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Taraba chiefs accused of selling land to herdsmen

09 May 2016, 09:33Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Residents of Korum, Orawua and Gidan Bature in Gassol local government area of Taraba State have accused their traditional ruler, Emir Alhaji Idi Ciroma, for the recent killings of some villagers an by the Fulani herdsmen.

They blamed him for selling land to the armed herdsmen who are now targeting the internally displaced persons who had just return back to their homes.

“The Emir and his local chiefs sold our farmlands to the Fulanis who came from other places to settle on our ancestral land. We can't farm because the Fulanis are not allowing us.

"They claimed our land was sold to them by the local chiefs and the Emir of Gassol himself,” said one of the local residents, Terver Akporogh.

“The attack would not have happen if the Emir Alhaji Idi Ciroma responded to security threats in the area when we reported the problem to him. The little crops we have planted have already been taken over by the herdsmen who turn our farms into grazing field,” said the resident.

Also read: Fulani leader explains why herdsmen attacked Enugu

Herdsmen last Saturday lunched fresh attacks in Korum, Orawua and Gidan Bature in Gassol killings some six people and destroyingseveral houses.

The village head of Korum, Emmanuel Chia, said the communities had now turned to ghost villages as most of the resident had fled flee and are presently taking refuge in nearby local government.

He said several persons who sustained various degrees of injuries were presently receiving medication at a clinic in Yerima, First referral hospital Mutum Biyu and  Ityav Clinic in Yerima.

“There is need for both the state and the federal government to as a matter of urgency put an end to these senseless killings going on in this our state.” Chia said.

Taraba is among states that have endured clashes between villagers and the Fulani herdsmen. Over 1 000 people have been killed in 2016. 

- CAJ News


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