- A fresh attack in Taraba state has claimed the lives of a village head, an Imam, and others in Bagoni
- Three other persons were also killed at Wurbo village, all in Bali local government area of Taraba state
- Several houses were burnt down and property worth millions of Naira including farm produce were also carted away by the attackers
The village head of Bagoni in Taraba state and the Imam of the village were killed in a midnight attack carried out by suspected militia, Daily Trust has reported.
The newspaper reports that three other persons were also killed at Wurbo village, all in Bali local government area of Taraba state.
Many people were also allegedly feared killed on Friday, June 5, in an attack at Tunga village in the same local government by suspected militiamen.
Legit.ng gathers that the villages attacked by suspected militia belonged to Jibawa which is a subgroup of Jukun ethnic group.
During the attack, several houses were burnt down and property worth millions of Naira including farm produce were also carted away by the attackers.
A resident of Bagoni village who narrowly escaped said the Jibawa were not part of the ongoing Tiv and Jukun crisis, alleging that recent attacks are compounding the crisis in the state.
Taraba police spokesperson, DSP David, said the command is waiting for detail of the attack.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian military said media reports suggesting that troops operating at the boundary between Taraba and Benue states were taking sides were false.
Some media reports had suggested that the troops were preventing Tivs from returning to their homes.
There have been communal clashes between Tivs and Junkuns in the borders of both states in recent times. Some Nigerian troops are stationed in the area to maintain peace.
A statement signed by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, on Monday, April 13 described the reports as an unpatriotic act.
Part of the statement read: “This unpatriotic comment from some individuals are coming after troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and the internal security outfits of both Taraba and Benue states, have stabilised the security situation in the general area of conflict between the two tribes.
“It is necessary to remind Nigerians that its military is a force that serves the interest of all Nigerians equally as guided by relevant laws.
“Additionally, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is made up of professionals with adequate training on internal security issues and conflict management.
“Therefore, The high command of the Nigerian military debunks this fallacy of preventing the Tivs from returning home after the crisis.”