Court Summons Taraba Governor, 17 Others Over Communal Crisis

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku to appear before it over accusations of bias leveled against him in setting up an investigation panel on the incessant communal clashes between the Tiv and Jukun tribes in the state.

Also, summoned by the court are the four service chiefs of the country and heads of other security agencies, among 13 others.

Justice of the Federal High Court Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte motion argued by Sebatine Hon (SAN) on behalf of a Tiv group, the Incorporated Trustees Mdzough U Tiv, its President, CP. Ihiagh Iorbee and four others.

Respondents in the case are the Governor of Taraba State, the Attorney General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice of the state, the Commission of Inquiry into the crises between Tiv and their Neighbouring Communities in Taraba States and other Related Matters Thereto, and its members.

Also, the plaintiffs comprised an organisation of Tiv Tribesmen, Mdzough U Tiv; Ihigagh Iorbee, its President-General, who is a retired Commissioner of Police, Jacob Gbagede, David Uchiv, Dr Yakubu Agbiye and Julius Kwaghkar.

Justice Mohammed also ordered the service of all processes in relation to the case and hearing notices on all the respondents as he adjourned the suit to the twenty-sixth of August 2020 for the respondents to show cause.

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