Take over Taraba State security, House of Assembly urges FG

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BY JOHN MKOM

JALINGO —The Taraba State House of Assembly has asked the Federal Government to take over the security of the state following the massive loss of lives, destruction of property and displacement of people as in the state.

strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

strategizing: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Kenneth Minima (left); his Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (middle) and General Officer Commanding 3rd Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen John Zaruwa, aboard a Nigerian Air Force plane strategising with the aid of maps in the ongoing counter-terrorist operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during a visit to the area, weekend.

The development was as a result of the violence between the Fulani herdsmen and the people of Wukari which had engulfed the southern and some parts of central Taraba in the last few days.

In a motion jointly sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Josiah Kente, representing Wukari I, Ishaya Gani- Wukari II, Haruna Gbana Donga, Mark Useni -Takum II Daniel; Tsokwa- Takum I, Muhamed Abdulkarim Ibi and Yohana Adaki Ussah, the House also asked the state government to send enough relieve materials to the affected victims.

Earlier in their separate contributions during their plenary, the former Speaker of the House, Haruna Gbana said both the legislature and the executive arm of the government should be humble enough to apologise to the people of the state for not being proactive to avert the crisis.

Gbana said instead of being sensitive to the issues that would have averted the crisis in the neighbouring state of Taraba, both parties were busy displaying posters of elections and beating campaign drums on the streets for the 2015 polls.

He said Taraba State government had failed in its responsibilities of providing security to the people, adding that there was no reason to hide the fact that Taraba State was under siege.

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