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Lawmaker wants troops deployed in southern Taraba

Mr Daniel Gani, member representing Wukari II Constituency in Taraba State House of Assembly, has called on the Federal Government to deploy soldiers in the area to avert further attacks by suspected herdsmen.

Gani made the call on Wednesday while addressing news conference in Jalingo.

He said the low presence of security personnel in the area was responsible for the ongoing senseless killing of innocent people.

“The only way to avert these brutal killings in Wukari and its environs is to massively deploy troops just like what the federal government did in Benue and Nasarawa states,” he said.

Gani said lack of seriousness on the part of the State Government left him with no option than to seek intervention from the federal government.

“I passionately appeal to the Acting Governor to liaise with the police so that mobile police unit can be stationed in Wukari due to the volatile nature of the area.

“As I speak with you, the acting governor has not done anything about it and that is why the killings have continued.

“We are tired of making such calls. If the acting governor is not competent enough to protect the lives and properties of our people, he should simply resign,” he said.

The lawmaker said the decision by the acting governor not to visit the area and commiserate with its people was, again, a clear indication that he had no concern for the people.

“Our people are dying by the day but the acting governor did not deem it fit to at least visit the affected persons and condole with them.

“Stakeholders in southern Taraba have started reading meanings into it, and you can’t blame them because the acting governor is not bothered by their plight,” he said.

In a swift reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the acting governor, Mr Kefas Sule, described the allegations as baseless and unfounded.

Sule said that the acting governor had cancelled his plan to attend a security meeting with the President because of the security challenges in the state.

He said that the acting governor was working tirelessly with all the security agencies in the state to find a lasting solution to the problem.

He also said that all top government functionaries from the southern zone of the state had been directed to go to the area and appeal for calm, “now that normalcy had returned.”

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