba state; as part of the larger plot to harass, hassle, intimidate, persecute and distract PDP elected officers and bring them to public opprobrium.
There are already fears that the invading operatives may have planted incriminating items or even compromised the security architecture of the residence to facilitate a sinister plot.
The PDP is therefore worried that the Federal Government and the Police are yet to provide answers and come clean on this matter.
The questions are: who ordered the unlawful invasion of the residence of a sitting state governor in violation of his constitutional immunity? Under what powers was the invasion ordered and what was the real motive?
Furthermore, what are the response of the Federal Government and the Police in guaranteeing the safety of Governor Darius Ishaku and his family members? Who is in custody of the valuables carted away from the residence by the invading operatives? Who takes responsibility for the damage caused to the residence of the Governor?
Until these questions are answered, the PDP and the people of Taraba state will continue to hold the APC and the Federal Government responsible for the invasion or should any harm suddenly befalls Governor Darius Ishaku, members of his family, officials of his government or officials of our party in Taraba state.
Nigerians across the board are all aware of the schemes by the APC to drag down Governor Darius Ishaku before and during the last governorship elections but for the overwhelming popularity he enjoys a, among his people due to his unprecedented achievements and developmental projects that touch directly on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
For emphasis, the people of Taraba state have elected Governor Ishaku as their governor and they stand solidly behind him. The APC and its agents should therefore a, therefore,o continue in his good works in the state.
Moreover, instead of this fixation on Governor Ishaku, the federal authorities should direct its energies in finding solution to the security challenges and persistent bloodletting ravaging Taraba and other states of the federation.
The APC administration should end its wild goose chase on PDP elected officials and focus its energy on confronting and routing the marauders, invaders, bandits and kidnappers, rs who have been pillaging our citizens.
Furthermore, now that nothing incriminating has been fohadin Governor Ishaku’s residence, can the federal authorities also proceed to search the residents of APC leaders, who have been accused of stashing stolen money in their houses as well as secret bank accounts within and outside Nigeria?
Can they also proceed to invite or search the residences of members of the cabal at the Presidency as well as former ministers in the Buhari’s administration, who as state governors have allegations of stealing public funds still hanging on their necks?
The PDP invites Nigerians to note that despite series of corruption allegations against the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole while serving as the Governor of Edo state; he has not been invited for questioning by the police, neither has his residence been searched by any security agency.
Besides, the Federal authorities has taken no steps to search any property belonging to an APC governor of one of the states of the North Central, who was accused of smuggling in and stockpiling military equipment ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Our party, therefore, urges the security agencies to note that their allegiance must stand with the law and the people of Nigeria. They should therefore r, therefore, pts by the APC and its agents to use them for its selfish agenda as in the case of the invasion of the residence of Governor Darius Ishaku.
Let it be known that the PDP and, of course, the people of Nigeria solidly stand with Governor Ishaku and all our elected officers as they operate above board in their commitment towards the welfare of Nigerians.
Our assurance is that our elected officers at all levels will never be intimidated or cowed to relent in their commitment to the people of Nigeria in line with the manifesto and ideology of our great party.
National Publicity Secretary
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemns in totality, the invasion of the Abuja residence of Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku, by police operatives alleged to have been detailed by Presidential authorities.
This was contained in a Press Statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stressing that the invasion was unlawful, provocative and cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever.
The PDP insisted that such assault on a governor’s residence was a direct attack on the nation’s democratic order and must not be swept under the carpet like previous invasions of residents of some PDP elected officials under the domineering All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
“Our party holds that the invasion of Governor Ishaku’s residence is criminal and in total violation of the spirit of the immunity clause under the 1999 Constitution (as amended); a desecration of the sanctity of the government house and a rude assault on the sensibility of the people of Taraba state and Nigerians in general”.
The PDP invites Nigerians to note that such invasion of the resident of an elected state governor is a direct pointer that our democracy is under attack by anti-democratic forces that seek to subvert the rule of law, foist a siege mentality on the citizenry and ultimately destabilize our nation for their selfish political gains.
The PDP therefore calls on the Inspector General of police to immediately fish out those behind the invasion and unravel their intensions.
The party also urges the police to beef up security around Governor Ishaku and his family members as well as take steps to forestall a repeat of such unwarranted attack.
The PDP however charges Governor Ishaku and all other officials elected on the platform of the party to remain undeterred in their commitment in serving the people despite the intimidations, harassments and distractions by the APC-led administration.
Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah (DCN)
The announcement which was made by the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah (DCN) revealed that Hon. Charles Maijankai, member representing Karim 1 was unanimously nominated by the PDP caucus to serve as the Majority Leader while Hon. Captain Douglas N. Yayaha, member representing Donga is to serve as the Deputy Majority Leader Donga of the 9th Assembly respectively.
The positions of both the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip of the 9th Assembly went to Hon. Josiah John, member representing Wukari 2 and Hon. Hamman Adamu B. Abdullahi, member representing Bali 2 respectively who both came to the House on the platform of PDP.
Hon. Bashir Mohammed, member representing Nguroje on the platform of APC is to serve as the Minority Leader of the 9th Assembly.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has urged the new Chief Judge of Taraba State, Justice Philibus Andhetur, to be fair to all in the dispensation of Justice.
He said from information at his disposal, he is convinced that the new Chief Judge will give a good account of himself and make the judiciary in the state proud.
He urged colleagues of the new Chief Judge to extend their Cooperation to him because the failure of the principal officer of the Judiciary is the failure of its members.
He said as a group the Judges in the state have done well and therefore the individual appointed from among them to lead would certainly not disappoint.
Governor Ishaku said in the second tenure of his administration, he would consolidate on the gains of his first tenure and called for peace so that the development of the state will continue uninterrupted.
Speaking, Justice Andhetur assured the Governor of the cooperation of the Judiciary in order to ensure the success of his rescue programme.
He said the Judiciary in the state would help the government in ensuring peace so that the rescue mission of the government would not be derailed.
An inter-denominational thanksgiving church service was held in Jalingo yesterday, June 2, 2019, to mark the beginning of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku’s second term.
The special church service took place at the CAN secretariat in Jalingo with many prominent people including Right Hon. Abel Peter Diah, Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly; Justice Josephine Tuktur, Chief judge of Taraba State; Anthony Jellason, Secretary to the State Government and Simon Angyu, Head of Service, in attendance.
The guest speaker was Bishop Timothy Yahaya who came all the way from Kaduna for the event.
He urged Governor Ishaku to continue to speak for the oppressed and provide for the poor.
Bishop Yahaya also advised the Governor to create more jobs for the youth to ensure that they do no get tempted to indulge in crime.
Also speaking, Gov. Ishaku assured that he would consolidate on the gains of his first tenure.
In doing so, he would ensure that he uses the right people with the expertise required for quick results. He called on Tarabans to embrace peace because without peace development would be elusive.
He thanked Tarabans for voting him massively in the elections and assured that he would not let them down.