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Senator-Elect, Jimkuta Condemns Attack On Constituents, Calls For Justice In Taraba

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The Senator-Elect for Taraba South Senatorial District, Sen. David Jimkuta has condemned in strong terms the recent attacks on Tsukundi, Kyhazo, and Pita villages in Wukari local government area by suspected Tiv Militia. 

Jimkuta disclosed that the recent violent attacks by suspected Tiv militia in some surrounding villages in Wukari which claimed many lives and several others injured was unacceptable. 

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the heinous attack on members of our constituency at Tsokundi, Kyhazo,  Pita, and other villages in Wukari local government which, unfortunately, resulted in the tragic loss of innocent lives.

He said the criminal act was a direct assault on the peace and harmony that they have worked tirelessly to foster within the community

Jimkuta unequivocally condemned what he described as senseless violence, adding that he stand in solidarity with the affected families.

He called on the relevant authorities, particularly the law enforcement agencies to swiftly and diligently investigate the appalling incident.

The Senator-elect also demanded that “It is of utmost importance that the perpetrators of this act of terror are apprehended and brought to justice”.

He further stressed that stakeholders of the area would not allow such acts of violence to go unpunished as it undermines the fabric of their society and threatens the security of the people.

Senator David Jimkuta urged the people of Taraba South in general and Wukari in particular, to remain calm and refrain from any acts that could lead to a breakdown of law and order and further disrupt the peace they were striving to maintain.

“Let us unite as one community and work with entrenched security systems to address this grave injustice” he added.

The Senator similarly urged families who lost loved ones in the unfortunate incident and those who sustained injuries to accept his heartfelt commiserations. 

He, however, assured his constituents of his commitment to their safety and well-being, stressing the need for stakeholders to nip the evil in the bud and create an environment where every citizen can live without fear or intimidation.

Jimkuta advised the people of Taraba South to unite and support each other as well as foster an atmosphere of peace, love, and understanding.

Reacting, the National Secretary, of Ayatutu Cultural and Social Development Initiative Worldwide, Comrade David Nyiagee expressed disappointment with the Senator-Elect, David Jimkuta for profiling the Tiv people as responsible for the attacks in Tsukundi and other villages in Wukari local government. 

“Who knows if the Tsukundu incident is mere propaganda by the Jukun in their usual way, to give the Tiv people a bad name to find favour and continue with their agenda of ethnic cleansing on the Tiv people of Taraba State?” he said. 

It was gathered that at least five persons have been killed while several others were injured following barricading of roads by unidentified armed men in the area last week.

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VGN Rescue 3 Kidnapped Victims, Arrest Suspects In Taraba

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By Sani Yarima 

The Taraba State Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has successfully rescued three kidnapped victims. 

The Command’s VPRO, Suleiman Aliyu, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Jalingo. 

The victims were rescued when the Special Tactical Squad of the VGN invaded the kidnappers’ camps at Kachalla mountain in the Lau LGA of the state following a tip-off. 

The rescued victims are Alhaji Dankawu, 60 years old, a 13-year-old named Haruna Shagari, and Alhaji Isa, 67 years old. 

Alhaji Dankawu was kidnapped at Garin Dogo, Haruna Shagari at Yolde Kindang, and Alhaji Isa at Lushi village. One of the victims, Haruna Shagari, has been reunited with his family.

During the operation, the Command arrested two of the suspected kidnappers, Sale Manu and Manu Siddiki, who confessed to the crime without torture. 

In a video clip, Sale Manu specifically stated that they own five (5) AK47 rifles for operations and listed other gang members who are currently on the run.

The VGN Commander, Munir Bello Abubakar, who is the North-east VGN’s Zonal Deputy Commander of Administration, revealed that they had destroyed the kidnappers’ camps at Kachalla mountain in the Lau LGA of the State on May 12th, 2024. 

Additionally, an informant named Murtala Santi, who lives in Minda along the Kona-Lau road, was also arrested by members of the VGN. 

Commander Munir Bello Abubakar reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting security agencies in combating crimes across the state.

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47 Boko Haram, ISWAP Terrorists Surrender To MNJTF.

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Troops of Multinational Joint Task Force Operation Lake Sanity said a total of 47 individuals associated with Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), have surrendered to 403 Amphibious Brigade of  Sector 3, Nigeria.

In a statement by Lt.-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chief Military Public Information Officer, N`djamena, Chad to newsmen on Thursday in Maiduguri.

“On 15 May 2024, a total of 47 individuals associated with Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) surrendered to troops of 403 Amphibious Brigade of MNJTF Sector 3, Nigeria. 

“The group includes 7 men, 9 women, and 31 children, who turned themselves in at Kwatan Turare and Doron Baga, Kukawa LGA Borno State Nigeria.

The statement added, “During the initial investigation conducted, it was revealed that these individuals managed to escape from Sharama, located in the Lake Chad Islands. 

Among those who surrendered was Mallam Muazu Adamu, a known fighter within the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad (JAS) faction, who operated under Commander Alai Gana. He surrendered alongside his wife.

“Other members of the group disclosed that they had been engaged in farming activities before deciding to make their escape. The items found in their possession include clothes, blankets, mats, pots, plates, and various other personal belongings.

“The surrendered individuals are currently in custody and undergoing further investigation to ascertain more details regarding their activities and affiliations. The MNJTF remains committed to maintaining peace and security in the Lake Chad basin region.

The statement concluded, “This development marks a step in the ongoing efforts to weaken the operational capabilities of terrorist groups in the region. The MNJTF continues to encourage those still involved in terrorist activities to surrender and embrace peace.

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B/Haram: 1,000 Vulnerable People Benefit From NAF Medical Services

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has rendered free medical services to at least 1000 vulnerable people and victims of insurgents in the Konduga Local Government area of Borno State.

The Commander, 105 Composite Group of NAF Base, Maiduguri, Air Commodore Caleb Olayera, spoke during the event in Maiduguri on Saturday.

He said the outreach, which is part of activities lined up to mark the 60th anniversary of the NAF, covered children, pregnant women, and the elderly in the Gomari community in the suburbs of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, is committed to transforming the NAF into an agile and resilient force to effectively meet the air-power demand of national security in all operational units in the country.

He added that the NAF in its efforts to combat terrorism has engaged in a non-kinetic  approach to win the hearts and minds of the citizens 

“Not fewer than 1,000 persons were treated for malaria, diabetes, hypertension, typhoid fever, and ulcers. We also provided free dental treatment, health talks on personal hygiene, and environmental sanitation, as well as the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to expectant mothers.

“The medical outreach is a form of NAF corporate social responsibility. We believe that it would strengthen the cooperation and bond between the host community and the NAF Base Maiduguri.”Olayera maintained.

He noted that children have been dewormed and free eye tests and glasses were provided for elderly people after cross-examination by the medical team, while blood sugar tests were also conducted on the beneficiaries.

In his remarks, the Ward Head of the Ngomari community, Bulama Alhaji Kolo appreciated the Nigeria Air Force for the kind gesture, saying those who benefited are mostly vulnerable people and victims of insurgency conflicts.

He said that the gesture is an indication that there is a good relationship between the civilians and the military, adding that with the current economic situation in the country, this would surely reduce the burden of already overstretched people in the communities.

One of the beneficiaries, Unice Adediran thanked the NAF for the opportunity given to them to access free medical care.

She, however, called on other organizations and individuals to emulate such gestures of the Nigeria Air Force free medical outreach.

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