Barely a week after the death of Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly Haruna Tsokwa, some unknown gunmen went after his deputy, Tanko Maikarfi as he went to visit a friend in Jalingo, the capital.
The gunmen trailed him to his friend’s house at Angwan Mallam Joda area of Jalingo on Saturday at about 7. 40pm just 10 minutes after he had departed.
The friend, Alhaji Salihu Yusuf Sansani, said about ten minutes after he had left his house with the deputy speaker, he received a phone call from neighbours that some gunmen had invaded his house.
He added that he quickly informed the police, stating that before the police arrived at his residence the gunmen had fled but met his wife in a terrible condition.
Sansani said the gunmen who were five in number and wore mask dragged his wife into the living room where they began to shout, “where is the deputy Speaker, where is the deputy Speaker”?
He said the gunmen tied his wife’s hands and gagged her with a piece of clothe to prevent her from screaming. They ransacked the house in search of a file they claimed the deputy speaker had hidden there, adding that they repeatedly questioned the wife, “where is the file the deputy speaker hid in this house” but that she told the invaders she knew nothing about the file.
Sansani said the gunmen left promising to come back again in search of the deputy speaker who the invaders claimed was always in the house for meetings.
When contacted, the deputy speaker, Maikarfi said: “I am shocked to hear that some gunmen were after my life few days after we lost the speaker, I don’t know who they are but God will certainly reveal their identity.”
According to the deputy speaker, “I don’t care if they kill me for standing firm for the truth, I know one day God will judge all of us.”
Maikarfi said he had reported the matter to the state commissioner of police, Mr. Jubiril Adeniji .
Taraba Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji confirmed receiving a report from the Deputy Speaker explaining that investigation into the matter was going on.
It would be recalled that the late Speaker also survived an attack by gunmen along Akwanga-Abuja in September during which his Police Orderly lost his life with another sustaining bullet wounds during the attack on his convoy.