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Victims of Taraba’s attack to be treated free of charge

By Suru Charles

The joy of the victims and relatives of last week Friday armed bandits in Taraba state, on Monday known no bounds as the state government announced the taking over of their medical bills.

The announcement, as observed by The Trumpet, came when the deputy governor stormed the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Jalingo to personally see the victims who were inflicted with various degrees of gun injuries.

Armed bandits, in their numbers, it would be recalled, sacked some communities in Gassol local government council of the state last weekend.

The attacks which led to the killings of scores and abduction was also noticed to have also led to massive destruction of houses and other valuables.

Speaking during the hospital visit, the deputy governor, said his principal has ordered the immediate evacuation of all the victims from the various hospitals who were earlier rushed to the council to the FMC which is located in Jalingo, the state capital.

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The government, as further made known by him, has directed the hospital management to treat all the victims free of charge.

Assuring the victims and Tarabans at large state government readiness to face the bandits headlong, the need for the National Assembly to enact laws that would frustrate bandits, he believed can no longer be overemphasized.

The law that would be enacted, he said, should be tilted towards providing the much needed security apparatus to all the security operatives.

Apart from urging the people to be vigilant, assisting security personnel with vital information that would lead to the arrest and flushing out bandits from the state, he said has become necessary.

Elated by the government gestures, some victims of the attack who spoke with our state correspondent, also beckoned at the government to as a matter of urgency put in mechanisms to halt bandits from giving them sleepless nights.

The deputy governor who ought to have attended an official engagement outside the state was observed to have put off the trip following the bandits’ attacks in his local government council.

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