Governor Darius stated this on Thursday on Channel Television’s Politics Today. He was of the opinion that the country’s security structure does not leave enough room for governors to deal decisively with criminality in their respective states because the power is vested on the Federal Government.
“It is not me that is helpless all governors in Nigeria are helpless, that is why we are saying give us state police”, Ishaku lamented.
His comments were on the recent attack in Taraba State by some Ambazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon.
The soldiers were said to have stormed Manga village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Wednesday killing eleven (11) people including a traditional ruler.
Takum Local Government Area is a border community between Taraba State and The Republic of Cameroon.
Speaking in reaction to the incident, Governor Ishaku said he has complained severally to the Nigerian Military seeking help to secure the border.
The governor further stated that his plea has gone unheard leaving the community prone to attacks such as the recently experienced.
According to the governor, there is little a governor can do in such a case, because the governor does not control the armed forces neither does he have state police specifically for the service of the Taraba people.
“If I had state police I would have ordered. All governors are helpless, not only Darius Ishaku that is helpless, not only Taraba State, go and ask other governors and tell me any who has a solution to this. We have to depend on Federal might” he explained.
In forging a way forward, Governor Ishaku called on the military to help man Taraba’s long-stretch border with Cameroon. Taraba State has one of the longest borders with Cameroon. There is absolute need that these borders be manned by security agencies. The military precisely must man it he argued.
Because the separatists are well armed, they kill and run away so it is not an easy thing, it has to be the military to man the border”.
After the Wednesday attack, the military and police have now moved to the attacked community.
He expressed hope that after the security personnel have been deployed into the attacked community, fleeing villagers can now return.