Taraba Governor blames Presidency for Mambilla killing

Darius Dickson Ishaku, Taraba state Governor

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, has blamed the Presidency for fighting in the Mambilla Plateau, in which several people were killed.

The governor, speaking while receiving the interior minister, Abdulraman Dambazzau, at Government House in Jalingo, said the late response of security agencies to the security situation allowed the conflict to escalate.

Ishaku recalled alerting the Presidency last year, on the relocation of fleeing Boko Haram fighters from Sambisa forest, to a forest reserve in the state.

The governor said it is now evident that some of the attacks credited to herdsmen are carried out by Boko Haram, posing as herdsmen.

He said, “Government cannot celebrate its victory over Boko Haram until the terrorists regrouping in Taraba are rooted out.

 “The federal government must act fast to avoid a devastating crisis.

“Some of the crises being blamed on herdsmen in actual sense are not carried out by herdsmen but by terrorists masquerading as herdsmen.

“The federal government must be proactive in handling security issues.”

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