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In Taraba Gov. Ishaku appeals for calm over renewed crisis

The governor’s appeal is contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) on Thursday in Jalingo.

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state


Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba, has appealed to the people of Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna Local Government Area to eschew violence and embrace peace.

The governor’s appeal is contained in a statement issued by Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Jalingo.

The statement said the governor described the fresh outbreak of crisis on the Plateau, where lives and properties were lost, as “a sad development.’’

“I hereby appeal to the people of the state, especially the people living on Mambilla Plateau to eschew violence and live in peace with one another.

“Security agencies have already been charged to be on top of the situation in order to ensure peace return to the area as soon as possible,’’ the statement quoted Ishaku as saying.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that renewed crisis erupted on Mambilla Plateau on Monday due to disagreement between a Fulani man and a Mambilla man.

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The disagreement escalated and led to killings and destruction of property.

NAN recalled that on Tuesday, Mr John Yep, Chairman, Sardauna local government council, imposed 24-hour curfew on Gembu, the headquarters of the council.

Mr David Misal, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told newsmen that the Police Commissioner, Mr Yakubu Babas, had temporarily relocated to Gembu to ensure restoration of peace.

Misal, who confirmed the death of seven persons during the crisis, said that three units of Mobile police, comprising of 189 operatives, had been deployed to the area to restore peace.

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