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Press Statement: Taraba State Government Debunks Allegation made by Emir of Kano

The attention of theTaraba State Government has been drawn to a statement credited to the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II to the effect that the state government is training and arming militia men in the state. The Emir’s allegation is unfounded, misleading and unfair.

The administration of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has done a lot since inception to promote peaceful relationship among the ethnic groups and communities in the state. Even in the case of herdsmen/farmers conflicts, the administration has ensured that the issues involved are promptly and amicably resolved and security provided so that no party to the crisis suffers undue and unnecessary hardship.

The law on Anti-Open Grazing and the establishment of ranches is in furtherance of government’s peace efforts. It is surprising that a governor who has sacrificed so much in pursuit of peace and good neighbourliness will be accused of training militia men to undermine his own peace efforts.
The Taraba State Government rejects in its entirety, Emir Sanusi’s allegations as unfair and unjust to Governor Ishaku.

The government has not recruited militia men and is not involved in the training of such people anywhere in or outside of the state. The government advises the Emir to rather use his vantage position as a traditional and religious leader to complement the peace efforts of the government than raise unnecessary alarm capable of causing disaffection among the peace-loving people of Taraba State.

Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba State on Media and Publicity.