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CAN raises alarm over plans to destabilize 2019 election in Taraba




The Christian Association of Nigeria in Taraba state has raised alarm over plots by some politicians to plunge the state into further crisis by destabilizing the 2019 general elections.



The state Chairman of CAN,  John Aina raised the alarm while briefing journalists at the secretariat of the religious body in Jalingo.


He noted that the killings in some parts of Lau and Ardo Kola local government area of the state were parts of the plans,  which according  to him has led to the displacement of about 15,000 people in 49 towns and villages.


He said “Information reaching us indicate that there is a renewed plot by some sponsored elements within and outside the state to destabilize peace and  cause people to flee as 2019 elections draw closer.


“This time around the plan covers the whole state, unlike in 2015 when southern and central zones were the target.


“What  happened  in Lau is the beginning of the implementation of the plan.  We have lost thousands of PVCs in the 49 already affected towns and villages in the local government area where most of the communities were burnt.


“We call on security agencies to be on the alert to forestall this planned breach of peace in the state ahead of 2019 general elections, ” he said.


Responding,   Taraba state Commissioner of Police,  David Akinremi explained that the command in synergy with other security agencies have mobilized enough personell to the affected areas.


He noted that flashpoints have been spotted and safeguarded ahead of the polls for quick response to distress calls when need arises.


“We are firmly in control and working with other security  agencies in the state to ensure that security in the state is not put in jeopardy.


“We want to appeal to them as a religious body to cross check their facts before making hasty statements.


“If there are things CAN or any other religious body in the state feel are not going right,  our doors are always opened to them for consultation and input on how to improve whatever situation they feel could lead to breach or threat to security in any part of the state,” he said.


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