Mambilla killings: Group calls for state of emergency in Taraba State

Posted by News Express | 24 July 2017 | 1,485 times

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•Governor Ishaku.

The Centre for Human and People’s Rights Advocacy in collaboration with Taraba Concerned Citizens Forum are calling on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Taraba State as a way of ensuring that peace is finally restored in the Mambilla Plateau.

The group made this call during a media briefing it organised in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The Director and National Coordinator of the group, Barrister Mustapha Mohammed described the killings in the Mambilla as genocide. He, therefore, appealed to the international community to investigate the incidents where lives were lost houses destroyed and people displaced.

The group accused the government of not being up to its responsibility by failing to provide relief materials and medical attention to victims of the attack.

He said it was wrong to give the crises a religious colouration but rather tribal since about 95 per cent of the people on the Mambilla are Muslims.

He also called for a total and genuine restructuring where the people of Nigeria would elect delegates to represent them at the National Conference, and not a selected few by a sitting President.

Reacting to the media briefing, the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Phillip Munlip said the Speaker would not join issues with the group but advised them to present their evidence to the judicial panel set up by the state government.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ishaku Darius, Hassan Mijinyawa said the state took prompt action in addressing the problem contrary to the allegations at the media briefing.

Apart from the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the state government, two other committees were established to restore peace and reconciliation on the Mambilla. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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