Post Election Violence In Taraba: Jalingo Residents Sue For Peace

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State

By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna

The residents of Jalingo the Taraba capital on Friday sued for peace as the curfew imposed on the town due to post election violence enters day five.

Checks in Ungwan NTA, Ungwan Kassa, Nya Bukaka,  Water Board and Main Market areas of Jalingo which were worst affected by the violence revealed that many people vacated the areas while others were still living in fears despite the curfew.

Some residents who spoke from the areas however, commended the state government over the curfew which currently runs from 6 am and 4 pm daily.

Malam Yakubu Yusuf, a resident of water board area, one of the troubled spots in the city said, though the curfew had caused a lot of inconveniences to the people, it was necessary to prevent further destruction in the town.

Yusuf called on the people of the state to eschew violence and live harmoniously with one another for development to strive.

Also,  Rev Yakubu Nagombe of Nya Bukaka area of Jalingo, who sustained injuries in the head in the cause of the post election violence appealed to other victims of the crisis to forgive one another for peace to reign.

While commending Gov Darius Ishaku for imposing the curfew and treating the injured, Nagombe called on traditional and religious leaders in the affected areas to support the governor’s efforts by calling their people to order.

Also bearing his mind on the issue, Malam Ali Bala of angwan NTA Jalingo said more security was needed to curb the violence in the area.

Bala explained that some of the gunshots at night that send panic waves to the residents were mostly warning shots from security operatives towards enforcing compliance to the curfew.

Mr Bala Dan Abu, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov Ishaku on Media and Publicity said the state government was doing everything possible to restore peace in the town.

Dan Abu described as unfortunate, the accusation by the defeated governorship candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Sani Abubakar that the governor’s supporters were fomenting trouble in the state.

“How can someone win election and his supporters will turn around to foment trouble? The governor’s were celebrating victory when they were attacked by the opposition,” he said.

Dan Abu noted that the ugly incident which had claimed the lives of six persons with many others severely injured should be condemned by all well meaning individuals with a view to finding lasting solutions.

The SSA Media also disown the unnamed governor’s aide paraded by the Department of State services (DSS) on Monday in possession of 350 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), saying the said person was not Ishaku’s aide.

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