Kingsley Eze, Jalingo
The Chairman, Wukari Local Government Area, Hon Samaila Dauda, has allegedly colluded with security agencies to chase the returning Internally Displaced Persons IDPs, who had returned and are picking up their pieces in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, the home of the Executive Governor of the State, Dr Agbu Kefas
Sources disclosed that the Chairman had on Friday, 19 Januuary, 2024 delegated some persons including his Security adviser and other heavily armed security officers, who visited part of the IDPs that settled at a Village identified as Tor-Iorshagher along Wukari- Rafinkada Road and asked them to returned back to their refugee camps where they came from
A resident of the area, Mr Dooior Chiega, who narrated the development to our reporters said, already military officers stationed in the area had under the directives of the chairman, beaten up the IDPs mercilessly the previous day and vowed to waste their lives should they attempt to come back to resettle in their displaced places.
“We were busy mending our destroyed places all of a sudden, we heard that army were moving up and down chasing IDPs at Tor-Iorshagher, one of our villages located about 500 meters, before Rafinkada market via Wukari – Rafinkada Road.
“Though we first ran for our lives, we just had to returned back to continue mending our houses because we have been in strange lands for good five years now without any attention from any authority. Now we decided that since the crisis between Tiv and Jukun is over, we have to stay in our homes”. Mr Dooiror stated
When contacted on telephone call, the chairman, Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Wukari Local Government Area, Mr Aondoawase Tar said his people actually ran to him complaining that they were chased away by the millitary officers stationed in Tor-Iorshagher
He said he had also received a call from the Chairman, Wukari Local Government Area, Hon Samaila Dauda, who told him to go home and ensure that the people vacate the displaced areas
“I don’t actually know any other thing but what I know is that the Chairman, Wukari Local Government Area, Hon. Samaila Dauda, called me on Friday, 19th January, 2024. He asked me to go and tell my people to go back to where they were comming from untill all issues are resolved, else he will not be responsible for what ever happened to them. So as I am talking to you now, I am on my way to Tor-Iorshagher to go and deliver the message”. He stated
The President General, Tiv Cultural and Social Association Taraba State, Mr Baka James told our reporter that he was making Frantic efforts to see that the issues reported by his people were sorted out to give peace a chance
However, when contacted, the chairman, Hon Samaila Dauda denied all the allegations. Hon Dauda in a phone call with our reporter emphasized that there was no way he could have indulged in such a barbaric act.
“I have neither asked any returning IDPs in my Local Government Area to vacate his home nor have any plan to do such. It is a baseless accusation. As I am talking to you now, I am in Abuja and I know nothing about all those things you are saying”. He stated.