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Taraba govt raises alarm over helicopter loaded with arms landing in Jibu village

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A helicopter suspected to be loaded with arms and ammunition was, last night, reported to have landed in a village called Jibu, located along River Benue, near Ibi, in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, told reporters that the arms and ammunition were allegedly meant for a militia group that might have been planning an attack on Taraba villages.

“This system of arms delivery was used prior to the tragic attacks in Agatu communities in Benue State last year, which led to the killings there.

“When it was reported, nothing was done to trace and arrest the owners of the helicopter.

“That strategy works for them in Agatu and they are using it again today.

“This may be another planned militia attacks on the people of Taraba in the offing,” Dan-Abu said.

However, speaking with Punch, a resident of Jibu who pleaded anonymity said a helicopter had landed in the village in the night, but that the mission of the helicopter had not yet been ascertained.

“There was rumour recently that arms were being ferried across River Benue in the area to Banteje, a town along Wukari-Jalingo road, but I cannot confirm to you whether a helicopter landed in our village or not, because I have been in Wukari town for the past two days.”

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP. David Misal, dismissed the information as a mere rumour and cautioned against spreading “fake information” on the social media.

Misal said the Police surveillance team in the area has been directed to get to the roots of the matter.

“For now, the information remains a mere rumour, but we have our men there. As soon as we have further information about the issue, I will get back to you,” he said.

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