The commissioner of police in Taraba State, Jubril O. Adeniji yesterday explained that the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Giwa and four others were arrested on alleged offences of conspiracy, unlawful assembly and intent to cause breach of public peace.
Mr. Adeniji said on September 27, acting on a tip off, the police swooped in on Mr. Giwa and his co-conspirators while they were holding a nocturnal meeting on how to cause security breach in the state adding that contrary to speculations, the police’s action was not on the orders of acting Governor Garba Umar.
The commissioner said the information the Police got was related to unlawful screening of the resume of some people the group wanted to be appointed as commissioners with a view to imposing an ‘unlawful executive’ on the state.
Mr. Adeniji also alleged that the group was planning on destabilizing the Taraba State House of assembly. He further said some documents with incriminating contents were recovered from the suspects during the arrest.
According to the police chief, upon getting the information, his men swung into action by checking possible places the meeting could be holding until they eventually got to Sinaf Hotel in Mile 6 at about 12 midnight, where they met Gov. Suntai’s spokesman Silvanus Giwa and four others holding a meeting at an “ungodly hour”.
Those arrested alongside Mr. Giwa include, Abdulhamid Ibrahim, Elkabir Dio Mohammed, Anderi Indore and Rimanranding Philip Kamishi.
According to Mr. Adeniji, the suspects made useful statements to the police and were granted bail on Sunday with the condition that they return to the command on a later date for further questioning. He said they would be charged to court as soon as investigation into the matter is concluded.
“The insinuation that I’m being used by the acting governor is not correct. It is my duty to ensure that public peace is not disturbed. The acting governor has nothing to do with the arrest,” he said.
The police commissioner used the opportunity to warn those with ulterior motives to cause breakdown of law and order to have a rethink as the police would not hesitate to deal ruthlessly with such persons no matter how highly placed they are in the society.