Banks dishonour Taraba’s cheques signed by the Deputy governor


Banks are rejecting Taraba State transactions done by Deputy Governor Garba Umar.

They have not honoured cheques tendered by the deputy governor seeking withdrawals from the treasury since ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai returned on August 25.

Umar, on Thursday, told banks that government’s financial transactions should be honoured only if they are in tandem with the provisions of the law.

He said: “The instruments must contain verifiable signature of the Executive Governor of Taraba, Danbaba Suntai and verifiable signature of Alhaji Garba Umar, the Acting Governor of Taraba State.”
But a source told The Nation that a bank dishonoured a cheque tendered for withdrawal.

The source said for now, the deputy governor can only make withdrawals from his personal accounts.
The state’s monthly federal allocations are channeled through Zenith Bank.
The state also operates a Local Government Joint Account with United Bank for Africa (UBA).
Over N23.3 billion is in the state’s treasury, The Nation learnt.

Suntai spent 10 months in Germany and the United States treating the injuries he sustained when a plane he flew crashed near Yola, Adamawa State on October 25 last year.
He returned suddenly, apparently to neutralise his deputy who allegedly schemed to consolidate his hold on power.
His return has deepened the division in the state which was polarised along religious lines.
The crisis became explosive when Suntai purportedly dissolved the executive and appointed a new Chief of Staff and a Secretary to the State Government (SSG), a move the deputy governor rejected, saying a cabal had hijacked power.
House of Assembly Speaker Haruna Tsokwa and 15 other lawmakers are backing the deputy governor in the power struggle.
The Speaker said Suntai should return to the United States to complete his treatment while his deputy continues to act.
But Majority Leader Joseph Albasu and seven other legislators have given Suntai the go-ahead to resume work, after he transmitted a letter to the House.
The sacked commissioners and advisers as well as the Christian majority in the state appear to be comfortable with Suntai.
The commissioners on Friday shunned an exco meeting scheduled by the deputy governor.
The Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Muslim Council and key stakeholders are trying to prevent the state from sliding into chaos.
It was also gathered that the deputy governor and the Speaker were preparing papers for a law suit against the governor over the transmitted letter which the Speaker alleged was forged.
The acting governor, the Speaker and the former Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the State, Timothy Kataps, who is now the SSG, are defendants in a case filed by Senator Usman Danboyi, praying the court to compel the accused persons to make Suntai’s health status public.



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