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Taraba Govt blamed for recurring tensions

07 April 2014, 08:32

Abuja - The State House of Assembly Committee on Information blamed the Taraba State Government for failing to end the ongoing hostility in some parts of the region.

Chairman of the Committee, Daniel Ishaya Gani, said the state government has not be able to addressed the crisis that has resulted to the death of 15 people and burning of Nayinawa, Yayimini and Tudunwada villages in Jibu ward of Wukari Local Government Area of the state.

“We have discovered that the government of Taraba state under the control of the Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar is not capable of securing the lives and properties of the citizens of Taraba state, which was why most of the people especially the Tiv are moving out of Taraba state to go to a secure place,” he said.

He said the state government has continued to drag its feet on the crisis.

“A lot of Tiv people have moved out of Taraba state, a lot of Fulani have moved out of Wukari, Ibi and even Donga areas.”

The lawmaker beckoned at the government to as a matter of urgency wake up from the alleged slumber.

“What we are saying in a nutshell is that the government should sit up to its responsibility by providing enough security personnel that would not only be stationed on the main roads but should be moving from the main roads to the interiors assuring the people in the rural areas that their lives are save,” Gani said.

He said if the state government had acted fast, the crisis that emanated from both Benue and Nassarawa states would not have spilled over to Taraba State.

“The crisis did not start in Taraba state.  The crisis emanated from Benue and Nassarawa state. But as I am talking to you now, the whole impact of the crisis is now on the whole southern Taraba.  About three to four villages are now burnt down completely by the Fulani herdsmen.”

He expressed sadness that the federal committee set up to find permanent solution to the crisis was only restricted to Benue, Nassarawa and Plateau States.

“I am calling on the Federal Government, that the committee that is set up should not only be restricted or mandated to work on peace, resolution between Nassarawa and Benue states only but Taraba state be included, and they should come to Taraba state especially Wukari and Ibi local governments to see the level of damages done in these communities.”

– CAJ News

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