Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, has said all the State governors in Nigeria are helpless in terms of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.
The governor, who spoke during an interview on a television programme after Ambazonia fighters from Cameroon invaded a village in Taraba and killed 11 persons, including the monarch, said there is nothing his administration could have done to prevent the attack since he does not control security agencies.
The governor said before the incident, he had complained to the Federal Government and the military authorities about the threat posed by the group.
Adding that if he had powers to control the Police, Ishaku said he would have deployed them in the community, and further stated that there is a need for State police in the country.
When asked if he had a local security initiative to address insecurity, he said, “We have vigilantes but what will a vigilante do when he does not have an AK-47? And people are charging at him with AK-47.
“To be frank, even the military needs to be equipped, even the police need to be equipped. All these para-military (agencies) need to be equipped. The federal government must decide to equip them and equip them properly”, he stated.