After a five-year battle with the injuries he sustained in a plane crash, former Taraba State governor, Mr. Dambaba Danfulani Suntai, died wednesday at his home in Orlando, Florida in the United States, where he was undergoing rehabilitation.
The former governor, who flew the light plane that crashed on October 25, 2012, never fully recovered from the accident.
Mr. Emmanuel Bello, a former Commissioner for Information in the state, broke the news of the death.
He became governor of Taraba State in 2007 and was sworn-in again on May 29, 2011 for a second term.
A pharmacist by training, Suntai enrolled to become a pilot at the Nigerian College of Aviation in Zaria in 2010 and was licensed to fly, a passion he was reported to have enjoyed immensely.
He had flown several successful flights with his private aircraft even while piloting the affairs of Taraba as governor.
Prior to his plane crash in 2012, Suntai had been flown to Germany for medical treatment in August 2009, following a sudden ailment that was suspected to have developed from food poisoning.
On his return from Germany, Suntai spoke at the opening of a three-day regional convention of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International in Jalingo, where he said his meal was actually poisoned.
However, he was to survive a more life-threatening incident, when a private plane he was piloting crashed in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
After receiving initial treatment at the Adamawa Standard German Hospital in Yola, he was transferred to the National Hospital, Abuja on October 26, 2012.
From there he was flown to Germany and was later taken to a rehabilitation centre in the United States for further treatment.
After 10 months of treatment overseas, Suntai finally returned to the country on August 23, 2013, with his aides claiming that he was well enough to run the affairs of the state.
After weeks of political intrigues in Taraba over his health status, it was revealed that the former governor was not healthy enough to live in Nigeria without adequate treatment, much less govern the state.
He was subsequently flown abroad again for further treatment, even as his then deputy, Garba Umar, was empowered by the Taraba State House of Assembly to take over the ship of the state in acting capacity.
He was brought back in the build up to the 2015 elections and remained confined in Jalingo until after the change of guards on May 29, 2015.
Suntai was born on June 10, 1961 in Suntai village in Bali Local Government Area of the state.
He attended Federal Government College, Kano, between 1975 and1980, from which he proceeded to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and was later admitted to study Pharmacy in the same institution, graduating in 1984.
The news of his death threw Jalingo, the Taraba capital, and the rest of the state into mourning, as people gathered in groups to discuss his death and found it difficult to face the reality of his passing.
He was regarded as the architect of the modern Taraba due to his focus on infrastructure development, which changed the face of the state from a rural to a fledging state.
Governor Darius Ishaku, in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa said he received the news of his death with great shock.
He commiserated with the Suntai family and the entire people of the state over the loss and prayed to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Ishaku described Suntai as a great gift and asset who contributed immensely to the development of the state by creating the framework that made it possible for him to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
He noted that his predecessor’s candour and decisiveness were still fresh in the minds of the people, particularly the love he displayed to all manner of men in the state.
In the same vein, Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha expressed deep shock over the death of Suntai, saying it was a rude shock.
Also reacting to the death of his erstwhile colleague, the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi said Suntai’s death was painful and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest, and to grant to his family and the people of Taraba State the fortitude to accept His will.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, described as an incalculable loss to the nation, the death of the former governor of Taraba State.
Ekweremadu said Suntai gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator and party man.
He said: “This is an incalculable loss not only to the people of Taraba State, but also to the Peoples Democratic Party family, and the nation in general.
“We had all prayed for his full recovery following the air mishap of October 2012.
“This is very sad news, for he was a leader that loved his people, for he gave a good account of himself as a politician, public administrator, a man of peace, patriot, party man, and nation builder.
“He will be sorely missed, but like all great men, he is immortalised by his selfless service to God and humanity.”
Ekweremadu condoled with the family of the late politician, government and the people of Taraba State, as well as the entire nation.
He also prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased.
Amaechi Vows To Release Names Of Those Sabotaging Security
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that cabals are frustrating the recently approved $198m maritime security contract.
Amaechi vowed to publicly mention names of saboteurs while speaking at a Maritime Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum held in Warri, Delta State on Thursday.
He said “Reason, why vessels will not come to the Eastern ports, is because there is war insurance due to insecurity in the ports here.
“The war insurance means if the goods cost N10,000 in Lagos, it will cost N20,000 here because there is an extra cost on it due to Insecurity issues. Even as a minister, I can’t enter a boat ride from Warri to Port Harcourt due to insecurity issues, but I can move around Lagos at any time of the day.
“I once asked a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, why people from Anambra don’t import from Port Harcourt port, and he said it cost less to import from Lagos and move to Onitsha even with the price they pay on the road. It is cheaper to import from Lagos to Aba, yet Aba to Port Harcourt is a 30-minute drive.
“For shipowners, you need to do a petition to Mr President. The President approved a contract of $195m for maritime security, but there are people in the system sabotaging the contract because it will restore security in the water. I won’t say who they are until it gets out of control. We are still battling for the contract to take place, but if it gets out of place, we will name them publicly, including the security people involved.
“There are people who make billions of Dollars from the insecurity on the water, so they don’t want security on the water because if we secure the water, all their rubbish will go.
“There are businesses which provide the vessel for oil companies in the name of providing security. The moment we secure the water, they are out of jobs?
Prison Officer Brutalizes Son, Injures Him For Playing Football (Graphic)
According to a photographer who shared photos of a teenage boy brutalized by his father, almost went into coma after he sustained a deep injury on his head, just for playing football.
The Nigerian Prisons staff beats his son from 7:00pm till 2:30 am, says report.
See what the photographer/Instagram user wrote..
This happened at Oluwatedo area of Ibadan, Mr Adepoju Biodun is married with three kids,he works with Nigerian prison service Agodi,ibadan.his eldest child is Israel, On 16th February 2018 Israel went to play football and after the football his father beat him from 7:00pm till 2:30am in the early hours of Saturday till he sustained a deep cut on his head with blood everywhere in the house.his the appropriate way to correct or chastise our child. This is beyond chastisement. Israel was beaten to coma before he was later rushed to Don Bosco specialist hospital Ogungbade. I will soon upload the surface area of the deep cut as soon as they open it.his siblings also tolu and praise served severe punishment, they were relieved as soon as Israel was rushed to the hospital. Please share until the appropriate authorities sees this especially Nigerian prisons, UNICEF. #UNICEF #law #crazyfather #ibadan #opayemioludayo
#tolanialli #bayoomoboriowo #michaelomoboriowophotography #ajimobi #florenceajimobi #lawyer #nigerianprison #nigerianprison #freshfm #splashfm #inspirationfm
Beating for your son for playing football? My God.
Someone please remind him how much Neymar is worth per week!!! Kaii
There is another angle to look at this… No father in his right mind would do this to his own son!!! This is a clear case MENTAL ILLNESS/TRUMA probably due to the nature of his work. I am not a psychologist but I know in that in Nigeria we lack the culture of looking out for the signs of mental fatigue amongst our workers in all sector. Military /Paramilitary have no proper way of been evaluated for any form of work trauma. This man could be having or experiencing trauma as the result of the nature of his job. May God help him and his family.
UYO STATE LAWMAKER RESCUES PUPILS AGAIN …DONATES DESKS TO SCHOOL
The member representing Uyo State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, on Friday, donated 120 desks to the pupils of Government Primary School, Aka Offot, Uyo Local Government Area.
Hon. Monday Eyo who described Education as a bedrock of any society, and for any society to make progress, stated that when the foundation that is the primary level of education is well laid, motivated and properly activated, the child who is at the centre of learning is well prepared, informed and sharpened for the future both mentally and physically.
Headmaster of the School, Mr. Simon Edet Eyo, alongside the Village Head of Aka 1, Eteidung Francis, Hon. Kufre Mendi, while receiving the Lawmaker, commended him for his kind gesture and rapid response to the plight of the pupils within the short notice of time.
PDP RESPONSIBLE FOR FUEL HIKE- Don Etiebet …BLAMES OBJ,JONATHAN FOR OIL SPILLS IN NIGER DELTA
Former Petroleum Minister Chief Don Etiebet says the current fuel crisis in Nigeria is caused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Speaking in an interview in Uyo, Chief Etiebet the APC leader in Akwa Ibom explained that the petroleum distribution in Nigeria is controlled by PDP members who are causing the fuel hike to project President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure.
Buhari is the substantive Ministet of Petroleum in Nigeria.
“Who are still controlling the petroleum distribution in Nigeria; it is still the original PDP marketers.”
He attributed the fuel hike to the impending elections in the country, saying it is an attempt by the PDP marketers to discredit APC.
“Election time is coming and they are doing all kinds of thing for petrol not to be available, and what do they want? They want increase I petrol price so that they can use that against APC”
Etiebet, who was minister of petroleum under Gen. Sani Abacha attributed all oil spill in the South-South Zone to illegal bunkering.
He said illegal bunkering in Nigeria where sponsored by the previous Government OF Chief Olusegu Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Many Government in the past even up to the last Government have been supporting illegal bunkering; please quote me, I am the former minister for petroleum and I know the details”
On the proposed reintroduction of onshore/offshore oil dichotomy by the APC restructuring Committee, Dr. Etiebet said there was nothing wrong with the committee report.
“ I believe what the committee meant maybe oil discovered or produced outside that isoba boundary.”
He assured that president buhari has done well for Akwa Ibom with the development programme been seen in all part Akwa Ibom state and urged Akwa Ibom people to rally round him for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019
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