Bedeviled by security challenges, Taraba State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to intervene by increasing security presence in the state.
Gov. Darius Ishaku made the call in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after a private meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Ishaku said he came to brief the vice-president on the security situation in the state and to seek government’s assistance.
He said:“It is about security and then courtesy; mainly security, the problems of security that we have in the state.
“I briefed him and we are hoping that he will look into it. Just in general; there is Jukun/Tiv; there is also kidnapping, which is on the rise, and all the others.
“In general form, I think he is fully briefed and I think he will be able to assist us.’’
The governor said he got a positive response from the vice-president and expressed the optimism that the situation would be addressed.
On COVID-19, he said the state had yet to record any death.
“We had some cases, but they were all treated and they have all been discharged and new ones are come.
“Luckily, the NCDC, after our complaint, brought us a testing laboratory; it was inaugurated Tuesday.
“In the near future, I will be more authoritative in saying how many people are infected, how many people are treated.
“So, now we have a laboratory in Jalingo and we are hoping to have a second lab in Takum, in the southern part,” Ishaku said.