Helicopter loaded with dangerous weapons lands in Taraba village – report

A helicopter suspected to be loaded with arms and ammunition was, last night, reported to have landed in a village called Jibu, located along River Benue, near Ibi, in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, told our correspondent that the arms and ammunition were allegedly meant for a militia group that might have been planning an attack on Taraba villages.

“This system of arms delivery was used prior to the tragic attacks in Agatu communities in Benue State last year, which led to the killings there.

“When it was reported, nothing was done to trace and arrest the owners of the helicopter.

“That strategy works for them in Agatu and they are using it again today.

“This may be another planned militia attacks on the people of Taraba in the offing,” Dan-Abu said.

Member representing Wukari II Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Josiah Aji, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, said he was also alerted to the development.

Aji said he has since contacted the chairman of Wukari LGA, Hon. Daniel Adi, to be on the alert, while urging the security agencies to launch investigation into the allegation.

When contacted, the Executive Chairman of Wukari LGA, Hon. Daniel Adi, said he was still gathering intelligence on the issue and that he has sent his surveillance team to the area and will get back to our correspondent with detailed report.

A resident of Jibu who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent in a telephone interview that a helicopter had landed in the village in the night, but that the mission of the helicopter had not yet been ascertained.

“There was rumour recently that arms were being ferried across River Benue in the area to Banteje, a town along Wukari-Jalingo road, but I cannot confirm to you whether a helicopter landed in our village or not, because I have been in Wukari town for the past two days.”

Another resident of Jibu who simply gave his name as Ahmed told our correspondent that he was not aware of any helicopter landing in the village.

“If a helicopter landed here, it will not be hidden, given the noise associated with helicopters. Maybe I was asleep when when the helicopter landed,” he said.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP. David Misal, dismissed the information as a mere rumour and cautioned against spreading “fake information” on the social media.

Misal told our correspondent that the Police surveillance team in the area has been directed to get to the roots of the matter.

“For now, the information remains a mere rumour, but we have our men there. As soon as we have further information about the issue, I will get back to you,” he said.

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2 Comments

  1. The Chairman of Wukari LG from the story is yet to confirm whether or not a Helicopter landed in the area, much more carrying “arms and ammunition” as categorically claimed by the Taraba governor aide. Two other residents couldn’t confirm the landing of the aircraft in the area. One now wonders where the Governor and his aide got their information from, they may claim “intelligence report” but you ask which type of intelligence report would they have gotten that even the Local govt chairman is not privy to.
    Our so-called leaders are advised to be careful about the statements they make ,so they will not be seen to be “adding fuel to an already burning fire”!

  2. Sometimes commentators here make sense, other times they seem to be too interested in being seen as the “unbiased” “unsentimental” intellectual that u sometimes ignore basic commonsense indicators.In an area where killings are going on as if by ghosts- since authorities keep on feigning ignorance while human corpses are being turned out from this killing fields by the hundreds. You expect he governor with his meager resources to discountenance snippets of intelligence even supposedly “yet unverified” reports of strange movements. Reslly have we become that insane,stupid & callous trying to maintain a “facade of intellectual,unbiased,objectivity .While d smell of death is choking u are asking 4 courtroom type evidence b4 moves are made to try to get any grip at all on a roller coaster gendcide w hich in any decent commonsensical environment it would be virtually imposible for federal authhorities to deny culpability.When are we tabling ds deadly incubating gigantic replay of Rwanda b4 d world community, ICC, E.T.C. b4 it engulfs d whole sub-region & beyond & quit playing ostrich with idiotic semantics.

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