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Update On Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Plane Crash – He’s Not Dead

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Oct 26, 2012 – Update On Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Plane Crash – He’s Not Dead

The Governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, was critically injured on Thursday night when his private jet crashlanded at Ngoro Village, located about 30 kilometers to Numan, in the state. He was piloting the airplane, which had five others on board from Jalingo, Taraba State capital, to Yola Airport when the incident happened.

The victims have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola for treatment even as arrangements were being made to fly them outside the country for better medical care. The accident, according to the spokesman of the Aviation minister, Joe Obi, involved a Cessna 208 which had six souls on board. The flight, he said, departed Jalingo for Yola but reportedly lost contact with the Yola Control Tower (1720Z) and field in sight at 38 miles estimating landing at 1730Z.

“The pilot lost contact with Yola Control Tower and subsequent effort to trace the aircraft failed. Search and Rescue was immediately activated and the site of incident was located with all victims alive with various degrees of injuries.

The victims have been evacuated to hospital for treatment pending further investigation of the incident,” Obi said. A Pharmacist by profession, Suntai also holds a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, which he obtained in 2010. He was planning to build an airport in Jalingo, which, he said, would stimulate rapid economic growth in the state. The Accident Investigation Bureau had since begun investigations into the incident.

According to a source, prominent individuals had earlier advised the governor to employ a pilot rather than risk the adventure of flying the aircraft, while still being a governor. In its reaction, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) expressed shock over the incident and urged its members to pray for the governor and other victims. In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said,

“We are officially awaiting news of the true position right now and we urge all our members in Taraba and Nigeria to pray for him.” Suntai’s misfortune came barely few weeks after his deputy, Mr Sani Danladi Abubakar was impeached in controversial circumstances. Abubakar’s impeachment followed the State House of Assembly’s adoption of the recommendation of a seven-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Justice Josephine Tukur, the Acting Chief Judge of the state to investigate him.

The commission, with Mr. Usman Dangiri as chairman, was mandated to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor. Findings of the panel found the deputy governor guilty of the three allegations against him, prompting Mr. Charles Maijankai, the House’ Majority Leader, to move the motion for the adoption of the report. The report accused Abubakar of misusing his office to divert MDG projects to Yagai Academy, a private school, which belongs to him.

Similarly, the report stated that the deputy governor was guilty of using his office to influence the posting of an officer and interfering in the affairs of Karim-Lamido Local Government Area. Although Suntai was accused of masterminding the plot to remove his deputy, he strongly denied the allegation.

He was born on 30th of June 1961 at Suntai Town in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State. He attended Federal Government College, Kano (1975–1980) and the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1980–1981). He was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University where he read Pharmacy and graduated in 1984. He did his internship at Yola Specialist Hospital and his national youth service at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Ogun State (1985–1986). (DailySunreport)



  1. Adeniyi Temitope

    October 26, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    Ope f'oluwa… If he doesn't die, dis'll teach him a lesson 2 employ a pilot. Experience is better than qualification.

    • Henry Mmadueke Okafor

      October 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      I disagree with you.He is a highly qualified pilot. What took place could have still taken place if he were not the pilot….

  2. Olu Agbaje

    October 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Nobody is perfect, even the best pilot can crash his plane the next munite after receiving the award.
    My worry is that he may be flown abroad for a better treatment.
    What and who make the treatment here unbetter if there is any word like that.
    Well, its a lesson for us all, let’s make all our sectors especially for the benefit of us all. If he’s found unstable to embark on long distance air travel, and yet he cannot be treated here, its means they are reaping from what they sow.
    Nigeria will be better if we wish to make it better

  3. Kingsly Francis

    October 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Whats happen leading to the crashing of the plane?

    • Nexzy

      December 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Lack adqt communication from the control tower at yola state airport not intrnal airport.

  4. Azomun jephthah

    October 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    The lord shall continue to strenghten & will alway’s spare you till you will be rapture.

  5. Falola Kayode

    October 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Hmmmm, d institution that awarded d Governor d certificate should be investigated because I doubt if d Governor was eligible for it initially. The investigation is paramount because we may stil have more people like d Taraba Governor.

  6. Yaguba Umar

    October 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Nigerians let all pray for Suntai speedy recovery pls.

  7. Yaguba Umar

    October 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Glory b 2 God that no life was lost in the incident.

  8. Aliyu Ahmed

    October 27, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Mine is just an advise to all nigerians on the need to pray for Allah to have mercy on us and the victims of such a terrible occurrences. we ve been traumatised severally & the only way out is prayers. For his excellency & other victims, we pray for their speedy recovery cuz it could be you!! Thanx & God bless us all.

  9. israel jacob

    October 27, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    I thank God for sparing his life, but that’s a big lesson for him not to be greedy, how can he be a brothers keeper when he wants to have everything by himself upon his position.

  10. Rahmatu

    November 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    well what has happened has happened,we all pray for his speedy recovery. And please my fellow Taraban lets stop celebrating couse our governor has had an accident, assuming he is death do we know the kind of person that will be our next governor? I rather suggest that we pray for our state and our governor and God will surely see us through.

  11. Gentle Gallio

    November 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Whether Governor Danbaba is responsible for the accident or not, what you should be doing now is pray for his healing, if really we are our brothers’ keeper. The joint power of our prayers can make him well again.

  12. Yauba Duhu

    December 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    In the name of ALLAH the most Gracious the most merciful,Praise be to Allah ,the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds,Mastyer of the day of judgement ,He is incharded May His Excellency and his aides health be in Allahs hand for thier quick recovery ,

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