Insecurity: Taraba Commissioner Condemns attack on travelers

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo JALINGO – Taraba State Commissioner for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Habu James has condemned the attack on travelers along Wukari-Tsokundu road in Wukari local government area of the state last Monday by suspected Tiv militia, describing it as highly reprehensible. Habu, who is the political leader of the Tiv in Taraba state stated that those behind the attack are criminals and agents of destabilization who do not have the interest of the area at heart. Recall that three people, including a woman were killed in the said attack while two others sustained serious injuries and are presently receiving treatment at the Federal University of Wukari Teaching Hospital, Wukari. Meanwhile, the Commissioner who expressed bitterness over the dastardly act, urged all the Tiv leaders in the area to fish out those behind the killings and hand them over to security agencies for prosecution. He noted that the state governor, Dr Agbu Kefas is doing everything humanly possible to unite all the tribes in the state, in his determination to bring peace and development to the state …

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Photos: My election is victory for Taraba, Northeast – Dr Hassan

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo JALINGO – The Taraba State Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria ALGON and Chairman of Jalingo Local government area, Dr Aminu Jauro Hassan has described his emergence as the National Welfare officer of the Association as a victory for Taraba State and the North East region as a whole. Hassan who is elected at the ongoing National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of ALGON holden at the Intercontinental Hotel (Sheraton) Abuja, as the new National ALGON Welfare Officer told journalists that the confidence reposed in him will not be taken for granted. “I want to appreciate all who had such confidence in me to support my election to this national position which underscores my dedication, profound commitment, and outstanding leadership acumen, my proven integrity and service within the organization. “Let me say that I do not take this for granted. It will inspire me to work even more for the good people of Jalingo Local government area, ALGON in Taraba, North East and indeed the nation at large. “It is a very good thing that …

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15 Passengers missing as gunmen attack 18 seater bus in Taraba

By Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo At least Fifteen passengers, including women and children are reportedly missing in an attack on an 18 seater bus that loaded passengers from Zaki Biam in Benue State to Maihula in Bali local government area of Taraba state on Tuesday. The chairman Doonga local government council Hon. Ezra Voka, where the attack took place, confirm the incident to Journalists on phone, but could not provide details as he said he was already in the nearby forest in search for the victims. “Please my friend, am already in the bush in search for the missing people, we can’t talk much now till when I get more information from here” Voka stated. However, our Correspondent gathered that the heavily armed men suspected to be members of Vigilante Group attack the bus at Gamkwe village, located at Maraban-Baisa in Donga local government area of the state while the bus was heading to its destination in Bali Local Government Area of the State. The driver of the Bus Mr. Mpuuga Mbaave who escaped the scene of the incident with Machetes …

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Lassa Fever Claims 19 In Taraba

By Callistus Agwaza, JALINGO – At least Nineteen persons are confirmed killed by Lassa fever between January and February this year at Federal Medical Center FMC Jalingo, in Taraba State. The state commissioner of health Gbangsheya Buma confirmed the outbreak of the disease to journalists said eight out of nine suspected cases that were tested last as at last week Friday came out positive. He reveal that the state ministry of health was closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and FMC Jalingo authorities to contain the spread of the disease. “It is not a surprising thing, this is the season and we have made preparations, though the outbreak may be overwhelming, I just received support from NCDC, they have sent some people here to provide technical support with the aim of stopping the progress of the disease” “We are actually on top of it. We have provided support as a state to the FMC to provide free treatment to patients of lassa fever “Eight of the Nine blood samples from suspected …

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Tagging Tiv as settlers in Taraba shows height of ignorance – Forum

By Callistus Agwaza, JALINGO – The Taraba Tiv Youth Development Forum (TTYDF) has described the insinuation by the Jukun Youth and Cultural Association that the Tiv people resident in parts of Taraba State are non indigenes but mere settlers as crass show of ignorance. The President of the forum Torkuma Luper Moses made the assertion in a Press statement issued on Monday in Jalingo in reaction to an earlier statement issued by the Jukun Youth Forum. The continued fued between the Tiv and Jukun tribes in parts of Southern Taraba have resulted in the deaths of Thousands of persons, displacement of several Thousands and destruction of property worth hundreds of millions over the decades. Moses maintained that the Tiv people, who have been living in the area even before the colonial era can not be tagged as settlers as no single tribe can lay claim to the exclusive right of the area around Wukari. “We want the JYCDA to tell us who an indigene is in Taraba, or what qualifies one to be an indigene, and how it is for …

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Neglect of Primary Health Care Centres in Taraba Pushes Patients to Herbal Remedies

By Charles Akpeji, JALINGO – The pursuit of achieving universal health coverage in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is no doubt facing significant challenges in Taraba state. Our state correspondent observed a concerning trend of neglect towards Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs) scattered across communities, leading to a surge in the popularity of herbal remedies as patients seek alternatives to address their healthcare needs. Investigations conducted in selected PHCs across three, out of the sixteen local government councils in the state have unveiled distressing conditions characterized by dilapidated structures, scarce resources, staffing shortages, and essential drug supply issues. This neglect has forced patients to turn to herbal treatments, exacerbating the challenges faced by the healthcare system. Communities such as Pamanga, Borno-Krukru, Kankani, Garin-Jatau, Lagos Buban, Wasaji, Fada, among others, have witnessed a growing reliance on herbal remedies due to dissatisfaction with PHCs. Residents lament the absence of qualified medical personnel in PHCs, relying primarily on Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) and practical students. The lack of essential medical equipment and facilities has compromised the quality …

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NEDC Executes 134 Projects In Taraba

By Sylvanus Viashima JALINGO – The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has executed One Hundred and Thirty Four projects in various sectors across Taraba State. Muhammed Alkali, MD/CEO of the NEDC disclosed this on Monday in Jalingo while on a courtesy call on the State Governor Dr Agbu Kefas. Alkali said that the commission was in the State to introduce the new members of the board recently inaugurated by the President and to monitor some of the projects going on in the State. The MD disclosed that while most of the projects are completed and ready for handing over, some of them are at various stages of execution and will be completed at the stipulated schedule. The State Governor Dr Agbu Kefas in his response commended the commission and pledged the full collaboration and support of the state government to the commission. “This visit attest to your commitment to Development of the region. I am aware of the challenges confronting our region, both infrastructure and security. I am optimistic that with the right collaboration, we would overcome. The NEDC plays …

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Taraba: Kuteb Community vow not to recognise propose Chief of Takum, see why

By Callistus Agwaza JALINGO –  The Kuteb community in Takum  local government area of Taraba State have vowed not to recognise the new Chief of Takum being imposed on the people of the area by the State Gov. Agbu Kefas.  The Kuteb in their numbers on February 21, 2024 stormed the State Assembly complex, venue of the public hearing of the executive bill sent to the lawmakers by Gov.  Agbu Kefas wearing black attires and carrying plakads with various inscriptions such as “Ukwe Takum stool  is not a souvenir”, “Ukwe Takum is not for compensation”, “we say no to rotation of Ukwe Takum”, “no to destruction of our heritage” “we kick against daylight robbery of our heritage. This is abuse of office”.etc. The Taraba State House of Assembly  held a public hearing for an executive bill submitted to the house by the state governor Dr Agbu Kefas, seeking the creation of one rotational 1st class and three 3rd class chief in Takum town. There have been growing tension and apprehensions as the Kuteb nation continues to reject plans by the …

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Be Weary Of Faceless Concerned Citizens – Residents Taraba Govt Functionaries

By Sylvanus Viashima JALINGO – Residents of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital have called on Taraba State Governor Dr Agbu Kefas and other government functionaries to be weary of faceless groups parading as concerned citizens and pedaling all kinds of petitions against persons and institutions in the State. In different interviews with residents by our Correspondent, the people are of the opinion that if the concerned citizens are sincere and have genuine issues, they should be bold enough to identify themselves and take a clear stand on issues rather than hiding under a shield Mr Anthony Yakubu told our Correspondent that “I have read some of their writeups on some Social Media platforms and it bothers me that they are hiding under the name of concerned citizens to write their petitions and attack innocent people and institutions. “In my opinion, if they are sincere people who really want to correct wrongs in the society, they should be bold enough to come out as a formidable group that would be recognised as a voice in the society”. Similarly, Umar Mukhtar, a …

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Taraba Chief Judge wants police to arrest former Takum chairman over Ibi’s killing

By Callistus Agwaza, JALINGO – Justice Joel Agya, the Taraba Chief Judge has urged the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr David Iloyanomon to arrest and prosecute Mr Shiban Tikari, the former Chairman, Takum Local Government Council over abduction and killing of Mr Hosea Ibi. Hosea Ibi, a serving member representing Takum 1 constituency in the Taraba assembly was abducted in Takum on Dec 30, 2017 and was later found dead after some ransom was allegedly paid, with people pointing accusing fingers at the then state government. Agya disclosed this while delivering judgement in the case between the State Vs Mwarga Iormbaga and another, who were arrested and charged over the late law maker’s abduction and killing. The judge, who sentence the two defendants to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping, expressed dismay over the failure of the police to arrest and prosecute Mr Tikari, the then Chairman, Takum Local Government Council, who has been linked to the incident. “I am dismayed over the failure of the police to arrest and prosecute Shiban Tikari despite all …

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Taraba: Returning IDPs Are Not Bandits – Cultural Group Cautions

By Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo The Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) Taraba state, have asked the security agencies and local authorities in the southern senatorial district of Taraba state to desist from tagging Tiv people, especially the IDPs in Wukari local government as bandits. Chief James Baka, president general of the association who made the caution in a press release on Friday, expressed dismay over the unfortunate continued tagging and branding of the Tiv people in Taraba, especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Southern part of the state as bandits by some security agencies and local authorities. “We wish to inform the general public that the Tiv people in the Southern part of Taraba, especially in Wukari local government area have been displaced from their ancestral homes for over four years now, and are only seeking the state government intervention to return. “We want to inform the general public that the Nigerian Army and local authorities in Wukari local government have deliberately tagged the Tiv IDPs in the area, and some parts of Donga LGA as bandits. They …

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Taraba Needs Bwacha More Than He Needs Governorship Seat – Yusuf

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo Ahead of the March 11 governorship elections across the country, Engineer Ahmed Yusuf has described Senator Emmanuel Bwacha as the only truly qualified and deserving governor Taraba State needs at this time to recover from the abysmal mismanagement of government and governance in the state in the last few years. Ahmed Yusuf is a Federal Commissioner of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission representing Taraba State and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC in Taraba State. Yusuf who disclosed this in Jalingo while interacting with journalists said that the state needs an experienced administrator who is knowledgeable of governance and the composition of the state as who has the political will to take firm decisions to correct the deliberate mistakes of the last few years that have taken the state backwards by several decades. He noted that with his experience as a grassroot politician who started as a local government chairman and rose to be a commission, member of the State House of Assembly, House of Representative and now a serving Senator, Bwacha …

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COVID-19: NCDC Records 662 New Cases, Total Now 150,908

By Ogechi Okorie Abuja (Precise Post) – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said that 662 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country, bringing the total confirmed cases to 150,908 as at Friday night. Releasing the report via it’s twitter handle on late yesterday, the health agency said that the new cases were recorded from 23 states including FCT as follows: Lagos-167; FCT-116; Ogun-45; Kano-44;Akwa Ibom-35; Edo-34; Rivers-27; Kaduna-23;Osun-23; Kwara-22; Taraba-2; Oyo-20; Ondo-19;Plateau-14; Abia and Imo-11 each. Others are; Nasarawa-7; Niger-6; Bayelsa-5;Delta-5; Enugu-3; Ekiti-2 and Jigawa-1. The health agency further stated that 127,500 patients have been discharged from across the various isolation facilities in Nigeria. The NCDC regrettably announced that the total of 1,813 lives have been lost to COVID-19 related ailments since the index case was reported in February 27, 2020. See the table for the breakdown of the total confirmed cases as released by NCDC below:

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APC Moves To Take Over Taraba In 2023

Sylvanus Viashima Jalingo (Precise Post) – As political momentum is beginning to gather ahead of the 2023 general elections, the All Progressive Congress APC in Taraba State has disclosed that planning is in top gear to make sure that the party takes over the reign of office in Taraba unfailingly. The Taraba state chairman of the part Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi who disclosed this in Jalingo at the training of supervisors to monitor the membership revalidation exercise of the party said that the party has learned from it’s past and is now positioned to claim it’s mandate come 2023. El-Sudi said that two supervisors from each of the sixteen local government areas in the state were to participate in the training as the party prepares to reach out to her members in all the books and crannies of the state. “Today’s exercise is very important because it is a key component of our preparations to take over the state come 2023. We have been rigged out a number of times and the people’s mandate stollen. This time, it will not …

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Just In: Hon. D.C. Hosea is dead

By Callistus Agwaza Jalingo (Precise Post) – A former member of the House of representatives, representing Kurmi/Gashaka/Sardauna federal constituency in Taraba State Mr. Danaasabe Charles Hosea is dead. A family member who confirmed the sad news to our correspondent said that Hosea died of suspected complications from Diabetes at a hospital in Abuja. Hosea, who served as local government Chairman of Kurmi local government area represented the people of Kurmi Gashaka Sardauna federal constituency until he lost the last general elections.

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Just In: Gunmen Kill Ardo Kola LG Boss in Taraba

By Callistus Agwaza Jalingo (Precise Post) – Armed men on Sunday abducted the Chairman of Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State, Mr. Salihu Dovo and later killed him and disposed of his body in the bush. The Police Public Relations Officer DSP David Misal who confirmed the sad development to The Sun in a phone interview said that the armed men had stormed the residence of the local government Chairman at Sabon Gari area of the state at around 1am on Sunday and took him away only to later call that the people should go and look for his body in the bush. Misal who said a search team was dispatched and the body later found, however could not confirm if it was a case of assassination or a kidnapping gone bad. A source said “they stormed his house here at Sabon Gari at around 1am and took him away. They later called an official of the local government to inform him that he was dead and said they should go and search for his corpse in the bush. …

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