The Taraba state Government on Saturday expressed shock over the sudden withdrawal of military contingent deployed to enforce peace and security in southern part of the state.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Gov Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, the government lamented what they described as unceremonious withdrawal of soldiers from the operations. The surprise is that no reason was given for the withdrawal and the government was not aware. At the moment the reason for the withdrawal of the soldiers is not known to us.
Also the Chairman of Donga Local Government Council, Mr Nashuka Ipeyen told newsmen, in an interview, that soldiers deployed to troubled spots in the local government started pulling out around 1:00am on Saturday. Ipeyen explained that on receipt of the information he quickly contacted the Commanding Officer, 93 Battalion Ada Barack Takum, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Gambari who said he ordered the withdrawal of the soldiers. “I complained to him over the withdrawal of soldiers because we received information that some villages were going to be attacked, but he told me he would not risk the lives of his soldiers.
The Commanding Officer insisted that he was withdrawing the soldiers until the state government write an undertaking that it will take responsibility if any of the soldiers is attacked or killed. I don’t know why the state government would have to do that for the soldiers when the attackers are killing civilians daily.
Source – Nation