Okerafor Athanasius, Jalingo.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, Thursday, expressed shock over the killing of Six (6) Soldiers during a Military operation in Takum Local Government Area of the State.
In a Release, signed and issued to Journalists by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Bala Dan Abu, the Soldiers were killed while trying to save the lives of the innocent people of the State.
According to the Release, Ishaku disclosed that the Six Soldiers who lost their lives were Soldiers from 93 Battalion, Takum, saying they were ambushed by Bandits.
He also expressed worry about the fate of the Commanding Officer of the Battalion who was declared missing after the operation.
The Governor said, the attack on Civilians and Police Officers in Takum which prompted the reaction of the soldiers from the 93 Battalion had proved that the bandits had become even more desperate than ever to kill and maim innocent people.
Governor Ishaku praised the gallantry of the soldiers led by the Commanding Officer of the battalion for reacting promptly to the distress calls by the people of the areas under the seizure of the bandits but regretted that the operation resulted in the unfortunate death of six military officers and the uncertainty over the whereabouts of the Commanding Officer.
While commiserating with the Military, and the immediate and extended families the deceased sent, Ishaku charged the people of the State to pray for the safe return of the Missing Commanding Officer.
He called on the people of the State to be vigilant always and monitor suspected movements of persons in the State