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Plot to declare state of emergency in Taraba evil – Cleric

March 19, 2019 Editor 0

The leader of the Southern Conference of United Methodist Church of Nigeria (UMCN), Reverend Philip Micah Dopah, on Monday said plot to declare state of emergency in Taraba state by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) was evil. Reverend Micah, who stated this while briefing newsmen in Jalingo stated that the plan was uncalled for. He said that Tarabans would Read More

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Breaking: At election eve, DSS swoop on PDP top shots in Taraba

March 9, 2019 Editor 0

Blueprint has reliably gathered that top leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were on Saturday arrested by officials of Department of Security Services. As at the time of filling this report, our Correspondent was still investigating the reason behind their arrest. Details loading…

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Like Kano PDP, court stops Taraba, Enugu APC guber candidates

March 7, 2019 Editor 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba state capital Wednesday stopped the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sani Abubakar Danladi from contesting Saturday’s governorship election. The presiding judge, Justice Stephen Pam, in a ruling on age falsification brought against Danladi by Usman Udi and three others, said the APC candidate filled different dates of birth for the Read More

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APC will rule Nigeria forever, Mama Taraba declares to recontest governorship

June 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

Minister of Women Affairs Sen. Aisha Alhassan, has expressed optimism that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “will rule Nigeria forever,” assuring that her party will win more states including Taraba in 2019. The Minister popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’ said that the party´s coming National Convention would be peaceful, adding that the current crisis in the APC was normal Read More

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Police evacuate Taraba Catholic Seminary after herders’ attack

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The police have evacuated a Catholic Seminary in Taraba state following an invasion of the premises by suspected herdsmen. The state Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, told Premium Times yesterday that the attack occurred in Jalingo, the state capital, at about 12.30am. He blamed suspected herdsmen who had previously had a dispute with the management of the Seminary over their Read More

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How army plans to end killings in Benue, Taraba

May 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

MUSA UMAR BOLOGI in the entourage of the army leadership to the trouble spots of killings by armed militias in Benue and Taraba states reports on the efforts of the army in bringing the menace to an end. Beauty amidst threat Three soldiers stood inside the trench with a machine gun mounted on sand bags facing the river. They are Read More

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Umar joins Taraba guber race

May 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Alhaji Garba Umar, a former Acting Governor in Taraba, yesterday formally declared his intention to contest in the 2019 governorship election in the state. The former acting governor, popularly called UTC, made the declaration in Jalingo when he visited the secretariat of state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC). Umar said that he was joining the race to change the Read More

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Killings: Any light at the end of the tunnel?

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

Just as the killing of Buharin Daji, the Mafioso-in-chief of Zamfara state armed banditry has not stemmed the killings in Anka and Zurmi local governments, or have the arrests of some Boko Haram leaders stopped the insurgents’ attacks in Borno and Yobe states, the nabbing of Mr Aliyu Teshaku, head of Benue Livestock Guards, on suspicion of his involvement in Read More

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Insecurity: NAF to deploy 150 troops to Taraba

May 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar, has said that no fewer than 150 Special Forces would be deployed to assist in restoring security in troubled areas in Taraba state. Abubakar, an air marshal, said this in Enugu yesterday, when he led a delegation of senior officers of the Air Force on a visit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. He said the Read More

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Ekiti Christians protest Benue, Taraba, North-east killings

April 30, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Christians of various denominations yesterday took to the streets of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, and other major towns in the state to protest the “unabated killings of fellow Christians by gunmen in Benue, Taraba and other parts of the North-east. Carrying placards of various inscriptions, the protesters, under the auspices of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), lampooned the Read More

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Taraba violence: Mambilla residents pledge peace

April 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

Residents of the Mambilla Plateau, Sardauna local government area of Taraba state yesterday, expressed regret for taking up arms against one another. The residents, at a town hall meeting with a high powered assessment committee set up by Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, said their actions had delayed the development of their area. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Read More

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Why we withdrew troops from Benue, Taraba – DHQ

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Defence Headquarters yesterday stated that troops deployed in Benue, Taraba and other troubled states across central Nigeria have been withdrawn due to acute shortage of financial and logistical resources. President Muhammadu Buhari had in February this year ordered the military to embark on Exercise Ayem Akpatuma, following a string of killings of villagers in states along the Benue River, Read More

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Army declares 5 wanted over Taraba killings

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Army has declared five persons wanted in Taraba state for their alleged roles in killings in Takum local government area and other parts of the state. The army yesterday named the suspects as Tanko Adiku Dantayi, Kurusi Danladi, Chindo, Big Olumba and Chairman Poko. The army spokesman, Texas Chukwu, in a statement, appealed to the people of Taraba Read More

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Army arrests masterminds of Taraba killings

April 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Army says it has arrested two persons, Danasebe Gasama and Danjuma (a.k.a. American), suspected to be masterminds of killings and uprising in Takun and Ussa Local Government Areas of Taraba state. Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu said the two suspects were arrested at Takum following an intelligence “that they were the coordinators of several attacks both on Read More

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Self defense: We’re behind Danjuma –Taraba gov

April 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has thrown his weight behind the recent statement by a former Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma, which accused the Army of colluding with armed bandits and a called for self- defence by citizens, NAN reports. It was gathered that Ishaku disclosed this when he hosted the probe panel set up by the Chief Read More

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MIDNIGHT ATTACKS: Gunmen kill 45 in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara

April 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

-Dozens missing The killing spree continued in Benue and Taraba states yesterday, with gunmen killing 25 villagers in simultaneous assaults overnight. While three residents lost their lives in Benue, not less than 22 were killed in Taraba. Four residents, informed Premium Times in separate exchanges yesterday morning that the killings occurred in two communities in Logo local government area, Benue Read More

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The inevitability of self-defence

April 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

In law, homicide is not a crime when committed in self-defence. This law derives its legitimacy from the natural reaction of man to fight back when attacked. It does not really matter if the attacker is doing so from a position of superior strength, bearing gun, sword and spear. Self-preservation, as we all know, is the first law of survival. Read More

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Angry constituents stone Rep in Taraba

April 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Some angry constituents over the weekend allegedly attacked Garba Hamman Julde, a member of the House of Representatives from Taraba State. The lawmaker, who represents Bali/Gassol federal constituency in the lower legislative chamber, was alleged to have been pelted with stones by the constituents for allegedly abandoning them for two years. According to report, Julde had presented 11 motorcycles and Read More

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Police gun down 5 ‘kidnappers’ in Taraba

April 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Police in Taraba state have said that five suspected kidnappers were killed by its officers and men in Garba-Chede, Gassol Local Government Area of the state. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, ASP David Misal, made this known at a press conference on Saturday in Jalingo. Misal said that the suspects were shot dead by the police Read More

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Army extends exercise “Cat Race” in Taraba as troops arrest criminals

April 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Army has extended exercise AYEM AKPATUMA (Cat Race) in Taraba State for another two months.  Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu said this in a statement on Monday. He said the extension has becomes necessary “in order to further consolidate on the gains achieved so far and due to calls by well-meaning Nigerians.” He said  the extension “will Read More

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Herdsmen killing: Taraba loses confidence in troops

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Taraba state government has raised the alarm that it no longer enjoys the confidence of the federal government security apparatus deployed to the state. The Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Dan Bala Abu, who spoke with journalists on Friday in Abuja, said that although there was relative peace now in Taraba, the Read More

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Press Statement: Misrepresentation of the views expressed by General TY Danjuma, former Minister- Taraba State Goverment

March 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

it is not surprising that General TY Danjuma’s candid assessment of the sloppy affitude and handling of the security situation in the country by the military has generated a huge amount of reactions. His comments on national issues which are never too frequent are always profoundly thoughtful, respectable and appreciated whenever they come. What is surprising, however, about the recent Read More

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Taraba NSCDC to deploy power bikes in troubled spots

March 28, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Taraba state, Kamilu Isah, yesterday said the Command would soon acquire 10 power bikes to enhance rescue operations in some volatile areas in the state. Isah, who disclosed this at a press conference in Jalingo, the state capital, said the operation power bikes would ease access to the difficult Read More