The Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Darius Ishaku, has said there is a plan to attack the state in the next 10 days.
Ishaku also said the state government had alerted the security agencies of the development, albeit no action had been taken, according to him.
Ishaku made the declaration in the state capital, Jalingo on Thursday when he received members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Hosea Ibi.
The governor told the PDP delegation, which was led by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, that peace had eluded the state, Punch writes.
“When I assumed office, I asked my people to give me peace and that I would give development in return. Peace is elusive in Taraba, but we have development. Here I am as a governor with a crown, but without a sword,” he said.
“You call police and security agencies for help, they will tell you they need to clear from Abuja before acting. Before you know it, you have lost 100 people.
“When you call for help, the help takes ages to come. We need to restructure the security architecture of this country. You take one step forward as the governor, the almighty Federal Government takes you back 10 miles.
“The police we have can’t help themselves. In 10 days’ time, we will be attacked. Helicopters dropped arms here at night for hoodlums.
“We will talk because if the Federal Government cannot help us, let those who can help us come to our aid.
The governor said, “We buried 63 people at Lau, the same day that Benue State buried 73 of its people. We are in trouble in this country.
Earlier, Secondus blamed the Federal Government for the insecurity in the country, saying “the first duty of any government is to provide security for its citizens.”
The PDP chair appealed to members of the National Assembly to investigate those behind the alleged dropping of arms and expose the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, the Director, Defence Information, Brig Gen John Agim, said the step by Ishaku would cause proactive measures to be put in place.
“Informing the defence and the security agencies would enable proactive measures to be put in place.
“The military, being the last line of defence, would require the Commander-in-Chief’s directives to act. For the records, the procedure is for His Excellency to bring such information to the immediate attention of Mr. President and the military would move in if the crisis overwhelms the police.”