At least 22 people are feared dead in the fresh attacks between Jukun and Tic communities in Wukari local government area in Taraba state.
It should be noted that that the two ethnic groups have been at war for the past three weeks which has led to the loss of several lives and property, Premium Times reports.
According to Premium Times, witnesses said Tiv armed men invaded suburbs in Wukari around 7am on Friday, April 18.
Bwacha David, a resident in the area said over 200 attackers stormed the villagers and caught them surprisingly.
The resident said the attackers set several houses on fire as they also burnt many houses.
‘’They killed more than 10 persons and burnt many houses,” he said.
Adi Daniel, the chairman of the local government area, also confirmed the attack, saying many residents woke up to the surprise attack.
He said: “We just woke up with another fresh attack by suspected Tiv militias who struck at the suburbs of Wukari. We are being provoked now to retaliate because we cannot keep silent while people continue to attack us.
‘’This is the eighth attack on us by Tiv militias in the recent time. Over 22 people were killed and we didn’t kill even an insect.
‘’And today’s attack is coming after last Monday’s peace meeting.”
On the other hand, Orbee Uchiv, a Tiv leader, accused the Jakun militia of first attacking them, adding that the Jakun attacked them again after the peace meeting the depute governors of Taraba and Benue held with them on Monday, April 15.
The police spokesperson in the state, David Misal, confirmed the attacks also but could not give details.
“I was called by some residents and informed me about the attack. But I am yet to be briefed by the DPO or area command, so I cannot speak on the casualties, and presently I am in church for Easter.”
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) called on the former Chief Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (retired), to put an end to the ongoing killings of Tiv farmers by armed militias from Jukun area of the state.
The group alleged that Danjuma colluded with some youths of Jukun to carry out attacks on Benue farmers in Ukum local governmnet area of Taraba state.
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