Again, Explosion Rocks Taraba

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

An explosion has rocked the headquarters of Six Brigade Nigeria Army located in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital. 

The incident took place late Tuesday night in the backyard of the building but no casualty was recorded.

The Army has so far barricaded the roads leading to and fro the axis of the Six Brigade Nigeria Army headquarters to forestall further attempts on their lives.

No statement has emanated from the Brigade commander as to what transpired.

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‘Ungodly, Inhuman, Barbaric’

A file photo of Taraba state Governor, Darius Ishaku.
A file photo of Taraba state Governor, Darius Ishaku.

 

Tuesday’s explosion adds to the increasing cases of bombings in the northeastern state.

Late last month, there were two bombing incidents in a space of four days in Taraba State. One of them, which the terrorist group ISWAP took responsibility for, killed at least six persons.

Irked by the development, Governor Darius Ishaku ordered a stop and search operation across the state as part of efforts to firm up security.

“Governor Ishaku described the incident as ungodly, inhuman, barbaric, and a deliberate attempt by evil people to destabilize the state,” a statement signed by his spokesperson, Iliya Bekyu Akweh, said.

“He directed security agencies in the state to a network through proper investigation to fish out the terrorists whom he said are working relentlessly to destabilize the peace of the state

“The Governor further directed security agencies to immediately introduce operation stop and search across the state especially in the state capital to checkmate the nefarious activities of terrorists and their cohorts who have infiltrated the state recently.”

According to the governor, who lamented the loss of lives in the state,  “his administration would not allow evil people and their sponsors including those harbouring them to destabilize the peace he had worked hard to restore in the state”.

Age Falsification: Court Orders WAEC To Clear Taraba APC 2019 Guber Candidate

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A court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo the Taraba State capital has ordered the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to within 48 hours, correct the wrong date of birth used for the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 General elections in the state.

This follows the disqualification of the APC gubernatorial candidate Sani Danladi in the 2019 General elections for age falsification in his details tendered to the party as well as his WAEC certificate.

Delivering his judgment on Wednesday, Justice Simon Amobeda granted his application, compelling WAEC to correct the wrong date of birth and issue him with another certificate within 48hrs of the service of the orders on it.

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The Judge cited similar judgments which involved errors and corrections of Certificates in many places in Nigeria, insisting that the correction of the error is one of the fundamental human rights of the complainant.

Counsel to the defendant Barr Chia Elijah says it is the public duty of WAEC to issue him a new certificate correcting his date of birth.

”The court has looked at the case brought before it and has resolved that he is entitled to an order of mandamus compelling WAEC to correct his date.

”If you ask me in my own opinion, the court has death effectively and accordance to legal principles as all the issues raised by WAEC was tackled.

”They alleged principally that their was a delay, but the court has firmly held that there is no law specifying the time within which WAEC can make corrections on their certificate.

”By the verdict of the court, it permits him to contest the 2023 General elections because it has established that it was a mistake, which was not made by him and cannot be held responsible for the mistake of WAEC”.

In the year 2001 the 2019 APC gubernatorial candidate Sani Danladi sat for SSCE at the WAEC center located at the Government Secondary School, Karim Lamido Local Government Area.

He was issued with a certificate on which his date of birth was wrongly stated to be April 3, 1977 instead of April 14, 1968.

In 2007 when he contested on a joint ticket with Danbaba Suntai as Deputy Governor, he was challenged because all other documents submitted by him except for the school certificate bears his correct date of birth.

Realizing the consequences, he wrote to the WAEC zonal office in Yola and Government Secondary School, Karim Lamido local council for the correction of his date of birth.

Apart from 2007, he wrote several other letters to which WAEC did not respond.

The school also wrote admitting that the error was that of it’s center and consequently requested for correction of the error.

WAEC in 2020 invited him to fill a form for correction of the error. He was also asked to pay a fee of Ten Thousand Naira and submit the original certificate which he did.

In December 2020, WAEC wrote refusing to effect the correction. He then commenced Suit No. FHC/JAL/CS/2/2022 against WAEC for an order of Mandamus.

Today, the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, granted his application for mandamus compelling WAEC to correct the wrong date of birth and issue him with another certificate within the next 48 hours.

Taraba Govt Reviews Curfew Imposed On Jalingo, Other LGAs

File Photo: Women In Taraba

 

The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has reviewed the existing curfew imposed on some parts of Jalingo and Ardo Kola Local Government Areas of the state.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity Bala Dan-Abu, the new curfew would take effect between 12:00 am and 6:00 am daily.

He, however, noted that the review does not affect Keke Napep operators and their curfew remains between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am.

The governor further directed security agencies in the state to arrest and ensure the prosecution of Keke Napep operators or anyone who violates the restriction order.

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The development comes two days after the panel set up by the Nigerian Defence Headquarters to investigate the killing of three police officers and a civilian by soldiers in the state, arrived in Jalingo.

Led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, the panel arrived at the Taraba Government House on Wednesday where they met with Governor Darius Ishaku behind closed doors.

Taraba Govt Imposes Curfew On Jalingo After Attack

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The Taraba State Government has imposed a curfew on Jalingo, the state capital after an attack on some communities in Kona and ATC areas of the state.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, said the curfew would last between 4:00 pm to 6:00 am daily until further notice.

According to the statement, security agencies in the state have been directed to enforce the curfew strictly.

Details later

Strike: Students Ask Taraba Govt To Address Issues Raised By Lecturers

Strike: Students Ask Taraba Govt Address Issues Raised By Lecturers

 

The students of Taraba State University, Jalingo have appealed to the state government to address the plight of striking lecturers in the institution.

Some of the students who spoke to Channels Television on Friday stressed that there was a need to resolve the issues between both parties for better learning.

During a visit to the school, the classrooms and school environment have been deserted with a few students loitering around with the hope that the industrial action would be resolved soon.

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The students lamented that the present situation would affect their performances negative, as it was not up to a month since they resumed academic activities.

They said academic activities had been regular in the institution as a result of just concluded 2019 general elections.

Others decried that the strike would spell doom on their academic calendar and discourage them, thereby making them burdens on their parents if it persists and they return home.

They, therefore, appealed to the state government to meet the demands of the striking lecturers quickly and rationally, in order for them to graduate at the appropriate time.

The business community of the institution is not also left out as shops were under lock and key as at the time of the visit.

The Taraba State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on an indefinite strike in 2018.

It, however, suspended the industrial action after the state government promised to meet its demands.

The union explained that it decided to resume the strike after the government failed to meet its demand, as promised.

The demands of the striking lecturers include the payment of earned academic allowances from 2014 till date, the provision of required infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning, and fencing of the institution, among several others.

Taraba Govt Lifts Curfew In Jalingo After One Week

Taraba Govt Lifts Curfew In Jalingo After One Week
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)

 

The Taraba State Government has lifted the curfew imposed on Jalingo after one week.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Darius Ishaku, Hassan Mijinyawa, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

“The curfew earlier imposed on Jalingo, the Taraba state capital has been lifted with effect from today, Tuesday 19th March 2019,” the statement said.

The government had imposed the curfew on the state capital as a result of the violence that trailed the aftermath of the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state.

Governor Ishaku, however, directed the heads of various security agencies to intensify surveillance in flashpoints in the state.

He thanked the residents of Jalingo for their cooperation while the curfew lasted.

Read the full statement below:

The curfew earlier imposed on Jalingo, the Taraba state capital has been lifted with effect from today, Tuesday 19th March 2019.

However, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has directed the commissioner of police, the commandant of the civil defence and other security agencies to intensify security surveillance and patrol especially in the flashpoint areas of the state capital.

Governor Ishaku further thanked the people of the state for their understanding and corporation with the security agencies while the curfew lasted.

Signed

Hassan Mijinyawa

Chief press secretary to the Taraba state Governor.

Taraba Govt Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew On Jalingo

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)

 

The Taraba State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Jalingo, the state capital.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, said the curfew will take effect from today, March 11, 2019, until further notice.

According to the statement, it is expected to run from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am daily. However, some INEC officials, key agents of political parties and observers involved in the collation of election results are exempted.

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The state governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, has, therefore, enjoined the people of the state to remain law abiding.

He also called on security agencies to ensure strict compliance.

Police Impounds Vehicle Conveying Electoral Materials In Taraba

 

The Police in Taraba State have impounded a vehicle loaded with election materials from Gombe State.

This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police in Taraba, Alkasim Sanusi, on Wednesday while he was addressing journalists at the headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force in Jalingo, the state capital.

According to him, the vehicle was intercepted by his men who were on stop and search operations at about 7:00 pm on Tuesday along the Jalingo/Gombe road.

He also stated that the driver of the vehicle is now in their custody and after due interrogation, he (the driver) explained that he was instructed to carry the election materials from Gombe to the INEC headquarters in Jalingo.

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Thereafter, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Baba Yusu, was called upon to inspect the vehicle and the materials.

On arriving the police headquarters, he said he was not aware but would put calls through to the INEC office in Gombe to confirm.

After due consultations, the REC later confirmed from the zonal officer in Gombe that they had authorised the movement of the non-sensitive materials to the INEC headquarters in Taraba.

The police boss, however, said it was worrisome that no security agent had accompanied the materials hence the interception.

After due investigations, he said he was convinced that the materials belong to INEC in Taraba and not any individual or political party.

Taraba Killings: Perpetrators Will Be Brought To Book – Gov Ishaku

Herdsmen AttackThe Taraba State Governor, Mr Darius Ishaku, on Wednesday said he will leave no stone unturned in bringing those responsible for an attack in the state to justice.

He also urged residents, with useful information on the perpetrators of the recent killings to come forward.

Speaking through his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Sylvanus Giwa, he urged residents to “report any suspicious character” to the authorities.

Mr Giwa also confirmed the deployment of police officers to the troubled area, adding that “the whole place is now calm.

“One of the suspects was paraded by the State’s Police Commissioner”, adding that it was in the house of the paraded suspect that the plan to carry out the attack was hatched.

He also noted that the “governor will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book.

“The place has been cordoned off and serious security checks are going on in those villages”, he said.

The media aide, however, disagreed with the police authorities who reported that 15 people were killed, maintaining that “the information we got was about 44 people.

“You cannot count the number of the corpses that were burnt unless you go there and see the visuals”, he added.

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Tuesday, dispatched a detachment of Police officers to central Taraba State, where cattle rustlers allegedly killed 15 people.

Speaking to journalists at the Police command’s headquarters in Jalingo, the Commissioner of Police, Shaba Alkali, said that the herdsmen launched coordinated attacks on the affected communities.

He explained that they burnt some thatch houses forcing the villagers to flee into the villages of Mayo-Selbe and Sabon Gida for safety.

Mr Alkali called on residents in the state to report suspicious activities in their communities to security operatives.

Herdsmen Attack: IGP Deploys Men To Taraba

Herdsmen Attack The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, on Tuesday, dispatched a detachment of Police officers to central Taraba State, where cattle rustlers allegedly killed 15 people.

This follows an attack on Dori and Mesuma villages in Gashaka Local Government Area by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Herdsmen AttackSpeaking to journalists at the Police command’s headquarters in Jalingo, the Commissioner of Police, Shaba Alkali, said that the herdsmen launched coordinated attacks on the affected communities.

He explained that they burnt some thatch houses forcing the villagers to flee into the villages of Mayo-Selbe and Sabon Gida for safety.

Mr Alkali called on residents in the state to report suspicious activities in their communities to security operatives.

Taraba: PDP Women Protest Tribunal Judgment

Taraba PDP Women Protest Tribunal JudgmentThe women wing of Taraba State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed disappointment in the Governorship Election Tribunal judgment which nullified the election of Darius Ishaku as governor of the state.

The women staged the protest in Jalingo, the state’s capital on Saturday.

Leader of the group, Fatima Hassan, described the tribunal judgment as unfortunate and appealed to the supporters to remain calm and peaceful as the matter has been taken to the Appeal Court for redress.

There have been tension in Taraba State which resulted in protests in some parts of the state since the judgment of the governorship election tribunal sitting in Abuja nullified the election of Ishaku as governor of the state and declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Aisha Alhassan winner of the April election.

Meanwhile, Organised Private Sector and the Civil Service in Taraba State have been reassured that governance and security of lives and property in the state are guaranteed despite the verdict of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

Giving the government’s assurance a day after the violence that started in Wukari after the Tribunal’s judgement left at least eight persons dead, the Chief, stated that business activities and government commitments in the state had not been affected in any way.

As various groups continue to appeal for calm and peaceful coexistence among citizens in the state pending the Appeal Court’s decision, all Tarabans must realise that without peace there cannot be any development; therefore, embracing peace and resulting to rule of law remain the path to justice.

Taraba Government Describes Tribunal Ruling As A Rape Of Democracy

Sylvanus_GiwaThe Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Taraba State Governor, Mr Sylanus Yakubu on Saturday described the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal as a “rape of democracy”.

Speaking to Channels Television via phone, Mr Yakubu said “as far as we are concerned in Taraba State and as far as the government of Arc Darius Ishiaku is concerned, this is a rape on democracy”, adding that “it is a judicial rascality”.

He further noted that the handwriting had been written on the wall from the judgment of other tribunals in the state which favoured the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Even yesterday, there were jubilations all over the streets of Jalingo from the supporters of APC, which means somebody, somewhere had an insight of what was going to happen today

“So we are not surprised to see the result of the tribunal.

Mr Yakubu debunked the claim that the governor did not participate in any primaries, maintaining that “Arc Darius Ishaku participated in the primaries, which was held to the glaring eyes of everybody and was presented with a flag during the flag off by the PDP in the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos and the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo”.

He however maintained that if anyone is to be accused of not participating in any primaries, it should be the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging that “her primaries was characterised by hullabaloo”

He added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was aware of the primary election conducted by the PDP and “even issued the Arc Darius Ishaku a certificate and declared him winner”

The Governor’s spokesman said as law abiding citizens, they will follow due process and appeal the judgment.

The Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Saturday nullified the election of Mr Darius Ishaku as governor of Taraba State.

The Tribunal, after nullifying the election, declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Aisha Alhassan, winner of the April 11 election in Taraba State.