- Hon Mark Useni reveals that attacks on communities have continued in Taraba
- Useni says the Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku, has come up with some strategies that have become successful
- The lawmaker declares his support for state police arguing that governors do not have control over the current law enforcement agencies
A ranking lawmaker in Taraba, Mark Useni, on Saturday, August 5, revealed that attacks by gunmen on communities in the state have continued despite efforts by the nation’s security agencies to curtail the bandits.
Mark, a two-term speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly, told NAIJ.com in an exclusive chat that Governor Darious Ishaku has engaged in a lot of strategies to protect lives and properties, but added that the challenge before the government is that it does not control the law enforcement agencies.
Mark, who represents Takum constituency 2, told NAIJ.com: “As you are aware, we have had very terrible killings. As I speak with you, just between the day before yesterday and yesterday, another community in Lau local government area was attacked. Houses were burnt and one person was killed.
“We thank God that the governor has been up and doing concerning the situation. Otherwise, it would have been worse than what we are experiencing now.
“He has put in place very serious security measures that have helped in curtailing the killings going on there. We thank God for our present situation.”
He, however, noted that attacks on communities are not just a challenge to Taraba alone.
“Our case is not different from what is happening in parts of Plateau, Benue and Adamawa states. You will agree with me that it has become a national problem, not just a challenge to Taraba,” he added.
Concerning the challenge facing the governor, like his colleagues in other states, Hon Mark said: “Everybody knows that our security architecture has not been able to contain the killings.
“To worsen it, the control of these security organs is not with the states. Probably, what the state governor experiences is not felt by the people at the centre which make up the federal government. You know the police and the military are controlled by the federal government.
“The state governor has little or no authority to direct these people as to how they should undertake their operations. So that it what is happening.”
The lawmaker said he supported state policing as a major way to end attacks on communities as such security agents would work understanding the dynamics of their areas of operation.
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“I support the call for state policing because if you have the police arm that is controlled by the state…remember it is the state that understands the dynamics of security issues.
“If there is any need for deployment, you don’t need to rely on the federal arm of government. You just deploy the state police.
“The central police will then enhance the state police to functions the law has allowed such state police to perform,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria, Rev Yakubu Pam, stated that until the federal government resolves the question of land grabbing and indiscriminate grazing, the killings by herdsmen in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom local government areas of Plateau state will not end.
He made the comments in reaction to the fresh killings in Gashish, Ganaropp, Ruku, Shonong and Razat villages of Barkin-Ladi and Riyom, where dozens of lives were lost on Saturday, June 23.
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