Taraba Govt. washes hands off illegal security outfit

Posted by News Express | 4 November 2018 | 1,173 times

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The Taraba State government has denied the allegation that it is training an illegal security outfit in the state. 

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku, Mr Bala Dan-Abu, made the denial on behalf of the government on Saturday while addressing reporters in Jalingo, the state capital.

“The truth is that the Taraba State government is not involved in any illegal training of security personnel anywhere in the state,” he said.

Dan-Abu described the claim allegedly made by the Special Military Task Force in the state as false and a gross misrepresentation of facts.

He, however, explained that the only training being conducted by the government was that of the marshals approved by lawmakers in the state to oversee the enforcement of the ban on open grazing.

The governor’s aide said, “The training being conducted for the government by a licenced security agency is for marshals, as approved by the Taraba State House of Assembly under the state’s Open Grazing Restriction and Establishment of Ranches Law.”

“The legislation which was duly made by the House of Assembly provides for marshals to assist with the enforcement of the law,” he added.

“The current training in Serti, Gashaka Local Government of Taraba State is the second of such exercises in the state and we will like to say, with emphasis that this training does not involve the use of any form of weapon.”

Dan-Abu state that the government had sent letters to all the formations of the security agencies in the state to inform them of the training, stressing that the letters were duly acknowledged.

He, therefore, wondered how one of the recipients of the letters would deny its knowledge of the training which he said was being conducted in a public school.

Sourced from Channels TV report

Source: News Express

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