The judicial commission of inquiry investigating the violence in Ibi and Wukari areas of Taraba state has submitted its report, claiming that the violence was as a result of intra-ethnic clashes and has nothing to do with religious concerns.
Chairman of the commission, Justice Philibus Andetur, while presenting the report to the Taraba State Government, stated that the findings of the commission revealed that the clash was among the same ethnic group but was only fuelled by religious sentiments to cause mayhem among the people.
Acting Governor of Taraba state, Garba Umar assured that the recommendations of the commission will be adhered to, while those found wanting will be prosecuted according to the laws of the land.
The report consists of findings and recommendations, record of proceedings, as well as exhibits and memoranda collated from the public.
It will be recalled that crisis engulfed the towns of Wukari and Ibi in Taraba state, North East Nigeria in the month of May, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.
Taraba State Governor,Dambaba Suntai has returned to Nigeria after 10 months of absence.
The aircraft is reported to have taken off from the Republic airport in Long Island and made a stop-over at an unknown destination before it touched down in Nigeria.
The ailing governor who is still recuperating was involved in a plane crash near Yola State, a plane which he piloted according to report, arrived abode a chartered aircraft at about 1pm Nigerian time.
The governor was guided out of the chartered aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja and was received by friends and political associates, who had come to welcome him
He acknowledged greetings from friends and associates after which he was driven off by a waiting vehicle.
Amongst those at the airport to receive the governor is the former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana who expressed gratitude to God for the safe return of the governor.
Other associates said the return of the governor will put an end to many of the rumours surrounding his absence following the plane crash which left the governor badly wounded.
On the 25th of October 2012, governor Suntai’s plane which he was piloting crashed around Yola state with three of his aides with him.
According to the People of Namtari village; a suburb of Yola the capital of Adamawa state, who were the first eye witnesses to arrive at the scene of the plane crash said the plane was coming normally like any other aircraft, suddenly the sound changed, and that was followed by an immediate U-turn giving all signs that the plane was going to crash, as it eventually did in a very familiar farm behind the NNPC depot.
As they heard the sound of the crash, they picked their touch lights as it was already getting dark and they ran to the scene of the crash.
On arrival, one of the occupants was already out of the aircraft and crying for help, asking them to hasten up the rescue because three others including the Taraba state Governor were still inside the plane, for fear of possible fire outbreak.
They however confirmed that the governor was the last to be rescued because it took them time to locate his where about as he was equally trapped under the now wrecked plane and being held down by the seat belt.
The Coordinator of the Concerned Citizens of Taraba; Mohammed Bello Mustapha has debunked claims by the commissioners sacked by the deputy governor who now is the acting governor of the state over the mismanagement of the flood disaster fund given to Taraba state by federal government earlier in the year that they were sacked unjustly as the said flood disaster fund was disbursed judiciously.
Mustapha who was a guest on our morning show ‘Sunrise Daily’ said the commissioners couldn’t come up with a defence when called upon to come and explain how the fund was used.
“They were not wrongly sacked because they were given the opportunity to defend themselves, their right to fair hearing was not trampled upon, they were given the chance, they were invited to make presentation by the last Taraba state House of Assembly before the present leadership
They were all there and they made their presentations, and when the new administration came on board (the new speaker), the issue was taken from where the preceding leadership stopped, so its not a new thing”
Mustapha said the sacked commissioners should have some shame, labelling them as ‘Heartless’ because they were placed in charge of a fund meant to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims of Taraba state but unfortunately, they have showed that they do not have the interest of the people of Taraba at heart.
The flood disaster fund that was disbursed to some states came about when some states in the federation suffered so much loss due to natural disaster that destroyed homes, farms and several other properties runing into millions belonging individuals.
And in response, the federal government decided to compensate these states and decided to release funds to help victims of the flood. The states were categorised into A,B and C depending on the level of damage suffered.
Taraba state whose fund is now creating a buzz, was placed under category A, receiving N400m flood disastr fund from the federal government.