Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku and Deputy Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Emmanuel Bwacha are exchanging words over the arrest of 14 youths in Takum local government.
Senator Bwacha had in a motion at the floor of the senate, said 14 people from his constituency were arrested and have been in detention following a quarrel with the brother of Governor Ishaku.
Bwacha described the incident as abuse of power adding that the governor does not pick calls of Senators from the state.
But speaking to newsmen in Jalingo, the state commissioner for information and re-orientation, Barr Danjuma Adamu on Thursday evening said, Bwacha outburst was a cheap publicity, alleging that there are many security issues in his constituency he should be concerned about.
The commissioner said: “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,” the commissioner said.