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Victims appeal for heavier police presence in Taraba

15 April 2016, 19:04

Abuja - Thousands of victims of the alleged attacks by some herdsmen in Taraba State have petitioned Governor Darius Ishaku to enhance security in the region.

This comes amid the onslaught by the cattle rearers.

The communities, under the auspices of Ndola of Gola Area Development Association (NGADA), petitioned the premier through the commissioner of Police, Shaba Alkali.

Coordinator of the communities, Rev. David Gadda, and chairman, Joseph Nagombe, signed the document.

“We appeal for a police outpost in Maisuma in Gashaka Local Government Area, also in Fali in Donga local government, Sunkuru and Badakoshi in Kurmi, Tsokuwa Haruna in Sardauna and Sabongida Duna in Bali.”

Also read: Taraba group pleads for return of displaced locals

More than 40 people have reportedly been killed in several villages of Gashaka as a result of an attacked carried out on the villages by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

NGADA said the presence of police post would prevent the herdsmen from having a “field day.”

The petitioners stressed the need for the government to marshal out plans to discourage the herdsmen from gaining access to the communities.

“The need for the area to be given a Development Area, like Yangtu in Southern part of the state, can no longer be overemphasized.”

Over 6 000 persons from the communities are presently taking refuge in Mayo-Selbe, Kungan, Garbabi and Baissa in the region.

Several persons numbering over 44, it would be recall were recently feared dead council in the state.




- CAJ News


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