Taraba chieftaincy tussle: Kutebs rejects newly appointed Ukwe Takum  

Following the lingering chieftaincy tussle that has kept Ukwe Takum stool vacant for over 28 years, the Kutebs tribe in Takum LGA area of Taraba state Tuesday rejected the newly appointed chief of Takum by the state government. 

The rejection of the appointed chief is coming as the Kuteb Yatso of Nigeria, the umbrella body of Kuteb people worldwide and the original custodians of the Ukwe stool insisted that they would not recognise the new chief and would exhaust every legal means to recover their ancestral stool.

The national president, Mr Emmanuel Ukwen, while speaking to journalists  in Jalingo said the Kutep had already installed their own Ukwe Takum.

He added that the stool of Ukwe Takum, traditionally a Kuteb stool, has remained vacant since the death of the last Ukwe Takum in 1996.

“The last administration of Governor Darius Ishaku made attempts to install a new Ukwe but did not succeed. 

However, the Kefas led administration has sponsored a law at the state House of Assembly that has abolished the seat of Ukwe Takum and replaced it with the Chief of Takum which will be rotational among the three tribes of Chamba, Jukun and Kuteb, an arrangement we the Kutebs stakeholders have refused to be a part of,” he said.

At a nocturnal event at the Government House, Jalingo, the state governor announced the appointment of HRH Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi as the new First Class Chief Of Takum, alongside HRH Uhwe Ephraim as the Third Class Chief,  Jukun-Takum chiefdom, and HRH Suleiman Salihu as the Kur Garbabi Chiefdom.

Governor Agbu Kefas in his remark said the move marks a great moment in the collective movement to restore peace and order in Takum, adding  that the vacant stool of Takum have been a cause for division and tension in Takum for nearly three decades and it takes a government with the political will to correct it.

The governor also announced an endowment fund for the development of Takum with focus on rehabilitating displaced persons and restoring destroyed communities.