Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State has again raised a fresh alarm of the massive presence of rebels in some parts of the state.
The governor, who raised the alarm on Tuesday while distributing patrol vehicles to security agencies and heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, urged the security operatives not to rest on their oars pending when all the rebels are disarmed.
Stressing that “we have credible and reliable intelligence that some rebels have infiltrated and established bases in the state” he is optimistic that the rebels “will never succeed if every citizen increases their security awareness, as security is everyone’s patriotic responsibility.”
The governor, who had earlier warned traditional rulers to desist from playing host to strangers in their domains, said “I have directed all traditional rulers to be more alert, particularly in reporting strange and questionable people entering their domains to security agencies for appropriate action.”
While stressing his administration’s readiness not to cease from extending the much desired olive branch to the security operatives, the need for them to as well reciprocate his administration’s efforts, he believed can no longer be overemphasized.
He said “I urge security agencies to reciprocate by intensifying intelligence gathering and surveillance in suspected red zones and swiftly bringing suspected offenders to justice.’