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Ishaku accuses Buhari, military of complicity in Taraba security issues

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Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, on Tuesday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military of allowing his state to wallow in security challenges by refusing to act when reports of security threats were brought to them.

However, the governor, in a statement released by Bala Dan Abu, his Senior Special Assistant on media, said the military were aware of security threats as well as soldiers’ misconduct in the state, but chose to do nothing about them

Mr Ishaku accused the military of colluding against the people of the state and facilitating the killings and destructions by Fulani militia.”

It recalled for instance, that when the Ministry of Interior influenced the visit of military investigators to investigate an allegation against a monarch in the state, Shekarau Masa-Ibi, in 2016.

He, therefore, said the military delegation, “had no courtesy to inform the state governor on the visit and purpose of the visit. The Taraba State Government protested this obvious act of disrespect… in a letter to the Chief of Army Staff, dated February 23, 2016.”

Mr Ishaku also said he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26, 2016 to complain about threat to peace and security in Taraba State, but no action was taken on the information.

“In that letter signed by Governor Ishaku himself and obtained by Sahara Reporters, the governor lamented the devastating effects of internal conflicts involving the Fulani and Tiv, which led to the sacking of 200 settlements in the Gassol, Bali, Ibi, Donga and Gashaka local government areas by herdsmen.

“The governor informed the presidency about the concerns raised by some traditional rulers in the state concerning the influx of Fulani militia and about the attacks on their communities.

“The governor informed the presidency about the concerns raised by some traditional rulers in the state concerning the influx of Fulani militia and about the attacks on their communities.

“Letters of complaints from the traditional rulers whose communities suffered from these attacks were also attached and forwarded to the presidency. Copies of this letter were sent to the National Security Adviser, Chief of Staff to the President and the Inspector-General of Police.”

According to Mr Abu, Governor Ishaku wrote another letter to the then Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on July 5, 2017, drawing his attention to “the dangerous security situation as contained in a letter written by contractors handling the Kashimbilla Dam project and called for a high-level intervention.

He called on the army, the Navy and Air Force to establish permanent security bases in the area. This was again ignored.”

The Taraba State Government also said it reported the misconduct of the Commanding Officer of 93 Battalion, Ada Barracks in Takum on several occasions, but no action was taken against him by the military.

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