The Nigeria Police Force, Taraba State Command has confirmed the killing of six military personnel and a Mobile Policeman during a clash between two tribes at a village in the Takum local government area of the state.
Taraba State Spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Usman confirmed the deaths to journalists on Wednesday in the capital, Jalingo, North-East Nigeria.
“it was a clash on Tuesday between Fulani and Kuteb Militias in Tarti Village, Takum Local Government Area in Taraba state, where several houses were set ablaze, that led to the operations,” DSP Usman recounted.
According to him, the Commander leading the Operations in the Terti area, Lieutenant-Colonel Eminike was also nowhere to be found.
” The lieutenant-colonel was declared missing,” Mr Usman revealed.
He said the Taraba Police Command, under the leadership of CP Abimbola Sokoya, had sent more personnel to bring “the ugly situation” in the Area under control.
Meanwhile, the Senate has mourned the killing of over 40 persons, including soldiers, by terrorists in the southern part of Taraba State.
This followed a point of order by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha representing Taraba South.
Coming under Order 42 of the Senate Standing Orders 2022 (as amended), the senator drew the attention of his colleagues to the incidents of banditry and terrorism that occurred in Southern Taraba during the Sallah break.
He said the attackers came on motorbikes and killed over 40 people, including soldiers who were mobilised to protect the community.
The lawmaker condoled with the Military over the loss of its men and officers in the line of duty.
He appealed to the Federal Government to direct the relevant agencies to provide relief materials to victims of the attack.
On the race for governor in Taraba, Senator Bwacha promised that his emergence as the next Governor of the State will put him in poll position to “redefine Governance for the citizens”, especially in the area of security.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, called on Nigerians to support the military by providing the needed motivation and information to enable them to tackle the problem of insecurity.
“Let me also say that the military and our armed forces are doing their best. We have no alternative but to support them in whatever way possible,” Mr Lawan affirmed.
“Here in the Senate and National Assembly, we have been appropriating funds for our armed forces, and I believe that this administration has provided more resources to them to fight the various forms and ramifications of insecurity in the country than any previous one.
“So, we will continue to give that kind of support. And I also want to urge all Nigerians to continue to support our armed forces because they are doing so much even though we don’t have enough for them.
“But I believe that the support of citizens for the armed forces will galvanize and keep them motivated.”
The Senate, thereafter, observed a minute silence for all those killed in the Taraba attack.
Reporting by Sani Sulaiman and Amaka Ene; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor