Group Seeks Military Deployment to End BanditryIn Taraba Community

A socio cultural group call The Kuteb Yantso of Nigeria called on the federal government to deploy military in the Takum and Ussa local government areas and Yangtu Special Development area to root out bandits who have taken over Kuteb villages in the area and restore sanity.

This call came a day after the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abdullahi Usman confirmed the killing of three persons by suspected herdsmen in Yangtu Special Development Area.

In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the group, Comrade Ure Caleb the group lamented continuous attacks and killings of its people in the area noting that no fewer than 13 persons were killed in the last 5 days in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu.

“Information available to us indicated that no fewer than 13 persons have been killed in the last 5 days in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu, yet only 3 deaths were reported in the news by Nigeria Police as stated by the Public Relations Officer of the Taraba State Police Command, who, surprisingly, added that normalcy had returned to the area.

“We condemned this continuous killing of innocent farmers daily in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu and wish to bring to the attention of government and security agencies that there are hundreds of well-armed bandits surrounding Kuteb villages in the areas mentioned above.

“As a peace-loving people, we call on the Federal Government led by President Bola Tinubu to harken to the cries of our people and promptly deploy military personnel in the affected areas as was done in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau state to root out the killers.

“Our appeal is for total disarmament and dislodgement of the bandits from the deserted villages in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu Special Development Area, and resettlement of our people back to their villages,” the group said.

The group also lamented that farming activities have been crippled in the last two years, students no longer go to school as public and private structures in over 80 villages have been destroyed with over 250 people killed since the invasion of the areas two years ago.

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