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Forum Condemnes Recent Heated Political Upheaval In Borno

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The Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has organized a press conference on the recent heated political upheaval in Borno State.

The conference held Sunday at the NUJ press center in Maiduguri was aimed at creating awareness and countering reoccurrence of the such unprecedented incidents which is tantamount to a breach of peace and concerted efforts in bringing down the successes recorded so far in bringing a hard-earned lasting peace in Borno state.

The meeting is a result of the reports indicating that part of the Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s entourage was attacked during their visit to the Maiduguri metropolis.

According to them, as the two political parties are established by law, there is a need to draw the attention of the party’s card-carrying members to respect and abide by the rule of law and the provisions of constitutions during campaigns.

The Forum further condemned in strongest terms all acts of violence and disruption that may likely breach the entrenchment of peace in the state and therefore call on all political stakeholders, indigenous citizens, and parents to avoid places and associates to eschew all forms of political violence that may open ways to from de-escalating peace in the state.

Furthermore, the public’s attention has been drawn to legitimately and wisely use social media sites in spreading only confirmed news reports of all types, and therefore, on behalf of the good and peace-loving people of Borno state the forum expresses its deepest regrets over the recent political disruptions that were deliberately orchestrated by some few desperate politicians for reasons best known to them.

The Forum, in addition, recommended all constituted authorities to embark on a call for special prayer sessions for the peaceful conduct of electioneering campaigns, the conduct of 2023 elections, and another transition to civil rule in Nigeria as a unique way of seeking divine intervention.

The Forum thereby is a keen observer of every form of developmental and progressive programs and policies which are tied to peace-building and the betterment of Borno State. from within and outside the State, finally wants to align itself with the present administration of Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum and assure the general populace that the Governor is a truly progressive, humane, and open-minded person and for the time being, he has genuinely demonstrated to be Governor for all.

The Forum has, however, categorically expressed their unalloyed support for the administration’s humanitarian and developmental policies and programs for the good people of Borno state and reiterated that any form of blackmail orchestrated to dent, smear, or defame his person by some unpatriotic individuals would be fully resisted.

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Ending Ukwe’s Stool Tussle: A Milestone To Our Govt- Hon. Zainab

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By Sani Yarima 

The appointment and bestowal of the Staff of Office upon the new Ukwe Takum, His Royal Majesty, Barrister Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi, has been characterized as a momentous occasion in Governor Agbu Kefas’s administration of Taraba State. 

The state’s Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Hon. Zainab Usman Jalingo, articulated this perspective during a live telephone interview through 90.6 FM’s Hausa radio program, “Hantsi Leka Gidan Kowa,” on TSBS, which was monitored by our correspondent in Jalingo.

She described the event that marked the conclusion of over twenty-eight (28) years of chieftaincy conflict in the Takum local government area of the state as commendable.

According to the Taraba State Government’s spokesperson, Zainab Jalingo, the new Chief is an experienced legal professional with outstanding leadership attributes and well-equipped for governance.

When questioned about the unorthodox timing of the ceremony, she elucidated that the government possesses the prerogative to select the timing and venue for its activities. 

Furthermore, she underscored that the presentation of the Staff of the Office was a government function, and the state government had deemed it appropriate to conduct the event in the evening.

Additionally, Hon. Zainab Jalingo entreated the residents of Takum to uphold the law and demonstrate respect for constituted authorities, underscoring the significance of peaceful coexistence for the advancement of the community and the state at large.

In conclusion, the Commissioner reaffirmed Governor Agbu Kefas’s commitment to ensuring the transformation of the state through his Moving Forward Agenda.

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How Gov Kefas Presented Staff Of Office To Barr. Gboshi As Ukwe Takum

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By Sani Yarima 

Dr. Agbu Kefas, the Governor of Taraba State, recently swore in and presented a staff of office to the first-class chief of Takum, Barrister Sopiya Gboshi. 

The ceremony took place at the Exco chamber, Government House, Jalingo, on Monday, alongside two other third-class chiefs. 

During the event, the Governor expressed his hope that this new development would usher in the dawn of a new era in Takum, as the vacant throne of Takum had been a symbol of division and uncertainty for nearly three decades. 

The Governor emphasized the need for inclusivity and fairness in providing good governance and explained that his administration had established three third-class thrones in Takum, each representing the ruling houses of the: Kpanzo, Kuteb, and Chamba, as well as a rotational Chief of Takum. 

Dr. Kefas urged the people to embrace the principles of reconciliation, forgiveness, and inclusivity. 

The First-Class Chief of Takum, HRH Barr. Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi thanked the Governor for the bold step in resolving the Chieftaincy dispute of Takum and pledged to justify the confidence reposed in him. 

The Third Class Chiefs; Tsohon Takum, HRH Ephraim Bala, and the Kur Garbabi Chiefdom, HRH Suleiman Umar Salihu, were also presented with the staff of the office. 

Justice Filibus Agya, the Taraba State Chief Judge, administered the oath of office and that of allegiance to the Royal Fathers.

Additionally, two third-class chiefs from Takum and Garbabi in the Gashaka local government area of the state were presented with the staff of the office.

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Kuteb Yatso Vows To Challenge High Court Judgment On Appointment Of Ukwe Takum

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The Kuteb Yatso of Nigeria has described the appointment of Ukwe Takum by the Taraba State Government as a First-class Chief as illegal and unacceptable to the Kutebs nation. 

Mr. Emmanuel Ukwen, the President of the association, made this position clear during a press conference held in Jalingo on Tuesday.

Their decision was followed by a judgment ruled by the Taraba State High Court that struck out a case they filed challenging the decision of the State Government to make the stool of Ukwe Takum rotational among other tribes.

They rejected the state high court ruling and the presentation of the Staff of Office to Barr. Sopiya Gboshi as Ukwe Takum by Governor Agbu Kefas. 

The Kuteb Yatso vowed to challenge the lower court decision at the appeal court.

According to Mr. Emmanuel Ukwen, the Kuteb people will never recognize the appointed Ukwe by the state government, stating that the stool has belonged to the Kutebs since 1912. 

“The judgment did not come to us as a surprise because we knew they would do what they did. 

They are the ones who are controlling the court, they have a Chief Judge, and the Commissioner of Justice, and Kefas is the Governor of the state, so, he has played a good boy, he did what he did, but we will follow the case up to the Supreme Court,” Ukwen emphasized.

He noted that traditional titles are not appointed by the government but by the kingmakers, and their Ukwe Takum, Rimamnya Ahmadu, has been selected by the kingmakers, and all the traditional processes have been done on him.

Therefore, he remains their King whom they have recognized as Ukwe Takum.

“For us as Kuteb, we will never recognize Barr. Sopiya Gboshi as the first-class chief of Takum because (Ukwe), as the tradition defines, is the only first-class chief of Takum,” Ukwen added.

Furthermore, the President urged the entire Kuteb people to remain resolute, as they have already instructed their legal counsel to file an appeal against the judgment. 

Additionally, Mr. Emmanuel Ukwen called on the Kuteb people to remain resolute and law-abiding as they have directed their legal counsel to file an appeal against the judgment.

However, while addressing newsmen at his Legal Chamber in Jalingo, Counsel to the Kuteb Yatso of Nigeria, Barr. Festus Idepefo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN stated that his client has rejected the judgment of the Taraba State High Court which dismissed the suit brought before it by the Kuteb Yatso and mandated him to appeal the judgment at the appellate court, describing the installation of the new Ukwe as illegal

Recall that some months back, the Taraba state House of Assembly passed into law a bill for the rotation of the first-class stool which was originally occupied by the Kuteb.

The rotation involves the Chamba, Jukun, and Kuteb.

Also recall that on Monday day 13th March, 2024, Governor Agbu Kefas had sworn in and presented the Staff of office to Barr. Sopiya Gboshi as the first-class chief of Takum and two others as third-class chiefs in the state. 

The event took place at the Exco chamber of the Government House Jalingo at about 9 pm. 

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