Local hunters onslaught on bandits yielding results — Gov. Ishaku

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State the ongoing onslaught against banditry in some parts of the state was yielding good results.
Ishaku made the revelation on Thursday at the Gala Night organised by the state government for both Federal and States security administrators in Jalingo.
The governor, who was represented by Anthony Jellason, Secretary to the State Government, also commended the military and other security agencies for their efforts in containing the bandits.
He however, noted that the local hunters do not have the legal mandate to carry out such an operation.
He said the level of kidnappings and other crimes became worrisome to all and sundry, leading to the acceptance of local hunters for the job.
He expressed the determination of the state government in supporting any initiative aimed at addressing the security challenges in the state.
He also commended the Federal Government for its support in talking insecurity in the state.
Ishaku said: “Let me acknowledge the efforts of our local hunters in engaging the bandits into fierce battle.
“Their operation is yielding results and very soon the menace will be brought under control.
“Though the local hunters do not have the legal authority to carry out such operation.
“That doesn’t mean that other security agencies did not do their best, but in situations of despair, one is likely to subscribe to every suggestion available.
“On our part, we are in support of every initiative that will bring an end to this security challenges.”
In her remarks, Dr. Amina Shamaki, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the government would support the state in ensuring that the security challenges were brought under control.
Shamaki commended both Taraba and Benue States Governments in their efforts to resolve the lingering Tiv/Jukun crisis in Taraba State.
She gave assurance that most of the security challenges would become a thing of the past as the Federal Government was having sleepless nights to ensure that the life of every Nigerian is better protected.
NAN reports that the federal and states security administration’s meeting had in attendance security managers and major stakeholders.