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Gov. Ishaku Congratulates Gara of Donga as He Clocks 80

Gov. Ishaku Congratulates Gara of Donga as He Clocks 80

Governor Darius Ishaku has congratulated His Royal Highness, Dr Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III Gara of Donga as he celebrates life at 80.

Governor Ishaku while speaking during the Thanksgiving service which took place at CRCN 1 Donga described the Gara as not only a king who is reigning successfully, but one who has worked all his life to bring peace and harmony among the citizens.

The governor charged others to use HRH Danjuma Bayonga as a reference for living because life is all about what you can leave as legacy when you are long gone.

He prayed for better health and God’s will in the remaining years God had for him on the earth while asking the people to be thankful because lack of gratitude kills the spirit of doing more.

HRH Dr. Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III GARA of Donga responding ascribed the glory to God as being his inspiration, the author and the finisher of his faith, stressing that without Him he would not have come this far.

He said that thanking God was a culture because it had been his grace, mercy and love that kept him. He also thanked his people for always standing by him and for supporting his reign.

He specifically appreciated His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku for his love and concern towards him, praying God to uphold all his doings and not ever allow him fail.

Kabri Chiefdom Gets Acting Ruler

Kabri Chiefdom Gets Acting Ruler


Following the demise of the First Mbonduah of Kabri Chiefdom, Alhaji Garba Julde Wakili Kabri, an acting Mbonduah in person Alhaji Auwal Hammanjulde has been appointed.

Speaking during the event, the Acting Chairman of Sardauna LGA, Hon Rev. Godwill T. Sol urged the people of Kabri to be calm and support the Acting Mbonduah of Kabri, so they can live in peace and harmony.

The acting chairman also thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for being there for Sardauna LGA during the difficult moment.

The Governor who was represented by a delegation headed by the director Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs joined thousands of sympathizers to mourn the late third Class Chief of Kabri Chiefdom.

He described the death of the Mbonduah as a great loss not only to the people of Sardauna LGA but also the State. He noted that the late Chief was a man of reputable character embodied with good leadership qualities which earned him the position of the First Third Class Chief of Kabri.

He however regretted that the Mbonduah had to leave in a time like this when his distinct qualities were needed most in the Kabri traditional council.

Responding on behalf of the Kabri traditional council, the Acting Mbonduah Alhaji Auwal Hamajulde appreciated His Excellency for the love shown to Kabri Chiefdom during the trying moment.

He noted that the entire chiefdom lacked words to express its heartfelt gratitude to the state government but prayed God to bless everyone who identified with them.

Before his appointment, Alhaji Auwal Hammanjulde was the Ngwa of Kabri and Secretary Sarduana Ngwa’s Forum and hails from Kabri Chana of Kabri Chiefdom.

Taraba: 3 Policemen, 2 Vigilantes Killed by Suspected Herdsmen Ambush

Taraba: 3 Policemen, 2 Vigilantes Killed by Suspected Herdsmen Ambush

A team of policemen being accompanied by some local vigilantes were on Thursday afternoon attacked in Lau LGA of Taraba State, leaving five of them dead while two others escaped.

In a press statement by the PPRO, Taraba state command of the Nigeria Police, David Misal, released on Friday, confirmed the attack and says a ‘manhunt’ is on to apprehend the hoodlums.

“Following a distress call of sporadic shooting heard at a place at Bujum Ladi, Lau LGA, on 6 September, 2018 at about 1430hrs, a team of five policemen led by a Divisional Crime Officer DCO ASP Kilobas Iliya, accompanied by three vigilante men were drafted to the area. While on their way, they came under attack by suspected herdsmen. Consequently, ASP Kilobas Iliya with two others and two vigilantes were killed and two arms, one AK 47 rifle, one service pistol were carted away by the hoodlums, while two others escaped”.

According to the the police official, the Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, has ordered immediate investigation into the matter by deploying the deputy commissioner of Police in charge of Intelligence and Investigation DCP Musa Baba to carry out full scale discreet investigation into the matter while manhunt of the perpetrators is been embarked upon through massive deployment of more personnel to the affected areas”.

Meanwhile, member representing Lau constituency and Majority Leader of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Joseph Albasu Kunini, has condemned the killings. Kunini said crises was inevitable in a society but that he would do all he could to defend the interest of his people.

He however, gave kudos to the governor for his pragmatic approach and doggedness in the fight against insecurity in the State.

PDP Wins Taraba Assembly Bye-Election

PDP Wins Taraba Assembly Bye-Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the early hours of Sunday declared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party,PDP, Hon. Garba Ajiya as the winner of the Saturday’s bye-election into Takum 1 State Constituency.

The PDP candidate polled 10,725 to defeat his closest opponent and the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Hon. Atem Ansho who polled 3,268 votes.

The Returning Officer for the election and Senior Lecturer with the Federal University Wukari, Dr. Ayuba Daniel announced the result at the collation centre in Takum.

Flanked by the National Commissioner in charge of Borno Adamawa and Taraba, Alhaji Ahmed Tijani, the Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf and his Yobe State counterpart, Alhaji Ahmad Makama, the returning officer said 73,183 voters registered in the constituency, but only 16,671 voters accredited and voted in the election.

Earlier, the Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf in a remark, expressed happiness over the successful conduct of the election.

He commended the security agencies, Corp Members, party stakeholders and electorates for the peaceful conduct of the election.

The Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku while reacting to the election, congratulated the PDP candidate for his victory at the poll and commended INEC and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the election.

The Governor who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Hon. Emmanuel Bello, described the victory of his party as ‘victory for democracy.’

Ishaku called on the losers to accept the outcome of the result in good faith and for the winner to be magnanimous in victory.

The seat of Takum 1 State Constituency became vacant after the murder of the former member representing the constituency, Hon. Hosea Ibi.

Hosea Ibi was abducted late last year in his home town Takum and was found dead after 15 days.

Stage Set for Construction of N6 Billion Taraba Govt. House

Stage Set for Construction of N6 Billion Taraba Govt. House

The Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku, has inspected the proposed Government House site on Kona Road which is estimated to cost about N6 Billion.

The Governor who was on the site, met with officials of the Ministry of Works who showed him the project design and site plan.

Speaking during the visit, Gov. Ishaku stated that earlier in his administration, he was advised to build a Government House to serve as his legacy for the State. He disclosed that the project would commence as soon as resources were available and that he had the vision to give the state a befitting Government House.

Similarly, Gov. Ishaku has inspected the 5000 Litre Water Reservoir atop the Mount Jalingo which is suppose to supply water to the city and also serve as a resort for recreation.

He expressed happiness that the contractors had began work despite not been fully mobilised.

Taraba Killings: Five Killed Hours After Soldier’s Withdrawal Says LG Boss

Taraba Killings: Five Killed Hours After Soldier’s Withdrawal Says LG Boss

The Chairman of Donga Local Government Council, Hon. Nashuka Ipeyen on Sunday confirmed the killing of four persons in an attack at Sabon Gida hours after soldiers were withdrawn from the area.

Nashuka also said an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), was slaughtered at Tunari and three others missing when they went to pack some of their valuables and food stuff for their families.

He however, said the presence of the mobile police personnel deployed to the area prevented the attackers from razing down Sabon Gida village and appealed to the people to avoid going into the hinterlands until the security situation in the area improves.

Meanwhile,  the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area, Hon. Shiban Tikari has described as laughable, the statement by the Nigerian Army that Mr. Danjuma America and Danasabe Gasama arrested in the middle of the night in Takum recently were perpetrators of crisis in Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas of the State.

It would be recalled that the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu had in a statement said Danjuma and Gasama were arrested on Friday by troops deployed for Operation Ayem Akpatuma in a community in Takum, following a tip-off.

Tikari advised the military to stop diverting attention of Nigerians from the main issues of their complicity in the attacks and killings going on in the State.

In his words,

“We have been crying on top of our voices that the Army Operatives of exercise Ayem Akpatuma were out for something. How come they have not told Nigerians about the arrest of the masterminds of the attack in Jandeikyula in Wukari Local Government Area where over 25 people were killed?

“They have not arrested the attackers killing our people in the villages since the killings in Takum and Ussa. These two boys they have arrested are indigenes of this area. Would they turn and be burning their houses and killing their own people?

“We have told them the routes the attackers have been using to come and attack us, rather than go into those areas and arrest the armed Fulani militia attacking us, they have  been busy harassing our people in the town.

“As we speak, the Commanding Officer of the 93 Battalion Takum,  Lt. Col. Ibrahim Gambari has withdrawn all soldiers at various check points in Takum LGA, so that’s the type of army we have in Takum now,” he lamented.

Tikari said he had since tabled his complaint against the action of the military before the Investigative Panel on the alleged collusion of the military with bandits to kill people in the State and appealed to the people of Takum to stay calm, pending the outcome of the investigations.