- Communal clashes in Nigeria are very rampant especially in border communities
- Communities in Gombe and Adamawa are currently at loggerheads resulting in the death of some people
- Authorities have declared a curfew in the area while efforts are on the way to restore peace
Five persons have been reportedly killed in a communal clash between the two border towns of Nyuwar/Jessu in Gombe state made up of Waja people and Lunguda in Adamawa state on Tuesday, April 13.
Eyewitnesses said the clash was caused by a misunderstanding between hunters from Jessu and Fulanis from Lunguda in Adamawa who have always had misgivings about themselves.
The eyewitness said a group from Jessu had gone to the forest for hunting when Fulani boys saw them and raised the alarm.
“What we learnt was that when the Fulani boys saw the hunters they raised alarms that they are being attacked by the hunters and reported to their father.
“The Fulani then came and started shooting, up till now that I am talking to you they are still fighting and burning houses.”
Commissioner of Police, Ishola Babaita, said he was on his way to the scene of the incident and cannot make comment yet.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya and other top government functionaries were also said to be on their way to the scene of the incident.
To douse tension, the Gombe state government imposed a 24- hour curfew in the areas affected twith immediate effect.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that no fewer than 10 people have been killed in the crisis.
According to the report, the neighbours who are sharing border settlements have been engaged in clashes over the years.
African Independent Television is, however, reporting that those that lost their lives in the crisis are about 15.
The report noted that the areas affected had been hotbeds of crisis between the ethnic tribes of Waja and Lunguda, over communal lands.
Meanwhile, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country.
With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.
Some prominent leaders of thought have also expressed fear that the people’s desire for a smooth change of leadership in the 2023 general elections could be marred by violence and other forms of criminalities if left unattended to by the Buhari administration.
Ortom said the election not holding would become the reality in 2023 if nothing is done by the federal government about the menace of insecurity.