‘We’re still at the mercy of bandits’, Taraba Community cries out

The Kuteb Communities of Takum, Ussa and Yangtu in Taraba South have cried out over continuous attacks on their communities by bandits.

Addressing the press, Tuesday, in Jalingo, the state capital, the President of Kuteb Yatgso of Nigeria, KYN, Emmanuel Ukwen, said they are particularly worried that their people might be excluded from the National Census exercise if proactive measures are not taken to stop the marauders.

According to him, “It should be noted that as we speak dozens of innocent citizens have been killed by the bandits in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu.

“Equally thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. The state government has neither visited the people to sympathize with them nor provided IDP Camps and relief materials to cushion their hardships this is indeed worrisome.

“I want the whole world to know that about 80% of Kuteb people are farmers and with the current wave of attacks if care is not taken to stop the conflict, farming activities may be grounded and famine will be inevitable in Takum, Ussa, and Yangtu areas

“We wish to inform the governor and the world that killings are ongoing in most parts of Takum and USSA LGAs as well as the Yangtu special development area.

“School Activities have stooped in the affected areas for over one year now. There is no free movement of persons in the affected areas because one could be attacked at any point.

“We wish to appeal to Gov. Darius Ishaku to use the about one month left for him to stop the genocide.

“We wish to call on Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to do more to protect lives and properties irrespective of one’s ethnic or religious affiliation as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In their plea to the National Population Commission, NPC, Ukwen urged the Commission to “find a way to ensure that the affected are not left out during the house numbering and headcount as far as they are citizens of Nigeria.”


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