According to an eyewitness account at least 10 people have been killed and several houses burnt in fresh violence that erupted on Friday in Taraba State, although the police confirmed that only two people died in the clashes between the Shumo and Wurkum ethnic groups in Karim Lamido Local Government area of the state.
Premium Times report says the violence started around 2am Friday when a village, named Shumon Gwaye, belonging to Shumo ethnic group, was attacked by suspected Wurkum youth. The attack on the Shumo village led to reprisals attacks on Didango, a Wurkum community.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Taraba State, Joseph Kwaji, who confirmed the incident however, said only two people were killed in the conflict as against an eyewitness account that reports that 10 persons were actually killed.
“Some suspected Shumo youth invaded and attacked Didango village. Two people were killed.”
However, Mr. Kwaji, also confirmed that 11 houses had been torched.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 13 people were reportedly killed on Monday and Thursday by Fulani herdsmen in several communities in Bali and Donga local government areas of the state. Mr. Kwaji who also confirmed this to newsmen in Jalingo, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) said two Tiv farmers were attacked and killed while sleeping by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Bornon Kurku village in Bali local government.
Speaking on the killings in Donga local government area, Kwaji stated that two Fulanis, who were suspected robbers, were killed around Igo village, prompting other Fulanis to mobilise and attack the village, burning houses in the process but he claimed that no life was lost in the incident.
He however,said that the command had deployed officers and men to the area to return normalcy, adding that investigations were on to bring the perpetrators of the attack to book.