Taraba State governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku has said that the statement made by former minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) on military collusion with bandits killing innocent people in Nigeria should be taken seriously and looked into instead of being criticised.
Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday in his office when the military investigation panel set up by the chief of army staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, led by the president of the panel, Major General James Nimyel (rtd) paid him a courtesy call at the commencement of their assignment.
The governor, in his statement pointed out that the people of Taraba State are fully behind the views expressed on the security situation in Nigeria by General TY Danjuma (rtd).
He said considering the reputation of Danjuma, both locally and internationally, his views should not only be respected but be commended.
He described the statement of Gen. Danjuma as bold and courageous, noting that “he spoke the minds of all the people of Taraba and most Nigerians.”
He said the killings, which have become a daily affair had become a huge challenge to “our unity as a country and this does not support our desire to remain as one country, especially now that Nigeria is battling to remain united as one country.”
Governor Ishaku revealed that what he has seen since he became the governor of the state for about three years is humiliating and disturbing, stating that the killings in the state has been a daily affair, resulting in whole family members being wiped off in some cases.
“I didn’t sleep yesterday. At 1 o’clock this morning, I was woken up and told that herdsmen militia had attacked again in Tsondi. They fought a fierce battle against the military, but fortunately the military in Takum came early enough but not less than 14 people were killed. The same thing happened again this morning at 3am, the military in Takum went around beating up youths arresting them from their houses, charging them with some allegations and packed them to the barrack. The citizens are not protected, the citizens are scared to death, the citizens are afraid and yet they are being terrorised,” the governor lamented.
Speaking earlier, the president of the investigation panel, Major General Nimyel (rtd) said the panel was in the state to investigate the allegation made against the Nigerian Army during the course of operations in Taraba State with a view to making appropriate recommendations that will assist relevant authorities in taking appropriate decisions.
According to him, “The activities of the Nigerian Army in the recent past, military operations, particularly in Taraba State have come under criticism by individuals, interest groups from different sectors of the society, particularly Taraba State government, non-governmental organisations. Statements of this nature could and have indeed questioned the reputation of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and thus cannot be ignored if the Nigerian Army is to continue to earn the trust and respect of the people of Taraba State in particular and Nigeria at large.”
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