I never declared Suntai missing – Taraba Acting Governor

Danbaba Suntai

The Acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, said on Sunday that he never declared ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai missing.

Mr. Umar offered the clarification in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kefas Sule, and issued to journalists in Jalingo, the state capital.

The statement explained that Mr. Umar simply told journalists that he was yet to set his eyes on Mr. Suntai since he returned from the medical trip abroad.

“The attention of the acting governor has been drawn to the screaming news headlines purporting that he has declared Suntai missing.

“Umar hereby places on record that at no time did he declare his boss missing, he simply said he was yet to see him since he returned from medical trip to London,” the statement read in part.

It noted that all what Mr. Umar said at a parley with journalists was appropriately captured by almost all the media correspondents except one national daily.

“It is disheartening to later see a barrage of misleading headlines in the media said to have been egged on by a subjective interpretation by one of the national dailies,” the statement added.

It quoted Mr. Umar as urging media practitioners to uphold the ethics of the profession which emphasised accuracy, objectivity, fairness and balance at all time.

Mr. Umar became acting governor after injuries sustained by Mr. Suntai in a plane crash in 2012.

Allies of Mr. Suntai recently declared that he was fit enough to govern after he returned to the country, while the state house of assembly has already commenced moves to ascertain his health status.



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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Stop being silly, Mr. Governor.

    He is missing in action and from duty.

    Declare him as such and have him impeached. He won’t even know!

    How can he claim to be governor when can’t even tell the time on his wristwatch or where he is?

    • Kotoh

      Why don’t you go ahead and make the declaration?
      You make comments on issues you know very little about .

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        And you are here supporting a state being ruled by someone who cannot even decide the clothe he is going to wear for the day!

        Surely, the level of intelligence cannot be that low in Taraba State!!

        I pity you!!!

        • Kotoh

          Taraba state is being (mis)ruled by Garba Umar,not DDS,,,go and check out and see for yourself the level of poor governance in the state,,,salaries are paid after the government have obtained over draft,,,no development projects on going since the crash of the governor,,,I could go on and on,,,nobody is saying DDS must rule forever,,,,BUT Umar is NOT competent to govern the state

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Kotoh, I don’t doubt what you have written for a moment.

            I believe the scenario is akin to when UMYA was dying and GEJ was being tossed around.

            As much as I did not think much of Mr. GEJ then, I supported him to become Acting President. In the same manner, I have absolutely nothing against Suntai, nor do I think much of his Deputy, but the principle of natural justice demands Mr. Suntai must move on with his life, for the sake of Taraba people.

            In the worst case scenario, his continued presence will become the excuse for the Acting Governor to justify his ineffectiveness; and therefore, a reason to be voted in as his own person later.

            We travelled down that road with GEJ disastrously.

  • Kotoh

    The acting governor is a desperado!

  • Salako

    He is not missing, he is missing in action. {KOLO MENTAL}