Taraba Governor Requests A Battalion From Army to Combat Security Threat

In a bid to secure the uncovered spaces in Taraba State, Governor Agbu Kefas has requested a battalion which consist of about 1,000 soldiers from the Nigerian Army to support to dominate the swath of ungoverned spaces in the state to combat the security threat they posed.  

The Governor who led his team from Taraba State including the three Senators from the three States Senatorial districts, his Commissioner of Women Affairs, and Commissioner of Information on a courtesy call on today, Wednesday 4, October 2023 on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

He said,  Taraba State is in critical need of security in the state. "The COAS is knowledgeable about our terrain and the problems we are facing.  We have border with six states, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa,  Gombe,  plaueta, and Bauchi Our challenge is very high.  We cannot solve it without your support.  

"We intend to dominate the vast ungoverned spaces in our state to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens.  To achieve this our desire, we will require a battalion. We are ready to give you our support to achieve this.  We need serious support to dominate the uncovered. Spaces.  To counter some of the threats we have. "  

Responding, the Chief of Army Staff,  Lt.  Gen.  Taoreed Lagbaja promised to deploy more combat enablers to the state.  

He, however,  noted that a Battalion already existed in the North East in Borno,  promising the prompt commencement of a unit in the state. 

Lagbaja said,  "My knowledge of Taraba is deeply entrenched because I served there for eight or nine years. And I always remember Taraba because I almost got killed during the Tiv,  jukumi crisis.  I appreciate the governor for what he has done.  

"As part of our efforts to ensure peace and stability in the state, we have activated  Our 16 brigade.  

We appreciate your interventions to ensure our operational effectiveness in the state.  We want to expand the frontier of peace in Taraba state. We will stop at nothing to ensure that. 

" We will provide more combat enablers for 6 brigade and garrison. We will also ensure the quick take-off of the 114 Battalion such that we will have more booths on the ground to complement the non-kinetic approach of the governor.  

"The battalion designated in the order of battle of the Nigerian Army in Taraba is currently established and conducting operations in Borno but looking beyond that,  We will ensure that the take-off of the rear unit of 114 Battalion in Taraba."

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