A Non-governmental organisation operating under the aegis of concerned Tarok Youths of Langtang South, Langtang North and Wase LGAs, of Plateau state has said that there is no ethnic militia of Tarok extraction from Langtang South or anywhere operating in Taraba state any part of the country .
This was contained in a statement signed by four Tarok youths, Hon. Ishaya Nankap, Hon. Nanpon Musa, Comrade Lohbut Jangle and Hon. Nanbut Faman and made available to newsmen in Jos yesterday in Jos.
The statement was debunking an allegation leveled against them by a group recently which had raised alarm that ethnic militia made of Tarok people from Plateau state has annexed 13 Taraba villages and install Tarok chiefs to head some annexed communities.
Reacting to this the Tarok youths said “The claims by this group amounts to a kettle calling the pot black”
The statement by the Tarok Youths reads,that “The claims by the groups is misleading and wicked machination aimed at portraying both the Tarok and Jukun tribes as a violent set of people. The truth is there is no ethnic militia of Tarok extraction from Langtang South or anywhere operating in any part of Taraba State “.
“The alleged collaboration by any group is not also true, and the alleged annexation is also a false alarm and a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the two ethnic groups under consideration. Even the alleged installation of local chiefs from Langtang South is equally false”
“We the tarok youths are peaceloving people and we would continue to promote peace among citizens of the state ” the statement further added.
Our correpodent reports that the southern part of Plateau use to be crisis ridden in the past but lasting peace has been restored to the Zone.