16 die in ethnic clashes in Taraba state

Channels Television  
Updated March 20, 2012

More ethnic clashes erupted in Taraba state where 16 people were killed in communal fighting between the Tiv and Fulani peoples.

The victims claimed in the attacks were from the Tiv community, an ethnic group of farmers native to the area. The attacks were retaliatory, reports said, and were exacted by the Fulani people, nomad sheep-breeding people from the mainly Muslim north of the country.

A series of communal clashes between the two conflicting groups have claimed hundreds of lives in attacks and counter-attacks.

Politicians, traditional and religious leaders called on the government to step in and provide a solution to the ongoing bloody feud between both communities.

A combined team of police and army operatives have been deployed to the area to restore peace.

A report published by a local social-cultural association ‘Miyetti Allah Katual Hore’, who have been monitoring the clashes, says over one thousand farmers have been killed in the past year of fighting with breeders.

The report further states that the Fulani group, the fourth largest ethnic group in the country, has been at odds with Christian-Animist minorities, such as the Berom and Tarok in Plateau or the Tiv in Benue and Taraba.