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‘8 killed’ as Taraba tribunal verdict sparks crisis

‘8 killed’ as Taraba tribunal verdict sparks crisis
November 08
18:48 2015
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About eight persons have been killed, while 30 sustained injuries in the crisis that erupted in Wukari kingdom of Taraba state following the verdict of the tribunal which sacked Darius Ishaku as governor of the state.

Joseph Kwaji, the state police public relations officer (PPRO), said though the police had not concluded investigations, the crisis might not be unconnected with the ruling of the tribunal.

Tanimu Danlele, former vice-chairman of Wukari local government council, gave NAN the casualty figure and called on security agents to be vigilant in order to forestall recurrence.

The tribunal declared Aisha Alhassan, candidate of the All Progressive Congress( APC) in the April 11 election, as winner of the poll, saying Ishaku did not emerge candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a proper primary election.

Kwaji said normalcy has been restored to the community.

“Yes there was crisis in Wukari, but it is under control now. Security men have been deployed to the area and normalcy has returned to the town,” he said.

“Investigation is ongoing but it is likely that the crisis is in connection with the verdict of the governorship election petition tribunal of Saturday.”

Warning the people not to take laws into their hands, Kwaji said the casualty figures had not been ascertained.

He said Shaba Alkali, the state commissioner of police, had moved to the area to ensure that peace was restored.

He warned that the command would come hard on any one bent on fomenting trouble in any part of the state.

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