From Nahum Sule, Jalingo
The Taraba State governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku has denied arresting of 14 Taraba youths from Takum local government as purported by the deputy Senate minority leader, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha.
Recall that Senator Bwacha in a motion at the floor of the senate said 14 people from his constituency have been in detention after a quarrel with the brother of Governor Ishaku.
Speaking to newsmen in Jalingo, the state commissioner for information and re-orientation Barr. Danjuma Adamu on Thursday evening in his office said, this is a cheap publicity by the senator, alleging that there are many security issues he should be concerned of in his constituency rather than this.
In the statement read by the commissioner, he said that, “the attention of the Taraba State Government has been drawn to a publication on the social media signed by one Disebe S. Bala Donga, SA New Media to Senator Emmanuel Bwacha linking the Taraba State Governor, His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to the arrest and detention of some youth from Takum Local Government Area by the Police in Taraba State.”
“The purported writer claimed that the youth “were mischievously lured by His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to Jalingo” before they were whisked away by the police for an illegal detention for a bailable offence.”
“The Governor has always been a promoter of the principles of separation of powers and cannot do anything to interfere in the duties of the police or the judicial arm of government.”
“The police are trained to detect and fight crime and criminality as this is their constitutional responsibility, which is exactly what they have done in this case.”
“It is wrong for Senator Emmanuel Bwacha or group to link the Governor to the arrest and detention of the youth simply because someone or some people are trying to seek cheap publicity.”
He also stress that the Governor stands to gain nothing from the arrest and detention of the youth and the Taraba State wants to advise those trying to drag the Governor into the issue to look elsewhere.
Adamu said the Governor’s concern at all time is the promotion of security, legality, peace and progress of Taraba State. This has been his focus since he assumed power in May 2015 and he will continue to do so, by the grace of God