Taraba State Citizens Flee The State Over Herdsmen Killings
Hundreds of people have continued to flee Taraba villages, following attacks on some communities in the Gassol, Ibi and Wukari local government areas by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
This is coming on the heels of a reported planned attack on the state by Fulani herdsmen as alleged by Governor Darius Ishaku on Wednesday.
Mr. Simon Tyavwua, a resident who buried four of his relatives in Ngutswen village, told SUNDAY PUNCH that over 2,000 people, mostly Tiv, who were marked for attack, had moved to neighbouring Sabon Gida to take refuge.
“Over 70 major villages housing over 2,000 people from Sabon Gida to Wurojam and Yerima to Gassol have been deserted. Most of these people are now living in internally displaced people’s camps in their land.
“These attacks get worse by the day, despite the alarm (raised) by the governor. There is not a single security personnel here,” he said.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Public Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Bello, told our correspondent that it was not clear if the presence of military in the state was a direct response to the governor’s security alert.
“It is good that we are getting a better response from the military. This is a departure from the criminal silence and snobbishness of the past,” Bello said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. David Missal, told SUNDAY PUNCH in a telephone interview that though there was no deployment of special forces to the state after the governor’s alarm, the police officers in the state were already on the alert.
“We are on the ground and have taken proactive measures to forestall any attack. For now, the situation in the state is calm,” he said.
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