By Hassan Zaggi
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has condemned in strong terms the invasion and forceful entry of the Abuja residence of the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku Dickson, by officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
It would be recalled that few days ago, Police officers led by a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) from the Special Investigation Panel invaded and ransacked the residence of the Taraba state governor in Abuja.
The order of the invasion was allegedly said to be from the Special Investigation Panel of the Presidency.
However, in its reaction, the Middle Belt Forum described the raid as most unfortunate and regrettable, insisting that, “our cherished democracy and rule of law is under siege by agents of government that should serve as custodians of same.”
In a statement signed by its National President, Dr Pogu Bitrus, the MBF regretted that: “The impunity, lawlessness and daring manner with which the said police operatives forcibly entered and conducted their unwarranted search, and in view of the fact that the invading police operatives claimed to be acting on orders from the Presidency is indicative of the fact that Governor Dickson and indeed, other governors and leaders, targeted for daring to challenge the actions or inactions of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government regarding incessant killings in our rural communities, the wanton destruction of farmlands and property, the sacking of indigenous farming communities from their ancestral lands and occupation of same by Fulani herdsmen terrorists in pursuit of an agenda now popularly referred to as ‘fulanization’ are worthy of condemnation.
“We also view this invasion as a desperate ploy to implicate the governor by surreptitiously depositing some incriminating materials in his premises in the pretext of searching his house.”
The Forum, however, vowed to vehemently resist any attempt by the “Buhari-led government or any of its agencies to deliberately implicate Governor Dickson of any criminal act,” warning that it would hold the federal government responsible should anything unpleasant happened to the Taraba state governor.
“We wish to call on the police authorities to thoroughly investigate the invasion with a view to identifying the culprits for necessary action.
“We also call on the national security establishment to take necessary action to protect the governor and members of his family, including his officials, before it becomes too late,” the Forum appealed.
The MBF further admonished the youth of the region not to allow themselves to be used by enemies “of our people to attack one another. We should rather unite against these people who attack and kill our people unprovoked, dispossessing them of their ancestral lands and occupying same.”