A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. David Tanko, was on Thursday killed by gunmen in the Takum Local Government Area of Taraba.
The Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Shiban Tikari, confirmed the killing while speaking to newsmen in Jalingo on Thursday.
Tikari said the priest was ambushed and killed by bandits on his way to a meeting to resolve the crisis between the Tiv and their Jakun neighbours in Kufai Amadu community in Takum.
“After killing him, the attackers set him and his car on fire.’’
Tikari said that Tanko was an indigene of Wukari Local Government Area of the state.
He fingered people he described as Tiv militia for the killing, alleging that the militia was responsible for other attacks that had claimed lives and property in Southern Taraba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that efforts to speak to the police authority proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to the police spokesman, Mr David Misal, were neither picked nor responded to.
Taraba State has witnessed series of deadly attacks in recent months with the most recent taking place in the Wukari Local Government Area of the state.
Donga and Takum Local Government Areas have also witnessed bloody incidents.
Many people in Tor-Damsa community in Donga Local Government have been rendered homeless, following relentless attacks by militia groups.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has given marching orders to the Commissioner of Police, Taraba State Command to fish out the killers of Rev. Father David Tanko who was gruesomely murdered in the most inhuman and barbaric manner by unknown persons in the early hours of today, 29th August, 2019, at Kpankufu Village along Wukari Road on his way to Kofai Amadu Village in Taraba State.
Force Spokesman,DCP Frank Mba who disvlosed ths in a statement added that the IGP has condoled with the Catholic Family in Nigeria over the unfortunate incident. He also expressed deep concerns over the recent incidents of attacks on clergymen in some parts of the country and has directed Commissioners of Police in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to henceforth pay special attention to the clergy and increase security around worship centres nationwide.
Mba said the IGP has further directed the DIG in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) to provide additional forensic and other investigative assets to the Taraba State Command to aid investigations into the incident.
Meanwhile, the IGP has enjoined the people to be calm and give maximum support to the Police in the bid towards unravelling the authors of the crime, their motives and circumstances surrounding the unfortunate killing of the Priest. He reassured the nation that the perpetrator(s) of the dastardly act will not go undetected and unpunished (NAN)