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Catholics concern at communal clashes

31 March 2014, 07:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Catholic Bishop of the Jalingo Diocese, Charles Hammawa, has expressed concern over the increasing cases of communal conflicts in some parts of Taraba state.

He appealed to government to intervene.

The Bishop observed that there had been a series of ethnic unrest in Donga, Takum, Ibi, Wukari and Gassol Local Government areas, which residents had been trying to grapple with before the “monster” began.

He said in these attacks, suspected Fulani herdsmen and insurgents armed with sophisticated weapons and dressed in army uniforms were killing and maiming people.

“As a church we have consistently preached to our people to remain law abiding citizens and not to take the law into their own hands even in the face of unprovoked attacks. We are disturbed by the apparent silence of the government on the deteriorating situation of insecurity in the state,” Hammawa said in a statement.

The bishop said if the ongoing killings were not urgently addressed, they would not only affect the forthcoming general elections but may as well give room for suspicion that the ongoing violence might be politically motivated.

He expressed the church’s readiness to partner government in areas of provision of social services and ensuring peaceful co-existence among the different ethnic and religious groups scattered in the state.

It is reported that more than 5 000 thousand refugees from the affected local government councils are presently taking refuge in different refugee camps.

– CAJ News

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