The Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, has alleged that cattle rustlers from neighbouring Cameroon have invaded some communities in his state.
Ishaku revealed this in Jalingo, the state capital on Thursday, noting that the ongoing attacks in Bali and Gassol councils are not ethnic clashes but the handiwork of the cattle rustlers.
The governor spoke through his Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Lois Emmanuel.
Ishaku also added that “further information available to government indicate that cattle rustlers from neighboring Cameroon have invaded several communities in the areas and are threatening the lives and properties especially cattle belonging to the indigenous inhabitants.”
He said the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, have not been spared as the invaders kill, maim and rape women. He wondered why some persons have blamed ethnic crisis, saying those behind it have tried various wicked tricks to label the crisis as targeted against a particular ethnic group to cause problems.
He said vigilantes have been employed to frustrate the foreign invaders.
According to him, “it is for this reason that the involvement of vigilantes in containing the activities of the criminals is under the strict surveillance of security agencies.”
The vigilante, as made known by him, will never be allowed to operate alone in order to prevent them from taking the laws into their hands.