Gov. Ishaku addressing the entourage of the visiting traditional ruler from Donga at the Chambers of Government House, Jalingo.
Gov. Darius Dickson Ishaku has advised kingmakers in the various chiefdoms in Taraba State to avoid generating unnecessary controversy around the appointment of persons to fill traditional stools that become vacant.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu.
The media aide said that Governor Ishaku gave the advice when the newly appointed Gara Donga, Sanvala Vorzoa Shimbura paid him a thank-you visit at Government House, Jalingo on Wednesday.
Ishaku said most of the time, the agitation for appointment of traditional rulers become unnecessarily enmeshed in controversy because kingmakers and contestants for the stool become impatient and unwilling to wait for the input of the government on such matters, thereby generating unnecessary bikerings.
According to Bala Abu, the governor said his administration found it necessary at some point during the process of screening contestants for the stool of Gara Donga to appeal to all interest groups to await the outcome of government’s due diligence exercise on the matter.
He said the rancour free outcome and general acceptance of the nomination and appointment of Shimbura as Gara Donga have proved that there is wisdom in the involvement of Government in the entire process.
The governor urged the new Gara Donga to take his position and the responsibilities that come with it with utmost seriousness and to also show fairness to communities and people in his domain.
Speaking earlier, Gara Donga, Shimbura thanked Ishaku for approving his nomination and promised to work for the peace and unity of all the communities and People in his domain.
Shimbura replaces Stephen Bayonga who joined his ancestors a few months ago.
Deputy Gov., Engr. Haruna Manu
The District Head of Mayo Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba, Jauro Hammangabdo, has over powered a group of kidnappers who attempted to abduct him, killing two and injuring about three of them.
Mr. Hammangabdo confronted the kidnappers who invaded his palace on Wednesday night. The kidnappers who were about nine in number gained access to the traditional ruler’s palace and went into his bedroom, but the district head resisted the attempt to abduct him and engaged them in a fight.
It was gathered that the monarch used a sharp sword during the fight and killed two of the kidnappers while others took to their heels leaving dangerous weapons behind.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Haruna Manu, who visited the area and sympathised with Lamdo of Gashaka, Zubairu Hammangabdo, a brother of the district head, commended the courage of the traditional ruler.
He said cases of kidnapping had become a source of concern to the Government and people of the state.The Chairman of the Local Government, Mohammed Gayam, who also confirmed the incident to NAN, said that Mr. Hammangabdo had sustained deep cut in his head and hands and was admitted at the Military Hospital of the 20 Battalion in Serti, headquarters in the Local Government Area.
Mr. Gayam said he had visited the injured district head and that he was responding to treatment adding that the two kidnappers that were killed by the royal father were identified through their identity cards.
He further disclosed that they were members of the kidnapping gang that had terrorised the area disguising as members of a vigilance group.
He stated with dismay that in the past few weeks about 17 persons were abducted in the area and about three of them were killed by the kidnappers following failure of their relations to pay the ransom.