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The text of a press briefing on the recent attacks by ethnic militia groups in parts of the state was delivered by the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, His Excellency Engr. Haruna Manu, on Saturday June 6, 2020 in Jalingo.

According to the press briefing, the Taraba State Government is greatly dismayed by the recent attacks by militia groups on Maigoge and Tunga in Bali Local Government Area of the state resulting to the death of innocent people.

That during the attacks many houses were burnt including those of a village head and a youth leader.

It states that these attacks came only a few days after the killing, also by a militia group, of a pastor of CRC-N  Church in Mararaba, Donga LGA, – Emmanuel Bileya and his wife, Juliana while they were working on their farm.

The briefing reveals that the government condemns in very strong terms these barbaric attacks on individuals and communities in the state and warns the attackers to desist forthwith.

That His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has consequently directed that security be beefed up in communities that are being targeted by the attackers to guarantee safety of lives and properties.

That he has also directed security agencies to go after members of these militia gangs responsible for the attacks and killings and ensure that they are brought to book.

It reveals that furthermore, the government is determined not only to stop the militia attacks but to ensure lasting peace among the various groups in Central and Southern Taraba communities.

That this task will be accomplished soon and government wishes to appeal to all well meaning people in the state to support the on-going peace efforts.