Taraba Monarch, Bayonga Buried Amid Tight Security As Residents Bemoan Gov. Ishaku’s Absence

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Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba State

The Chief of Donga in Donga local government area of Taraba State, His Royal Highness, Stephen Danjuma Bayonga has been buried amid tight security at his palace in Donga town as residents lament the absence of Governor Darius Ishaku at the burial ceremony, Concise News reports.

Chief Bayonga died on Wednesday July 31 at an Abuja hospital.

The late 81-year-old first class traditional ruler and retired policeman was brought from Abuja to Taraba via Kashimbila Dame airstrip on an airplane and was conveyed to Donga amid heavy security.

Donga local government area is among the three local government areas of southern part of Taraba State that are troubled by the Tiv/Jukun communal clashes in which over 100 people have been killed and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed in the past three months.

This online news medium gathered that on the eve of the burial ceremony of Chief Bayonga, eleven trucks of Army and Mobile Police were deployed to Abako, Peva, Amadu, Rafinkada and Donga towns of Takum, Wukari and Donga local government areas where the communal clashes are currently being experienced.

According to Leadership Newspaper, residents lamented the absence of Governor Darius Ishaku at the burial of Chief Bayonga.

The residents said the burial would have availed the governor an opportunity to see the level of damages the Tiv/Jukun crisis has caused the three local government areas of the state.

It is understood that Governor Ishaku has not visited the areas affected by the crisis for roughly three months.


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