- Governor Ishaku has claimed Taraba state will come under attack in 10 days
- He said he has informed security operatives of the planned attack by some unnamed persons
- However, the police said they have not received any information yet
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has alleged that some persons are planning to attack the state in ten days.
The Punch reports that the governor raised this allegation on Thursday, February 1 when he received members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the state House of Assembly, Hosea Ibi.
He said the information has been passed to security operatives but claimed no move has been made to handle the situation.
He said: “When I assumed office, I asked my people to give me peace and that I would give development in return. Peace is elusive in Taraba, but we have development. Here I am as a governor with a crown, but without a sword.
“You call police and security agencies for help, they will tell you they need to clear from Abuja before acting. Before you know it, you have lost 100 people.
“When you call for help, the help takes ages to come. We need to restructure the security architecture of this country. You take one step forward as the governor, the almighty Federal Government takes you back 10 miles.
“The police we have can’t help themselves. In 10 days’ time, we will be attacked. Helicopters dropped arms here at night for hoodlums.
“We will talk because if the federal government cannot help us, let those who can help us come to our aid."
He lamented that farmers could no longer travel at night with their goods to neighbouring states to sell.
“We buried 63 people at Lau, the same day that Benue State buried 73 of its people. We are in trouble in this country.
“If our voices are not heard in Abuja, they can be heard in Kano, Niger Republic, United States of America and other places," the governor said.
Brig Gen John Agim who is the director of defence information said: “Informing the defence and the security agencies would enable proactive measures to be put in place.
“The military, being the last line of defence, would require the Commander-in-Chief’s directives to act. For the records, the procedure is for His Excellency to bring such information to the immediate attention of Mr. President and the military would move in if the crisis overwhelms the police."
David Akinremi who is the commissioner for police in the state however said no letter has been received.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, I have not received any letter from the governor. I am not aware that the governor informed us about any impending attack.”
Meanwhile, four suspected herdsmen who were said to be carrying dangerous weapons, were arrested by the vigilantes in Agadagba Obon, Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state.
Independent reports that the items reportedly recovered from the herdsmen included guns, cutlasses, daggers and axes.
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