Tarok chiefs to vacate Taraba communities
The Plateau and Taraba state governments have agreed to unseat Tarok chiefs installed in occupied communities of Ibbi local government area of Taraba State following years of conflicts.
Daily Trust had on May 31st published a story indicating that ethnic Tarok militia of Plateau State origin had sacked 13 villages in Ibbi local government area of Taraba State and installed their local chiefs.
The chairman of the Langtang south local government area in Plateau State, Hon. Nicholas Vongsing, had then said he was communicating with the local government chairman of Ibbi and that both had planned to visit the villages in question to see things for themselves.
However, our correspondent has come across a secret peace agreement signed by the two local government chairmen agreeing to unseat the installed local chiefs in occupied areas.
The agreement which was signed on the 2nd June 2016, stated, “Due to the incessant killings, adoption and attacking of innocent people in Dampar, Sarkin Kudu and Isinyi villages in Ibbi local government area which shares boundary with Plateau State which started way back in above mentioned districts from 2012 to date, it is now agreed between the chairmen of Langtang south local government and Ibbi local government to uplift those installed local chiefs in occupied areas.”
Hon. Vongsing however told Daily Trust that they were yet to visit the communities to verify whether there were Tarok local chiefs installed in the area, adding, “Our colleagues from Taraba insisted that we sign a peace pact even when we told them we wanted to visit the areas first and verify for ourselves but since they insisted that the governor wanted the agreement signed, we entered the peace pact.