Local hunters in Taraba State are winning the war against banditry, so says the governor, Gov. Darius Ishaku
According to the governor, the ongoing onslaught against banditry in some parts of the state was yielding good results.
Ishaku made the revelation during a Gala Night organized, Thursday, by the state government for both Federal and States Security administrators in Jalingo.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr Anthony Jellason, also commended the military and other security agencies for their efforts in containing the bandits.
He noted, however, that the local hunters do not have the legal mandate to carry out such an operations.
Jellason said that the level of kidnappings and other crimes became worrisome to all and sundry, leading to the acceptance of local hunters for the job.
He expressed the determination of the state government to support any initiative aimed at addressing the security challenges in the state.
“Let me acknowledge the efforts of our local hunters in engaging the bandits into fierce battle.
operation is yielding results and very soon, the menace will be brought under
“Though, the local hunters do not have the legal authority to carry out such operation.
“That doesn’t mean that other security agencies did not do their best but in situations of despair, one is likely to subscribe to every suggestion available.
“On our part, we are in support of every initiative that will bring an end to this security challenges,’ Ishaku said.
In her remarks, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Dr Amina Shamaki, said that the government would support the state in ensuring that the security challenges were brought under control.
Shamaki commended both Taraba and Benue governments in their efforts to resolve the lingering Tiv/Jukun crisis in Taraba.
She gave assurance that most of the security challenges would become a thing of the past as the Federal Government was having sleplslee nights to ensure that the life of a Nigerian is better protected.