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Six persons missing in Taraba ethnic crisis

10 April 2013, 08:33

Jalingo - The Taraba Police Command on Tuesday in Jalingo confirmed that six people were missing after  the ethnic clash between the Tiv and Kutep people of Yantu Development Area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Joseph Kwaji, said the police were still searching for the missing persons.

"We received a report that four men went to the farm, they did not return, while two others went to fetch firewood and they did not come back.

"The command has already intensified search for the missing persons," he said.

The Coordinator of Yantu Development Area, Mr Kefas Maiyaki, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that many people were killed in the unfortunate incident.

"Many people were killed while others were missing. The crisis is still going on as I am talking to you despite the presence of security agents.

"It is really a difficult situation because it is happening in the bush and I cannot give you the accurate number of death now," he said.

Maiyaki appealed to the warring parties to give peace a chance, to enable farmers to resume work in their farms.

According to him, residents of Tse-Azer, Mbayange, Tomatar and Kashimbilla villages where the attacks took place have been displaced while taking refuge in Chanchangi.

Maiyaki said there would be serious famine in the area next year if the crisis was not contained because farmers were unable to work in their farms during the planting season.



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