Gov Kefas Appoints Wanted Ex -LG Boss, 110 Others As Advisers. 

Uhuru Samuel Adaji Jalingo 

Taraba state Governor Agbu Kefas on Wednesday appointed former Takum local government council chairman Hon. Shiban Tikari, who has been on police wanted list over  his alleged involvement 

 in the murder of Late Hon. Hosea Ibbi,  former member representing Takum 1 at Taraba state house of assembly.

Tikari was appointed alongside one hundred and ten others as Special Advisers by the governor. 

The former chairman was allegedly mentioned  as the mastermind and sponsor of the murder of the lawmaker Hon. Hosea Ibbi by two convicts who were earlier condemned to death by a Jalingo High court. 

The Chief judge of Taraba State.Justice Filibus Agya who  presided over the case of the condemned  two criminals wondered during his judgement why  the former Takum Chairman   Tikari Shiban who was mentioned as the sponsor of the abduction and killing of  the Hosea Ibbi in Takum  on 30th, December 2017 was not arrested and tried along with the convicts. 

Our correspondent reports that the Taraba state commissioner of Police Mr. David Iloyanmon on  25th of April 2024 while briefing journalists at the police command in Jalingo declared Shiban Tikari wanted in connection with the murder of the former legislature. 

“We are looking for him. We recently gathered that he has left the state, we have been trying to arrest him for possible prosecution, anywhere he is, we must get him arrested, it’s just a matter of time. The police commissioner said. 

But Governor Kefas while announcing the list of his aides on June  19, the of name  the wanted former local government chairman,  Shiban Tikari was among those to be sworn in to pilot affairs of the state.

In a press release issued by the Secretary to the Government of the State Barr. Gibon Kataps, stated that “approval of appointments as special advices, senior special assistants, special assistants, community special assistants, boards, commissions and agencies of Taraba state government part 1.

“His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas, The Governor of Taraba State has approved the appointment of the following to occupy the above Offices, Departments and Agencies in the first instance. The SGS stated while he captured the name of Tikari as one of the appointees.

The appointment of Tikari have since generated tension among the people of the state; including family members of the late lawmaker Hon. Hosea Ibbi who have express shock over the decision of the governor to include the former chairman in his government despite his alleged involvement in the murder of their relative.

A family member who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity  urged the governor to reverse his decision on appointment of Tikari to allow him to go and face the criminal charges against him. 

Our correspondent however gathered that Shiban Tikari is an errand boy to so many big shots from Takum and his arrest and trial may be difficult. 

Prominent among those that made the list of the appointees as SAs to the governor is the former senator representing Taraba Central Zone at the National Assembly Sen. Dahiru Bako.


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