‘I’ll Feel Bad If APC Doesn’t Give Southeast An Opportunity’ – Weekly Quotes

 

The passing week has been a very eventful one globally with the world still battling COVID-19 and trying to adjust to the new reality.

Nigeria is never left a week without drama, as events continue to take different turns, leading the authorities to take certain drastic actions that got tongues wagging.

Having reviewed most of the major stories from the passing week, both locally and on the foreign scene, here are top quotes that tend to paint a vivid picture of what transpired and perhaps give us a hint of some things we must expect in the coming days:

1. “If I follow APC for this length of time, and they don’t give the Southeast an opportunity, I will feel bad.”

A file photo of Ebonyi Sate Governor, Dave Umahi. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A file photo of Ebonyi Sate Governor, Dave Umahi. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, says he will feel bad if the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not give the South-East a chance at the presidency, come 2023.

2. “I remain committed to his agenda for our great Nation and shall continue to support him in any way possible.”

A file photo of the former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, at his office in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @EngrSMamman

 

Former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, declares his support for the Muhammadu Buhari administration following his sack by the President.

3. “Today at the executive meeting, (party) president Suga said he wants to focus his efforts on anti-coronavirus measures and will not run in the leadership election.”

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga leaves at the end of an extraordinary Diet session at the Upper House of parliament in Tokyo on September 17, 2020. / AFP / Behrouz MEHRI

 

Secretary General of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Toshihiro Nikai, reveals that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will not run for re-election as party leader in September.

4. “The sooner the Taliban will enter the family of civilised people, so to speak, the easier it will be to contact, communicate, and somehow influence and ask questions.”

File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2021” held in the Patriot Park, in Kubinka outside Moscow on August 23, 2021. (Photo by Ramil SITDIKOV / SPUTNIK / AFP)

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes the Taliban will behave in a “civilised” manner in Afghanistan so the global community can maintain diplomatic ties with Kabul.

5. “I am the landlord, I didn’t give myself, the constitution gave me that power.”

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku issues a stern warning to residents of the Mambilla Plateau, urging them not to sell lands to “selfish politicians” who storm the area in order to benefit from compensations meant for the Mambilla hydroelectric power project site.

6. “The report of the audit committee showed that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta and even before the submission of the report, some contractors have returned to site on their own and completed about 77 road projects.”

A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A file photo of the Niger Delta Development Commission headquarters building in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio says the Forensic Audit Report of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) indicates that there are over 13,000 abandoned projects within the coastal region.

7. “Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users, this is the highest in the world, isn’t it sad?”

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd)

 

Since January 2021, drugs worth over ₦100 billion have been seized and about 1,630 criminals arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, says Brig. Gen Buba Marwa.

8. “The principle would be a grouping of qualifiers every year, and at the end of the season a major competition, World Cup or continental championship.”

Arsenal’s former coach Arsene Wenger was named FIFA’s world football development director, the Zurich-based body said on November 13, 2019. Ozan KOSE / AFP

 

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger calls for World Cup to be held every two years in an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe.

9. “This is to confirm to you that suspected kidnappers at about 06:45hrs along Lagos-Benin expressway, by Isuwa, kidnapped five unidentified persons and in the process shot to death one Sowore Felix Olajide, male, a pharmacy student of Igbinedion University, Okada.”

The late Olajide Sowore.

 

The Edo State Police Command confirms the murder of Olajide Sowore, brother to Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore by suspected kidnappers.

10. “The trajectory into the future is bright. If you see some of the things we have been able to do under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to exit recession in record time, most established democracies are still battling with the recession.”

A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

 

Despite the current challenges facing Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, is optimistic that the nation’s trajectory is good.

11. “For us to reach the level of development that we need in our country, every part, segment and strata of the society must have a developed, deliberately focused leadership, so that what we do at the local level compliments what we do at the state level and from there, terminating at the apex – at the Federal level.”

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, briefs reporters after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on June 24, 2021.

 

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, attributes leadership deficit as one of the factors preventing Nigeria from achieving sustainable economic growth and development, and addressing insecurity and other socioeconomic problems.

12. “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations.”

In this file illustration photo taken on March 25, 2020, a Facebook app logo is displayed on a smartphone in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP
In this file illustration photo taken on March 25, 2020, a Facebook app logo is displayed on a smartphone in Arlington, Virginia. Olivier DOULIERY / AFP

 

Facebook apologizes and disables its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in video at the social network.

13. “The committee is to identify grazing routes and work with states and map them. It is not to recover grazing routes, it is to identify the scale of the problem.”

Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on September 2, 2021. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, argues that mapping out grazing routes will help to identify the scale of the herder-farmer crisis.

14. “Police have located the man and he has been shot. He has died at the scene.”

New Zealand flag.

 

Authorities in New Zealand speak after police shoot dead a man who wounded six people in an attack at an Auckland supermarket.

15. “You come with what you know how to do best.”

A screengrab of Ric Hassani during an interview with Channels TV’s “Sunrise”.

 

Pop singer, Ric Hassani, reveals why his sound differs from the normal “Nigerian music” sound.

16. “He asked me what I was willing to do for music.”

 

In bombshell testimony, a 32-year-old man says he became associated with Kelly’s entourage and pleaded guilty in 2021 to attempting to bribe a woman who would potentially testify against the musician.

17. “What has happened is largely a repeat of the things we have seen in the past.”

Chairman of the Northern Governors' Forum, Mr Simon Lalong made an appearance on Channels Television on February 9, 2021.
Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Mr Simon Lalong .

 

A former member of the House of Representatives, Bitrus Kaze, says the Governor Simon Lalong-led administration has not done enough to change the dynamics of the conflict in Plateau State and secure the lives of the people.

18. “If you look at the President’s statement, in no place will you see that; not at all. In no place will you see those words that performance was weak, he didn’t say that.”

A combination of file photos of Mr Mohammed Nanono and Mr Saleh Mamman.

 

President Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, makes clarifications regarding the sacking of two ministers.

19.  “Well, it happened because, perhaps for the first time in the history of the country, and of the NNPC, there is a President who is not using the place like a personal Automated Teller Machine (ATM).”

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on October 23, 2020.

 

The Media Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, explains why the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) recently declared profit.

Do Not Sell Lands To ‘Selfish Politicians’, Ishaku Warns Mambilla Residents

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has issued a stern warning to residents of the Mambilla Plateau, urging them not to sell lands to “selfish politicians” who storm the area in order to benefit from compensations meant for the Mambilla hydroelectric power project site.

Governor Ishaku gave this caution on Thursday when he received members of the Kakara Tea farming community from the Mambilla Plateau.

Members of the group came to appreciate Ishaku for restoring peace and empowering them when they lost hope in a crisis that engulfed the area a few years ago.

While addressing the contingent, the governor added that under no guise will his administration allow any politician influence or tamper with the already existing peace that once eluded the people.

“For people to sit in Abuja and come here, and sneak in here and take data of people and say they enrolled them and have given them jobs, it’s wrong. It’s counter to the spirit of the MoU we signed with the Federal Ministry of Power.

“I am the landlord, I didn’t give myself, the constitution gave me that power. You want to build here, you come to me. I was a minister, I went to other governors, I met them, we negotiated, we built a dam.

“I finished in Kashimina, went to the one that they’re building in Niger State, all those are my handwork. [Even] the one they finished in Kaduna. There is nothing there but cooperation; the Federal Government has the mind and the power to do that, and then we’ll cooperate with the state government and we’ll get it done.

“Don’t sell any land, the state government will tell you the stages we will go when the time comes,” Ishaku urged the people.

READ ALSO: Over 13,000 Projects Abandoned In Niger Delta – NDDC Audit Report

Describing the Mambilla Plateau as an oil well to the state, the governor vowed to revoke any land purchased illegally, stressing that the much talked about power project has no road leading to its proposed site, and as such, priorities must be set right.

In 2017, the Mambilla Plateau was in the news for hostilities that broke out between the Mambilla speaking tribe and Hausa-Fulani communities.

Several lives were lost and properties destroyed. But that has long been put behind by the people following interventions by the state government.

In a bid to restore peace, the government constructed the Tunga Hydro Mini Power Station to provide stable power supply as well as the tear, cut and curl machines for the Mambilla beverages in the once moribund highland tea company.

Governor Ishaku further revealed that with the peace being enjoyed within the Mambilla Plateau area, his government’s next target will be to commence coffee production in collaboration with Kenya.

‘Your Death Has Left A Difficult Vacuum To Fill’, Governor Ishaku Mourns Mama Taraba

Maybe It's Not In My Destiny To Be Taraba Governor – Aisha Alhassan
Former Minister of Women Affairs of Nigeria, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan

 

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

Gov Ishaku described Aisha Alhassan as a woman of great courage and that her death is for him a personal loss, adding that she left a vacuum that is difficult to be filled.

He said he and the late Senator Aisha 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.

A press statement by the Governor’s media aide Bala Dan-Abu 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 adds that as minister of Women Affairs Senator Aisha contributed immensely towards the 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 and prayed to God to grant her soul eternal rest.

Remain Vigilant And United In Fight Against Insecurity, Ishaku Tells Taraba Residents

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

 

The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku is asking residents of the state to be united and remain vigilant in the fight against insecurity in the state.

Ishaku insists that his administration is working tirelessly in collaboration with security agencies in a bid to end kidnappings and senseless killing of law-abiding citizens by hoodlums who are bent on causing disaffection and mayhem on residents.

While soliciting more support of the residents to nip the nefarious acts in the bud, the Governor urged them not to lower their guards in adhering to the safety measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is contained in his Easter goodwill message signed and issued by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu.

He urged the Christian faithful to constantly remind themselves of the virtues of peace and forgiveness which Jesus Christ amply demonstrated throughout his trial and crucifixion and to allow these virtues to reflect in their conduct and relationship with fellow Christians and humanity generally.

Governor Ishaku expressed happiness that peace has gradually returned to the troubled spots and communities in Taraba State as he assures that everything will be done to ensure that this achievement is sustained.

He pleaded with Tarabans of all ethnic backgrounds, religious faiths, and political affiliations to forget their differences and to work together in the interest of peace and development.

The Governor also reminded residents of the need to take the COVID-19 vaccine which is now available in the state.

Ishaku Promises To Tackle Security Challenges In Taraba

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has assured the people of the state that the problem of insecurity is being tackled with greater zeal and determination to make farming and traveling safe in all parts of the state.

Governor Ishaku gave the assurance when a high-powered delegation of people from the Gassol Local Government Area of the state paid him a thank-you visit on Monday in Jalingo.

The delegation led by the Chief of Mutum-Biyu, Sani Suleiman Duna came to brief the Governor on insecurity in his domain and for the provision of electricity and other amenities to parts of the Local Government Area as well as the appointment of sons and daughters of the area into key Government positions.

The Deputy Governor, Engr Haruna Manu is one of such appointees.

Ishaku urged traditional rulers in the state to assist the government in tackling the insecurity by reawakening the local vigilante group to compliment other security agencies.

He advised them to be conscious about happenings within their domains and to report suspicious visitors to security agencies before such visitors cause harm in their communities.

Looting: Gov Ishaku Seeks FG’s Assistance To Rebuild Vandalised Structures

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku is appealing to the federal government and other humanitarian agencies to assist in rebuilding structures vandalized and replacing items looted by hoodlums in the wake of the #EndSARS protest that greeted the nation.

While lamenting that the state government uses its scarce resources to pay salaries and carry out other developmental plans, the governor describes the destruction as colossal and quantum, insisting that bouncing back can only take the grace of God, especially now that the country is into recession.

”Absolutely, the state government does not have the resources and definitely we will need assistance from the federal government and that’s the finality of it,” the governor said on Tuesday after an assessment of destroyed properties in the state capital, Jalingo.

”We do not have the resources and we are hoping that the federal government will come in to assist us, otherwise, we will just ground to a halt.

”You have seen the damage and the much talked about food is for those in distress especially the internally displaced persons and we kept it for eventualities as no one anticipates trouble, it is really sad indeed. It is colossal damage all over and quantum destruction.

”Talking about how we can start to repair it, I do not know because the scarce resources the state has is what is used to ensure that we keep the state functioning and with this setback, only God knows when we can be able to bounce back.”

The governor who was visibly saddened by what he saw, especially at the Hope Afresh Foundation, a skills acquisition centre belonging to his wife Anna Ishaku insists, that there should be a rethink to protests and its degenerating effect.

”It is a huge destruction and as you can see we are just from the Hope Afresh Foundation for less than one year they have trained about 1650 people on different skills, these hoodlums came and took away everything,” he explained.”It is not even about the building but equipping it.”

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Six Suspected Robbers, Rapist In Katsina

With the meagre resources available to the state government and the country going into recession Governor Ishaku says it is a sad development that will not ensure a quick rebuild.

”With this meagre resources, the country is already in recession, I think it is a very sad development that happened to us in the country,” he noted.

“Yes in a democracy, you are allowed to air your contrary views, but not in a destructive manner like this”

”We have prepared our report but with the COVID-19 pandemic that has trimmed our resources to below 55% and a very poor state like Taraba, we have been living up to expectation by paying salaries and now even if we manage to pay salaries, we will manage to do nothing else.”

READ ALSO: Katsina Governor Masari Recruits Over 4,000 Teachers

He stressed that the security architecture of the country needs to be overhauled and constitution amended to accommodate local, state and federal police for effective response in situations like this because the police were not helpful during the looting.

”As you are very much aware the security agencies are not under my control and I have said that repeatedly from day one when I resumed I said there is something defective about our constitution,” the governor said.

”When you make someone a governor, even in America where we copied the constitution from, the state has their state police, local government police and Federal police”

”In that structure, what is bigger than the local police, the state police takes over and what is bigger than the state police, the federal police takes over, but we copied the police defectively and we removed the power of the Governor from running the state police and of course you expect this kind of chaos and the reason was that the police stood watching the hoodlums perpetrate the act without hindrance.

”It is just like me in my house, anyone can pick me up now, it is very sad and the constitution has to be amended so as to serve its purpose and if it cannot serve its purpose, then it is useless.”

READ ALSO: All Nine Police Officers Missing In Katsina Rescued

He adds that the destructive manner calls for reorientation for future protests.

The governor visited warehouses belonging to late governor Danbaba Suntai, Taraba state Transport Corporation, Veterinary Clinic, Hope Afresh Foundation and Biotechnology Centre all in Jalingo, the state capital.

The looting and vandalization of warehouses took place when the governor was out of the state for an official engagement.

 

Do Not Be Frightened By Stories Of Insecurity In Northeast, Says Gov Ishaku

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The Taraba State Governor, Arc Darius Ishaku has urged investors willing to develop the state not to be frightened by stories of insecurity in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

He said though Taraba is located in the region, it is not affected heavily by insecurity, caused by Boko Haram Insurgency.

While describing Taraba as a state of immense potentials waiting to be harnessed, the Governor drew the attention of the state’s would-be investors of his willingness to Feed Nigeria through rice farming.

The Governor was speaking when he held a virtual meeting with US-based Foreign Development and Investment Groups led by Mahmood Mustapha
Founder & Futurist FiLab, Silvio F. Pupo CEO Logos Capital, and Peter Mendez President & CEO 1st SOS Inc.

Ishaku during the meeting noted that Taraba was desperately looking for investment partners that could assist the state in growing its economy to adequately take care of the growing needs of the youths in the state for gainful employment.

The group’s areas of special interest, which formed the crux of the meeting is the development of investment opportunities for boosting economic growth.

The team had earlier told Gov Ishaku that the group have expertise in the establishment of malls, promotion of agriculture, the hospitality industry and mineral resources development and marketing.

Ishaku who was visibly elated by the level of experience of the group in these areas assured them of the willingness of his administration to partner with them to quicken the pace of development of the state.

He said the idea of establishing a mall will serve as a great attraction and suggested that the first branch of the mall be located in Jalingo, the state capital.

This, he said, would complement the success of his administration’s Green House project in Jalingo which is already enjoying an expansive market for its products, which include tomatoes, pepper, lettuce, cucumber and other vegetables will use the malls as its primary outlets.

The Governor promised to put a helicopter owned by the State Government at the disposal of the group to facilitate collaboration.

Another major area of discussion was how to expand rice farming, packaging, and marketing, where Ishaku told the group that Taraba has one of the best soil to grow rice and require assistance in promoting its marketing.

He said more than sixteen thousand rice farmers in the state have been empowered by his administration since 2017, all who have become prosperous and the envy of other residents.

He insists his administration was determined to do much more for farmers through dry season rice farming which is more productive, stressing that he would love to see many small but functional rice mills established in the state as part of the partnership.

Ishaku however, requested the expert advice and assistance of the group for his government to make farming more attractive to youths in the state.

The Governor solicited for collaboration with the group to promote tourism in Taraba State, noting that the Gashaka Gumti Park located in the state was already attracting international attention, stressing that the state was already negotiating an agreement with
African Nature Investment for a 30-year lease agreement of the park.

He told the American investment group that the Park is the largest in Africa and is available for investment.

He extended the invitation of the State Government to the group to visit Taraba State soon to learn more about the state

Earlier, each member of the group had briefed the Governor on their expertise and experience in investment promotion and assured him of their determination to work with the government to quicken the pace of development in Taraba State.

The group is to develop a proposal based on the discussion and agreed areas of collaboration for the Governor to study and approve for onward partnership.

 

Ishaku To Catholic Community: Stop Inciting People Against My Government

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

Governor Darius Ishaku has asked a Catholic Community in Taraba State to desist from ‘inciting people against his government’. 

According to the governor’s statement late on Thursday, a Catholic community under the aegis of National Catholic Diocesan Priests Association, Jalingo Diocesan chapter is criticizing the Taraba State governor for not doing much to nip in the bud the crisis between the Tivs and Jukuns in the state.

At a press briefing held in Jalingo, the Catholic Church is said to told newsmen that armed banditry, rape, unwary destruction of lives, and property, has become the new normal for the people of Taraba.

The Catholic church stressed that human lives have become so cheap that it takes no second thought to be wasted, just as they call for a more consolidated approach by the state government in ending the feud.

READ ALSO: Security: Excuses Will No Longer Be Tolerated, Buhari Tells Service Chiefs

They also sort to know rhetorically if the state government is comfortable with the incessant and continuous crisis in the state.

Reacting to their criticism, the state Governor Darius Ishaku warned the Catholic Community to desist from inciting residents of the state against his government.

According to Ishaku, he has together with the Benue state Governor explored all available measures to broker peace between the two warring tribes but all to no avail, yet he is not relenting in his quest.

Ishaku insisted that he is willing to challenge anyone who is trying to make worse what his administration is making frantic efforts to get with peace.

He added that if the catholic community has nothing to offer, they should keep calm, as he is more than ready to get back peace to Taraba state for the growth of the state’s economy.

Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Governor Ishaku

Photos: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The supreme court has affirmed the election of Governor Darius Ishaku as Governor of Tarab state.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Ejembi Ekwo, the court held that the counsel to the APC admitted that the party had no candidate in the election and therefore has no locus standi to contest the election of the governor.

The Judge added that the appellant conceded the fact and went ahead to suggest that the supreme court allow one professor to step into the shoes of the disqualified candidate.

Justice Ekwo held that the law is clear on the issue of disqualification of a candidate.

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Upholds Election Of Governor Ikpeazu

He held that the replacement sort by APC did not participate in the election and cannot be accorded such value, adding that having resolved all the issues against the appellant the effect of the disqualification is that all the votes cast for that candidate are wasted votes and cannot be scooped from the ‘dustbin’ and given to another.

He concluded that for a petition to be valid it must fulfill all conditions of law which is not in this case.

“This petition is a mere academic exercise and cannot be given any value; and being an abuse of court process, it shall be and is hereby dismissed,” the Judge noted.

Governor Ishaku Dissociates Self From Claims By Kidnap Kingpin, Wadume

LG Funds: Ishaku Agrees With NFIU, To Reduce Political Appointees
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)

 

The Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku has debunked a statement by the rearrested kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, alleging that the suspect duped him of Six Million Naira during his inglorious reign as kidnapper in the state.

The Governor in a statement by his Special Adviser on media and publicity Bala Dan-Abu, says he was never a victim of Wadume’s duplicity and never lost money to his antics.

READ ALSO: IRT Arrests Another Member Of Wadume’s Kidnap Gang

He urged the general public to discard and disregard Wadume’s confessions on the alleged defrauding, and only see them as the rantings of a drowning criminal.

According to the statement, Governor Ishaku has never met the kidnap suspect and would not even recognise him if they were to meet.

The Governor used the forum to commend security agencies for promptly arresting Hamisu Bala who is the reason behind the dastardly murder of three police officers and one other person in Ibi earlier this month.

He also urged security agencies to expand their dragnet to all the nooks and crannies of Taraba State where the accomplices of Wadume and other criminal gangs may still be hiding to arrest them and bring them to book.

Taraba Governor, Ishaku Visits President Buhari

Taraba Governor, Ishaku Visits President Buhari

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The governor told State House correspondents after meeting with the President on Monday in Abuja that Taraba would implement the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in 2018.

He added that he was at the Villa to seek the Federal Government’s support in improving the state’s security, including the return of military personnel who were moved out of the state for other operations.

Details to follow…