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Less Than 24 Hrs Taraba Gov. Cried Out of Pending Attack, 4 Killed in Renewed Violence


True to the cry of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Thursday, that there were plans to attack the state within the next 10 days, four people were Thursday night killed in a fresh attack.
The Governor had said that he received a letter from suspected insurgents that they were going to attack the state within the next 10 days.
Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen were said to have attacked and killed four persons in Ngutsen village of Wurojam ward in Gasol local government area of the state.
An eye witness said the attackers arrived the village at about 9 pm on Thursday.
The eye witness who refused to put his name on record said the attackers were with sophisticated arms and also in large number.
“The came in our village in large number, is by the grace of God that many people were not killed from the village. We have been having sleepless nights since the rumour of the landing of Helicopter close to our village here, so we were able to alert our people on time.
“Though four persons were killed, two women and two men, several people were injured and they are taking treatment at several hospitals as we speaks”
Wurojam is about 20 kilometers away from Jibu village where the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor, Bala Danhabu recently alleged that a helicopter landed with arms.
It was learnt that the Gosol Local Government Chairman was already at the scene of the incident with the Divisional Police Officer DPO of the local government.
When called the Police Public’s Relation Officer, David Misar said he was yet to be briefed over the incident.
Taraba has witnessed some violence in recent months.
Ishaku, who had cried out when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said: “We are on notice that in 10 days, we (Taraba) shall be attacked. I have alerted all security agencies. We are waiting.
“A helicopter has dropped arms and ammunition in the night without its mission established. It is not a time to keep quiet; we are living in fear,” he added.
Ishaku lamented that his pain as a Governor, is in the fact that he promised to develop the state if the people could give him peace. “Unfortunately, I have provided development but peace has been elusive,” he said.
The Governor said he had been given a crown without a sword, so he cannot fight and keep control of his power, since he relies on the Federal Government for help.
“Here, we rely on people who, when you give them instructions, they tell you to wait until they get a clearance from above.
“Before the clearance comes from Abuja, you have lost hundreds of lives. This is absolutely absurd and disappointing, particularly when you meet people like me who want to work with zeal,” he said.
The Governor asked for an investigation into the killing of over 68 persons by herdsmen and the killing of a member of the House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi, who was kidnapped in Takum directly opposite a military barracks. No suspect has been arrested for this murder, Ishaku said.
He said: “We are sad and angry because there is no security in our land. Taraba buried 68 persons when Benue was burying 73. Should we continue like that? The choice is ours.
“But we shall continue to cry and scream. If we are not heard in Nigeria, we might be heard in Chad, Egypt, England and or US.”
Secondus urged the National Assembly to investigate the allegation that a helicopter loaded with firearms and ammunition landed in Jubu village on January 20.
Secondus said: “In the last two years, we have witnessed in our country how the lives of innocent people are being taken away in our communities.
“The poor are being killed with no justification. They have lost their homes and sources of income. And there is a total breakdown of law and order in the country.
“It is important to note that when situations like this degenerate into a magnitude where the people are fear gripped, without the government coming to their aid, they can resort to self-help to protect themselves.
“We are not asking them to do that, but we are crying loud and praying for the government to return to its senses and heed our advice and protect our people.
Secondus urged the Federal Government to reform the country’s security architecture in the country to end the killings.
“Let the lawmakers find out its mission, aim, objective and purpose. I believe this will expose those who are behind the killings in Taraba and other places.”
But the State Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, dismissed the report of an arms-filled chopper landing in a Taraba village at night as “an unfounded and misleading rumour”.

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