Governorship Tussle: IGP Set To Arrest Taraba SSG, Chief of Staff, Others

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The Nigeria Police force headquarters, Abuja, has perfected plans to arrest top officials of Taraba state government. Already, it has ordered them to appear before it next Monday- a move viewed as a prelude to an arrest. A source disclosed  that top on the list of those ordered to appear on Monday are the Chief of Staff to Governor Darius Ishaku, Hon. Rebo Usman, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Anthony Jellason and former SSG, Amb. Emmanuel Njiwah.

Others on the list include former commissioner of women affairs, Mrs. Charity Green, former commissioner of education, Mr. Yakubu Agbaizo and others former and serving top government functionaries in the current administration.

Although the police have said the invitation is in furtherance of investigations into allegations of misappropriation of flood relief funds, a source close to the development hinted at a political witch hunt.

According to the insider, the invitation is not unconnected to the ongoing tussle over the governorship election Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and Hajiya Aisha Alhassan. Some of the officials invited,  like the COS are currently top notchers of the new government in Jalingo.

This view maintains that the resuscitation of the flood probe, a matter in court, is a form of intimidation by the opposition in the state.

According to the source “it is not difficult to see the voice of Esau and the hand of Jacob in this one. Their target is the Chief of staff, Rebo, who was recently very vociferous in his attack of the tribunal verdict that purportedly sacked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. In fact, apart from phone threats, Rebo was almost arrested after he granted a scathing television interview. This is intimidation. The idea is to frighten the ruling party and coerce them to silence. “

Rebo was on the African Independent Television (AIT) program Kakaki and Channels TV to denounce the tribunal ruling. He pointedly accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of trying to foment crisis in the state. Rebo also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the political impasse in the state.

An insider said this affront must have angered the APC. He went on to stress that the party at the center might have begun flexing its power in the state. He noted that it smacked of political attacks for a case in court to attract a fresh summon by the police highest command.

” This matter has already been thrashed out by the EFCC before. In fact, they found nothing in it. Then now the matter is in court. It is strange that the IGP should now be inviting people for such a matter. What is more, everyone knows that all the people invited are in the current administration that is engaging the APC government in legal tussle.  They know they would lose in court so they want to punish Darius cabinet member. This is also a way of getting back at a government they cannot sack by law. “

The flood relief fund crisis started under former Acting Governor Garba Umar who sacked many members of Governor Danbaba Suntai’s cabinet after they were allegedly found guilty by a panel.

Umar too was to be eventually sacked by the Supreme Court with the proviso that all his actions in government as acting governor, including those sackings, were not acknowledged by law.

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