- Residents of Taraba state have accused the Nigerian Army of aiding militia groups behind killings in the state
- The chairman of Takum local government area, Shiban Tikari, accuses the military of harassing people in troubled areas
- He alleged that all soldiers at various checkpoints in Takum LG have been withdrawn
The chairman of Takum local government area (LGA), Shiban Tikari, has faulted a statement by the Army that two suspects, Danjuma America and Danasabe Gasama who were arrested in Takum were perpetrators of crises in the Takum and Ussa council areas of Taraba state.
Tikari who accused the military of harassing people in troubled areas, said instead of going after their attackers, troops had been withdrawn from various checkpoints in Takum LGA, Sahara Reporters stated.
He said: “We have been crying on top of our voice that army operatives of Operation Ayem Akpatuma were out for something. How come they have not told Nigerians about the arrest of the mastermind of the attack in Jandeikyula in the Wukari LGA where over 25 people were killed? They have not arrested those killing our people in villages since the killings in Takum and Ussa. These two boys they have arrested are indigenes of this area. Would they burn their houses and kill their own people?
"We have told them the routes the attackers are using to attack us, but rather than go to these areas and arrest the armed Fulani militia attacking us, they have been busy harassing our people. As we speak, the Commanding Officer of the 93 Battalion Takum, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Gambari, has withdrawn all soldiers at various checkpoints inTakum LGA."
Also, Nashuka Ipeyen, the chairman of the Donga local government area of Taraba state, alleged that bandits killed four persons in an attack at Sabon Gida community on Sunday, April 15, after soldiers were withdrawn from the area.
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He urged people to avoid going to remote areas until the security situation in the area improves.
The director of army public relations, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu, in a statement obtained by NAIJ.com on Saturday, April 14, said that two persons connected with killings in Taraba state had been caught by troops involved in a military operation in the area.
Chukwu said investigation revealed that the two suspects were key players in the killings and uprising in the two local government areas of the state.
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