*Achaba riders to wear uniform
Some leading voices in the matters of Takum local government have told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that they can no longer entrust their safety to the army barracks in the town. They allege that many acts of criminality are often committed around the barracks area. They complained that rather than to enhance the safety of the town, criminals now converge around the barracks.
According to them, “Takum has relatively been peaceful before the advent of the current leadership of the barracks. But now, kidnapping has increased. Our assessment is that criminals now find the place safe enough for them. If you noticed, these crimes are not committed within the metropolis. Late Barrister Hosea Ibi was kidnapped around the area. An ibo business man was recently picked I’m that same area. Many of our people no longer feel safe around the barracks which is an irony because that place light to be the safest place in the town. How come criminality finds it easy to subsist there.”
Speaking in a similar vein, majority leader of the legislative council, Andrew Fete, has said the local government authority is on a 24-hour alert round the week to ensure the town is safer.
Andrew said, “we have taken more proactive measures to ensure peace thrives. From the end of this month all the achaba riders would have to get registered and wear uniform. We shall also be doing verification exercise in order to fetch infiltrators. Many of the crimes are done with the aggressors coming on bikes.”
The barracks is said to be an initiative of former minister of defence, Gen.T Y Danjuma (rtd) who hails from Takum.
The Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku, is also from Takum.