Ishaku Calls For Peace To Promote Tourism In Taraba

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file).

 

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has advocated for peaceful coexistence among the citizenry in the state to transform its tourism sector for better economic growth.

He made the appeal when he played host to sons and daughters of the Mambilla Plateau at the Taraba State University, Jalingo.

In a bid to fully revive the sector, the governor explained that his administration has been promoting tourism potentials of the state.

He, however, lamented that security challenges have remained the major bane to the growth of tourism in Taraba.

The Mambilla Plateau in the central zone of Taraba has been a tourism attraction centre and a source of revenue for the state government for years.

This is similar to others such as the Gashaka Gumti National Park, hydropower dams, Wunyo fishing festival, and the Ngel-yaki cultural festival.

The Mambilla Plateau located in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state and is 2,419 metres above the sea level.

It is blessed with lots of mineral resources, good climate, diverse and rich topography, tea farms and diverse cultures among others.

Regarding the potentials, the stated government believes Taraba is an underrated tourism hub is working to develop the sector.

Also at the event was the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Abel Peter, who is an indigene of the Mambilla Plateau.

He said a lot needed to be done to increase earnings from tourism in the state and urged the state government to declare a state of emergency in the sector.

Taraba Recorded Over 100 Kidnap Cases In 2019, Says Ishaku

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file).

 

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says over 100 cases of kidnapping have been recorded in the state from January to September 2019.

He added that cash ranging from N500,000 to N5 million naira has been collected from victims as ransom within the period.

The governor made the disclosure on Thursday while speaking as a special guest at a one-day training for inter-agency personnel to form a joint operation team ahead of the commencement of operation Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba.

The operation which is slated to take place between November 1 and December 23 is aimed at ending security challenges and fostering civil-military relationships in the state.

According to Governor Ishaku, the military is no doubt the most consistent sector of Nigeria’s security architecture.

He said, “Right from independence, the complex task of keeping Nigeria one and protecting the nation from internal and external aggressions, undoubtedly rests on the military.

”This makes the Nigerian military to remain an integral of the nation’s internal security structure, given the magnitude of current security threats in the country.”

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The governor opined that the foundation of the nation’s unity and democracy was threatened recently by different forms of conflicts ranging from sectarian to ethno-religious crisis and other forms of crimes such as kidnappings, cattle rustling, terrorism, and farmers-herders crisis among others.

He stressed that these conflicts have severe consequences on human and material resources of the nation.

 

A Crisis-Free State

Governor Ishaku noted the justification of military involvement in internal security, as provided in Section 217c of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“I must add that the cooperation between security agencies is very important and necessary if we must achieve our aims.

“The case of Taraba State is so unique and diverse from other parts of the country because it is the only state not bedevilled by the North-East insurgency; it serves as a safe haven for fleeing victims,” he said.

The governor stated that another peculiarity of Taraba was the multi-ethnic and multi-religious colorations of the state, where over 80 ethnic groups exist with three major religions.

He added, “In fact, I always say that Taraba is a mini-Nigeria. These amazing revelations call for a sensitive government not to rest on its oars to combat any form of criminality or security challenges.”

Governor Ishaku, however, gave assurance that his administration was ready to support efforts of the military towards peacebuilding and a crisis-free state.

He described Exercise Ayem Akpatuma II as a welcome development and announced the donation of 26 motorcycles and two Toyota Hilux vans to complement the Federal Government’s effort.

For operation ‘Wild Stroke’, the governor said his administration would offer the military four Hilux vans.

“I believe that this gesture will spur the security operatives to rid the state of miscreants which has become increasingly alarming for some months now in the state.

“In as much as the proposed exercise is meant to root out criminals in our various communities, I appeal to the military to do their operations with human face, mindful of issues that have to do with the violation of human rights and be guided by the acceptable standard in civil-military relationships,” he said.

The governor also urged the military to fashion out effective mechanisms to foster efficient inter-agency cooperation during the exercise to avoid unwholesome situations that may mar the good intentions of the exercise.

Earlier, the Commanding Officer of 23 Brigade, Yola, Brigadier General Mohammed, explained that the training was to provide a unique forum where security agencies, particularly from the three divisions would meet to exchange ideas towards enhancement of inter-agency cooperation.

He added that the choice of the theme ‘Inter-Agency Cooperation Imperative For Efficient Joint Operation’ was hinged upon the vision of a professional responsible Nigerian Army with requisite capacity in the discharge of its conditional role.

Armed Men Abduct Three Persons In Taraba

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The Taraba State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of three persons by armed men in Jalingo, the state capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr David Misal, told Channels Television via telephone that the victims were kidnapped in Magami area of Jalingo in the early hours of Saturday.

He, however, noted that the police were already on the trail of the abductors and would do everything humanly possible to ensure that the kidnapped persons were rescued.

Narrating her ordeal, a wife to one of the victims, Chibugo Nweze, said her husband, Ekene, was sleeping when the abductors arrived in the home.

According to her, the assailants shot sporadically into the air to scare neighbours, broke their door, and left the house with her husband.

Chibugo added that the kidnappers order Ekene to dress up and follow them and carted away with some money they have in the house.

She also explained that shortly after taking her husband, the attackers pounced on her landlord Linus Ifekwueme and one Mr Emmanuel who live in the same compound with them.

The victim’s wife said the persons abducted were all Igbo businessmen resident in Magami.

She, however, noted that there has been no contact with the abductors to know their demands or the whereabouts of the victims.

Tricycle Rider Hits FRSC Officer, Gets One Year Sentence

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A tricycle operator, Imrana Idris, has been sentenced to one year imprison with an option of N20,000 fine in Taraba State.

The man was sentenced for knocking down an operative of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recently in an attempt to evade arrest.

This was confirmed in a statement sent to Channels Television on Monday by the legal officer of the FRSC State Sector Command, Saidu Umar, in Jalingo, the state capital.

The statement said, “The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, RS3.3 Taraba Sector Command wishes to inform the general motoring public that the command has recently secured a conviction against one Imrana Idris, a recalcitrant tricycle rider who was flagged down by a patrol team but refused to stop.

“In a case titled: FRSC-VS-IMRANA IDRIS CMCJ/56/2019, judgment in which was delivered on 25/9/2019, the offender was sentenced to one-year imprisonment or N20,000 fine for overloading, dangerous driving and assaulting marshal on duty.”

Idris was also ordered to pay the sum of N100,000 to the complainant as compensation for medical treatment, anticipatory damages, and cost of action.

According to the statement, the State Sector Commander, Mr Frank Okwueze, assured that the corps would ensure that all recalcitrant road traffic offenders in the state are duly prosecuted.

Police Kill Armed Robber On Wanted List In Taraba

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The Taraba state police command says it has killed a notorious armed robber who has been on their wanted list for months now.

In a press statement signed and issued by the Taraba state police command public relations officer, David Misal, said the success was recorded following a distress call by locals that armed men blocked Jatau/Borno kuru-Ku feeder road in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba, robbing traders returning from a nearby market.

According to the statement, on receiving the distress call, the police in conjunction with Vigilante group swung into action.

The statement adds that on sighting the police, members of the armed robbery gang engaged them in a gun duel which led to the death of the notorious armed robber while others fleeing escaped with bullet wounds.

The statement says a fabricated revolver pistol loaded with 9.3mm ammunition, charms and a motorcycle were recovered from the scene.

The statement urges members of the public to always feed the police with timely information for prompt action, stressing that Taraba state is no hiding place for criminals.

Traditional Ruler Escapes Gunmen Attack In Taraba

 

The paramount ruler of Yandang chiefdom, Haniel Banti, has escaped an attack by armed men in Taraba State.

He said raised an alarm after he heard the gunmen having a conversation about the attack on his palace on Saturday in Jauro Santi in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

Narrating how the incident happened, the traditional ruler said, “It was around 1:00am but I was awake; I heard strange voices around my house.

“They (the gunmen) spoke in a language I can identify, saying that this is the house. I was alerted by that, I left what I was doing at that time and alerted my guards.”

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He added, “They surrounded the house and one of them climbed up the gate and was trying to come in; my security guards engaged him and they started shooting. On discovering that everyone was alerted, they left.”

A file photo of Haniel Banti.

 

Banti, however, explained that in the process of repelling the attackers, one of his guards was shot by the assailants.

He said the victim was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo when he received treatment and now back to the palace.

The traditional ruler stressed that he informed the police about the attack while the fire exchange was ongoing but the security officials came in three vehicles after the hoodlums had already left.

“When they (police) arrived they could not find anyone, but they could hear the voices of the assailants crossing the nearby river.

“It has become a national problem. The issue of insecurity is everywhere. My call to the government and entire citizenry is for us to come together, build our state, and shun social vices for development to thrive,” he stated.

Gunmen Kidnap Girl, Injure Father In Machete Attack

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Some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday attacked the home of a man identified as Alhaji Usman Bobo in Jalingo, Taraba State

The gunmen attacked the man with a machete and whisked his daughter, Farida Usman, away around 2:00am.

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An eyewitness, Baban Yola, told Channels Television that the kidnappers attacked Alhaji Usman after he vehemently refused to follow them and they in anger took the 18-year-old girl away.

A family member explained that the abductors have since contacted the family using the Farida’s phone, asking if Alhaji Usman is still alive.

Alhaji Usman who survived the attack is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The abductors are yet to make demands are.

All efforts to speak to the police for confirmation proved abortive as the police public relations officer in Taraba state neither picked his phone calls nor responded to text messages.

NDLEA Arrests Suspected Supplier Of Marijuana To Insurgents, 20 Others

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 21 suspected drug dealers in Taraba State.

The suspects, including one person accused of supplying drugs to Boko Haram insurgents, were paraded on Thursday at the NDLEA office in Jalingo, the state capital.

Mr Suleiman Jadi, the state commander of the agency, disclosed that officials seized about 299.6 kilograms of drugs within four months of operation.

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The NDLEA state commander said Mohammed Ibrahim – the suspect said to be a major supplier of drugs to Boko Haram – was nabbed with 153 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Marijuana.

He stressed that unemployment and peer group influence were the major reasons why youth indulge in drug abuse.

Jadi, who noted that they were faced with various challenges as a unit, said nine of the suspects have been charged to court.

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Ishaku, Ortom, Others To Meet Over Tiv-Jukun Crisis

Darius Ishaku                                                                                                                            Samuel Ortom

 

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has scheduled a meeting with critical stakeholders to address the lingering crisis between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups.

Governor Ishaku’s media aide, Bala Abu, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Abu, the meeting which is expected to hold on Wednesday in Abuja will also have in attendance, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

He added that many other eminent personalities, including traditional rulers and political leaders from the two states, would attend the meeting.

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Among those expected are federal and state legislators, speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, security chiefs, and representatives of youth groups among others.

The meeting, Ishaku’s aide said, is a follow up to similar efforts by the governors of both states in the recent past.

“This included numerous visits to the affected communities to preach peace and meetings of stakeholders leading to peace accords that were not obeyed,” he said.

Catholic Priest Killed In Taraba Laid To Rest

Scores of worshipers attend the funeral of David Tanko in Taraba State on September 3, 2019.

 

 

A funeral mass has been held by the Catholic Church in Taraba State in honour of Reverend Father David Tanko, a priest who was killed recently by gunmen in Kpankufu village in Takum Local Government Area of the state.

Scores of Christians gathered at the Our Lady of Queen of Peace Cathedral in Jalingo, the state capital on Tuesday to pay their last respect to the late priest of St. Peter’s Parish Kurfa Amadu.

The church condemned the killing, saying they hope the murder of the priest would be the sacrifice that would bring an end to the lingering Jukun-Tiv crisis in Taraba.

They also called on the government to up to its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.

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The Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Reverend Father Charles Hammawa, said it was not easy to accept the circumstances that led to his death.

He, however, stated that the church would be comforted by the promise of resurrection for all who died in Jesus Christ.

The bishop also asked the government to use the institutional and constitutional power at its disposal to end the crisis between the Jukun and Tiv people in the state.

On his part, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Taraba, Isaiah Jirapye, promised that the association would continue to mediate for peace in the crisis.

The younger brother of the deceased, Jerry Yakubu, and one of his relatives, Ishaya Andokari, said the family has decided not to seek justice in any way, saying they have left the matter in God’s hands.

The late priest was who was killed on Wednesday last week at Kpankufu Village en route his parish and his body was burnt along with his vehicle.

Four Killed As Gunmen Attack Taraba Community

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Four persons have been killed after gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr David Misal, confirmed the figure to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the armed men came in through the outskirt Takum town and started shooting sporadically at people.

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The assailants, according to Misal, were however repelled by operatives of the State Police Command and other security agencies on the ground.

He added that after engaging the gunmen, the police combed the area and found the bodies of four persons.

The Command’s spokesman said three of the bodies discovered were believed to be bandits while the fourth person was a resident said to have been hit by stray bullets.

He disclosed that the assailants made attempts to burn down houses, but were repelled by combined forces of security agencies.

Misal noted that the remains of the bandits and Takum resident have been deposited at the mortuary of the Takum General Hospital.

He gave assurance that the situation has been brought under control as security agencies have been deployed to the area to protect lives and property.

IGP Orders Taraba Police Command To Fish Out Killers Of Clergyman

A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Taraba Police Command to fish out the killers of the Catholic Priest, Rev. Father David Tanko.

Rev Father Tanko was murdered by suspected bandits in the early hours of Wednesday, at Kpankufu Village along Wukari Road on his way to Kofai Amadu Village in Taraba State.

The IGP in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, condoled the Catholic Family in Nigeria over the unfortunate incident.

He also expressed deep concerns over the recent incidents of attacks on clergymen in some parts of the country and has directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to henceforth pay special attention to the clergy and increase security around worship centres nationwide.

The IGP further directed the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) to provide additional forensic and other investigative assets to the Taraba State Command to aid investigations into the incident.

He enjoined the people to be calm and give maximum support to the Police in the bid towards unravelling the authors of the crime, their motives and circumstances surrounding the unfortunate killing of the Priest.

He also reassured the nation that the perpetrator(s) of the dastardly act will not go undetected and unpunished.