A team of policemen being accompanied by some local vigilantes were on Thursday afternoon attacked in Lau LGA of Taraba State, leaving five of them dead while two others escaped.
In a press statement by the PPRO, Taraba state command of the Nigeria Police, David Misal, released on Friday, confirmed the attack and says a ‘manhunt’ is on to apprehend the hoodlums.
“Following a distress call of sporadic shooting heard at a place at Bujum Ladi, Lau LGA, on 6 September, 2018 at about 1430hrs, a team of five policemen led by a Divisional Crime Officer DCO ASP Kilobas Iliya, accompanied by three vigilante men were drafted to the area. While on their way, they came under attack by suspected herdsmen. Consequently, ASP Kilobas Iliya with two others and two vigilantes were killed and two arms, one AK 47 rifle, one service pistol were carted away by the hoodlums, while two others escaped”.
According to the the police official, the Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, has ordered immediate investigation into the matter by deploying the deputy commissioner of Police in charge of Intelligence and Investigation DCP Musa Baba to carry out full scale discreet investigation into the matter while manhunt of the perpetrators is been embarked upon through massive deployment of more personnel to the affected areas”.
Meanwhile, member representing Lau constituency and Majority Leader of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Joseph Albasu Kunini, has condemned the killings. Kunini said crises was inevitable in a society but that he would do all he could to defend the interest of his people.
He however, gave kudos to the governor for his pragmatic approach and doggedness in the fight against insecurity in the State.
Government Inaugurates Shomo/Jole Administrative Panel
As part of finding lasting peace to the lingering communal clash between the Shomo/Jole communities in Lau local government area, Taraba State Government today inaugurated a nine man administrative panel to wade into the crisis rocking the fishing communities.
Inaugurating the panel in his office, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Anthony Jelason, charged them to bring to bear their wealth of experience and do a thorough job in this regard.
According to Mr Jelason, the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku is very interested in bringing lasting peace to citizens of the state thereby urging the committee
members to see this as a challenge requiring diligence, dedication and utmost patriotism.
“I urge you to exhibit a high sense of patriotism and dedication and do all you can to get to the root of the matter and ensure you submit a comprehensive report at the end of your assignment”. He added.
Responding, chairman of the panel, Barrister Matuidi Isa, assured the Secretary to the State Government of the committees’ readiness to hit the ground running and exhume past reports in order to come up with a document that will enable government find the best possible measure towards bringing lasting peace to the feuding communities.
Terms of reference of the panel includes;
To find out the remote and immediate causes of the crisis;
To find out whether any individual or group of individuals are involved in the crisis;
To find out the number of communities that are adversely affected by the crisis;
To determine the level and extent of destruction done by the crisis and how it can be overcome in future.
Members of the committee includes Barr Matuidi Isa who will serve as chairman with Douglas Dogari as Secretary of the panel. Others are Mr Boyinga Sanda, Hon Nicholas Waniyafiwani, Adamu Haaaan, I.D Ibrahim representing the DSS, Abubakar Muri representing NSCDC, DSP Samuel Tizhe Nigeria Police Force and Barr. Nuhu Tanko representing the ministry of Justice respectively.
The committee has four weeks to submit it’s report.