Ethnic clashes in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Taraba since Monday has left 10 people dead, local police said Sunday.
State police spokesperson David Misal confirmed the development to Xinhua on phone, saying more policemen had been deployed to restore peace and order in the area.
Chairman of Wukari Local Government Council of Taraba, Daniel Adi, told reporters the ongoing clashes are between Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups which share common boundary between Benue and Taraba states.
Adi further disclosed that more than nine communities had so far been razed and displaced from the Kente ward of the affected area.
“As I am talking to you now, several households including Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Kente, were burnt down by the attackers in the early hours of today,” he added.
“I made efforts to contact my counterpart in Ukum area in Benue to appeal to his people to lay down their arms and embrace peace,” the official told reporters.
Also, David Kente, a former governorship aspirant who hailed from the area, described the crisis as unfortunate, adding that the Tivs and Jukuns in Kente had co-existed peacefully for many years after their first clashes in 1991.
He appealed to both the Tivs and Jukuns to embrace peace and sheath their swords, promising that all those who lost their property to the current crisis on both sides of the borders would be assisted.
In recent years, increasing scarcity of grazing and agricultural lands exacerbated by erratic weather conditions has caused occasional deadly clashes in parts of Nigeria. Enditem