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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state/File Photo
The Taraba Government and the World Bank on Thursday sought the support of the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr Shekarau Angyu, to tackle out of school children menace in the state, Concise News reports.
Samson Ada, the Permanent Secretary, Taraba Ministry of Education,  made the appeal during  a courtesy call on the monarch in Wukari.
Ada said that the state ministry of education with support from World Bank was  determined to ensure that children of school age had access to quality education in the state.
The permanent secretary solicited the Aku Uka’s support to ensure that children of school age got enrolled in schools so as to secure their future and guarantee a peaceful society.
“We are here to appeal to you to use your office as Chairman, Taraba Council of Chiefs,  to assist in sensitising the people to the dangers of increasing incidents of out-of-school children.
“The World Bank has earmarked funds to support each child that is brought back to school in Taraba with the intention to mop up all out of school children in the state.”
The Aku Uka thanked the delegation for the initiative and pledged the support of the traditional council to ensure its success in the state.

NDLEA arrests 21 Boko Haram drug suppliers in Jalingo

In related news, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 21 suspected Boko Haram drug suppliers in Jalingo after it busted the covert channel through which they make supply to the terrorists.

John Achema, the Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA made the disclosure in an Interview with NAN on Thursday in Abuja.

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Achema said the suspects were arrested during a sting operation by the anti-narcotic operatives of the agency.

He said that 229.6kg of hard drug and other psychotropic substances were recovered them.

Achema listed hard drugs recovered as -239.9kg of cannabis sativa, 59.7kg psychotropic substances and 274 bottles of codeine syrup.

He said that the suspects confessed to the crime adding that they had been in the business of supplying hard drug to the insurgents for some time.

According to him, the kingpin of the group blamed unemployment for his involvement in the illicit drug trafficking.

Achema said 153 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa (marijuana) was recovered from the kingpin.

“Nine of the suspects have been charged to court in Jalingo, while others are still under investigations,’’ he said.