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Tensions high as helicopter delivers arms to Taraba community

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

There is widespread tension and apprehension in Taraba as a helicopter allegedly loaded with  a large cache of arms and ammunition  last night landed in Jibu village along river Benue in Ibi local government area of the state.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu told our correspondent that the arms and ammunition are allegedly meant for a militia group that may be planning attack on Taraba villages.

“This system of arms delivery was used prior to the tragic attacks in Agatu communities in Benue State last year which led to the killings there.

“When it was reported, nothing was done to trace and arrest the owners of the helicopter. The strategy worked for them in Agatu and they are using it again today. This may be another planned militia attacks on the people of Taraba in the offing,” he said.

In a phone interview on Sunday, Member representing Wukari II Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Aji said he was also alerted of the development and had contacted the chairman of Wukari local government council, Mr. Daniel Adi to be on the alert and other security agencies to launch investigation into the allegation.

A resident of Jibu who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent in a telephone interview that a helicopter had late last year landed in the village, but that the mission of the helicopter had not yet been ascertained.

“There was rumor recently that arms were being ferried across river Benue in the area to Banteje, a town along Wukari -Jalingo road, but I can not confirm to you whether a helicopter landed in our village or not because I have been in Wukari town for the past two days.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP. David Misal, dismissed the information as a mere rumor and caution against spreading fake information on the social media.

Misal said that the police surveillance team in the area has been directed to get to the roots of the matter.

“For now, the information remain a mere rumor,  but we have our men there. As soon as we have further information about the issue, I will get back to you,” he said.

This is coming just days to the January 24th date for the full implementation of the anti open grazing law in the state and threats of bloodbath by some group who are averse to the law.


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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 21st January 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Do not move an inch backward on your God given native land, do not wait for the enemy to attack, do not wait for the enemy to comeback. This Bloody Political War to end fulani Political Control over this territory of the natives, is War of the natives of this territory of the natives against fulani criminal terrorists- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central. The enemy- fulani criminal terrorists has nothing to stand natives of this territory of the natives in this 21st century world. The enemy- fulani criminal terrorists got into this territory of the natives with the Sword, must be erased in this territory of the natives with the Sword. The leader of fulani criminal terrorists is the illiterate rat called Saad, the brainwashed illiterate fools nickname military, police etc. are the enemy’s criminal war mercenaries, the illiterate touts nickname herdsmen are criminal war mercenaries of the enemy- BURN THEM DOWN ALL, ANNIHILATE THEM on your God given native, ERASE THEM on your God given native land, ERASE their cows, BURN DOWN their shelters, their collaborators, BURN DOWN their Sultanate, Emirates, Palaces, Sultan, Emirs and everything connected and associated with them. It is God given Liberation, it is God given Freedom under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, with economic cooperation and assistance etc. which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world- education, employment, job, salary, pension, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. Southern militia groups, Southern Warriors etc- Move North Now, Defend every inch of this territory of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central- Erase the enemy on every inch of this territory of the native- Erase their caliphate, emirates, sultanate, sultan, emirs etc., erase the palaces, cows, shelters etc. It is Revolution War of the natives of this territory of the natives. God Is With Us!!!

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