Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has commiserated with the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo over the murder of Rev. Father David Tanko by a militia group.
This was contained in a Press Release signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu.
Governor Ishaku said it is an unfortunate twist of fate that Father Tanko died in the circumstances he did – a victim of the crisis in which he was playing an active role as a peacemaker.
The governor urged the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, The Most Reverend Charles Hammawa and the entire Catholic faithful in the Diocese to take solace in the fact that Father Tanko died in pursuit of peace which is the most critical but elusive need of the state and the country today. He said posterity will remember Father Tanko very kindly whenever the history of the Tiv/Jukun crisis is written.
Governor Ishaku urged the Catholic Church and other stakeholders in the state not to be discouraged by the murder of Rev. Tanko but rather to continue to support on-going efforts by his administration to end the crisis.
He requested the Catholic Church and other churches in the state to continue to pray for the resolution of the crisis and for peace generally in Taraba State.
He urged security agencies in the state to quickly resolve the riddle of the murder of Father Tanko and to ensure that those found culpable are made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah
The Honourable Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.(DCN) Peter Abel Diah and the entire Honourable Members heartily congratulate His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku and the good people of the State on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the creation of Taraba State as signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Baba Dahiru Jen.
“Your Excellency, our dear State has come a long way within 28 years of its creation. We have witnessed a series of physical and infrastructural developments in our political and socio-economic history occasioned by successive administrations.”
“Your Excellency, you came on board when the state was engulfed with a myriad of security problems and other challenges but within your short stay in office as the Executive Governor of Taraba State, your visionary leadership qualities has brought unprecedented changes to the good people of Taraba State through your “Rescue Agenda” which are evident in the numerous projects you have executed and the prevailing peace now being enjoyed in a significant part of the state.
“Your Excellency, we know you as a man of greatness and strong character. We commend you for your prompt response in addressing the recent cases of kidnapping and banditry in the state. We continue to pray for your successes as we wish Taraba the best under your reign.”
“While we are not unmindful of the recent security challenges in the state, we want to commend security apparatus in the state for their gallant and relentless determination in trying to curtail kidnapping and banditry activities.”
“It is our hope that they will continue to step up efforts to make Taraba a safe haven. As law makers, we will continue to be committed to the rule of law, economic development and value added decisions for our dear state. As always, we look forward to an ever increasing cordial relationship towards good governance and ensuring peaceful co-existence among the people of Taraba State.”
“On behalf of the Honorable Members, Taraba state House of Assembly, I wish to join millions of well-wishers within and outside the state to congratulate you and the good people of Taraba State at 28.”
Long live Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku
Long live Taraba State House of Assembly
Long live Taraba State
Long live Nigeria.
The attention of His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has been drawn to the claims by Hamisu Bala Wadume, a kidnap suspect currently under arrest, to the effect that he duped him (the Governor) of Six Million Naira during his inglorious reign as kidnapper.
This was contained in a Press Statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu.
The media aide wish to state categorically that Gov. Ishaku was never a victim of Wadume’s duplicity and never lost money to his antics.
He urged the general public to discard and disregard Wadume’s confessions on the alleged defrauding of Gov. Ishaku as the rantings of a drowning criminal.
“Governor Ishaku has never met the kidnap suspect and would not even recognise him if they were to meet today.”
“Governor Ishaku would like to use this opportunity to commend security agencies for promptly arresting Wadume who is the reason behind the dastardly murder of three police officers and one other person in Ibi earlier this month.”
He urged the security agencies to expand their dragnet to all the nooks and corners of Taraba State where the accomplices of Wadume and other criminal gangs may still be hiding to arrest them and bring them to book.
I have noticed that there is an orchestrated effort to tarnish the image and reputation of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and Retired General TY Danjuma, elder statesman and an eminent indegene of Taraba State by a certain group of Tiv people over the current Tiv/Jukun crisis.
In a recent press statement, a group known as Tiv Youth Council made sweeping and frivolous allegations against these two eminent personalities to the effect that they are fueling the Tiv/Jukun crisis.
The statement is completely false and deserves no better treatment other than to be thrown into the dustbin. It is completely hollow as it contains nothing to support the grave and wicked allegations made against these eminent Jukun personalities.
The intention of the group, clearly, is to seek public sympathy by falsely accusing these patriots of complicity in the crisis for no reason other than that they are Jukun. It is blackmail in its raw manifestation.
This attitude is unhelpful to the crisis.
Gov. Ishaku has always been in the forefront of all the efforts to end the crisis. And so is General Danjuma who has always condemned crises and killings in the state and openly supported efforts of government to ensure peace.
In the past two years, Gov Ishaku visited these Tiv/Jukun communities more than four times to preach peace and to encourage the warring factions to sheat the sword. These he did most of the time jointly with his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom.
Their Deputies also did same more than five times at their behest during the same period.
The present situation in the Taraba,/Benue borders calls for honest commitment to the quest for peace. It does not help to play the Ostrich as the Tiv Youth Council has elected to do by pointing accusing fingers at innocent people.
All the critical stakeholders must now join the ongoing efforts by the Taraba and Benue state governments to restore peace to the affected areas.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity
The fourteen hours curfew imposed by the Taraba State Government on Jalingo metropolis and surrounding villages at the wake of the fulani herdsmen evasion of some communities has been relaxed by two hours.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh.
Accordingly, the approved timing of the curfew is now 6pm to 6am as against the initial 4pm to 6pm daily.
To this end, the state government is again appealing to the security agencies in the state to ensure enforcement of the curfew.
Residents of Jalingo the state’s capital and surrounding villages especially those at the areas affected by the crisis are hereby directed to ensure strict compliance.
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.