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Tiv Community In Taraba Begs For Police Intervention Over Incessant Attacks

Tiv community in Taraba State’s Wukari Local Government Area has urged the state police command to apprehend Alhaji Gana, a suspected bandit leader who has been terrorizing them.

The residents said that the suspect and his gang had continued to carry out planned and frequent attacks on the communities in a petition that was jointly prepared and signed by the leader and given to the state commissioner of police, Abimbola Shokoya.

Lamenting, the residents of the community said that the bandits have been killing, kidnapping, maiming, raping women, and burning houses and farmlands in the community.

Some of the communities that the petitioners alleged had been taken over by Gana and his gangs include the chiefdoms of Chinkai, Arufu, Akwana, Kente, Sondi, and Assa.

They asserted that the problem began in 2014 when farmland was set ablaze and properties worth millions of anira were destroyed by bandits.

They also claimed that the council’s chairman “together with security agencies and traditional leaders in Wukari Traditional Council had tried to restore peace in the area but things are becoming increasingly difficult owing to the

The petition read: “Gana is an indigene of Bauchi State who had settled in Jos-North Local Government Area of Plateau State but later moved to Azara, in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and now relocated to Chinkai, in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State with his criminal gangs since 2014, where he kept perpetrating the attacks.”

“Since Gana moved into Chinkai, the area is always in crisis. His son, Duni, is a notorious kidnapper operating in Wukari and some neighbouring Local government councils of Benue and Nasarawa States.”

They stressed that “our area is under siege as a result of the activities of Gana and his criminal gangs”. They added that the area is no longer safe for travellers and residents.

When reached for comment, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abdullahi Usman, acknowledged receipt of the petition. Though no arrests have been made, he said efforts are on to clamp down on the gangs in the pipeline.

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