May 29, 2024

Taraba killings: Tiv community pledges full support to security agencies


The Tiv ethnic group in Taraba State has reiterated their readiness to fully support the security agencies deployed to promote peace in the southern parts of the state.

They made this known on Thursday in Jalingo, the state capital, while commending the members of the State House of Assembly for urging President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to declare a state of emergency in the state.

In a motion sponsored by representatives from Taraba North and South, the House members called on the federal government to intervene in the security challenges affecting the state.

They also raised concerns about the infiltration of bandits and terrorists in certain communities and villages, and proposed the establishment of a joint border security task force involving Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Gombe, and Plateau states.

In response to these calls, the Tiv ethnic group, through its President General, Joshua Ayagwa, pledged their full support to the security operatives in their efforts to end the senseless killings, particularly in the southern parts of Taraba State.

The group commended the Taraba State House of Assembly for their call to declare a state of emergency in the affected local governments of Wukari, Takum, Ussa, Donga, and Karim-Lamido.

It also expressed sadness over the continuous armed banditry activities in these localities, emphasizing that it poses a threat to food security and the overall economy of Taraba State. Ayagwa stressed that urgent attention is needed to address the activities of these bandits, and the Tiv community stands ready to provide their unwavering support to the deployed security agencies.

Ayagwa advised the youth in the state to refrain from engaging in social media propaganda concerning security issues in the state. He urged them to prioritize peace and avoid spreading misinformation that could further exacerbate the security situation.

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