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Taraba villagers relive deadly herdsman attack

09 April 2014, 08:35Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Distraught residents of communal attacks that have reportedly led to the death of 15 people in Taraba State retold their experiences amid fears of more attacks.

The people were killed while scores were injured and property damaged as terrorists struck the Jibu village of the Wukari Local Government Council of the state.

This is part of a series of clashes between herdsmen and villagers which have resulted in massive destruction of farm lands as well as domestic animals in recent weeks.

Villagers said the crisis was between the Jukun and the Fulani herdsmen.

A resident of the community who spoke to newsmen on a telephone said, “For now, I cannot tell the exact cause of the crisis. All that I know now is that a lot of people have been killed and many others injured.”

The witness claimed to have been lucky to escape.

“As I am talking to you right now, the village is on fire. Many of the houses have been brought down completely,” he said early Wednesday.

Another villager felt “sad” security personnel had not been drafted to the village.

“Could you believe that up until now, no single security personnel has being drafted to the place.  Children and the elderly men and women are the most affected due to their inability to take to their heels,” she said.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the disturbances but downplayed the number of casualties.

He said 10 people were killed in the attack.

“There was an attack by some Jukun people in a village called Jibu in Wukari. It is a village inhabited by Hausa, Fulani, Tiv and Jukuns and only 10 persons were killed and 20 houses burnt down,” he said.
He said detachment of military personnel and anti-riot policemen had been drafted to maintain law and order in the area.

Speaking on the incessant crisis that have being emanating from the area, the member representing Wukari Two in the State House of Assembly, Daniel Ishaya Gani, alleged the lukewarm attitudes of the state government to the crisis.

He beckoned at the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, establish a mobile police base in Wukari.

According to him this would go a long way to checkmate the incessant crisis that often erupted in the area.

– CAJ News


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