Jalingo- The Taraba Police Command has confirmed the death of seven persons
in the violence that broke out over night in Wukari.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Joseph Kwaji disclosed this in
He attributed the violence to
reprisal attacks by youths in the town following alleged incessant
raids by suspected herdsmen from surrounding villages.
"I can confirm to you that seven persons died in the violence, while many
others had various degrees of injuries, which also left many houses
burnt," he said.
Kwaji dispelled the rumour that the crisis was religious.
"Let me use this opportunity to tell the public that the crisis was neither
religious nor political," adding that teams of security personnel had
since contained the situation.
Acting Gov. Alhaji Garba Umar, had imposed a 24-hour curfew on the town.
Umar Waziri, the Taraba Coordinator of the Red Cross, however, said that in
spite of the curfew, violence in the town was still going on.
"This situation has made it difficult to ascertain the actual figure of
casualties,'' he added.
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