Timelines of Governor Danbaba Suntai: From Plane Crash to His Return to Nigeria
10 months after he was flown abroad for better medical attention, after been involved in a helicopter crash, which he flew with some of his aides, on October 25, 2012, governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state is due to return to the country today.
Already, Jalingo the Taraba state capital is agog with preparation to receive the governor as the state government, tradional as well as religious institutions have finalised arrangements to welcome him.
As we welcome the governors back to Taraba state, below is a timeline of what transpired since the October 25 date he had the plane crash to his return to Nigeria.
OCTOBER 25, 2012
Governor Danbaba Suntai was involved in a plane crash. The plane, a Cessna 208, 5N-BMJ, crashed at about 7.45 p.m. He was piloting the plane, which crashed near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, depot in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
He was taken to Yola Specialist Hospital for treatment, but was later moved to the better-equipped Federal Medical Centre, Yola.
OCTOBER 26, 2012
He was flown from Yola to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, in an air ambulance at about 12.25pm, from where he was taken to the National Hospital, Abuja. The injured governor was flown in air an ambulance to Germany from Abuja. The governor was moved out of the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment at about 3:30 p.m. President Goodluck Jonathan visited the governor at the National Hospital, where he said Suntai was in stable condition.
NOVEMBER 14, 2012
The Taraba State House of Assembly invoked Section 190(2) of the Nigerian Constitution empowering the state’s Deputy Governor, Garba Umar, to act as governor.
DECEMBER 13, 2012
Wife of Taraba governor, Hauwa Suntai was delivered of twin babies in a German hospital while tendering to her sick husband.
JANUARY 1, 2013
Pictures of ailing Taraba Governor, Danbaba Suntai, emerged on social media with his new babies
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Taraba Specialist Hospital, Prof. Zakari Aliyu, disclosed that the governor had been moved to the John Hopkins University in the United States.
JUNE 17, 2013
Suntai was discharged from the John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland State, three months after he was brought to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as a result of the injuries he sustained during the October 2012 plane crash that involved him and some of his aides in Adamawa State.
The security aide to Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State, Iliya Dasat, who was involved in the October 25, 2012 air crash alongside his principal in Yola, Adamawa State, returned to the country after being discharged from a German hospital.
AUGUST 3, 2013
Members of the PDP Fact-finding Committee on the Taraba State Political Situation paid solidarity visit to Gov. Danbaba Suntai in New York, U.S.
AUGUST 21, 2013
Suntai’s wife, Hauwa, hinted of the governor’s return today.
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