IGP moves to quell further attacks

Mathias Terna Tyopev, Emmanuel Gado, Mary Monday, Plateau, Fulani

Herdsmen have unleashed terror on the residents of Central Taraba State, killing scores, a development which prompted other residents to flee the communities to safer havens in other parts of the state.

In a swift move to prevent further attack, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, mobilized a detachment of police officers to the troubled zone in the state.

Briefing journalists on the development, the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, Shaba Alkali, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Jalingo, said the herdsmen launched a coordinated attack on the communities, leading to members many residents fleeing their communities into nearby villages.

Alkali also said the herdsmen razed many houses, thereby compelling the people to abandon their ancestral homes and taking refuge in nearby towns of Mayo-Selbe and Sabon Gida.

Reacting to the development, the Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaka, said his administration would employ every means to bring the perperators to book.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Sylvanus Giwa, the Governor, who confirmed the deployment of police officers to the troubled zone, said residents with useful information on perpetrators should make it available for the police.

He said following the deployment of the police to the area the place is calm, adding that one of the suspected hoodlums was paraded by the State Police Commissioner.

The Governor, who could not give the name of the suspect, however, said the plan to carry out the attack was hatched in the house of the paraded suspect.

Though police authorities said 15 persons were killed in the dastardly attack, the Governor disagreed with the police, saying the number of persons murdered was 44.

He said the his administration would not leave any stone unturned in bringing perpetrators to book, noting that the place has been condoned off and security checks are ongoing in the villages.

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