- An ethnic clash has erupted in Gembu, Nguroje and other parts of Taraba state
- Three people have been reportedly killed
- There are fears that the death toll will rise
Emerging reports suggest that fresh communal clashes have broken out in Taraba state.
According to Premium Times, the clashes were experienced in Gembu, Nguroje and other parts of Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba.
The violence is suspected to be between the Kakas and Fulani ethnic groups.
Locals say that the crisis erupted Sunday morning after some youth took to the streets destroying property and smashing vehicles.
“As I am talking to you, violence has erupted, they are attacking us, and some were killed,” a resident said asking to remain anonymous for security reasons.
The resident said he saw three corpses.
As of the time of filing this report, newsmen were yet to independently verify the casualty figures.
Efforts to reach the police spokesperson in the state, David Misal, have been unsuccessful as he did not pick or return calls.
However, a security source in the area confirmed the violence.
“As I am talking to you, curfew has been imposed following this crisis that ensued between the Kakas and Fulani.
“The casualty is yet to be ascertained,” the source said.
Since Saturday, there has been chaos in and around Nguroje town, as security personnel of the State Security Service moved in to arrest some suspects.
The people arrested are said to be suspects known to have been engineering unrest within the area.
Nguroje is the hometown to many prominent politicians including former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Babangida Nguroje; former Deputy Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Bashir Abba; and a serving senator, Abubakar Yusuf.
In a similar vein, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has confirmed that 20 persons lost their lives and about 10,000 others were displaced in the recent communal clash in Dan-Anacha village in Gassol local government area of Taraba state.
The agency’s coordinator in charge of Adamawa and Taraba operational offices, Mr Sa’ad Bello confirmed the development on Wednesday, December 21, in Yola.
Bello said that the displaced persons, mostly children and women have been sheltered in four camps in the state, while NEMA is still working hard to ascertain the number of the injured persons.
He said: “So far, 20 people were killed and about 10,000 internally displaced in the recent communal crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Dan-Anacha village in Gassol LGA of Taraba state.”
Bello who commended NEMA’s swift action in reaching out to affected areas said that NEMA was contacting security operatives on the safety situation to enable its members reach all affected areas with additional humanitarian assistance.
According to Premium Times, a source claimed the clash commenced on Saturday through Sunday after some Fulani herdsmen discovered two bodies of their men in a bush. This discovery triggered a reprisal attack on the Tivs by the Fulanis.
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