The Nigerian Army May Have Succeeded in Helping Herdsmen to Settle in Taraba State - eritvnews

The Nigerian Army May Have Succeeded in Helping Herdsmen to Settle in Taraba State


The Nigerian army may have succeeded in helping the marauding Fulani Herdsmen to settle in Taraba state.

Fulani Herdsmen killed more 4 people in Taraba state on 16 April to prove that the military activities in the state was a mess.  The deployment of troops to Taraba state and their withdrawal proved to have little or no significant effect on the reduction of tension created by the Fulani Herdsmen. Instead, the Fulani Herdsmen became stronger after the withdrawal of the troops.

While the military men were in the state, Fulani Herdsmen had continued with the killings of farmers in farm settlements. Even after the withdrawal of the military, it was reported that the marauding Herdsmen continued to attack the people and the indigenous members of those villages were forced out to find a settlement outside their homes in Internally Displaced Persons Camps.

According to John Mkom Jalingo, Chairman of Donga Local Government, Mr. Nashuka Ipeyen, who confirmed the killing of four persons in an attack at Sabon Gida hours after soldiers were withdrawn from the area. Nashuka also said an internally-displaced¬ person, IDP, was killed at Tunari and three others missing, when they went to pick some of their valuables and get some foodstuff for their families.

He, however, said the presence of the mobile police personnel deployed to the area prevented the attackers from razing down Sabon Gida village and appealed to the people to avoid going into the hinterland until the security situation in the area improves.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Takum Local Government, Mr. Shiban Tikari, has described as laughable the statement by the Nigerian Army that Mr. Danjuma America and Danasabe Gasama arrested in the middle of the night in Takum recently, were perpetrators of crisis in Takum and Ussa Local Government areas of Taraba State.

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, had in a statement said Danjuma and Gasama were arrested on Friday by troops deployed for Operation Ayem Akpatuma in a community in Takum, following a tip-off. Tikari urged the military to stop diverting attention from the main issues of their complicity in the attacks and killings in the state