Taraba - The Census Tribunal on Monday in Abuja upheld the 2006 enumeration figures for seven local government areas of Taraba, as released by the National Population Commission (NPC).
In the tribunal's judgment, Mr Habibu Ma`aruf, Chairman of Tribunal `B’ upheld the census figures of Gashaka, Donga, Ibi, Yorro, Wukari, Takum and Gassol local government areas of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the local government councils had in separate petitions alleged that some of their localities were not enumerated.
They also alleged that the declared figures were not the true reflection of their population, and pleaded with the tribunal to order for fresh enumeration of areas not enumerated.
Delivering judgment, the tribunal noted that the complainants failed to prove their case on preponderance of evidence.
Ma’aruf said that the persons, who the complainants alleged were denied of enumeration, were not brought before the tribunal to testify.
He also said that the identities of the persons they alleged were not counted during the enumeration were not known at the tribunal.
He further said that those that featured as witnesses before the tribunal claimed they were all enumerated.
``The tribunal judgment is based on the inability of the complainants to produce evidence of the people and the villages they alleged were not counted.
``NPC produced evidence to show that they based the census on enumeration areas not villages as contested by the councils, and that those villages were captured on the enumeration areas.
``The tribunal been a fact finding one cannot rely on evidence that are not seen, having weighed the evidence of the complainants against the respondent declared the population figures of the local government areas valid,’’ Ma'aruf said.
NPC declared the population of Gashaka as 87,166; Donga, 133;105, Ibi, 84,302; Yorro, 89,865; Wukari, 238,283; Takum, 134,576; and Gassol, 245,086; in the 2006 National Population and Housing Census.