Tarok chiefs to va­cate Taraba com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

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.

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