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Group Raises Alarm Over Alleged Intimidation Of Plateau Ethnic Group

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The Ngwang Ishi O’tarok, a social cultural group of the Tarok nation has raised the alarm over alleged intimidation of Tarok speaking voters  in Southern Plateau ahead of Saturday’s elections in the state.

But in a swift reaction, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Lalong on Media and Publicity, Mr Mark Longyen dismissed the allegation, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC ) administration is seriously on ground in the state and has no cause to intimidate and harass  voters to vote for the party in the  election.

According to a statement issued by Mr David Dashe, Caretaker Committee President of Ngwang Ishi O’tarok, Tarok speaking communities in the same local government councils are facing the threats to either vote the APC government or risk eviction from their residences.

The statement added that “there are threats to further unleash mayhem on them in Shendam as was done during the presidential and national assembly election in the state.

Dashe pointed out that some Tarok communities have been summoned by these same politicians and government officials, stressing that the incident has compelled them to reach a conclusion that the attacks on Tarok communities in Ajikamai on the 23rd of February is unlikely to be the last episode of an organised violence against Tarok in their strive to exercise their right to personal freedom and to elect political leaders of their choice.

The Ngwang Ishi O’tarok also said the continuous threats and intimidation of their people and the drive to impose on them strange political ideas other than the ones they have chosen for themselves will be strongly resisted.

He called on security agencies to provide the necessary protection for his people before, during and after the election.

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