Group urges FG to set up air force base, mini army barracks in Taraba crises communities


By our Taraba correspondent

Setting up an Air Force Base as well mini army barracks in crises areas of Taraba state, would no doubt go along way to checkmate the activities of unknown gunmen , herders among others who are presently killing and destruction properties in the nooks and crannies of the state .

This is the view of the Taraba Volunteer Group (TVG) who in a press briefing in Jalingo, frowned at the incessant attacks on innocent persons by herdsmen.

Led by its state coordinator, Terence Joseph, the group believed that establishing Air force base and mini army barrack in villages presently being ravage by herdsmen and communal clashes, would be brought to an end.

According to him “setting up an air force base in Janabambu to mount air surveillance in Janabambu, Yelwa, Kona, Jalingo communities and environs and setting up a mini army barracks in Kona ward of Jalingo local Government Council, would help in reducing these attacks that occurs daily.”

Perturbed by the numbers of persons presently taking refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state whom the group said were “chased out of their communities, the need for government at both state and federal to ” relief their sufferings with some humanitarian and relief materials” they believed can no longer be over emphasized

The group who also expressed dismay over the ongoing killings between the Tiv and the Jukun, implored the federal government as well as both the government of Taraba and Benue states,to “deploy lasting strategies in curtailing the frequent communal clashes in Wukari local government council and environs.”

Wondering why the crisis and attacks have continue to spill over , they expressed dismay that “in all these crises, women and children are usually the worst hit as the education of our children who supposed to be the future leaders are put in serious jeopardy.”

Citing recent Mambilla Plateau crisis which compelled the federal government to established an air force base in the area, they are of the opinion that if same action is extended to communities presently bedeviled by attacks , would be a thing of the past.

Arguing that “under the present constitutional arrangement of Nigeria, our governors do not control the the security apparatus rather the federal government does ” they urged the federal government to as a matter of urgency treat recent invasion of ATC, Janabambu,Nukkai communities and environs by “Fulani militias with the dexterity it treated the crisis in Gembu (Mambilla Plateau).

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