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Taraba Violence: Declare state of emergency in Taraba now, group tells FG

A political group in Taraba State, the Taraba Progressive Movement, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Taraba State, saying the security situation in the state has worsened.

The group in a press release on Wednesday said the 24 hours curfew declared by the state government have not stopped the killings of innocent people and destruction of properties by political thugs.

The statement signed by the group’s Coordinators, Muhammad Umar and Godiya Kona, noted that more than a hundred people have been killed in the state since PDP was declared winner of the governorship election.‎

“So far, more than a hundred lives have been lost; properties worth millions are being destroyed in areas believed to be APC stronghold in the state.

‎”The security situation in Taraba State is snowballing into a pure religious crisis and the officials of the state government are culpable.”

The group alleged that since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner in the governorship race, that thugs believed to be loyal to some PDP leaders in the state have been unleashing mayhem of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while the state government look the other way.

“Since Tuesday that INEC announced the PDP as winner of the governorship election, PDP thugs have continued to unleash terror on the state in the name of celebrating their victory.

“These thugs mostly imported from Benue State and Takum Local Government by the PDP are working on direct instruction of some PDP chieftains to specifically attack APC supporters in their homes.

“These thugs with state government protection moves freely during curfew time to set ablaze houses in ‎Unguwan Water Board, Unguwan Primary Board, Unguwan NTA, Unguwan Saminaka, Unguwan kasa, Rubi Bypass Jeka dafari, Unguwan Rubi Junction Jalo all in Jalingo, the state capital.

“In Iware, Tau all under Ardo Kola Local Government, people are being killed and properties are being burnt by PDP thugs. Also in Mutumbiyu and Tella area of Gassol Local Government, PDP leaders are identifying APC members for targeted attacks,” the statement further alleged.

The group said ‎it was more worrisome that “the waves of violence is only in Muslims dominated areas and APC strongholds.”

“The four local governments declared to be won by APC in the Saturday election are the main targets of this crisis.

“It’s time for the Federal Government to fully take over the security situation in Taraba State; the state government cannot stop the violence because it is politically orchestrated by the PDP in the state.

“President Buhari should as a matter of urgency take charge of Taraba Security, deploy more security agents to the state because Governor Ishaku has failed to protect lives of Tarabans,” the group further allege.