Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State has reiterated his commitment to liaise with the Federal Government to halt the further invasion of Taraba communities by foreign soldiers.
The governor, who made this known through the Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Barrister Danjuma Adamu, at the weekend after leading a high powered government delegation to the attacked community, said the activities of the foreign soldiers will be effectively checkmated.
While sympathizing with the people, he said the state government will collaborate with the Federal Government in order to forestall future occurrences.
He said, “We have seen things for ourselves and we have heard the request made by the communities here. We will report back to the state governor for quick intervention and I am certain something positive would follow.”
Demonstrating the government’s determination to put an end to the attacks, he said the military have been stationed there to ensure the security of life and properties.
Also on his part, the traditional ruler of Shibong, Alexander Yamusa Garkwe, said the nature of the recent attack, which led to the death of no fewer than 12 persons including a traditional ruler, has made his subjects vulnerable.
He called for the deployment of marine police and soldiers to the area, saying failure to secure the area could lead to an exodus of residents to urban centres.
A palace guard who narrated how the attackers invaded the community said while a lot of our people escaped through the river, others narrowly escaped through the bush.
Also aligning his weight to that of the Commissioner and the traditional ruler, the council chairman of Takum, Shiban Tikari, warned the foreign soldiers to desist from taking advantage of any of the Taraba communities.
He expressed optimism that the military is capable of preventing further attacks along the borders.