Taraba: None of our men were killed in ambush – VGN

January 20, 2022

The Taraba State command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) has denied the rumours making the rounds that 30 of their members were killed in an ambush in the State.

It was recently rumoured that no fewer than 30 VGN members were killed in a clash with bandits in Karal forest of Gassol Local Government Council of Taraba State.

Disturbed by the rumours, the State commandant of the group, Alhaji Bello Arabi, on Thursday came out to debunk the rumours, saying “none of our men were killed in the attack.”

Admitting that scores were killed by the bandits, those killed, according to him, were not members of the VGN, but members of the Fulani Vigilante Kautal Kore.

Arabi, who cleared the air through the Finance and Administration officer of the organization, Dominic Kabanya, said “to be frank with you, those that were killed are not our members. They are one tribe, one religion.”

The commandant, who said the VGN would continue to collaborate with all the security outfits operating in the State to flush out hoodlums, beckoned at well meaning individuals and organizations not to cease from extending helping hands to the group.

The leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), through its Northeast chairman, Alhaji Umar Mafindi Danburam, had last week admitted that scores of local Vigilantes were killed in the State by fleeing bandits from Zamfara State.

The local Vigilantes, were on their way to one of the forests to flush out the hoodlums when they ambushed and killed them.

The police command, which had earlier confirmed the incident, agreed that scores were killed but admitted that only two Vigilantes lost their lives.

Apart from the leadership of the MACBAN that has raised an alarm of the massive presence of armed bandits in Taraba forests, the State governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, it would be recalled had also called the attention of security operatives on an ongoing plan by terrorists to establish camps in the State

—Charles Akpeji is a Journalist with MOC. He is a mass Communication graduate of Hassan Usman Polytechnic, Katsina state. He is a creative, driven, dedicated and dependable Journalists with over eighteen years’ experience in journalism profession.  He has excellent track record as a correspondent working with one of the most reputable media organization with a circulation all over Nigeria. He is skilled in writing, investigating, and writing pitches among others.  Charles worked as a staff writer with the defunct Smash Magazine and as a state correspondent with the defunct NewAge newspaper, etc.

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