The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has urged security operatives to deploy special forces in the state over concern of regrouping Boko Haram insurgents and other terrorists.
The governor made on Thursday in Jalingo the state capital while meeting with the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 82 Army Division Enugu, Major Gen. Adamu Abubakar who visited him.
The governor who revealed that terrorists earlier chased by the military from Sambisa forest in Borno were regrouping in the forests of Suntai Daaji Suntai Daaji forest, said that Suntai Daaji forest cut across Bali and Donga local government areas and the Gashaka/Gumti national park.
“The massive influx of people into Taraba for some time now has been the major cause of insecurity.
“But when I was warning of the repercussions, I was accused of being against visitors, but today all of us are victims of their criminal activities.
“The terrorists are today committing all sorts of criminal activities, including rape, kidnapping, and killings.
“People can’t travel freely on Bali-Suntai-Takum road among several other routes any longer in the state,” Ishaku said.
The governor also said that ranching was the best and easier way out of the bloody clashes between farmers and grazers as well as cattle rustling.
“The population of Nigeria at independence and now is not the same and we must think and look inward to solve these problems associated with open grazing,” he said.
The GOC, Abubakar who visited Taraba to help resolve farmers/herdsmen clashes and improve general security called for dialogue among parties and active collaboration among the security agencies to end the security challenges facing the state.
Abubakar, while commending the state over measures taken to improve security in the state, advised the setting up of a special security committee to work at the grassroots with traditional rulers.
He explained that any traditional ruler that compromised security in his domain should be removed as a way of strengthening the peace bond.