A socio- Political group, the Taraba Justice Forum, has demanded the immediate arrest and trial of masterminds of a cabal for attempted murder following their roles in the “criminal smuggling” of the ailing Taraba State Governor, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, into Nigeria in August 2013 and refused him all genuine request for urgent medical attention until now.
The group also called for the setting up of a commission of enquiry into the entire manner the governor’s illness was handled including the confiscation of his travel passport for the past 10 months.
In a statement by its General Secretary, Mr. John Ambulus, in Abuja on Wednesday, the group alleged that “the cabal attempted to murder the ailing governor by abruptly stopping his treatment in the United States of America, seized his passport upon arrival in Nigeria and held the governor hostage despite his worsening health”.
It also demanded the immediate arrest of all dramatis personae in what it described as “criminal and inhuman act” by the group.
The statement said, “Events of recent days have vindicated us. After months of denial and hostage scenario, the cabal has finally conceded to allow the governor to go abroad for medical treatment, which it stopped because of the members’ selfish interest.
“This is criminal, immoral and reprehensible. The right thing to do is to charge those behind the whole plot for attempted murder.
“If the cabal had allowed the governor to continue his treatment, may be his condition would have improved by now.
“By stopping the medical treatment of an elected governor, the cabal endangered his life. By the time he was flown abroad on Tuesday, the governor was worse than ever before”.
Ambulus called on all Tarabans to rise against this cabal, adding that the cabal attempted to kill Suntai due to a hidden 2015 governorship ambition.